The main female cast of Clannad: After Story (and of course, Clannad)
Garrick: I’m starting on episode 2 of this series since I had watched episode 1 before me and Minnie decided to start this site. Although, to be quite honest, for those who didn’t watch episode 1, you didn’t miss much.
Garrick: The OP of Clannad: After Story lacks the emotional feeling that I felt when listening to Clannad’s OP. While it’s not a BAD song, it not nearly as good as its predecessor.
Garrick: In the first two episodes, the story seemed to be less substancial, and more of a comedic event, much like Comic Party Revolution was to Comic Party. There isn’t much I can say about this episode, but the main idea behind it is: Sunohara Youhei, the comedic relief character, is trying to find a girlfriend so his little sister, Sunohara Mei, would know that her brother is in good hands.
Garrick: Obviously, due to Youhei’s total ineptness at befriending girls, can only hope for a ‘fake’ girlfriend, a person to play the part of the girlfriend only to persuade Mei that he has a reliable girlfriend. Upon the persuasion of the main character, Okazaki Tomoya and his girlfriend (which was established at the end of the first season) Nagisa Furukawa, the three go around the school trying to find a girl to be Youhei’s fake girlfriend.
Garrick: Obviously, this would make for some very HUGE laughs. First victim, Ryou Fujibayashi, the cute, shy, and timid (a.k.a. the exact character that Minnie would dislike) girl from their class. A flustered Ryou begins crying nearly imemdiately being given the idea, and her violent and overprotective older sister, Kyou Fujibayashi, throws a book at Youhei’s face. So, that didn’t work out.
Garrick: Next on the list is another of the main characters, Tomoyo Sakagami. She’s a sweet character… to everyone but Youhei. After a brief but hilarious moment for Youhei’s fantasies, he gets kicked over a fence some distance away. Next?
Garrick: Third is a character that was rather unimportant in the first season, Yukine Miyazawa, the sweet accomodating girl in the library. Not much could be said about her, since this scene never lasted long and was a very confusing moment. Quickly after Youhei enters the room with Tomoya and Nagisa, Yukine leaves.
Garrick: Fourth is the ever-adorable, genius, and horrible at playing the violin, Kotomi Ichinose. She agrees to be Sunohara’s fake girlfriend… but that never works out. When Youhei asks what the first thing the two will do as lovers, Kotomi chooses to play the violin. The horrendous squeak of the bow on her strings immediately causes Youhei to leave. Poor Kotomi.
Garrick: Next is a rather odd scene, that involves Youhei hitting on random girls on the streets. Not much needs to be said about that, since it was rather dumb. After that, Nagisa’s mother, Sanae Furukawa approaches the three and asks if they need any help. (every character in this anime seems to be very nice… Yes, this is a comment to my fellow reviewer) Rather hilariously, Youhei seems to believe that Sanae is not Nagisa’s mother, but her sister. Nothing wrong with going out with your friend’s sister, right? (as opposed to going out with your friend’s mother…) Sanae agrees to help Youhei, and the episode ends with the meeting between Sanae and Mei.
Garrick’s Rating of Episode Two: 7/10
Garrick’s Anticipation Scale: 8/10