Clannad

TV review by
Lien Murakami, Common Sense Media
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Tragedy and comedy converge in animated teen drama.
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Parents say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 13 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

An overarching message is that, despite tragedies and setbacks, life is still worth living and that it is possible to have a happy future despite a sad past. Also, tragedy should not be used as an excuse to stop living or require special treatment.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Tomoya is a delinquent with a heart of gold. Although he is not serious about his studies, the series revolves around his compassionate support toward his friends when they are in need.

Violence

Some comic fantasy violence typically surrounding Tomoyo Sakagami who has a reputation as a tough girl and fierce fighter. Sunohara is constantly picking fights with her, only to get kicked and beaten. Their fights are typically comic relief with a video game-like points counter being shown each time Tomoyo kicks Sunohara.

Sex

The girls in Clannad are all drawn with impossible body proportions (e.g. thin bodies, large breasts, long legs) and are usually wearing extremely short skirts with their uniforms. There is some sexual innuendo, for example, in one episode Tomoya and Kyou are stuck in a storage shed and Kyou implies that sex is a possibility. However, nothing sexual actually happens.

Language

Occasional words such as "ass", "damn," and "hell." Characters often tease each other.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some secondary adult characters drink and smoke. Tomoya's father is shown passed out and drunk with bottles all around. Nagisa's dad smokes and is often seen with a cigarette in his mouth.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Clannad is a funny but dramatic teen anime series with serious themes including death and moving on after tragedy. There are some intense emotional moments and some truly moving storylines, including the loss of parents, so be prepared for tears. All the teen female characters have exaggerated bodies --  thin with large breasts and short skirts -- and all are attracted to the main male character, Tomoya.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJacobTC June 15, 2015

mild sexuality

Its not exactly for kids but as long as your ok with mild sexual theams and mild cussing...however evrey anime needs sexisem even if its breef...
Parent of a 14 and 14 year old Written byMatthew W. September 12, 2016

A great learning opportunity

If you are reading this, your child is probably an anime fanatic. As a parent of two, one of which is an anime fan, I can honestly say i recommend this anime.... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bywhimsicalreviewer July 27, 2012

Day before yesterday I saw a rabbit, and yesterday a deer, and today, you."

Meet Tomoya Okazaki: your average, hard-hearded, cynical, juvenile delinquent. Indifferent and resentful to his surroundings, he dances to the beat of his own d... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bySuper Fangirl June 27, 2014

Sad, heartwarming and humerous. I love it! ^-^

Don't be fooled, this show is not for young kids, even though it is funny and heartwarming it can get sad and some children will not like it as a result. I... Continue reading

What's the story?

CLANNAD revolves around Tomoya Okazaki (David Matranga), a depressed delinquent in his last year of high school. He wonders if things will ever change and when that change will come. On his way to school one day, Tomoya meets a strange new girl, Nagisa Furukawa (Luci Christian). Tomoya and Nagisa soon form a friendship and he helps her restart the school drama club despite not having any interest in the dramatic arts. Restarting the drama club serves as a catalyst for Tomoya to meet and get to know several other students. In turn, Tomoya helps each new friend and eventually finds a renewed interest in life.

Is it any good?

This is a nice departure from the typical anime experience with no monsters to battle or advanced technology or magic. Aside from a few supernatural and fantasy elements, the Clannad world is everyday Japan with regular people. Much of the plot of Clannad revolves around Tomoya being drawn in to his rather eccentric friends' problems and helping them cope with their various losses. He supports his friends through surprising ways by making them feel better and helping them move on with their lives.

If there is one major plot element in Clannad it is that all of the main characters have some terrible tragedy in their history. While many of these histories feel like authentic stories if grief and tragedy, others seem soley created to make viewers cry. The lovely music score helps draw out the tears, and you might wonder if there are any well adjusted normal teenagers at Tomoya's high school. Fortunately, there are also some genuinely funny laugh out loud moments in the series to help balance out the serious drama.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about overcoming obstacles. What are some of the setbacks you have experienced and how have you moved on or coped with these obstacles? How can friends help when you're in need, and how can they make things worse?

  • Talk about body image in the media. The girls' uniforms in Clannad are very short and the girls are all thin with exaggerated figures. According to media images, what does a normal woman or girl look like? How is that different from what most real women or girls look like? What kind of influence do media images have on girls' self-esteem?

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