Clannad After Story – Forever a Masterpiece

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Clannad, what do you know about Clannad? Clannad is known as a series that has an ability to make their watcher cry like a baby. At first sight, I thought it’s just an overreact from community. I have a strong confidence with myself, the confidence that I won’t drop a single of tears when it comes to watching an anime, a fiction story to be exact. I’m starting to watch Clannad because I want to tell people to stop overreacting every single thing.

Clannad (first season) is a great drama series, but that’s all. I’ve lost some interest to continue it because I feel I’m not wrong with my first hypotesis, people just love to overreact something. But at the end, I still continue to After Story, just in case.

Now I got into After Story, the story starts really well and there’s so many happy family moments here and there. Every episode can warm your heart, and calm your mind. Almost half of the series has passed and finally I can feel some heavy atmosphere, and it feels heavier when each episode has passed. Lastly, I got to see the infamous scenes that has the strongest affect to the story. Things got drastically changed after this.

My tears just flowing out naturally, my confidence are gone immediately. I ask to myself  “What will I do if this is happened to me?” even though it’s only a little drop, the tears just came out. I keep thinking from the main character’s perspective to got the fullest experience throughout the story, it’s very hurt but it’s worth it. I don’t have any relate story with Clannad from my life, but if you’ve something similar happened to your life, you will get a 10x better experience. Clannad will make you see your life from much bigger picture.

This is what happened when the first time I watched Clannad After Story, it was 7-8 years ago.

7-8 years later

Like some months ago, I don’t know why but I just feel like wanting to watch Clannad After Story again. I also think I’ve already grown up enough to handle emotional story like this. I’ve already watched series like AnoHana, Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, and Angel Beats, also Makoto Shinkai’s movies like Your Name, Garden of the Words, Byousoku 5cm. That’s some pretty good line-up to have a big confidence. I feel like I’m ready to go, and finally decide to watch it again for the second time. There’s no way the result will be same as the first time.

Man, I just don’t learn a single thing about what happened back then. I just can’t believe it, the tears is just naturally comes out once again. To think I can used to those scenes is very arrogant from me. When I know what I will face in the next minutes, it just feel horror, a mix of scary and sad feelings. But, since I already know the ending and theory behind it, it help me to calm a bit. I have a better experience watching Clannad in my second time since I have a better understanding of the story, everything is just solved like a puzzle.

At the end of the day, I’m only a normal human, and Clannad is just special.

Unlike 7-8 years ago, I give more attention to detail things like music, transition, animation, and how the director managed this project perfectly. First, I have to mention the music. The music is one of the biggest reason why Clannad can made people cry, because it’s just perfectly fit with the scenes, and the timing is just brilliant, no other word can describe it better than perfect. The animation, scenes, and transition are also seems very smooth, Kyoto Animation just made their best work in Clannad, a big shoutout to all of the staff, and praise to the director, Tatsuya Ishihara.

From that day, I saw Clannad as one of the most special anime I’ve ever watched, a masterpiece in my book. It’s not because of the story can make my tears came out, it’s just everything about Clannad is very special.

Clannad isn’t supposed to be handled, but you’re supposed to feel it without being held back. Don’t take it as a challange, just let your heart feel it directly, and you will have a phenomenal experience.

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Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai – Second time to feel Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso all over again #ANIME

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Synopsis :

Spring time in April and the last of the cherry blossoms are still in bloom. The usually aloof bookworm with no interest in others comes across a book in a hospital waiting room. Handwritten on the cover are the words: “Living with Dying.” He soon discovers that it is a diary kept by his very popular and genuinely cheerful classmate, Sakura Yamauchi, who reveals to him that she is secretly suffering from a pancreatic illness and only has a limited time left. It is at this moment that she gains just one more person to share her secret.

Trying to maintain a normal life as much as possible, Sakura is determined to live her life to the fullest until the very last day. As her free spirit and unpredictable actions throw him for a loop, his heart begins to gradually change.

Review :

“I want to eat your pancreas” that’s what Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai means, I don’t know about this but is misleading title is popular in Japan nowadays? It was Seishun Buta Yarou last season and now this. That aside, Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai really remind me of Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, because Sakura is very similar to Kaori in many aspects. Miyazono Kaori from Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso is my most favorite heroine, and seeing someone who has similar characteristic with Kaori really make me happy. This kind of character is an ideal of girl from my perspective.

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Priceless smile, isn’t it?

 

Not only the main heroine, Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai’s plot is very similar with Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, so prepare yourself for another tear-jerker moments. The difference between this movie and Shigatsu is probbably the closeness of the main character with heroine. You will get to see more beautiful and love moments from the couple here. Shigatsu’s romantic moments is like an art and poem, but with Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai, you will get generic romantic moments instead, like a date and something like that. To be honest, Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai affects me more than I expect, and also more than Shigatsu. Well, maybe that’s because I got to see the ending directly rather than to wait it every week.

If I have to explain it with one sentence, it’s like “When you’re dreaming your most beautiful dream, then suddenly a yakuza punch you till dead to wake you up” and this movie is probably the most impactful movie for me, more than the popular movie in recent years, like Koe no Katachi and Kimi no Nawa.

Better to watch it if you have off-days, but if you lack emotion-sensitivity (immune to tear-jerker story), then you can decide whenever you want. As always, thanks for reading.

 

 

 

TOP 3 SHONEN ANIME ARC #ANIME

Before we start, I want to give a shoutout to the owner of Lost in Anime, Guardian Enzo or known as Kitamura Kou in Twitter for inspiring me to make this post. You can check his version here for more reference.

As a forever shonen-genre fanboy, this is probably the most enjoyable time I’ve spent making a post since the first time I start blogging, simply because I make what I like the most. Reminder this list is specifically rated based on arc only, not as a whole.

 

3. Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger – Takamura VS Hawk

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When I think about any kind of the best list, sport-genre is always the first one comes into mind. When I think about sport, there’s no better story other than Takamura’s road to become the World Champion.

The preparations that Takamura did for his fight against Hawk to become the World Champion is the best possible example if you want to learn how to become the greatest athlete. Seeing the dedication from Takamura to break human’s limit again and again and again is something that I won’t forget in my life, this arc teach me there’s no limit in human’s potential if you never give up. Boxing is like the simplest sport if you see it from the spectator chair, but this arc told me directly to the face ‘You have no fucking clue’.

 

2. Death Note – L

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Death Note is almost perfect in every aspect, the only weak point from the story is how it was finished, simply because they don’t finish it at the end of L arc. The thrill of psychological battle between Light and L throughout the story is out of this world. Light and L are the most intellectual main cast I’ve ever seen in an anime, and this series is like a chess game between them. They constantly trying to outsmart each other, and this rivalry never let you down. During these mental clashes, the magnificient of story won’t let you to blink an eye even for one second. There’s no better psywar story than Death Note. Tsugumi Ohba is a fucking genius.

The reason why this arc is not in number one because how the arc was finished. The ending of L arc is very visibly forced to continue the series. L is the peak of Death Note, if they continue the story after L, that mean they decide to destroy the legacy.

If Shonen-JUMP let Tsugumi Ohba end Death Note’s story until L and he makes the ending based on that in mind, Death Note will probably become the greatest fictional story of all time, that’s what I believe.

 

1. Hunter X Hunter – Chimera Ant

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Once upon a time, Naruto, Bleach, and One Piece called as the biggest three mainstream-genre title in Shonen JUMP. Ironically, there’s no arc story from these biggest three that can touch Hunter X Hunter – Chimera Ant’s story quality. Also, not even the most legendary manga of all time can topped it (Dragon Ball).

Chimera Ant is the best possible mainstream-genre story you can ask from a human, at least until this second. There’s no weak point in the story, it’s completely perfect. The suspense you will feel in the story is priceless. Also, you will get to see the greatest rage-moment from the main character in anime history, and the most beautiful ending from an arc. The ending is like an art, a masterpiece art.

If you already have your own version of best shonen arc in your mind other than Chimera Ant from Hunter X Hunter, watch this and your opinion will change. The only human in this world who I think that can potentially beat this arc’s quality is Eiichiro Oda. Let’s wait together for the final arc from One Piece.

 

 

Note :

  • No more than one arc per title
  • This list specifically for Anime (Manga is not included)

 

To be honest, I want to make a top five instead of top three list. I have no doubt about my top three, but it was hard to choose the fourth and fifth one. There’s so many option to choose with similar quality, something like Naruto – The Invasion of Pain, One Piece – Impel Down & Marineford, Gintama – Shogun Assasination, Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood – The Promised Day & Final Battle, Haikyuu – Karasuno vs Shiratorizawa, and Yakusoku no Neverland – Jailbreak. Fourth and fifth place could go any way with those list above.

But at the end, I decide to go only with my top three because it doesn’t feels right to list my top five if I still have some doubt myself. Maybe someday if there’s a fine feedback in this post, I will make another list without rank that I can share to my fellow shonen-genre fan so you can get more reference. As always, thank you for reading.

 

In case there’s someone who curious about my taste in anime and manga, you can go to myanimelist’s profile to see my scoring sheet list for anime & manga (just click the picture below):

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TOP 5 ANIME (FALL 2018) #ANIME

Note:

  • Read the synopsis before review, because I won’t repeat the content of base-story in review

 

Before I start, I’m glad I manage to watch Yagate Kimi ni Naru before I make this post. I heard some great things about this series, but I doubt to try it at first simply because it’s Yuri. But hey, there’s always the first time for anything, and it ended up to enter my top 5 list!

 

5. Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru [First-cour]

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Synopsis :

Kakeru, a former elite runner at high school, is chased for stealing food. He is saved by a Kansei University student Haiji, who is also a runner. Haiji persuades Kakeru to live in the old apartment “Chikuseisou” where he plans to team up with fellow residents to enter Hakone Ekiden Marathon, one of the most prominent university races in Japan. Kakeru soon finds out that all of the residents except for Haiji and himself are complete novices.

Review :

Finally, something that I wish to be animated, running-theme anime. As a sport-genre fanboy, I always welcome every sport-genre theme. We already have football, basketball, baseball, volley, american football, boxing, sumo, ice-skating, dancing, etc but I think this is the first time we’re seeing the story about running. The one who working for this anime is Production I.G, there’s no way it can’t be good.

Rather than the usual high-school concept, Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru takes the background story as a college student, it will become a plus point for college student watcher, including me. Solely because there’s a lot of relate factors from usual habit of college student. The pace of base-story is very slow, but the development of the characters is amazing. How Haiji managed to convices his friend from zero interest to running and now they’re with him until death is just amazing.  The running itself is very minimum in 1st cour, but there’s some very meaningful moments in there to make their relationship even stronger.

With very slow pace, it takes 1 cour to setup all of the characters. Expect more in 2nd cour, I bet we will got rewarded after a long build up in 1st cour.

Score :

  • Story : 7/10
  • Animation : 8/10
  • Character : 8/10
  • Enjoyment : 8/10
  • Overall : 7.75/10

Short-guide (15+) :

  • If you’re looking for a sport-genre series, this is for you
  • If you’re looking for a slice of life-genre this is for you
  • Similar anime : Ballroom e Youkoso

 

4. Sword Art Online: Alicization [First-cour]

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Synopsis :

“Where…am I…?” Before he knows it, Kirito has made a full-dive into an epic, fantasy-like virtual world. With only a murky recollection of what happened right before he logged in, he starts to wander around, searching for clues.

He comes upon an enormous, pitch dark tree (the Gigas Cedar), where he encounters a boy. “My name is Eugeo. Nice to meet you, Kirito.” Although he is supposedly a resident of the virtual world – an NPC – the boy shows the same array of emotions as any human being.

As Kirito bonds with Eugeo, he continues to search for a way to log out of this world. Meanwhile, he remembers a certain memory deep down within him. He remembers racing through the mountains with Eugeo as a child… A memory that he should not have in the first place.

And in this memory, he sees someone other than Eugeo, a young blond girl. Her name is Alice. And it is a name that must never be forgotten…

Review :

I bet 99% people in this community already know what Sword Art Online is all about, it also often called as one of the most hated series in anime community, and I wonder why. Maybe they just feel looked like a cool person by hating on Kirito? Nobody gonna admit this as a reason but I believe that’s one of the reason, we all know how cancer the elitist in this community.

That aside, this is the third season of Sword Art Online, I always like SAO’s story concept but I don’t really like the actual overall story that much. Something that what SAO’s lack is the story-pace. Like, they skip everything because they solely wanting to show off us how great Kirito is. But, this time is a little bit different. We’re offered a stable story-pace to build up the story, something I always wish in SAO. The first experience you will get when the first time watching it is like you play a New Game JRPG in console like PS4. The way Kirito lives in this game is what I seek from SAO. The process how he become a great player, and this arc explains it better than the previous arcs, much better.

It’s 50-ish episode series, the story is only started like about 15-20% but overall I can see a bright future for this arc, and I have a feeling it will become the best arc in entire SAO series.

Score :

  • Story : 8/10
  • Animation : 9/10
  • Character : 7/10
  • Enjoyment : 7/10
  • Overall : 7.75/10

Short-guide (15+) :

  • If you’re looking for game-theme series, this is for you
  • If you’re looking for adventure-genre series, this is for you
  • If you’re looking for isekai series, this is for you
  • If you have interest in IT, this is for you
  • Similar anime : Log Horizon

 

3. Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken [First-cour]

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Synopsis :

“Rimuru Tempest” is the new name of a slime in a fantasy world taken by a former 37-year-old human Satoru Mikami after he is killed by a passing robber. Broken free from ordinary, stale past life, his fresh adventure in a fantasy world as a slime monster with unique abilities begins.

Review :

The first time when I watched the first episode, I drop it immediately when I see the main character becomes slime after his death. Not long after that, I read some good things about this series and decide to watch it again.

My first impression is it’s just another Overlord, but that’s not the case. I don’t like Overlord because the scale of story is confusing, and there’s no build-up at all, it’s similar but Slime is a little bit different. There’s detailed build-up story how he build his kingdom and soldier. Many friendly characters and funny conversation are the reason why I addicted to this series. There’s also some serious fight-scene that can make us sit quietly to watch it.

Can’t say much about this series because they just got started into the serious arc, let’s see what it can offer in 2nd-cour.

Score :

  • Story : 7/10
  • Animation : 8/10
  • Character : 9/10
  • Enjoyment : 8/10
  • Overall : 8/10

Short-guide (15+) :

  • If you’re looking for comedy-genre series, this is for you
  • If you’re looking for adventure-genre series, this is for you
  • If you’re looking for isekai series, this is for you
  • Similar anime : Overlord

 

2. Yagate Kimi ni Naru

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Synopsis :

Yuu has always loved shoujo manga and awaits the day she gets a love confession that sends her heart aflutter with bubbles and blushes, and yet when a junior high classmate confesses his feelings to her…she feels nothing. Disappointed and confused, Yuu enters high school still unsure how to respond. That’s when Yuu sees the beautiful student council president Nanami turn down a suitor with such maturity that she’s inspired to ask her for help. But when the next person to confess to Yuu is Nanami herself. Has her shoujo romance finally begun?

Review :

Never in my life I thought I’m watching and liking Yuri-title at the same time. This series teach me that love can be formed in every possible kind of shape. There’s no limit for love, love has unlimited potential.

What will happen to you if you can’t love someone? What will you do if someone you love doesn’t love you back? What you will try to do if you want to love someone? What will you do if you want to get everything from someone you love? You will find the answers in this story.

Every people has their own pace of how long they can finally fall in love with someone, there’s someone who always fallin’ in love at first sight, but there’s also someone who takes a lot of time to fall in love with someone, it’s basically depends on theirself. One-sided love in this story takes a lot of time in their relationship, even though it’s going very slow, but the development of relationship between the main two heroine is becoming better and better. And that’s how you fighting for your love.

The character’s development is the biggest reason why you must watch this series. It will open up your mind to see the new perspective about human relationship.

Score :

  • Story : 8/10
  • Animation : 8/10
  • Character : 9/10
  • Enjoyment : 8/10
  • Overall : 8.25/10

Short-guide (17+) :

  • Don’t watch it if you have no tolerance with this kind of story, it was made only for open-minded people

 

1. Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai

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Synopsis :

Puberty syndrome – abnormal experiences rumored on the internet to be caused by sensitivity and instability during adolescence.

This year, Sakuta Azusagawa, a second-year student at a high school near Enoshima, meets several girls that are experiencing this “puberty syndrome.” For instance, he meets a wild bunny girl in the library. She turns out to be an actress on hiatus, Mai Sakurajima, who is also his senior at the school. For some reason, no one else can see this enchanting girl. How did she become invisible…? As Sakuta searches for answers to help Mai, they spend more time together, and he eventually learns of her hidden feelings…

This is an unusual story that takes place in a town of bright skies and glistening seas, where Sakuta encounters various intriguing girls.

Review :

What are your first thought when you saw the cover and title for the first time? I bet it’s ‘oh shit, another isekai harem anime’. Well, I don’t blame you since the cover and title is super misleading, or maybe the writer do it on purpose? Who knows. In short, this is a story about abnormal phenomenon that happened to the girls who are in their puberty, with a lot of romance, drama and funny moments. If you know Kokoro Connect, you can assume the phenomenon is similar to that.

So what’s good about this anime? ‘It’s only about romance-comedy with some of weird phenomenon seasoning, it looks somewhat interesting but seems nothing special’. I just assumed your thoughts, and here I will explain what is special about this series. It’s the conversation. The conversation between two of the main character is really fun to follow, it’s like they’re doing a stand-up comedy in front of us, and it’s very enjoyable. The conversation itself remind me of my most favorite Rom-com series, Oregairu.

Well, that’s not the only point why I like this series, it also has a funny love relationship between the main characters, an ideal relationship that everyone wish to have, and some drama to spice up the story.

Score :

  • Story : 8/10
  • Animation : 8/10
  • Character : 10/10
  • Enjoyment : 8/10
  • Overall : 8.5/10

Short-guide (15+) :

  • If you’re looking for a quality Rom-com series, this is for you
  • Similar anime : Kokoro Connect, and Oregairu

 

Sorry if my seasonal-review is a bit short this time, I’m not really excited with the line-up in this fall season. I have hard time to decide the fifth title for my list, but once again, I’m glad I give Yagate Kimi ni Naru a try. I also working on with probably my most favorite post since the first time I start blogging, can’t wait until it finished!

 

In case there’s someone who curious about my taste in anime and manga, you can go to myanimelist’s profile to see my scoring anime & manga list (just click the picture below):

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TOP 5 OST ANIME (FALL 2018) #MUSIC

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5. TK from Ling tosite sigure – KATHARSIS (Single) (Tokyo Ghoul :re 2nd Season)

 

4. Sayuri × MY FIRST STORY – Reimei MY FIRST STORY (Golden Kamuy 2nd Season)

 

3. UNISON SQUARE GARDEN – Catch up, latency (Single) (Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru)

 

2. LiSA – Adamas (Sword Art Online: Alicization) 

 

1. the peggies – Kimi no Sei  (Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai)

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5. Eir Aoi – Iris (Sword Art Online: Alicization)

 

4. Maaya Uchida – youthful beautiful (SSSS Gridman)

 

3. Mimei no Kimi to Hakumei no Mahou – Nagi Yanagi (Irozuku Sekai no Ashita Kara)

 

2. TRUE – Another colony (Single) (Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken)

 

1. Taichi Mukai – Reset (Single) (Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru)

 

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TOP 5 OST ANIME IN 2018 #MUSIC

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5. MAN WITH A MISSION – Winding Road (Golden Kamuy)

 

4. Berry Goodman – Dream Catcher (Single) (Major 2nd)

 

3. Rhythmic Toy WorldBoku no Koe (Yowamushi Pedal: Glory Line)

 

2. UNISON SQUARE GARDENHaru ga Kite Bokura (3-gatsu no Lion 2nd Season)

 

1. FLOW x GRANRODEOHowling (Nanatsu no Taizai 2nd Season)

 

 

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5. Mari Tamaki (Inori Minase), Shirase Kobuchizawa (Kana Hanazawa), Hinata Miyake (Yuka Iguchi), Yuzuki Shiraishi (Saori Hayami)Koko kara, Koko kara (Sora yori mo Tooi Basho)

 

4. Takahashi Rie – Chiisana Koi no Uta (Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san)

 

3. Takahashi Rie – Ai Uta (Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san)

 

2. Masaki Suda – Long Hope Philia (Boku no Hero Academia 3rd Season)

 

1. Yuiko Ohara – High Stepper (Single) (Hanebado)

 

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TOP 5 OST ANIME (SUMMER 2018) #MUSIC

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5. DNA – Koda Kumi (Black Clover)

 

4. Lenny code fiction – Make my story (Single)  (Boku no Hero Academia 3rd Season)

 

3. YOSHIKI ft. Hyde – Red Swan (Shingeki no Kyojin 3rd Season)

 

2. SPYAIR – I Wanna Be (Single) (Gintama.: Shirogane no Tamashii-hen – Kouhan-sen)

 

1. Berry Goodman – Dream Catcher (Single)  (Major 2nd)

 

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5. CHiCO with HoneyWorks – HIKARI SHOUMEIRON (Gintama.: Shirogane no Tamashii-hen – Kouhan-sen)

 

4. Bird Bear Hare and Fish – Leica (Single) (Boruto)

 

3. FAKY – four (Black Clover)

 

2. Masaki Suda – Long Hope Philia (Boku no Hero Academia 3rd Season)

 

1. Yuiko Ohara – High Stepper (Single)  (Hanebado)

 

 

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