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Feature 8.0
Video 9.0
Audio 7.0
Special Features   0.0
Total 8.0
Distributor: Siren Visual
Running Time: 300
Classification:
 M15+
Reviewer: James Wright

8.0


Clannad Part 2

If you've missed part 1 of this series, than I strongly suggest you read our review for Clannad Part 1 which will put this review into context. And with that said, part 2 of this entertaining and emotional anime series collects episodes 13 to 24 that revolves around the strange and powerful dynamics of high school. At times, Clannad is almost like a social commentary on the world because of the strong influence of high school and how our peers have on shaping our lives. However don't forget that this story is still entertainment and includes drama, romance and comedy.

The protagonists of Clannad is Tomoya Okazaki, a teenager who has a horrible life at home. Even though his life may be crumbling at homes, he is almost a father figure at school as he attempts to solve their problems and creates his own "family" or "clan" to strengthen their resolve. Although the initial half of this collection is similar to part 1 of Clannad, the series really kicks into high gear midseason as he finally accepts his fathers destiny of alcoholism. Kotomi also grows considerably in this collection as not just a character but a positive idea to those in the group. 

It should also be noted that Clannad Part 2 is more risqué than the previous collection with a M15+ rating due to the darker themes and sexual references. Don't worry, you won't see any Hentai type scenes but just like the real-world, high schools have their own dynamic "miniverse" within their boundaries that mimics the larger world. The great thing about Clannad is that even though the themes, relationships and stories are quite powerful, the characters are quite relatable and before you know it, their emotions will be forcing yours. Thankfully there is comedy littered throughout the series in order to give your emotions a break.

The final episode of Clannad is an interesting twist to the series and without spoiling it, episode 24 is based on a different ending from the original novel. Consider it like a Fringe "alternate reality" episode but for me, it was more like the happy ending that never really happened. Clannad Part 2 is definitely not anime dribble and proves that this format can be equally as powerful as live action. It's an enjoyable ride from start to finish.

Video, Audio & Special Features

The transfer to DVD looks good, boasting an aspect ratio of 16:9 with soft colours and some "cute" animation. The animation style is very anime and clichéd but when matched with the story, it actually creates something visually unique and more creators should go back to these basics. Add in Dolby Digital 2.0 and it may not be anything special but once again the soundtrack compliments the stories majestically. I wish some more effort was put into the special features here!

If you loved part one of Clannad, than this is a must have addition to your collection but just be warned, you need to have watched part one before you can piece together part two. It's great that the resolutions of the previous stories are finally finished such as Tomoya and his alcoholic father or the relationship between Tomoya and Kotomi, it all comes together nicely. Bravo indeed!






 
 



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