History VisualNovel / Clannad

23rd Sep '17 10:28:27 AM N1KF
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%%** [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] later in the {{anime}} series, when Nagisa survives through the forced time-reset that Tomoya instigates.]]

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%%** [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] {{Subverted|Trope}} later in the {{anime}} series, when Nagisa survives through the forced time-reset that Tomoya instigates.]]



* DeliberatelyMonochrome: In what surely must be a ShoutOut to ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', the {{anime}} for ''CLANNAD'' begins with [[strike: Kyon]] Tomoya [[{{narrator}} narrating]], telling us how much he hates the town he lives in and his life in general. He's clearly depressed, and the world is presented almost exclusively in white, blue, drab green, and grey. Abruptly [[LoveInterest Nagisa]] appears, almost as if by magic. As Tomoya watches her talk to herself, the monochrome of his world begins to break down. The screen flashes with brilliant colors. A few seconds later, with some DramaticWind and some even more dramatic camera movement, Nagisa turns to look at Tomoya. The screen is awash with vibrant colors, and Tomoya's world has officially changed forever.
** In addition, the {{anime}} series occasionally employs briefer DeliberatelyMonochrome sequences in order to imply a sense of unreality -- for example, when Youhei is in a fog after first waking up.
** Late in the series, a heart-breaking use of DeliberatelyMonochrome - episode 16 of ''~After Story~'' concludes with something of an IronicEcho of the series' opening scene. Whereas the original scene gradually bursts from monochrome to full color as Tomoya and Nagisa first notice each other, here the color palette fades from almost surreal intensity (even the tree trunks are purple!) to nearly black and white,[[spoiler: to signify that Nagisa has died.]]

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* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The {{anime}} series occasionally employs briefer Deliberately Monochrome sequences in order to imply a sense of unreality -- for example, when Youhei is in a fog after first waking up.
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In what surely must be a ShoutOut to ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', the {{anime}} for ''CLANNAD'' begins with [[strike: Kyon]] Tomoya [[{{narrator}} narrating]], {{narrat|or}}ing, telling us how much he hates the town he lives in and his life in general. He's clearly depressed, and the world is presented almost exclusively in white, blue, drab green, and grey. Abruptly [[LoveInterest Nagisa]] appears, almost as if by magic. As Tomoya watches her talk to herself, the monochrome of his world begins to break down. The screen flashes with brilliant colors. A few seconds later, with some DramaticWind and some even more dramatic camera movement, Nagisa turns to look at Tomoya. The screen is awash with vibrant colors, and Tomoya's world has officially changed forever.
** In addition, the {{anime}} series occasionally employs briefer DeliberatelyMonochrome sequences in order to imply a sense of unreality -- for example, when Youhei is in a fog after first waking up.
** Late in the series, a heart-breaking use of DeliberatelyMonochrome Deliberately Monochrome - episode 16 of ''~After Story~'' concludes with something of an IronicEcho of the series' opening scene. Whereas the original scene gradually bursts from monochrome to full color as Tomoya and Nagisa first notice each other, here the color palette fades from almost surreal intensity (even the tree trunks are purple!) to nearly black and white,[[spoiler: to signify that Nagisa has died.]]



* DemotedToExtra: Let's just say that ''After Story'' is one hell of a [[DemotedToExtra Demotion To Extra]] for any heroines not named "Nagisa." Justified since After Story is the continuation of her route.
** A better example would be Yukine, who was originally intended to be one of the "main heroines" and her route was supposed to be longer but Jun Maeda was unsatisfied with her route. She still ends up with Tomoya but her route is noticeably shorter and lacking in impact compare to the main heroines (Nagisa, Tomoyo, Kyou, Kotomi, Fuko). All of the heroines take a back seat to Nagisa but it was always intended to be that way.
** Fuko after her arc is completed in the first season. She does make occasional reappearances, but the characters don't remember her, and she only shows up for comedic effects for the rest of Season 1. However, it's subverted late in Season 2, when the real Fuko does show up again, mostly for Ushio [[ImTakingHerHomeWithMe kidnap attempts.]]

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* DemotedToExtra: Let's just say that ''After Story'' is one hell of a [[DemotedToExtra Demotion To Extra]] for any heroines not named "Nagisa." Justified since After Story is the continuation of her route.
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** A better example would be Yukine, who was Yukinewas originally intended to be one of the "main heroines" and her route was supposed to be longer but Jun Maeda was unsatisfied with her route. She still ends up with Tomoya but her route is noticeably shorter and lacking in impact compare to the main heroines (Nagisa, Tomoyo, Kyou, Kotomi, Fuko). All of the heroines take a back seat to Nagisa but it was always intended to be that way.
** Fuko after her arc is completed in the first season. She does make occasional reappearances, but the characters don't remember her, and she only shows up for comedic effects for the rest of Season 1. However, it's subverted late in Season 2, when the real Fuko does show up again, mostly for Ushio [[ImTakingHerHomeWithMe kidnap attempts.]]attempts]].
** Let's just say that ''After Story'' is one hell of a DemotedToExtra for any heroines not named "Nagisa." Justified since After Story is the continuation of her route.



** Considering that [[AlternateUniverse alternate universes]] are also a very important point, a DeusExMachina may not have happened at all. In the universe where [[spoiler:Ushio and Tomoya die]], they really did [[spoiler:die]]. The miracle is that [[spoiler:Nagisa survives in an alternate universe, though it is unclear whether the consciousness of the Tomoya of both universe are the same]]. This is supported in that the miracle does not happen after [[spoiler:their death]], it happens only if you re-play [[spoiler:Nagisa's death scene again]], making it like you're playing another route.

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** Considering that [[AlternateUniverse alternate universes]] {{alternate universe}}s are also a very important point, a DeusExMachina may not have happened at all. In the universe where [[spoiler:Ushio and Tomoya die]], they really did [[spoiler:die]]. The miracle is that [[spoiler:Nagisa survives in an alternate universe, though it is unclear whether the consciousness of the Tomoya of both universe are the same]]. This is supported in that the miracle does not happen after [[spoiler:their death]], it happens only if you re-play [[spoiler:Nagisa's death scene again]], making it like you're playing another route.



* DownerEnding: In ''Tomoyo After'', [[spoiler: Tomoya dies after an operation to remove a brain tumor.]]

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* DownerEnding: In ''Tomoyo After'', [[spoiler: Tomoya dies after an operation to remove a brain tumor.]]tumor]].



** In one episode Kotomi [[InvokedTrope Invokes]] it by opening a window.

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** In one episode Kotomi [[InvokedTrope Invokes]] {{Invoke|dTrope}}s it by opening a window.
9th Sep '17 11:04:21 AM TheKaizerreich
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* WordSaladLyrics: "Ana"
* WomanInWhite

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* WordSaladLyrics: "Ana"
"Ana", a very Engrishy song.
* WomanInWhiteWomanInWhite: The girl of the other world wears only a white dress. Nagisa sometimes wears a white dress as well.



** Kyou - Grade A.
** Ryou - Grade A when not wearing the summer uniform; she's a Grade C when wearing the summer uniform.
** The rest of the main [[HaremPlot harem]] are Grade C.

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** Kyou - Grade A.
A. Always! [[spoiler:Until she becomes a teacher, at which point her clothes are too long to show it.]]
** Ryou - Grade A when not wearing the summer uniform; she's a during winter, Grade C when wearing the summer uniform.
** The rest of the main [[HaremPlot [[HaremGenre harem]] are Grade C.
9th Sep '17 10:55:40 AM TheKaizerreich
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* {{Utsuge}}: Creator/KeyVisualArts is known for heart-wrenching plots.

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* {{Utsuge}}: Creator/KeyVisualArts is known for heart-wrenching plots.plots, and ''CLANNAD'' is no exception. In fact it is probably the best-known Nakige in the West.
9th Sep '17 10:53:15 AM TheKaizerreich
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* TwoDecadesBehind: According to Wiki/TheOtherWiki, the events of the series take place starting in 2003, but there are no cellphones or computers seen ''anywhere'', save for the electric company office. Even then, the computer is still running Windows XP, which was a version out of date when the series aired, though XP was still in wide use at the time. Possibly justified in that the main characters are dirt poor. The series could have easily taken place in TheNineties or even TheEighties. We do see that the Furukawas have upgraded to a flat-screen TV later in ''~After Story~''.

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* TwoDecadesBehind: According to Wiki/TheOtherWiki, Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}, the events of the series take place starting in 2003, but there are no cellphones or computers seen ''anywhere'', save for the electric company office. Even then, the computer is still running Windows XP, which was a version out of date when the series aired, though XP was still in wide use at the time. Possibly justified in that the main characters are dirt poor. The series could have easily taken place in TheNineties or even TheEighties. We do see that the Furukawas have upgraded to a flat-screen TV later in ''~After Story~''.
9th Sep '17 10:51:19 AM TheKaizerreich
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* SerialEscalation: Just how much more tear-jerking can the series be?



* SeasonalBaggage: ''~After Story~'s'' anime opening uses this with the four remaining girls: Nagisa (spring), Kyou (summer), Kotomi (autumn) and Tomoyo (winter). Since most of ''CLANNAD'' is set in spring, this gives a pretty good clue which girl is the winner here.



* SheIsAllGrownUp: Mei, briefly, in the GrandFinale. Blink and you might miss it. (Trust us, [[PerverseSexualLust you won't want to miss it.]]) The rest of the girls in the series also qualify, though much more subtly. They were already beautiful, but look generally more mature at the end than they do in high school. Justified in that they're all in their mid-20s at this point. Subverted for Fuko, who is still very childlike in appearance and mannerisms though she is the same age as the other characters.

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* SerialEscalation: Just how much more tear-jerking can the series be?
* SheIsAllGrownUp: Mei, briefly, in the GrandFinale. Blink and you might miss it. (Trust us, [[PerverseSexualLust [[SincerityMode you won't want to miss it.]]) The rest of the girls in the series also qualify, though much more subtly. They were already beautiful, but look generally more mature at the end than they do in high school. Justified in that they're all in their mid-20s at this point. Subverted for Fuko, who is still very childlike in appearance and mannerisms though she is the same age as the other characters.
9th Sep '17 10:49:23 AM TheKaizerreich
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* OfficialCouple: Nagisa and Tomoya. After all, Nagisa is the "[[FirstGirlWins First Girl]]," Tomoya spends the majority of the show with her, and her theme song (also the season one ending theme) refers to a "mischievous" blue dango and a "kind" pink dango as a couple. The opening scene, where Tomoya describes their long path up to school, could be considered a description of their developing relationship.

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* OfficialCouple: Nagisa and Tomoya. After all, Nagisa is the "[[FirstGirlWins First Girl]]," Girl]]" ([[spoiler:that he remembers, the real first girl is Kotomi]]), Tomoya spends the majority of the show with her, and her theme song (also the season one ending theme) refers to a "mischievous" blue dango and a "kind" pink dango as a couple. The opening scene, where Tomoya describes their long path up to school, could be considered a description of their developing relationship.
2nd Sep '17 7:54:55 AM Kazuto
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The title, [[WordOfGod according to the author]], comes from the Irish word for "family" (although "Clannad" is actually the name of an Irish band, an abbreviation of "Clann as Dobhar" or "the family from Dore) -- and indeed family, along with the related concept of TrueCompanions, is the major theme of ''CLANNAD''.

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The title, [[WordOfGod according to the author]], comes from the Irish word for "family" (although "Clannad" is actually the name of an Irish band, an abbreviation of "Clann as Dobhar" or "the family from Dore) Dore") -- and indeed family, along with the related concept of TrueCompanions, is the major theme of ''CLANNAD''.
20th Aug '17 12:40:53 PM DavidDelony
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* GottaCatchThemAll: In the VN, you have to complete all the other routes in the School Life arc before advancing to the After Story arc.
27th Jun '17 5:05:05 PM nombretomado
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* TwoDecadesBehind: According to TheOtherWiki, the events of the series take place starting in 2003, but there are no cellphones or computers seen ''anywhere'', save for the electric company office. Even then, the computer is still running Windows XP, which was a version out of date when the series aired, though XP was still in wide use at the time. Possibly justified in that the main characters are dirt poor. The series could have easily taken place in TheNineties or even TheEighties. We do see that the Furukawas have upgraded to a flat-screen TV later in ''~After Story~''.

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* TwoDecadesBehind: According to TheOtherWiki, Wiki/TheOtherWiki, the events of the series take place starting in 2003, but there are no cellphones or computers seen ''anywhere'', save for the electric company office. Even then, the computer is still running Windows XP, which was a version out of date when the series aired, though XP was still in wide use at the time. Possibly justified in that the main characters are dirt poor. The series could have easily taken place in TheNineties or even TheEighties. We do see that the Furukawas have upgraded to a flat-screen TV later in ''~After Story~''.
18th Mar '17 11:33:24 AM Malady
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