Slowly working my way through these forums but I figured I should start at the first arc for Tomoyo After. Also, apologies for the consistent use of spoiler tags, I just want to be very safe when it comes to spoilers, but as I use these forums I’m hoping to have a better understanding of when to use them.
I actually found the transition from Clannad - Tomoyos route, to Tomoyo After to be quite jarring, considering the differences in art style for all the characters, and differences in personality.
However, what brought me into this world was the somewhat realistic nature of it. By that I mean, remember in Clannad how Tomoya was questioning what his future was going to be like, and constantly disparaging himself, in comparison to Tomoyo who was expected to go onto great things?
Well, I love the fact we see this future now, and see Tomoya really in his own feet now, enjoying his work and gaining some form of self confidence, and just seeing how the relationship between Tomoya and Tomoyo has developed. I’d argue that the 18+ version (which I didn’t play, got the, I think, “Memorial Edition” off steam (?)) was appropriate given their relationship would have evolved to be sexual.
Although, I haven’t actually seen the scenes but I’m assuming they would be romantic (?). Either way, I just enjoyed how their relationship has developed where they are much more affectionate with each other, and Tomoyo tries to satisfy Tomoya’s desires.
Regarding the introduction of Takafumi, I enjoy the dynamic between him and Tomoyo and Tomoya. I can feel the love between these characters, despite the number of jokes about Takafumi walking into the room. I enjoy this because it just makes Tomoya look as though there are more people who admire him for who he is, when compared to Clannad.
For the story itself, I’m a bit torn on it. I feel it’s a bit ridiculous for Tomoya to constantly be fighting those bullies where, going off Clannad, Tomoyo could just destroy them instantly. However, I am under the impression Tomoya did this to prove his own worth, despite in game him stating that he did so so Tomoyo can protect Tomo. I like this dynamic but I felt the fighting itself may be a bit too contrived. I don’t want to delve too more into this, given this relates to the last arc…
That’s about everything I had to say, I’ll definitely edit my post to talk about Tomo and Kanako.
Thanks for reading my post! I’m just trying to process everything, seeing as I finished Tomoyo After yesterday, and gathering my thoughts.