Yo CJ here for Vitamin C. I have a lot of content here but the whole story is essentially major spoilers for Clannad and some spoilers for Planetarian. As much as I would love everyone to read this, it’s literally impossible to try to make this spoiler-less. I was super excited to work on this project since I’ve had this idea for at least a few months now and I finally got the opportunity to put it together. But this was not all my work. Thank you to @BeanCurd for her wonderful art and @Naoki_Saten for edits and suggestions. So without further ado, I present the Clannad x Planetarian Crossover:
It was a rather sunny winter’s day. For some, the chills of the cold were a reminder of sorrowful times. For others, the rare sun was a sign of hope for the future. For a certain robot however, it was just as good as any other day to welcome customers into the fantasy-like world of stars.
Yumemi: “Why don’t you come to the planetarium?”
Ushio: “Come on papa, hurry!”
Yumemi: “The beautiful twinkling of eternity that will never fade, no matter what.”
Tomoya: “Ushio, slow down…”
Yumemi: “All the stars in the sky are waiting for you.”
Ushio: “But there’s a robot!”
Tomoya: “She’s not going anywhere!”
As if she had found something she lost, Ushio ran with all her strength and gave the robot a big hug. Had she been a little heavier, she may have even knocked down the unsuspecting greeter.
Yumemi: “Why hello there! My name is Hoshino Yumemi. I am one of the presenters at the Hanabishi Department Store’s rooftop planetarium. Would you like to see the our planetarium showing?”
Tomoya: “Hey! Ushio, don’t run off like that. Why are you hugging someone you don’t even know?”
Yumemi: “Yes, I am a robot. In fact, I am the first companion type android in use.”
Tomoya: “Technology sure is something these days… Anyways, when is the next showing?”
Yumemi: “The next showing is in 7 minutes. Would you like me to guide you to the ticket counter?”
Tomoya: “Yeah that would be good. Ushio, let’s follow her ok?”
After the two got settled in their seats, Yumemi and the rest of the planetarium staff presented the starry sky. Since Ushio and Tomoya lived in a busy town, they had never seen a sight quite like this before. The robot planetarian went on to tell of fascinating tales of old as well as new discoveries being made every day. Finally, she ended the projection by reminding the audience of our own planet in our little solar system.
Yumemi: “Please do not forget the starry sky you saw today. That… is my little wish.”
Afterwards, the lights slowly came back on and applause filled the dome.
Tomoya: “What did you think Ushio?”
Ushio: “I like the stars. Sanae-san used to tell me some stories about the stars and I really liked them. It was so pretty to see! And I love Yumemi-chan too! Can I go talk to her?”
Tomoya: “Go ahead, it seems like she isn’t too busy right now. I’ll be right outside.”
Excited to learn a little bit more about her mother, Ushio quickly appeared in front of Yumemi.
Ushio: “Umm… Yumemi-chan, where is mama’s star?”
Yumemi: “Do you know the official name or coordinates for the star you are asking about?”
Ushio: “Umm… Sanae-san said… mama’s star…”
Yumemi: “It’s possible that your mother’s star has not been entered into my database. After all, it may take a while to update my database when a new supernova or comet is detected.”
Ushio: “Papa told me that mama worked really hard… but she passed away to give birth to me. And Sanae-san said that she became a star! So I wanted to ask you about it, Yumemi-chan.”
Yumemi: “Well, Ushio-chan, Jena-san has the amazing ability to let you see beautiful stars at any time. I will search for your mother’s star and hopefully next time I can show it to you.”
Ushio: “Mhm, bye-bye Yumemi-chan!”
By now, it was twilight. The two walked home while occasionally glancing up at the now obscured night sky. The cold of the winter was slowly becoming more obvious to the two. Soon, snow started to fall.
Ushio: “Papa, what kind of star do you think mama is?”
Tomoya: “Hmm… I’m not sure. What do you think, Ushio?”
He said as he extended his hand for her.
Ushio: “Mama is warm. Very, very warm.”
She responded as she grabbed his hand.
Ushio: “Just like you are papa. I know it.”
Tomoya: “Yeah… Mama cared for a lot of people. Maybe she would be like what Yumemi-san said about the Sun, a yellow dwarf.”
As he said this, Tomoya remembered that cold winter’s day years ago. But the pain from that time was replaced with a hope. This hope lied in that tiny hand he held within his own. Surely together they would go far. As he pondered this, Ushio suddenly stopped and pointed up.
Tomoya: “Hmm? Yeah, it’s snowing.”
Ushio: “No, that! It was a yellow light. It was falling too!”
Tomoya: “What? Are you sure that wasn’t just snow?”
Ushio: “No, it looked like the same color as the Sun. Maybe… it was mama’s star.”
As confused as he was, something in his heart told him to simply trust his daughter’s words.
Tomoya: “Maybe you can talk to Yumemi-san about it next time. I think it might have been a shooting star.”
Ushio: “Maybe… But what’s a shooting star?”
Tomoya: “Well, people believe that if you see it you can wish for something and it will be granted.”
Ushio: “Oh. What would you wish for then?”
Ushio: “Hey Papa, do you remember your first gift to me?”
Tomoya: “Ah… It was a robot, wasn’t it?”
Ushio: “I think I would wish to be friends with Yumemi-chan. She reminds me of the robot you gave me.”
Tomoya: “I think you already are friends with her, Ushio.”
Ushio: “And when I grow up, I want to be just like Yumemi-chan!”
Tomoya: “Well, I’m sure you will grow up to be a beauty like Yumemi-san.”
Ushio: “No, I mean I want to be a robot!”
Tomoya: “Silly, Ushio… You can’t be a robot. You’re already human. But maybe you can make robots.”
Ushio: “Oh… Then I want to do that.”
Tomoya: “Take your time. Just remember that whatever you want to do, Sanae-san, the old man, and I will always love and support you ok?”
Ushio: “Mhm~. I love you too papa!”
Then she pointed again.
Ushio: “There it is! Look!”
Tomoya: “Darn, I must have missed it. Did you make a wish?”
Ushio: “Uh huh! I wished that we could see mama again!”
Thank you so much for reading (hopefully)! I still feel like there’s so much more to be done with this crossover. I also can’t believe something like this hasn’t been done before since the behaviors of the characters just work so well together. Even though this project completely destroyed my sleep schedule, I really enjoyed every aspect of it. Seeing BeanCurd’s art of this scene was like a wish come true (heh). Maybe someday I’ll expand the story to integrate all of the other ideas I had for it. Also, I threw a bunch of different references to the original works into this story (I guess that’s probably how fanfics work anyways), so I hope you have as much fun finding them as I did writing them. Now hopefully when I click reply it won’t say it’s too long…