OH, BOY IT’S TIME.
So a lot of people ask me why I rag on Tomoyo so hard, well the first reason is that she’s a Mary Sue and Mary Sue is the most garbage character archetype that I have absolutely no interest in considering a valid way to write any character at all.
Oh cool, past me has already argued why she’s a Mary Sue, I guess I’ll leave it up to present me to explain why I think this is bad, but first of all, I’ll comment on the one thing I said that I currently don’t agree with.
You just read Tomoyo After didn’t you past me? That sounds like a good description for Tomoyo After Tomoyo, but in Clannad she’s go plenty of personality, and really good chemistry with Tomoya.
So there that’s the one thing in my previous rant I’ll append, if you have any other complaints about it, feel free to question me on it, I’d love to see what I can say about it with a refreshed and now fully VN’d view on the subject of her being garbage.
Now THEN why is it bad that Tomoyo is a Mary Sue, because Mary Sue is forgoing the creation actual interesting character traits in exchange for just making something so ‘cool’ and hoping the reader will overlook that they’re garbage, Tomoyo is this, all the character traits she has are to beef up her perfection as the writing literally in that she can do literally anything she wants because she’s a perfect human being.
This is frankly, pathetic. It’s insulting me by expecting me to treat Tomoyo, who has the depth of a sonic fan character, in the same as a character like Nagisa, who is written and developed to resemble a human being.
And don’t get me started on the fact that Tomoyo is literally a superhuman. Why does this bother nobody, it’s absolutely stupid and out of place, why is she freaking superhuman!? What does that bring to anything other than making her even MORE Mary ass Sue?
It’s completely ridiculous and I hate it. I really feel like the setting of Clannad is damaged because there is a random ass literal superhuman running around. It leads to pathetic lines like ‘a muscular man who looks like he probably trains constantly appears behind her’ so it makes her look so kyaa kakoi for one shotting him effortlessly.
NOW THEN. WITH THE SUEISH STUFF (mostly) OUT OF THE WAY, lets move on to her personality. And the biggest actually problem with Tomoyo.
WOW. WHAT A SELF CENTERED LITTLE SHIT YOU ARE, TOMOYO.
Everything she does and interacts with must abide by what she thinks and she won’t be satisfied otherwise, every tiny conversation she has, she must never end without being the one who gets the last remark, the people in student council is insignificant to her as long as she gets what she wants.
I’d say the best example of this is when Tomoya brings up that her hanging out with him will completely mess up that whole Student Council thing, and she pretty much says that because SHE doesn’t care about those things, nobody else should, because to Tomoyo’s mind, nobody else should disagree with what she thinks. This is not an isolated incident, just the strongest example.
Ok so there is several problems with this, first, I absolutely despise this character trait, honestly that fact alone should be enough to justify not liking this character, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Second, because she’s everyone’s perfect pretty princess, it’s treated as a POSITIVE thing, it’s treated as strong determination and shining will or some shit, and that’s why I can’t stand her. The game sucks her off for having what I consider to be an extremely negative personality trait and I have to read all this tripe about how cool and amazing she is for doing what I consider to be appauling behavior.
(objectively, unclouded by opinions regarding Tomoyo being trash)DIS GUD, DIS RLY GUD.
Tomoya/Tomoyo have this great chemistry, similar to Tomoya/Sunohara but less gay, she’s more like a bro than a gril, and it’s easily believable that she would get attached to those two asshats because that’s the kind of people she can be bros with, the trio have a completely believable relationship after she starts hanging out with them. With a believable transition into becoming lovers and doing that believable disgusting overly lovey dovey high schooler thing.
On the topic of bros, there was a bit of a talk about Sunohara not being a ‘keybro’ but instead just a dickhead, but in this route he was a total bro, he wingman’d, he helped a homie deal with drama, and he was just overall a cool guy, even to Tomoyo. He’s a dickhead, but he’s not JUST a dickhead.
Tomoya/Tomoyo having reflections of the other is cool, with them both reacting differently to a shit family life, Tomoya listening to Linkin’ Park, and Tomoyo jumping into some toxic ooze or whatever she did to gain super powers, but different in how Tomoyo was able to break her cycle of angst while Tomoya was stuck in it, good stuff.
The story was all cool beans, I feel like everyone here has already said what I can on this part since I’m late finishing this one, it’s tight, it’s meaningful, it’s just goooooooood.
Writing. Plot. Pacing, everything about this route is extremely solid and it’s easily the best part of the VN thus far. But Tomoyo being Tomoyo is a glaring flaw about it that I cannot accept.