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shima katsuki = master
Posted by tai on Nov 12, 2008 under Anime, Clannad, Commentary

At first, there was nothing much about this episode that really piqued my blogging impulse, hence the delay on this post. However, upon developing this post, I found myself getting more and more engrossed in Misae and Shima’s history. It’s nice to see how important Shima is to Misae and why she’s still caught up over it this many years down the road; it’s even nicer to know exactly why everything happened.

So, I figured out who Shima really is and why things went down the road they did. Please take a look at the following quote:

I finally remembered. I’m not Shima Katsuki. That was the name of the person dearest to me. We spent much time together, and he left me with his last wish.
Shima Katsuki; Episode 06 12:17

So the Shima we see is only naming himself after the one dearest to him. So who is that real Shima?

Master. Master. My current master is not the same as you, but she’s a very kind person. But she makes me worry at times. Was I able to achieve the goal? Was I able to achieve the promise we made? Now, it’s been too long ago, and I can’t remember. But right now, I want to remain like this. Please allow me to be with her forever.
Shima Katsuki; Episode 06 21:17

So the master of the cat was the real Shima Katsuki. And about this promise the two made? We have to backtrack to the previous episode to answer that:

Listen well. This charm has a light in it .It’s a light that grants any one wish. You will take this and go to her. And you will grant her wish. Do you understand?
Master Shima; Episode 05 11:16

This is the quote that Master Shima told the cat. But how did this unknown person know Misae, and why did he want to grant her and only her wish?

It was back when I was in elementary school. I think you were going to the hospital to visit your mother. When you went, you cheered my up when you found me in the hospital’s courtyard. You don’t remember this? I was in a wheelchair with a cat on my lap.

I remember now. But I didn’t do anything. We only spoke for a bit.

That’s not true. You really cheered me up.

What exactly did I say?

Um… I forgot. But I really am grateful to you. That’s why I want to return the favour.
Shima and Misae; Episode 05 13:43

After acquiring a temporary human form, the cat got close enough to Misae to hear her wish, but the charm was empty. Since he couldn’t remain human forever, he continues now as a cat to fulfill his promise with the real Shima to grant Misae’s wish. And afterwards, Misae was forcing herself to disbelieve that the cat was the boy she loves, until Tomoya told her otherwise. Now that she knows and accepts this she can finally move forward to find happiness down another path.

shima katsuki = nanashi
Posted by tai on Nov 1, 2008 under Clannad, Observations, Predictions

Again, I will stress the fact that this is a no-spoiler post, and anything here that may seem like a spoiler is just a prediction. I have not read the manga or seen the movie or played the game so I can only hypothesize about what will happen.
That said, I think Shima Katsuki is the cat. Yes, is; something along the lines of the fox Makoto Sawatari from Kanon. Let me give you the evidence I procured.
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youhei did no wrong; fingers pointed at tomoya okazaki
Posted by tai on Oct 28, 2008 under Clannad, Observations

Sorry Tomoya, but I am accusing you for all the preventable incidents occurring this and the previous episode. Mei, you’re partly to blame, too. As for Youhei, doesn’t it just suck to be everyone’s punching bag, especially at times like this? Thank goodness everything turned out okay and that Mei is finally back home and going to school. If you ask me, the insecure Mei and overconfident Tomoya have changed, not Youhei as one may initially think. In fact, I believe that Youhei’s character has not been changed at all by the events of this arc.
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unwrapping the history of the Sunohara siblings
Posted by tai on Oct 19, 2008 under Clannad, Observations

First off, another quick reminder that all of my blogs relating to Clannad After Story are non-spoiling, meaning that I have not watched the movie, read the manga or played the visual novel. Obviously, I will be talking about the episode at hand, but rest assured that only facts exposed in the original series and the After Story series up to the current episode will be mentioned.

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setting the stage... with filler
Posted by tai on Oct 17, 2008 under Clannad, Observations

I’ll say honestly that this After Story episode is quite a turnaround from the usual Clannad atmosphere. Aside from the introduction, this episode seems to be a lacklustre compared to the first episode with respect to references. The only thing that really drew interest from me was the Otherworld: It’s becoming more and more prominent, being shown for two minutes, compared to the usual 30-60 seconds. The appearance of the sheep I find unusual, since I believed it to be a world “where everything has ended” and that girl is the only one there. However, the sheep seem to know where they are heading, leading me to think that it is not a world which has completely ended. However, the exact purpose and existence of the Otherworld is one of the biggest mysteries of the series, and I have a feeling that Key/KyoAni will not explain it for us and leave us to make sense of it ourselves.

Another mystery character has been revealed at 13:15, the name is not mentioned but it is clear that he has some sort of close relationship to Yukine, as well as at least one additional person since he referred to Yukine as “Our Yuki-nee”. No details are given, other than the fact that the unknown character is hiding from a perpetrator or something of the sort. In the ending sequence he is the one seen after Sanae and Akio. (#4 according to the list in my previous Clannad After Story post.)

Hopefully they’re using this shallow comedy to set up for something big, but Kyoto Animation usually manages to do this without straying from the primary plot. I have to remember that Sunohara’s arc continues onward after this; I hope that this will not end up awkward like Fuuko’s (even though I predict that Fuuko’s arc will all make sense by the end of this series). It’s not a problem with Key/KyoAni focusing on a secondary character, however in that process I expect something to be revealed that can be relatable to the plot or the primary characters.

This is all for Episode 2. I wasn’t happy with it; I hope the upcoming episodes will be back up to and exceeding par like After Story 01 did.