Anime Review: Clannad, Clannad: After Story, and Kanon

So I have to admit. I have always thought of Anime as nothing but adult content, an excuse to show off too much flesh, in a word: porn. One of my friends is into Anime and watches a lot and I often (jokingly) made fun of her for watching it.  Well, to be honest I don’t recall if it was a recommendation from her that made me give one short anime series a shot or something else. But I ended up watching a few anime shows; or at-least a few episodes of some shows and a few I watched all the way through. I will admit I was both right and wrong about my impressions of anime.

I have since then started watching a lot of anime shows, and I have turned off a lot of anime shows.  Some I go through a number of episodes before I decide the show is basically an excuse to show off flesh.  Some shows I get all the way through a whole 3 minutes before I come to the same conclusion. And as I said there are some shows that I watch all the way through because they are purely good content and don’t stoop to including a bunch of garbage just to fill time or get ratings. I have not yet found any good sites out there for determining if a anime show will be clean or not.  I’m sure there are a number of sites out there, but it seems most rate the shows based on how entertaining it is and not how clean it is from a christian perspective. So as I go through shows I decided to start posting my thoughts on various shows I have watched (and some I have turned off).

Clannad

This was a very entertaining show to watch. It is full of one-liners and ongoing comedy as the various characters inter-act through-out the story line. The basic plot revolves around Tomoya, a high-school student who cares nothing for himself or his future but cares greatly for those around him. Tomoya consistently goes out of his way to help the people around him. When the show starts he really has only one friend, a delinquent like him. As he meets new people and tries to help them make friends and accomplish the things they are wanting to do he beings to discover that he has more friends than he thought.

The content of the show is about as clean as it gets for anime. That is not to say that it still has adult content and just “isn’t that bad”, it is to say that it is clean. Anime generally revolves around high-school aged kids which means a bunch of girls in short uniform-skirts. I haven’t been to any Japanese schools so who knows if that is reality or fantasy. But because of that many anime shows use it as an excuse to flash undergarments or go strait to flashing some flesh because it is “just natural” for a skirt to flip up or something when girls are running around. This show stays far away from that. It is just good clean comedy.

Summary: I really enjoyed this show and have already watched it for a second time.
Seasons: 2 (see After Story below)
Season length: 24 episodes
Episode length: 25 minutes
Content: Clean

Clannad: After Story

Many sites (e.g. Netflix) list this as a separate show, but in reality it is season 2 of Clannad above. It picks up only a few days after the first season ends. This show continues the comedy of the first and and in many ways is even funnier than the first season. It also continues to keep everything clean. There were times I had to pause the episode because I was laughing so hard I was missing everything. Interestingly enough, as hard as I laughed at this show there were times that I cried equally as hard. Yes, I – a man of 30 – cried during an animated tv show, and I freely admit it. There were parts of this show that were so sad I couldn’t help by cry.

Even though there was sadness in this show it is well worth the watch. I have also watched this one twice already and expect to watch it again in the next year or so. I don’t expect them to make a season 3 as they wrapped it up pretty well, but I would certainly watch it if they made one. I will say one thing about this show: If you start watching it you must commit to watching it until the end. That is imperative. There will be times you want to stop watching because it is sad, but there is equal joy coming!

Summary: At times heart-breaking, but a wonderful show that makes me wish for a perfect ending in real life.
Seasons: 2 (see Clannad above)
Season length: 24 episodes (+1 extra)
Episode length: 25 minutes
Content: Clean

Kanon

Yuuichi hasn’t been to his cousins home-town for the past 7 years. But he doesn’t remember anything from when he was there last. Now he is back since he will be attending school with his cousin and living at his aunt’s house. While at school and visiting parts of the town he meets a number of girls who have secrets that seem to involve him. The show revolves around learning what those secrets are and Yuuichi regaining his lost memories.

This show I actually just finished tonight and I really enjoyed it. It was another extremely clean show that had a lot of great one-liners as well as references to ongoing jokes throughout the show.  All shows include some heartfelt sadness and this one is no exception; but fear not it wasn’t anything as heart-breaking as Clannad: After Story. There was some sad times but most of it was just good clean fun.

Summary: A thoroughly enjoying show powered by a great story and backed by good clean fun.
Seasons: 1
Season length: 24 episodes
Episode length: 25 minutes
Content: Clean

Images courtesy of thetvdb.com

3 comments for “Anime Review: Clannad, Clannad: After Story, and Kanon

  1. Emma
    October 24, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Thanks for posting this. I have been looking for awhile for clean anime that I could watch with my little sisters. But all of the clean anime shows are for kids and really boring and not worth watching. I’ll try these out and see how they are.

  2. Samantha
    October 14, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    I think you would also enjoy Howl’s Moving Castle, Tsuritama, and Spirited away. 🙂 Please email me if you find any more great clean anime’s. Thank you.

  3. November 3, 2014 at 8:46 am

    I have actually seen Howl’s Moving Castle and Spirited Away, but Tsuritama doesn’t ring a bell so I will have to take a look – thanks for the suggestion. Be sure to check out the Anime page, I keep a running collection of all the shows I find there.

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