I like to think of myself as a pretty emotionally strong guy, but this anime, well in the second season I cried my fucking eyes out. The first season was funny and happy, and well it was the best anime I had ever seen, and most likely ever will see.
What was unique about this anime is in the second season they two main characters actually got married and the storyline progressed from there. I had never seen that happen, but I was so happy it did, always when I'm watching anime had I wished the story progress farther into their love life's and this one did.
This anime was not full of action or adventure, it was the normal life of a boy who's starting his senior year of high school, and his well, I guess you call it his adventure through that. There's no super power's or monsters the characters actually go through human growth, which is simply beautiful.
The ending...the ending is a bit confusing, and quite frankly if what it means, means something that I don't think it means, I'm going to go down a spiraling depression. This anime, you become attached to the characters and you feel what they feel.
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Spoiler Alert: So when the main character's wife dies, I could not stop crying. Don't worry though, at the end they do bring her back, and how they do it is not a cop out, they set it up from the very beginning in season 1. And it's not oh we saved her with medicine; they saved her by rewriting time.
The intro and outro music are fantastic for both seasons.
The problem is, because of all the heartache and joy you go through in the anime, I just can't watch it again, and I can not put myself though that. It was too much the first time. I'll have to give a little background information here. When I see a new anime that I like, I'll create a character that represents myself and put that character in that situation, sometime's I'll change the storyline and everything, but I do this because, well I love to do it. Almost always I have the character representing me end up with the main love interest. Here's the thing, I love this anime so much, that I simply can't do that, I can't put myself with the main love interest because I feel like I'm ruining something completely pure.
For awhile I was in a state of depression, I had stopped watching the anime at probably the worst possible spot, because at that spot your thinking, "There's no way this could get any worse or any better." but not only did I almost miss out at the most touching father daughter moments I had ever seen, but I also would have missed the most amazing ending to the series, that shot me right out of my depression. The only thing is, I was so depressed, that even though it had ended the way I hoped it would, the transition was too quick and even now I'm still a little depressed.
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Spoiler Alert: Another reason I'm still a little depressed is that even though in the end it does show the main character's wife is alive this time and it shows a little preview of how happy they are, the description of that episode leads me to believe that what you actually see is just what would have happened if she had lived. So it very well may be that the reality is she's still dead and this is just like a, "Hey were you curious to see what it'd be like if she had lived?" kind of moment, and if that's the case...I'm probably gonna go cut myself.
Now you may be asking, "Well what is this anime called?" The anime is called Clannad (that is season 1) and Clannad: After Story (that is season 2). Clannad season 1 will make you mostly laugh and cry hear and there. Clannad season 2 will make you mostly cry and laugh hear and there. Both of the seasons are on Netflix so you can watch them there, and I'm sure there other places on the internet too.
So just to reiterate: Clannad, and Clannad: After story. Watch in that order.
Be warned, you will need a box of tissue to watch this, you will cry.