Finally, I manage to finish this review post before weekend ends for me. This is the final episode for the main story of Clannad ~after story~. I must said this is is the most extensive screencaps that I ever take. Almost all the moments in this episode is worth screen-capping. Don’t believe me? See this post for yourself!
The robot starts to regret for bringing the girl with him to escape the world they live in. The world is static and sepia for Tomoya and Nagisa. He feels that he shouldn’t talk to Nagisa at that moment. Or not, Nagisa will suffer if he did.
Despite the robot’s regret, the robot tries to save the girl. Amidst in the world of stillness , Nagisa starts to move behind her and walk towards Tomoya. Tomoya ignores her as she passes beside him. Meanwhile, the robot struggles to save the girl but to no avail.
The girl suddenly wake up. She thanks the robot for being her side and telling the robot that she can finally the robot’s thoughts because she is not a human anymore. She then explained that that she knows everything about the robot and herself through a dream. She reveals that both of them are actually from the same world. The robot makes an assumption that they should not stay the in alternate world. Sadly the girl can’t go because she herself is the alternate world. If she leaves, the world will be gone and ball of lights, which contains the people’s feelings from the other world will be miserable. The girl reveals that the robot is also one of those lights. She explains that the other world and this world is link together. She feeling content that the robot can transcend between two worlds and meet her. She explains that her feelings will become balls of light. Each light may be weak but if join together, it will become a mysterious force. When the girl hums “Dango Daikazoku” song, the robot remembers the song. The girl claims that the robot always sang the song to her. As the light shine in the alternate world, explosion occurs that blast away the robot. The girl bid farewell to the robot, which reveals that the robot is her father before she becomes balls of light.
Suddenly, the world that looks bleak changes its colours. Tomoya gets his act straight and called out Nagisa’s name. When that fails, he run towards Nagisa and give her a loving hug. Nagisa glad that Tomoya manage to stop her because she worried that Tomoya will decide to never met her at all. She adds that she’s glad to meet him and have a wonderful life with him. She hopes that Tomoya will feel the same way as her. Tomoya agrees with that and hug her again.
As the world fast-forwarding through time, Tomoya heard Nagisa’s offer to take him to a place where wishes come true. As the journey goes on, Tomoya and the robot realises that their long journey is over. Suddenly, Tomoya wake up at the cries of his newborn child. Tomoya thought that Nagisa doesn’t make it through the ordeal but as Nagisa opens her eyes smilingly and said that she’s alway together with him. Then, Tomoya give Ushio, her first bath while Nagisa look on. Tomoya reassures Nagisa that Ushio will grow into a strong child. Nagisa notices something beautiful happen outside. As Tomoya take a look, he notices that the ball of lights go upwards as both Nagisa and Tomoya look on.
As time goes by after giving birth to Ushio, life’s turn in a better position for Okazaki’s couple and also for others. The images above shows that without any need of explanation. Okazaki’s couple go to the countryside which still has field of sunflowers to pay a visit to Tomoya’s grandmother. After that, the image of father and son in the sunflower field comes into play on screen as this chapter soon comes to an end.
The scene reverts to Fuuko who lead her normal but not so mature life? She continues to irk her sister with her antics as they walk to the new hospital for Fuuko’s check up. When they arrived there, Fuuko smell something cute and yet makes another scene with her sister.
As she runs towards the forest while asking her sister to come with her, despite not knowing who is she smelling. As she approaches while introduces herself, she sees a glimpse a girl in white. When she gets closer, she discovers Ushio lying under a tree while asking her to be her friend.
Finally after long last, the episode ends. For those who always skip ending credits, they probably doesn’t notice these changes above. Fuuko and Ushio is added to the credit for this episode!
Looks like the next episode will be what happened a year before Clannad first season started; the next episode will probably will give some insight on the lifes of Nagisa and Tomoya before they met.
The ending of the anime can make people either like it or don’t like it. I can see the opinions of people who don’t like the ending. The lack of realism and the used of magical things to end things doesn’t appeal to those who prefer their shows more towards real life. While for those who like it, the ending is really sweet seeing how both Tomoya and Nagisa can finally get back together after all the sufferings that happen between them. I as a sucker for this kind of anime felt that this anime series really needs the happy ending after the used of sad elements in its anime. The endings makes me feel happy for them and I’m sure some people may even cried with joy seeing the ending.
But its a matter of opinion and we must be mature to accept them since opinions occur because we humans are each have different in experience and background. But I hope that readers here do enjoy this anime as much as I do and continue on watching this anime till the end. I will talk later on my plans on my blog after I done the next review on Clannad ~after story~ episode 23. BTW, there’s a possiblity that I will make a post dedicated to Fuuko for this episode so stay updated. Have a nice day! ^_^