Tomoyo is my favorite Clannad heroine. Strong, beautiful and with her eyes firmly fixed on a goal.
She’s very honest and dependable. Her interactions with Tomoya and Sunohara were interesting and funny. Unlike most girls in Clannad, Tomoyo did not depend on Tomoya’s help. She did not require to be ‘saved’. She was already done with her sad past, and was working on creating a wonderful future for herself.
I have mentioned before that Clannad was the second Key Anime I’ve watched, Angel Beats being the first. I’ve been looking for more Angel-Beats-level feels when I discovered Clannad. Unfortunately, while the first season of Clannad was entertaining, the amount of feels and drama couldn’t quite compare, so I was a bit disappointed. Tomoyo’s route OVA was the first part of Clannad to make me think “YES! That’s what I’ve been looking for!”. It was a beautiful and emotioinal story.
Tomoyo and Tomoya are very alike. You could say that Tomoyo is a ‘success’ version of Tomoya. An example of what Tomoya could be like if he managed to put his life in order.
Like Tomoya, she had become a delinquent due to family issues. She used violence as a means of dealing with her anger as her heart grew cold and indifferent. However, the same family that made her suffer was also what saved her.
To be fair, she got lucky. It was her courageous younger brother Takafumi who miraculously repaired her dysfunctional family.
Ironically, unlike with other girls, Tomoya was the one to cause new problems for Tomoyo instead of solving existing ones. While Tomoyo had already put her delinquent past behind her and became an ambitious honor student, Tomoya was still a delinquent with a bad reputation. He became a hindrance to her, endangering her precious dream. They became a “Beauty and the Beast” pair and their love was put on a harsh trial.
But in the end, it was Tomoyo who called the shots and decided how the two of them would face their problems.
I strongly believe that Tomoyo can understand Tomoya better than any other character in the series. Due to their similar pasts, she can become a guiding light and a symbol of hope for him.