Ah Tomoyo, my most favorite heroine in CLANNAD. And oh, I’m based this on VN part not Anime. Anime shows but piss poor representation of relationship between Tomoyo x Tomoya.
While there’s a big ANNOYANCE from me for stupid situation in this route, most particularly because of Tomoya’s stupidity, I can still say I quite like the route as a whole.
Let’s bring the fact that Tomoya is a guy. A man. A boy. Whatever. While boy is definitely more apt, but Tomoya is a guy. A man. A goddamn man doesn’t act like crap like Tomoya is doing here. GRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
Ok rant aside, I gotta say that the two main characters here are very underdeveloped in this route. No matter how you look at it, Tomoyo’s characteristics have been established so strongly from the beginning. She’s strong, both physically and mentally, has dedication (that results in her good grades for example) and set her sight on the goals she wanted (preserving the Sakura trees). Of course over time, her interaction with Tomoya means she also has set another new goal on top of her previous one, that’s it, to be together with the man she loves. If she were real girl, I’d definitely try my best to get her. Maybe… if I can survive her kicking or something.
Now for Tomoya, my rage aside, he’s far too pathetic. He has girlfriend he needs to support, but instead doing that, he leaves her. That’s so cowardice behavior in my eyes. It’s true that Tomoya does drag Tomoyo down in almost everything, but he has shown he can support Tomoyo already. The result of her being chosen as Student Council President is mostly because of Tomoya’s ideas of challenging clubs around and by staying beside her the whole time.
So does leaving someone mean you support that someone? In some realities, it might be true. I also can’t explain each and every possibilities. In this particular Arc, however, it is arguable. If we argue that Tomoya is required to break up with her in order for the latter to preserve the Sakura Trees, then why can’t they do some crazy backstreet? They break up in front of everyone but keep being together behind everyone. This is just one example to solve the problem. That way, nobody gets hurt. Neither Tomoya nor Tomoyo has to endure being separated for eight months. The fact that in Tomoyo After it is shown that Tomoyo leaves the Student Council means that upholding the title means so little for Tomoyo after she manages to preserve the Sakura trees. Or maybe how about Tomoya tries to improve himself? Sure he’s delinquent, but people can try to fix their mistakes. Well his personal shoulder injury does prevent him to get back to sports of which he excels at, but he can improve his attendances in school which he is capable of as shown during his date with Tomoyo. And let’s not stop that, he can also tries to improve his grades to manageable level. But no, damn no, he chooses the easiest way out. Man…
I can’t deny though that that ‘easiest way out’ in the end successfully make this route more dramatic and meaningful. I just say I can’t like how Tomoya approaches the problem.
And did I say Tomoyo After? Crap I just reopened my own deep wound in my heart. Totally heartbroken playing that VN.