Okay, you’ve heard me praise After Story enough, so did you seriously think that I WOULDN’T blog this? To be fair, I’m not even compare this OVA to the main series. Instead, my baseline for comparison is the Tomoyo Arc adaptation in the Clannad OVA. Both adaptations were crammed into 1 episode. Both arcs were romance based, so adapting it in the Nagisa-centered anime, was impossible. Most importantly, both adaptations dealt with characters that were just as, if not more than, popular than Nagisa. So without further ado, my thoughts.
Okay, first off… this episode felt HORRIBLY rushed, and there really is no excuse why. If this arc was adapted last year, I would’ve been understanding and not frown upon this as much, but never once the Tomoyo’s OVA did I feel like the writers were running out of time. This is just the start, there were quite a few problems with this OVA (I’m just gonna start listing em). Ryou and Kyou were so out of character that key emotional scenes lost their impact. They felt like completely new characters that weren’t developed. The romance developed WAY too fast, so it was impossible to appreciate it. This leads me to my biggest gripe: the story was complete un-Clannad-like. In all the previous stories, Tomoya learns something valuable from his relationships, like overcoming external judgements and believing in family(Tomoyo), being there for a family member (Sunohara siblings and Nagisa), and the love of family that can extend beyond (Fuuko and Kotomi). What did Tomoya learn from this? “Love triangles suck”.
A storyline like this should be reserved for the 918259010924 other harems out there… not Clannad. I know I’m gonna get flamed for this, and I don’t care. Only a few scenes were particularly interesting.