80 minutes or less This is one

80 minutes or less

This is one of my top 5 shows both personally and technically. While there s less moments of my favorite characters, the impact of Nagisa on the story overwhelms anything and everything. If anyone doesn t shed a tear or feel close to doing so during episodes 16-18, I d say that they ve lost any and all emotions. When I first watched the show, I couldn t believe that Nagisa died with so many episodes to go. I feel bad for Ushio as her character gets overwhelmed by the sadness of Nagisa s absence for a role that would be significant in any other way. Even in death, Nagisa is still present so much both in spirit and in story. The one weakness of the TV version as compared to the film version is that Tomoya s depression is more enhanced in the film whereas in the TV show, he s saddened and alone for about 5 minutes of screentime. In both the original series as well as After Story, Clannad has a great mixture of drama and comedic moments. Episode 14 is a great example of how something emotional the revelation of Nagisa s pregnancy can turn into a humorous moment without hurting characters. Akio s role is enhanced as he has to play both the comedic foil as well as the emotional pillar for Tomoya and becomes probably the second best assisting male in any anime I ve seen see avatars for first. While the first series is emotional at times with Fuko and Kotomi s arcs, it never reaches the depths of the main arc in After Story. I ve re-watched the first series countless times this year, but it s difficult to re-watch this set as the emotional impact still hits even when you know what ll happen. Visually, this set ranges 80 minutes or less very good to jaw-dropping amazing. While the character models have been altered, the animation quality from the first series has been maintained. The backgrounds are still beautiful, the animation is fluid for character movements, the only lapse in details are there for comedic effects, and the special effects such as Kotomi s violin are still impactful. Seeing the opening animation in true high definition is an absolute joy and helped me find details that I never knew were in the opening before such as the yellow petals compared to pink for the first season. This is one of the 80 minutes or less I will use to show why anime needs to be seen in HD to be enjoyed compared to SD and on DVD. As usual, the audio has been remastered into a 1 mix with both LPCM and DTS-HD formats. The original 0 LPCM track is included as well for those without sound systems that can take advantage of the surround channels. Everything sounds very well, but the show wasn t made to take advantage of that feature, so it s not as often used as a film would use those channels. The few instances of Kotomi and her violin serve very well as a true test of a surround sound system in my opinion. As with their release of Kanon and the first set, both Japanese and English subtitles are included. The English subtitles come from the sub-only release by Sentai Filmworks and look well for the most part. I ve noticed more typos in this set such as leaving out the s for a possessive sentence, leaving out the h in hit during the baseball game, and other minor mistakes such as combining two words into one that should be caught by a viewing of the feature. The opening and ending animations include both a translation portion and a staff/cast portion which alternate between episodes except in the Another World episode due to a lack of ED. Included on the final disc is a 101 image illustration gallery, two promotional clips used to announce that the show is coming soon/on air, the textless opening and four variations of the textless ending with different characters being included, the previews for the summary and Another World episodes, and those episodes themselves are considered bonus features on the final disc.

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