The Clannad animated television series is based on the Japanese visual novel Clannad by the visual novel brand Key. The episodes are directed by Tatsuya Ishihara, written by Fumihiko Shimo, and feature character design by Kazumi Ikeda, who based the designs on Itaru Hinoue’s original concept. The plot revolves around the main character, Tomoya Okazaki, a disgruntled high school student whose life is turned upside down when he meets Nagisa Furukawa, a girl one year his senior.

Clannad Anime Synopsis

Tomoya Okazaki is a delinquent who believes he will never amount to anything. He skips school and plans to waste his high school days with his friend Youhei Sunohara.
While walking to school one day, Tomoya notices a young girl muttering quietly to herself. She exclaims “Anpan!” (a popular Japanese food) without warning, which catches Tomoya’s attention. He soon learns that the girl’s name is Nagisa Furukawa and that she exclaims things she likes to motivate herself. Nagisa claims they are now friends, but Tomoya walks away, dismissing the encounter.

Tomoya, on the other hand, notices Nagisa more and more around the school. He eventually relents and befriends her. Nagisa has been held back a year due to a severe illness, and her dream is to resurrect the school’s drama club, which Tomoya discovers. Claiming he has nothing better to do, he decides to assist her in achieving this goal with the assistance of four other girls.
Tomoya learns more about the girls and their problems as he spends more time with them. As he tries to assist each girl in overcoming her particular challenge, he realises that life isn’t as dull as he once thought.


Clannad Anime Info

  • IMDB Ratings – 8/10
  • Genres – Comedy, Drama, Romance, School, Slice of Life, Supernatural
  • Season – 2
  • Episodes – 48
  • Status – Finished Airing
  • Aired – Oct 5, 2007 to Mar 28, 2008
  • Premiered – Fall 2007
  • Duration – 24 min. per episode
  • Rating – PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

Clannad Anime Characters

The following is a list of characters from the Clannad visual novel, manga, and anime series. Tomoya Okazaki is the main character, a normal guy who became a delinquent after a fight with his father that permanently damaged the tendon in his right arm. This storey features five heroines: Nagisa Furukawa, a shy girl who wants to re-establish the long-disbanded theatre club; Kyou Fujibayashi, a loud and aggressive girl; Kotomi Ichinose, a silent genius who spends most of her time in the library studying advanced topics;

Clannad Anime Main characters

Tomoya Okazaki

Clannad’s main character is Tomoya. He is a Hikarizaka high school student with blue hair. He’s been labelled a delinquent, a young person who challenges authority. Despite his bad temper and reputation as a delinquent, he usually arrives late and skips classes, but he does not go around provoking fights. He is the type of person who has deep thoughts about his life but rarely expresses them. The cause of his delinquency: ever since his mother, Atsuko, died in a car accident when he was young, Tomoya has been living with his father, Naoyuki, with whom he constantly argues. Tomoya was injured three years ago during a fight with his father; since then, he has been unable to raise his right shoulder, and thus his basketball career has ended. Tomoya’s relationship with his father has been strained since that incident. Despite his sarcastic demeanour, Tomoya has a knack for solving his friends’ problems and appears to care deeply for all of them, even if he refuses to admit it. He is Kotomi Ichinose’s childhood friend, and he is best friends with Youhei Sunohara. Tomoya’s life changes for the better while walking to school when he meets a girl named Nagisa Furukawa. Nagisa describes him as someone who appears to be mean and bad-mouthed but is actually kind.

In the After Story, Tomoya assists in the resolution of many people’s problems. His feelings for Nagisa grow stronger, and he eventually marries her after they both graduate and he gets a job as an electrician thanks to Yusuke. Nagisa then becomes pregnant with Ushio. During those months, Tomoya cares for Nagisa as she grows ill, and Nagisa dies when Ushio is born. Following that, Tomoya suffers from a five-year depression and barely interacts with his daughter, who is left in the care of Akio and Sanae. Later, he takes her to a flower field, where they meet Tomoya’s grandmother, who tells Tomoya about his father’s difficulties after his wife died. Tomoya soon realises that he is subjecting Ushio to the same kind of relationship that he and his father had, and he becomes a better father as a result. When he returns home, his father accepts and declares that his role as a father is complete. However, a short time later, Ushio becomes ill with the same illness that killed her mother, and Tomoya decides to stay with her until the illness passes. Months later, winter approaches, and Tomoya is still caring for the sick Ushio, who requests to go on a trip they’d previously taken.

Nagisa Furukawa

Nagisa is the main character. She has auburn hair, is gentle, and speaks in a non-confrontational manner. Nagisa is sensitive, easily hurt, and insulted, and she speaks very politely. Her birthday is the 24th of December. She shouts out loud the names of foods she intends to eat to motivate herself, such as anpan, a type of sweet bean bread. She admires an outmoded group mascot known as “Dango Daikazoku” and expresses her appreciation for the fact that they are a close family regardless of the situation. She was forced to repeat her final year due to a nine-month illness; as a result, she is a year older than her classmates, including Tomoya. Nagisa nearly died as a child as a result of her parents’ preoccupation with their careers, as she has suffered from long bouts of illness since the age of five. However, Nagisa’s life was spared after Akio begged her to become healthy again. Since then, Akio and Sanae have abandoned their dreams in order to care for Nagisa’s health. Nagisa appeared one day, muttering to herself at the foot of the hill, and ran into Tomoya as he walked the path leading to the school.

Nagisa is a caring person despite the fact that she does not have many friends. She would never hesitate to help a stranger. As a result, Tomoya criticises her for being naive at times; however, she is always kind to him and genuinely cares about him. Even with the encounters with the other heroines, Tomoya’s efforts are focused on Nagisa’s desire to resurrect the school’s drama club. When Nagisa achieves her goal, she will have grown significantly since meeting Tomoya. The next day, Tomoya confesses his feelings for Nagisa. She accepts it, and the two begin their relationship.

In the After Story, she succumbs to her illness and must repeat her third year. She tries to re-establish the drama club, but she does not receive encouragement from Tomoya while he was a student. She manages to attend school every day and maintains a brave smile throughout the year. Nagisa visits Tomoya almost every day after he leaves the bakery to move into his own apartment and cooks meals for him to keep him company. When winter arrives, her illness prevents her from attending the graduation ceremony; Tomoya organises a mock ceremony for her instead.

Kyou Fujibayashi

Kyou is another heroine who appears in the adaptations as a supporting character. Kyou is the older of the Fujibayashi twins with purple hair, and she has long hair with a hairpiece to the left. She took on the role of class representative for her class, but she doesn’t think it’s very important. One exception is when she conceals the fact that she rides her scooter to school, which is prohibited by the school. She is a lively and outgoing young lady who can be overly protective of her sister at times. Despite her Tsundere demeanour, she is an incredibly talented cook. She met Tomoya in their second year, which explains their friendship. Her strength is incredible, and Tomoya once compared it to Tomoyo’s kicks. Her books are hurled with such force that they crack concrete. Kyou joins the drama club, though she only joins to ensure that the minimum number of members is met. Kyou falls in love with Tomoya while working to make Ryou and Tomoya a couple. However, after witnessing Tomoya assisting Nagisa when she became injured, the two sisters hugged and cried as they accepted the fact that Tomoya is already in love with Nagisa.

Later in After Story, Kyou is a kindergarten teacher who also happens to be Ushio’s teacher. Tomoya claims that her personality hasn’t changed despite the reunion, but Ushio claims that Kyou is a good teacher. She misses Nagisa and is frequently reminded of her when she sees Ushio.
Kyou’s storey begins when she attempts to persuade Tomoya to become intimately involved with Ryou. When a rumour spreads about Tomoya being a two-timer with Ryou and Kyou, Kyou begins to avoid Tomoya, and Ryou becomes more assertive.

Kotomi Ichinose

Kotomi is Tomoya’s childhood friend, but unlike Kyou, she is in the same year but in a different class than Tomoya. She is a blue-haired studious girl who is in the top ten for every subject in standardised exam results across the entire country—she always goes to the library to read extra materials, especially books in foreign languages. Kotomi is a quiet girl who is difficult to communicate with. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the violin, despite the fact that she is so bad at it that it causes pain to those who hear her play as a comedic effect. When Tomoya enters the library and finds Kotomi sitting on the floor barefoot, reading books with scissors in her hand, and acting strangely with Tomoya, he recognises her but has forgotten that they were once good friends. Following several meetings with Kotomi, Tomoya begins skipping fourth period in order to spend time with Kotomi in the library. Kotomi decides to join the Drama Club soon after.

Just as Kotomi begins to open up to everyone, a bus accident causes her to collapse in front of everyone and return home. Tomoya pays her a visit at her home and discovers that he and Kotomi were childhood friends who lost contact after Kotomi’s parents died in a plane crash. She asks Tomoya to leave her alone because she does not want to feel the pain of losing someone important. Tomoya decides to renovate Kotomi’s garden in order to distance her from her past, while the drama club members decide to gift her a violin, which is unfortunately destroyed. After renovating Kotomi’s garden, Kotomi appears to Tomoya, and after some touching conversation, Tomoya brings Kotomi out of her house to see the outside world from the inside of her heart. Along with the conversations, she admits to Tomoya that she has been in love with him since he came into her life. The next day, her guardian gives Kotomi her parents’ briefcase, which has travelled all the way to Japan. Inside is a teddy bear and a testimony, which asks Kotomi to live her life and grow up to be an adult. Kotomi weeps as she realises she is still loved by her parents despite their death.

Tomoyo Sakagami

During the spring semester, Tomoyo transferred to Hikarizaka High School as a second-year student. She is a silver-haired, strong-silent type of girl who is well-known for her strength. Despite the fact that Tomoya is older than she is, Tomoyo does not respect him as a senior student. Takafumi, her younger brother, is her only sibling.
Tomoyo’s path is rumoured to be violent, with a fighting misconduct record. These rumours are later confirmed when she beats up several delinquents from her previous school during the school day. Youhei confronts Tomoyo, unable to believe what he has witnessed. Tomoyo usually uses chain combos with her high-speed kicks, and she has even combined with Tomoya. After the beating, Youhei’s face is usually hidden, implying that it is too damaged to be shown on screen. After several meetings with Tomoyo, Tomoya learns that she wants to be a student council president, as well as the reason for her desire.

Her motivation is to gain enough clout to launch a campaign to save a row of cherry blossom trees from being cut down by development plans, as they are considered significant by several residents of their city, and the cherry trees have a special meaning to her because they helped mend her broken Sakagami family and turn her away from delinquency. When rumours of her previous delinquency continue to circulate and threaten to derail her campaign for student council president, Tomoya steps in to assist her by arranging for her to challenge the various sports teams, all of which she manages to win, greatly increasing her popularity.

Fuko Ibuki

Fuko is a freshman at Hikarizaka High School. Her birthday is in the month of July. She is a strange girl who is always alone, carving starfish out of wood with a small knife and giving them as gifts to others. This hobby consumes her completely, to the point where she loses awareness of her surroundings at times. Tomoya and Fuko meet in an empty classroom while Tomoya is carving a block of wood with a knife. Tomoya seizes the knife after noticing she is injuring herself, but returns it the next day. A few days later, Tomoya learns from Fuko that she is carving 700 starfish to be distributed to all of the students at the school in order for them to attend the wedding of her sister Kouko. The main issue is that no one in the school knows about Kouko except Nagisa because she stopped teaching there three years ago.

Fuko’s personality is childish and extroverted, leading most people who don’t know her to believe she is in elementary school. She is critical of Tomoya, frequently referring to him as a weirdo, but she is secretly reliant on him. She has grown to love Tomoya as a result of her reliance on him, and she finally expresses her feelings to him by kissing him on the cheek. Fuko awakens from her coma thanks to a miracle from one of Tomoya’s light orbs in the After Story arc. She develops a strong attachment to Ushio, claiming that she will kidnap Ushio from Tomoya in order to make Ushio her little sister. In the epilogue of Clannad, she is seen approaching the Girl in the Illusionary World (who transforms into Ushio) sleeping in the clearing where Nagisa was saved from death so many years ago and inviting her to play with her.

Ushio Okazaki

Ushio is the daughter of Tomoya and Nagisa. She has a prominent role in both the After Story and the film. Ushio looks a lot like her mother and seems to like the Big Dango Family as well. Nagisa dies shortly after giving birth to her. This deeply saddens Tomoya to the point where he has given up raising Ushio and has entrusted her care to Akio and Sanae. To cope with his depression, Tomoya turns to alcohol and cigarettes. Sanae arranges a trip to a flower field for Tomoya and Ushio five years later in the hopes that they will be reunited. During the journey, Tomoya meets his grandmother, Shino, and learns about his father’s past and the sacrifices he made for Tomoya, leading him to regret his actions and decide to raise Ushio and recognise Naoyuki as his father. Ushio reconciles with her father, Tomoya, after misplacing a toy robot that was the first thing her father ever brought her. Ushio is revealed to be a kindergarten student at Kyou’s school. Ushio contracts the same disease as Nagisa shortly after Tomoya restores order.

Ushio’s fever never goes away, despite the efforts and sacrifices of Tomoya, Akio, and Sanae. Tomoya brings her for another trip in the coming Christmas winter, filled with the desperation of wanting to do anything for Ushio, but she falls unconscious and dies shortly thereafter, along with her father, who succumbs to his grief, with her last breath being “Daddy, I love you.” Ushio is then revealed to be The Girl in her parents’ dreams’ Illusionary World. Desperate to save her family from a terrible fate, she created the world in order to re-meet Tomoya and collect light orbs in order to perform a miracle.

Clannad Anime Secondary Characters

Youhei Sunohara

Youhei is a friend of Tomoya’s who is also a delinquent. He was admitted to the school on the basis of an athletic recommendation in soccer, but he was kicked out of the club after getting into a fight with other members who had a habit of harassing the younger players. He became sluggish after this incident, becoming the only student with a higher absence rate than Tomoya. When it comes to sports and fighting, he is left-handed, but he writes with his right hand, implying that he is ambidextrous. In school, he and Tomoya are known as the “Dirty Pair.” His hair is naturally black, but after joining the soccer club, he bleached it blond. When they were younger, he was extremely protective of his sister Mei. One of the plot lines has him attempting to mend his relationship with his sister. Because of his behaviour, Youhei is frequently punished or beaten up by various characters, most notably Kyou and Tomoyo.

Youhei is important in several character paths, most notably the one centred on him and his sister. In the After Story arc, he is inspired to become a model and, at Tomoya’s request, attends Nagisa’s phoney graduation ceremony. He also pays Nagisa visits when she is pregnant. He appears the most in the School Life arc, according to the scriptwriters.

Yukine Miyazawa

Yukine is a second-year student who spends his lunch hour in the library’s reference room. Tomoya first encountered her in the library’s reference room while looking for a “how to” book on speeches for Nagisa. He is greeted warmly by her hospitality and returns the next day with Youhei at Youhei’s request. Since then, Tomoya, Nagisa, and Youhei have begun to visit the library reference room on a regular basis. She later gives Tomoya and Youhei a book of magical spell instructions to try. The majority of them are in Tomoya’s favour, involving the girls they met.

Ryou Fujibayashi

Ryou is Tomoya’s classmate as well as the class representative. She is the younger of the Fujibayashi twins with purple hair. Ryou, unlike her older sister, is shy and does not cook well (but is otherwise good at chores). She is a normal girl who enjoys fortune telling, but her predictions, while incredibly accurate, are either slightly skewed or completely wrong. Ryou is an important supporting character in both Kyou’s and Kappei’s paths.

Misae Sagara

Misae Sagara works as the dorm manager at Youhei’s all-boys dorm. When she was in high school, she was Hikarizaka’s first female student council president. She had perfect attendance for the entire student body for a full week, and the students adored her. Misae is friendly with the dorm students, but she is strict about the dorm rules. She is also well-liked by the members of the rugby team. Tomoya’s lecture can transform her into a violent dorm lady depending on her decisions.

Yusuke Yoshino

Yusuke is an electrician who used to be a rock musician and attended Hikarizaka high school. Tomoya first met Yusuke in a street light accident involving a person’s car, and he now helps Yusuke with his work. Yusuke is engaged to Kouko and is one of the reasons Fuko exists at the school. In the middle of the School Life arc and the first season of the anime clannad, he marries Kouko. He takes on a larger role in After Story, offering Tomoya a job as an assistant electrician at the Hikarizaka Electrical Company where he works, as well as words of advice on occasion. He has an odd habit of saying dramatic and often strange or incoherent phrases at random. Yusuke tells Tomoya about his past, including how he became a rock musician, rose to fame, and then broke down after learning that one of his fans had committed a crime. He became overwhelmed by stress and despair, which had an impact on his music and eventually led to his addiction to drugs.

Toshio Koumura 

Toshio Koumura is a language teacher at Hikarizaka High School and Tomoya’s first-year homeroom teacher. His age obscures his once-vigorous past, which was marked by his enthusiasm for teaching. Three years ago, he was friends with Kouko Ibuki. He was a strict teacher in an engineering school five years ago, well known for changing a lot of delinquents in the school for the better, but at Tomoya’s school, his skill is not required due to the school’s prestigious image. It was because of him that Tomoya and Youhei met in the first place, and it’s heavily implied that he arranged for them to meet on purpose, knowing that if they had at least one good friend, they’d have a reason to stay in school and not drop out. He retires one year later, before the story’s school segment concludes.

Clannad Anime Season 1 Episodes

On The Hillside Path Where The Cherry Blossoms Flutter
Aired: Oct 5, 2007 (JST)

The First Step
Aired: Oct 12, 2007 (JST)

Once Again After Crying
Aired: Oct 19, 2007 (JST)

Let’s Find Friends
Aired: Oct 26, 2007 (JST)

The Scenery With A Carving
Aired: Nov 2, 2007 (JST)

The Older And Younger Sister’s Founder’s Festival
Aired: Nov 9, 2007 (JST)

Star-Shaped Feelings
Aired: Nov 16, 2007 (JST)

The Wind That Vanishes Into The Twilight
Aired: Nov 23, 2007 (JST)

Until The End Of The Dream
Aired: Nov 30, 2007 (JST)

The Girl Genius’ Challenge
Aired: Dec 7, 2007 (JST)

The After School Rhapsody
Aired: Dec 14, 2007 (JST)

Hidden World
Aired: Dec 21, 2007 (JST)

Garden of Memories
Aired: Jan 11, 2008 (JST)

Theory Of Everything
Aired: Jan 18, 2008 (JST)

Stuck Problem
Aired: Jan 25, 2008 (JST)

3 On 3
Aired: Feb 1, 2008 (JST)

A Room Without Anyone
Aired: Feb 8, 2008 (JST)

Counter Measures
Aired: Feb 15, 2008 (JST)

A New Life
Aired: Feb 29, 2008 (JST)

A Hidden Past
Aired: Mar 7, 2008 (JST)

Face Toward The School Festival
Aired: Mar 14, 2008 (JST)

Two Shadows
Aired: Mar 21, 2008 (JST)

The Events Of Summer Holidays
Aired: Mar 28, 2008 (JST)- Filler

People Also Ask

Why is Clannad so famous?

Clannad is stunning in terms of character development, storey, comedy, and emotion. It depicts life and all of its truths beautifully while also incorporating anime.

Is Clannad a happy ending?

Clannad has two endings, the happier of which I prefer. When Tomoya Okazaki’s wife gives birth to their first child, he loses her. He has been depressed and unstable for 5 years, gambling away his hard-earned money and mourning the loss of his beloved.

Why Clannad is one of the best anime?

  • Clannad teaches you a true life lessons.
  • Clannad has the most romantic perfect story of all animes.
  • Clannad has the best ending ever (two actually )
  • Clannad has the best characters development in probably all of anime history in ( After Story )
  • Clannad has one of the best SoundTracks ever.

Why is Clannad so sad?

Clannad succeeds so well at being sad because the storey, for the most part, isn’t. The first season had its share of sad drama, but nothing too depressing. Clannad depicts an all-too-real situation with responses that are grounded in reality as well.

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Source – Wikipedia

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