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3Oct/100

Clannad Episode 1 – On The Hillside Path Where The Cherry Blossoms Flutter

Tomoya first encounters Nagisa

Clannad starts with an internal monologue from Tomoya about how he hates his boring repetitive life. However, on his way to school he encounters a girl, talking to herself, asking questions. Tomoya replies to one of her questions and begins a conversation. They continue their journey onwards to school.

After school, Tomoya visits his friend, Sunohora, who lives in the school's dormitories. However, he's fallen prey to the rugby team who are using him for scrum practice. Being the good friend he is, Tomoya stands back and watches. The rugby team don't disperse until dorm mother Misae chases them out with her mop.

After seeing Tomoya's normal daily life, we switch to a scene of a girl in another world (who looks suspiciously similar to the girl Tomoya met earlier) talk about her life - "A girl living alone in a world that has ended". I'm curious how this relates to the main series, is there more to Clannad than meets the eye?

Next time Tomoya arrives in class in the morning, he is approached by the class representative  - Fujibayashi. She attempts to convince Tomoya to arrive on time every day, but doesn't get very far. She offers to read his fortune, the result being that he'll be late tomorrow due to having a romantic meeting with a sweet girl. Suddenly, Tomoya has to dodge a flying book - thrown by Kyou, Fujibayashi's sister. Kyou is very defensive of Fujibayashi and Tomoya has to explain that he's not picking on Fujibayashi before she lets him go.

During lunch, Tomoya is trying to find somewhere to eat his own lunch when he comes across the girl again. She refuses to talk until she's finished her lunch so Tomoya decides sit and eat his with her. Once she's finished she reveals why she's always alone - the previous year she was out of school for quite a while and consequently has had to repeat. Sadly, this means that all of her friends have graduated and moved on and she's having problems making new friends. Tomoya offers some advice, but unfortunately it doesn't work. Suddenly, a commotion is heard from another part of the school, so they go to see what's going on.

Delinquent kids on bikes from another school are performing a 'raid' on Tomoya's school. Another girl confronts the bikers, Tomoya gets ready to assist her when another student says not to worry. Confusingly, the girl is also called Tomoya. It's going to be fun differentiating between the two, so I'll be calling female-Tomoya by her other name - Sakagami. Sakagami is apparently a really strong transfer student, she issues an ultimatum to the bikers asking them to leave, however they instead decide to charge her on their bikes. Suddenly, she leaps into the air and kicks all of them very fast. We then switch to a "spectator's view" where she kicks them extremely fast. One moment they're on the bikes, the next they're all over the place! I found this really amusing and hope we get to see similar fights involving Sakagami. Lunch ends and the repeater girl finally introduces herself to Tomoya, her name is Nagisa Furukawa.

Later on, Sunohora confronts Sakagami and claims that she faked the fight with the bikers. She offers to fight him to prove it. Realising what a stupid idea this is, Tomoya backs away. Sakagami insists that the fight is seen as self defence and so Sunohora must come at her. As he does, Tomoya suddenly remembers a tale of a girl in the town who went around beating up tough guys. Unfortunately, it's too late for Sunohora who is utterly defeated.

Earlier on, Nagisa expressed a desire to join the drama club and Tomoya convinced her to get over her fears and just go along. Later on, he follows up and arrives just as Nagisa is about to enter. Unfortunately, no one is there - the club was disbanded due to a lack of members. Tomoya offers to help her get it going again. He walks back home with her and she asks him to come and visit her some time time. After hanging around town for a while Tomoya decides to drop by the Furukawa bakery, where Nagisa lives. Upon entry, he is offered a bun by the server (Nagisa's mother). Unfortunately it's not very good and Tomoya doesn't hesitate to make his feelings clear which sends Nagisa's mother into a state of shock, running off in tears. Nagisa's father follows up with a threat against Tomoya, until he realises that he's Nagisa's friend.

Tomoa is invited to dinner with Nagisa's family, who turn out to be quite strange. They instantly jump to conclusions about a relationship between Tomoya and Nagisa and start thinking up crazy names for poor Tomoya (personally, I think Okazaki Tomoya Eternal is an awesome name). After eating, Tomoya returns home to find his father asleep in front of the TV. He apologises for causing trouble for Tomoya which causes Tomoya to run from the house. He eventually ends up back at the bakery. Nagisa is in the park opposite and offers to take him "to the place in town where wishes come true". Tomoya agrees and the ending plays. It's perhaps not the biggest cliffhanger i've seen, but it certainly raises questions - it seems Clannad could be much more than just a standard school anime.

And now for a small off-topic rant: my posts about episodes appears to be getting longer and longer. Either i'm watching shows with much more content or i'm getting more and more verbose. I'd rather not write long posts as it takes a long time and also it spoils most of the story for that episode. I want to write about my thoughts on the episode and to post amusing screencaps, not narrate the plot line! I'll have to see what I can do...

Clannad's scenery is truly beautiful

The alternative world girl - looks very much like Nagisa

The breif "Spectator's View" of Sakagami's attack

Why not? It's comfortable and just about the right height

Useful information for Sunohora

If it means I won't get my face smashed in, yes I am her friend!

I see no problems with this awesome name

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