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gangs and the theatre club
Posted by tai on Nov 17, 2008 under Anime, Clannad, Discourse

Misae’s arc has now concluded and we move on to the next supporting character Yukine Miyazawa. All the moonwalk-characters in the ED have now been introduced to us, and I take this as a sign that After Story will return to the original characters; Tomoya and Nagisa most importantly. I personally am getting a bit weary of these two-episode mini-arcs that, albeit being touching nonetheless, don’t really fit into the grander scheme. But back on topic:

Yukine is a no-bias humanitarian figure who will never fail to care for anyone regardless of their history. She is reputable between both dominating clans, and is seen as a mothering figure. If you haven’t noticed already, one of the biggest themes in Clannad is the need and result of having a family. Tomoya moved out because he was having problems with his father, Nagisa had that incident where her parents reformed themselves for her sake, Kotomi is orphaned, Tomoyo was on the verge of having a broken family, and now we find out that Yukine is assuming a parent-like role for her brother and his entire gang. The theatre club is just a family within the student body as a substitute or supplement to their blood family; the members aren’t there for the theatre but for each other.

Likewise, with a gang, they aren’t there for the fights or parties, but for each other. It’s natural for different groups of people to have disputes with each other regardless of whether we call them “gangs” or not; the Theatre Club had a conflict with the Music Club over the issue of the teacher-supervisor. Gangs are generally comprised of male members, and males are generally less sensitive and easily aggravated, so they are more prone to physical solutions. Regardless, disputes, physical or not, are the main reason why people join hands and team up, and the way these disputes are resolved is what strengthens or weakens the bonds between the members. With Yukine’s brother in the hospital, Yukine is the keystone for her brother’s gang as a primary caregiver and role model, much like how Tomoya was the key member to the theatre club during its founding days.

Currently, the theatre club has no particular figure of dominance, and judging by the next episode preview when Yukine’s monarchist gang runs into leadership issues we will learn why an even-authority status is best in family relationships. It’s my bet that Tomoyo Sakagami will play a big part in this arc due to her experience with gangs and family problems, and that she and Yukine will be on anything but good terms with each other.


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.