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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.