Clannad (will make you sob often)
Originally a visual novel released by Key in 2004 and made into manga series along with an anime series around 2007 consisting of 24 episodes. I’ve always liked the art work in “Clannad” and the series from the same company “Kanon”, the eyes and faces are sweet and the settings are calm and very realistic. The characters each have their own problems and the story pulls you in, its not long before you find the feels seeping into your very soul and out your tear ducts.
You follow Tomoya Okazaki a bit of a delinquent student who wants to change, he meets Nagisa Furukawa on the way to school as she is talking to herself. Tomoya meets several other girls in class who are all different but have some kind of draw to Tomoya. He finds himself drawn to Nagisa who is timid and quiet, he learns she is repeating the year since she had missed too much school due to an illness. He learns she wants to join the drama club that is no longer active. Tomoya helps her with her goal of restarting the club.
Tomoya meets the genius Kotome Ichinose and the childlike Futo Ibuki who each have certain problems that Tomoya helps solve. He grows close to all these new friends and he does what he had wished and starts to change. He grows closer to Nagisa and learns more about her. There are so many things that happen it can be a heavy series to watch that will weigh on your heart. It’s mainly a group of high school kids who have very real problems except for a pinch of a super natural plot as well.
I watched this series a few times and bawled every time, its a beautiful story.
What did you think about the series? Do you have a favorite character? Tell me about it in the comments! 🙂