30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 24
When I first started watching anime, each show was chock full of surprises and every episode was exciting and fun. Then after a while I started to pick up on the patterns and learning the tropes of anime. I became more skilled in predicting what was going to happen and was less interested when I was correct. So nowadays there is not that much that really surprises me in anime anymore. Even if my prediction is wrong it usually is not so far out of the way that I am startled.
One of the more recent anime that I watched that had many surprises for me was Clannad : After Story. Everything is going on with heart wrenching emotion and wonderful character development until they really decide to just break your heart. Ushio begins to die just as Tomoya prepares to move on from Nagisa’s death and live for the loved ones that are still alive. This probably would have been the saddest moment in anime for me until what happened next. I did not expect it at all but magical light orbs he had been collecting just suddenly reversed everything as Ushio dies. Ushio and Nagisa both live and it seems like everything that Tomoya went through and all the lessons he learned did not matter at all. I absolutely despise this ending. It feels like a cop out and makes all of Tomoya’s character development be wasted, and though Clannad always had that supernatural touch, it never seemed that relevant until now. I played the Clannad Visual Novel later and in that context the light orbs were more prevalent and made more sense. So now I have come to terms with the ending but I still dislike it.
Overall I still enjoyed the Clannad franchise. The first season was hit or miss on arcs, but it was definitely needed to set up Clannad : After Story. After Story was beautiful and tragic, until the ending surprised me and ruined it. At least I got an elegant message out of it all together. In this world we live in, what is truly important are the people you love.