Alright So first off the series in a whole is kinda on the drama side. But don't worry because this series is fairly great! I had my eyes on this for a while before actually watching this great series and was shocked when i started the 24th episode and saw this XD! But when i found out this was a special everything was fine, This one episode is great and has a great blind of hatred, Love and Timeskip added for some spice to it I really enjoyed it!
I can't decide which arc I like better, but you need to watch them both. If you skipped the arcs after watching the original then you are making a grave mistake. I pity they fool who doesn't watch the arcs.
This review does NOT contain storyline spoilers of any kind.
Due to the fact that Clannad was a visual novel at heart, these "alternate world" OVAs came out. I'm kinda divided. I played the VN after I watched the anime and I feel that both Kyou and Tomoyo deserve more. But then, I watched the OVA again and I've finally settled down to a conclusion: they're good.
They managed to compress a beautiful story (albeit, a side story) into 24 minutes of pure masterpiece. All the characteristics of the original Clannad are there: the real emotions, the romantic development, the anger, the sorrow, it's all there.
If you enjoyed Clannad and After Story do watch these OVAs as well.
Since it seems no one else who reviewed it has played the visual novel, I figured I would write a review.
To start with, if you havent watched the "main story" or played the visual novel, don't watch it because you'll be lost.
Someone said this is just a crappy "what if" put together as filler. This is wrong. This was a an arc just as long as Nagisa's in the Visual Novel. That means that what could have taken 23 episodes (like the Nagisa arc did) was instead compressed into 1. In other words, its just a bad (rushed) adaption (thus my score).
If you have played the visual novel, then its nice to see it on screen, and I would recommend watching it at least once (if you like this arc). If you haven't, well... Its not bad I guess. You won't enjoy it as much though because its so rushed.
I personally like the "bad end" where Tomoyo does not become Student Council President, but I understand why they chose the true end. Also I highly recommend "Tomoyo ever after" for those who liked her arc in the visual novel.
Just imagine ... A Clannad with no Nagisa, Kyou, Ryou, Kotomi, and definitely no Fuuko. Just Tomoya and Tomoyo. Recall the Latin grammar rule where feminine words tend to end with an 'a' and masculine decline to 'o' forms ... and forget it completely. Tomoya with the ‘a’ = boy. Tomoyo with the ‘o’ = girl.
Tomoya is a shiftless high schooler with no prospects for any higher education. HE skips classes and bombs his homework and hates school with a passion.
Tomoyo is a highly motivated girl with a great hope for advancement in life. Colleges are swarming to get HER to attend, and ideas of studying overseas is one of her options.
Somehow, these two are in love, and it's causing tongues to wag. Disapproving tongues that harp on the idea that Tomoya will destroy Tomoyo's chances for success. Pressure is placed on Tomoya by students that insist that he break off the relationship. But Tomoyo has been literally getting Tomoya out of bed and into class. She is an ideal girl for Tomoya. The problem is that an aimless delinquent would be toxic for a girl on the rise with the promise of living anywhere on this bright blue planet.
Tomoya finally is forced to agree and, against his desires, breaks Tomoyo's heart as he explains how he is absolutely no-good for her future. They go on with their lives. Tomoya finds a dead-end job in a nearby town. Tomoyo becomes president, of the high school, saves the cherry trees, becomes the pinnacle of a supremely qualified student ready for the university in America ... where chances are she will stay after graduation.
A boy going nowhere. A girl who could go anywhere she wishes. But what does Tomoyo's heart say?
A great romance which makes one ask, 'But what about Tomoya and Nagisa? Did that romance bomb?' But remember that anime are tremendous exercises in imagination. A concept can be thought out, presented, and dropped as the Clannad second season roars to a start. Just keep to the story, and matters as animation technique (standard, nothing that grabs you) and sound (the all-new selections of music were tolerable but was that a dango I saw in the closing credits?) just are minor factors. The charm of Clannad is that Tomoya could have had chances with any of the girls (well, let's nix Fuuko from the list) in the series. And the cast from the first season carried into the second (well, let's nix Fuuko from this list too ... rats!). The moment of romantic truth is yet to be seen.
And we all know that the mystery girl and her robot was the real traction to the Clannad enterprise.