Clannad: After Story - Season 2 [Blu-ray]
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It would be impossible even given a book sized amount of text to describe the artistic and storytelling merit of this work. While I could praise this work for hours I will try to give people who are interested a quick overview. Truth be told, I am not an anime fan, in fact you can say I greatly dislike anime. I am also not a fan of love stories, romance, tragic stories, school life stories, or of Japanese works in which I had to read the English subtitles, but Clannad was all of this and it blew my mind. I have been searching my whole life for a work I could call a masterpiece and this was it. I was forced to watch this by a younger sibling and though I struggled within the first episode this work won me over. I have never seen a work so well crafted together in a combination of good storytelling; strong character development, artistic value, impressive visuals, and soul haunting music all weave together for form this beautiful masterpiece. It was because of Clannad that I was interested in what define "masterpiece", before Clannad I have seen the pinnacles of each medium (Citizen Kane, Watchmen, Ulysses, Hamlet, etc.) and I must say that Clannad part of that list.
Clannad was based off a Japanese visual novel (a medium we do not have here in America) and since it's visual novel release have been ranked as one of the greatest visual novels of all time, influencing many others, and has been called the Citizen Kane and Watchmen of visual novels for how it changed that medium from dating sims to psychological, mind bending, emotional stories.Read more ›
Having said that, the box sucks. This is the first anime DVD I've bought, so I don't know if this is common place, but the set comes with four discs that are just stacked on top of each other like I bought a hundred blank dvds. Usually when I get a DVD box set, the individual disks are in a sort of book where you can flip through and pick out an individual disk. I guess doing this saves space, but that's something else about the box that doesn't make sense. The disks take up a little more than half of the total interior of the box and the rest is filled with a white foam sheet. I want to take it out because it looks incredibly ghetto, but I'm afraid that if I do, the disks will fall out and get scratched in the box.
The actual disks are nice. This version includes the Japanese and English dubs as well as English subtitles. And the best part is, the signs are actually subtitled! I watched the original Clannad on Netflix, and I loved the show, but none of the Japanese text was translated. Usually it wasn't too hard to figure out what was going on, but occasionally an episode would end with a shot of a bulletin or some words on a chalkboard and anyone who doesn't speak Japanese is completely lost(and a few who might speak Japanese as well. I've taken Japanese for two years, and I was still struggling to read all of the signs).
The following review is rife with spoilers, especially the story section. Anyone planning to watch it, but not wishing to have the whole show ruined by me, please skip the story section. I'll try to keep any spoilers in the other sections to a bare minimum, but this is a warning from me to you. I don't need angry people with pitchforks and torches standing outside of my door in the morning. So you have been warned.
The original Clannad focused on not only the romantic plot that seemed to be kind of a side story among many side stories, but also many other characters backgrounds and stories. Clannad After Story does focus on the romance a lot more, and it does come across as well done. The first part of the series focuses on school life as Tomoya finishes high school and Nagisa gets sick and has to go through the grade again. During this time we see a deep emotional connection between the characters, but we also get some baffling seemingly filler episodes concerning the dorm master lady who is not even a character that anyone really cares about at that point. After her side story, we get another half episode of side story about a rocker who I guess is the Kurt Cobain of Japan or something.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The music, characters and storytelling are unbelievable. I watched this 5 years ago and it stuck with me ever since, so I had to watch it again. Read morePublished 4 days ago by mattpsyx
I'm in the middle on this. No spoilers, so I'll just say I disagree with those who consider this a classic and those who think it a waste of time. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Andrew R. McLaren
This show is a master piece any anime fan should give it a try.
The product however arrived slightly damaged. 2 episodes had parts of them missing on the first episode. Read more
Arrived sooner than expected. I loved this whole series and it's my favorite in my collectionPublished 4 months ago by savannah
The case is awesome and the dvd's are great along with the art! Overall AMAZING, I love this anime!!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Didn't want to stop viewing. A good story with a lot of 'real life' issues which makes the viewer empathiize with the characters.Published 5 months ago by Mom of 3
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