So. Clannad 02.
PLANNED EXPECTED. No wait, the wishes come true thing was just acting. Or was it? Knowing Key they’ll make a silly plot device out of it, I CAN FEEL IT.
The collection of Really Generic Harem Girls Key Style is now complete. (Or is it!?) We have:
- The moé main heroine with a “weak body” (will we ever get an explanation for this mysterious disease?)
- The violent, most likely tsundere girl
- The mysterious martial-arts skilled cool girl
- The good and nice class president girl
- The silent genius girl, and finally
- The token dumb loli-like girl.
IMAGINATIVE, ISN’T IT! Most of these are carbon copies of the Kanon girls (durr, as if anyone would be surprised). Someone was already starting to hope Tomoya would end up with [someone who isn’t Nagisa]. Oh how silly, harem rule #1: the main character will always end up with the first girl he meets and who is first in the OP. If a harem show breaks this rule it’s called an interesting and innovative plot twist (see the Shuffle debacle).
Also, what the christ is with Tomoya? Is he some kind of schizophrenic? HAY I HATE MY FATHER AND I’M REALLY BITTER BUT I’M WALKING AROUND SCHOOL BEING NICE TO CUTE GIRLS JUST BECAUSE A MAN’S GOTTA DO WHAT A MAN’S GOTTA DO.
Furthermore, are the people who are saying this has the best animation of any show this season blinded by their Kyoto Animation-colored sunglasses, or are their brains trying to interpolate something from all the horrible blurring of the shitty raws? I mean, there are some really good scenes but 75% of the episode is just talking heads, standard harem show style, interspersed by the scene transitions stolen from Powerpoint. What’s with this, Kyoani? Are you TRYING to get it to look like a h-game on purpose or what? Where’s the imagination and fluid animation of the Haruhi or FMP:TSR fame?
And the mysterious dead world thing and the ghost thing goes on. WHY DO YOU HAVE TO DO THIS EVERY SINGLE FUCKING TIME, KEY? You could MAYBE do decent character drama if you didn’t fucking insist on all these FUCKING PLOT DEVICES that make your scenario writers look like 14-year-olds writing bad fanfiction. Le sigh.
tl;dr: Harem feeling getting stronger, nothing else of interest happens. Character development only develops clichees. Durr. May troll more later but I’m running out of stuff to write about.
NINJA EDIT: oh, and I also like (lol not really) the standard Key beat-you-over-the-head-with-a-bag-of-cement foreshadowing. - Angry Anonymous