Easily the best among the three Key Ani works.
combines Slice Of Life
, Romance, Angst, Family, Comedy, and Fantasy in one cohesive setting. A Genre Buster
if I've ever seen one.
Beware of SPOILERS!!!
The idea of Tomoya helping Nagisa gain confidence by helping her reestablishing the Drama Club was a foreshadowing of Tomoya's Jerk With A Heart Of Gold
nature, as he really acts like a Jerkass
sometimes, especially towards Sunohara
. He does inadvertently gather his harem
in this manner, but he really shows how sincere he is in helping them.
The second season was great in showing how Tomoya matured from the lazy delinquent he was in high school into the hard-working person he was since that point. The Character Development
was really realistic, as since he had a steady girlfriend, he decided to get his act straight in life.
The buildup towards Nagisa's death
was brilliantly done, a Player Punch
if I've ever seen one. Crying is the only option
When Nagisa died
, Tomoya showed a very human reaction: regret. His in-laws were all supportive of him during those trying times, so they'd be an example of the ideal in-laws. Tear Jerker
moments abound here, and none of them were uncalled for.
Lastly, the ending fully encompasses the fantasy element of the series. While many people view it as a Deus Ex Machina Reset Button Ending
, the game
has this as the "True Ending," so it was justified
worked on it. Need I say more
The OP for both seasons and the second season ED was of superb quality. However, Dango Daikazoku
felt a bit out of place IMO, although aside from being Nagisa's favorite, Rule Of Cute
is a story about life. Many valuable lessons in life can be gained from this series, as most of the dilemmas are realistic enough for most viewers to relate to. Tomoya and Nagisa's love for each other is an ideal romantic relationship. The Drama Club is a true Nakama
; they've always got each other's back, no matter how difficult the situation may be. The animation is of superb quality, and the pacing was just right. One of the best series ever.