I think Tomoyo After should get a live-action adaption. It will likely not get an anime adaption, so I think live-action will be Tomoyo After’s best choice. It’s also Key’s only story with a linear story that can actually work in the live-action medium, and since it doesn’t have Key’s usual supernatural things present in all their other stories, it works even better.
Benefits to a live-action adaption
- Not having to argue/riot about the animation studio if it isn’t Kyoto Animation.
- The designs won’t matter because character designers won’t have to choose between going for the original Hinoue Clannad designs or the Fumio TA designs or a design mixing the two up.
- Key won’t have to settle for crowdfunding for only a 40-60 minute film, but can actually have a good 90-minute film.
- It would be a good test-run for Key to see how it turns out. If successful, it can introduce Key to the live-action market so they’ll have the anime market, VN market, and live-action market.
I don’t know. I just think that Tomoyo After is a story that would work well with a live-action Japanese film. I know this post won’t matter to Tomoyo After’s future, but I just love thinking about the future of Key.