Plagued by a seemingly endless stream of haunting dreams, Tomoya drifts through life with an almost overwhelming sense of anger and emptiness. Then, one fateful day, he meets the mysterious and beautiful Nagisa and his world begins to change. While helping Nagisa revive the defunct Drama Club at their high school, Tomoya discovers that she has the same dreams. Their story starts beneath the cherry blossoms, but where will fate lead them?
No Spoilers here!
Is it a sequel? or prequel? No, this movie is an alternate, retold story of Clannad in 95 minutes (based on Rightstuf).
The anime version of the series was created by Kyoto animation and the movie was made from Toei Animation. In this version, the character’s look and designed are more bright and modified. The most notable changes are the hair being shined and clean and their eyes are colorful.
Their personality are also changed for this film as well. For example, unlike the anime, Nagisa Furukawa is more cheery and confident girl. Tomoya Okazaki, the male protagonist, is still the same tough guy as the anime but more grumpier.
The film follows the same thing as the anime, Nagisa is trying to bring back the Drama Club after being sick so many days and with the help of Tomoya, they will do whatever it takes to make Nagisa’s dream come true. The movie also tries to add another plot which involves Tomoya and his strange, never-ending dream and intertwine with Nagisa’s plot. This movie covers about 90% of the first Clannad and 10% of After Story, which is the second part of Clannad. I will not spoil the ending but I will say that the ending of the movie may not appeal to Clannad fans. Personally, it is good but I prefer the anime TV version.
The characters involved with the story are here as well but half of them are part of it. Some of them were cut out of the movie entirely, or some showed up but had very little roles in the story. My favorite side characters were Youhei Sunohara and Nagisa’s parents. They were funny and I really like how they were very supportive to Nagisa and Tomoya. The voice actor’s return, so that was a plus side. I prefer English Dub, especially when Sunohara gets beaten up XD
It can’t be Clannad without music. The music in this anime could either be silly and whimsical or dark and eerie. The Dango Family theme song is here as well but sang differently than the anime. The main theme Mag Mell is also here so don’t worry. Yusuke’s rock music also joins the anime!
Even though this movie is very different to the anime, I enjoyed it. I did feel irritated at the end of the movie I will admit. I wish more characters were more involved but I guess it was necessary to cut them out of the film to focus on the plot. It was interesting to see the story in a alternate version. If you have questions about this film, comment below.
buy the film here at Righstuf, it has English and Japanese voices.