This Anime is remarkably emotional and like a glimpse into the future. This is Clannad Afterstory.
Sub over Dub, still. The English Sub holds so much more emotion and brings out the characters drama perfectly. Even though the Dub is just as grand, but I admit that either one will be fine for you to watch the series and won't really affect the story or have anything cut out luckily.
It was quite something when 2 best friends brawl it out after taking it out on many jerks deserved those hits. But when 2 brothers fight it out over their own score does it release that sad and aggressive atmosphere that just had to happen (whilst "Shionari / Roaring Tides" is played).
Episode 16 and 18 is where the Anime reaches its climax in undeniable drama through the perfect lineup of music (every track I love was in Eps 18). Not to mention the warm orange sunset setting when it came to remembering memories and learning the truth on how things have turned out and how to become a better man. The last 8 episodes are sorta based off a film I saw a long time ago which will spoil those episodes thanks to the resembling plot.
The music continues from the previous season and here I'm explaining several more tracks as well as go back to a couple that I previously mentioned. "Harukana Toshitsuki / Distant Years" is a mixed track which starts by bringing out the tears as if you've been hit with life-changing news and you feel lost in thought (sounds like William Orbit's Adagio For Strings). But it soon then alters into a glimpse of hope or discovery as the track changes into something else (it was too perfect for episode 16 when someone very important appears at last). The Piano version is very nostalgic, as if recalling a distant memory (hence the name).
I still love "Town, Flow of Time, People" as always and it's an excellent piece played after the happy first episode of the second season.
I'm glad that half a year ago, that Lewis managed to track down these 2 tracks off one of the 3 Remix albums. I recognised this to affiliate to T,FOT,P and I heard it throughout both series. Plus this remix (I love the ocarina part) was the best piece to play when 2 old friends are reunited after 5 years apart and this time, she is a respectful lady who still shows traits of her old self to when he last saw her back then.
The soundtrack is like the soundtrack to my life. Almost every track is a perfect background piece to play during certain moments of isolation, walking alone, crying in anger, crying in sorrow, enjoying company and even imagining the future. I wonder if anyone else feels the same? The twinkling piano bits, cello drama and everything else all blend together to make such a masterpiece.
When we come to the last episode, that's where it changes everything and for the better. It all makes so much sense and leaves us with a righteous ending. It helps that both the story and the Illusionary World turned out to have a connection and that the ending had them both come together through a link in time and to have had a purpose which turned into the ending.
The song "Chiisana Tenohira/ Small Palms" (sung by Riya) gets me every time! The video is like a glimpse into everyone's future, showing life moving forward and what our characters are up to in the world. It was very emotional for me to see this all after the sh*t that had happened from Eps 18 till Eps 22 (ending). But now I feel everytime it plays, I reimagine the ending without fail but also apply it to my own thoughts as to what my friends are doing right now no matter where we are around the world. And will continue to make me feel and thinks this way because it's too magnificent to apply it into any other context.
I feel that deep down Clannad is so precious and special to me because Tomoya's story gives me hope. It's like a glimmering, captivating story showing that no matter how bad things can get, no matter how you try to hide your feelings and what life throws at you, you will still achieve happiness. Sometimes you have to go through so much bad times and pain to get that radiant ending. And someday you'll have a lover and maybe a family for you to love and love you. Proving that everyone can achieve happiness and that things can only get better eventually.