WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Clannad, available on. Every anime has within it the capacity to absolutely destroy the emotions of any given viewer. From Naruto to Higurashi, any series can take you by surprise. There's still one anime, however, that reigns supreme in terms of outright depressing sadness. For instance, Clannad seemed like a fairly normal everyday drama, but its heartwrenching second season completely ripped the floor out from under the characters, and the viewers. Seemingly giving the main character everything he ever wanted before violently taking it away from him, Clannad succeeds so well at being sad thanks in part to how happy it was beforehand. Here's a look at exactly why Clannad, specifically its second season, continues to be the saddest anime ever. RELATED: March Comes In Like a Lion: Will There Ever Be a Season 3? The Clannad anime produced by Kyoto Animation was an adaptation of a Key visual novel series. While arguably a sort of slice-of-life harem, the series would eventually delve into much deeper and darker territory. The protagonist, Tomoya, is a slacker high school student with a carefree attitude, wasting away his academic career down in the doldrums. His attitude changes when unwittingly befriends a strange girl named Nagisa, whose dream is to revive her drama club. Feeling that there's nothing better to do, Tomoya aids her in her quest, eventually befriending several other girls. Through helping them all with their problems, Tomoya himself begins to open up, enjoying and appreciating life a lot more.
39;t. The first season had its own sad drama, but nothing too disheartening.
However, the second season, Clannad After Story, is where things really take a turn for the melancholy. Several years after the first season, Tomoya and Nagisa are now adults in love and hope to start a family of their own. Things become a bit more serious than usual when the daily grind of adult life starts to wear on the two. Later, Nagisa is diagnosed with a strange illness that claims her life right after she delivers her and Tomoya's child Ushio. This sends Tomoya into a dark depression, as he leaves his child, who he's completely unable to become attached to, in the care of his friends. What follows is an emotional rollercoaster of highs and lows that makes what began as a simple harem-esque anime an unforgettably sad ride.. Why Clannad Is So Sad? Clannad succeeds so well at being sad because of the fact that for the most part, the story isn't. The first season had its own sad drama, but nothing too disheartening. At the same time, it was realistic almost to the point of mundanity, showcasing high school life and drama in a way that never felt over the top or ridiculous. This was ramped up in After Story with how realistically the cast began to deal with the responsibilities of adulthood, as well as how their town was changing along with the circumstances of their lives. This believable storytelling and almost complete lack of the supernatural enhance the tone when things do finally take a turn for the worst.
Clannad depicts an all-too-real condition with responses that are also grounded in reality.
Not only have viewers come to know and grow with the cast, relating to their trials and struggles in and outside of high school, but they're able to feel for them when they deal with horrendous problems that are still real. People who have watched friends, parents or even children die from diseases or other unfortunate situations know exactly how Tomoya feels, especially for viewers who may have planned lives with lost loved ones in the same way that he did. This isn't a situation where sad situations come from people dying in battle or trying to protect the world against monsters or alien invaders. Clannad depicts an all-too-real condition with responses that are also grounded in reality. This heavily contrasts tonally similar shows like Elfen Lied, where attempts to be sad are just as over the top, extreme and unnecessary as everything else in the series. This, combined with so much of what else Clannad had going for it, is what sets it apart among other sentimental anime, getting to the heart of its characters and themes in a way that tugs at the heart of the viewers like no other show. Those wanting to cry their eyes out are also in luck, as the show's easier than ever to watch. Along with Hi-Dive and VRV, the show can also be streamed on Hulu and Netflix.
This list describes characters from the anime and manga series Doraemon. Also listed are their original NTV voice actors (1973), followed by their TV Asahi voice actors (1979-2005; 2005-present). Part of the 22nd century characters are listed in The Doraemons. Each main character represents a primary school student archetype. Nobita appears in every episode of the anime, while Doraemon appears in most episodes, sometimes being substituted (for medical checkup or on leave) by his sister, Dorami. Note: In some translations of Doraemon, the names of these characters are different from the original names. 2.9 Nobisuke Nobi Jr. Albert in the Cinar dub of the series, is the title character and co-protagonist of the series. He is a cat-like robot from the future. He was yellow-skinned and had ears originally. However, his ears were accidentally eaten by a robot mouse. It left him heartbroken and caused his skin to turn blue. People often mistake him for a raccoon dog. He is sent back in time by Sewashi (Nobita's Great-great-grandson) to aid Nobita. Doraemon possesses a 4-dimensional pocket from which he can acquire various kinds of futuristic tools, gadgets, and playthings from a future department store.
He also has the tendency to panic during emergencies, characterized by him frantically trying to pull out a very much-needed tool from his pocket, only to produce a huge assortment of household items and unwanted gadgets. Still, Doraemon is very friendly and intelligent, not to mention long-suffering because of Nobita's antics. Since Sewashi sent Doraemon to the past, Doraemon has been living as the unofficial fourth member of Nobita's family and acts like a second son to Nobita's parents, since despite being a robot, he requires basic needs for a person, such as eating, and also sleeps in the closet of Nobita's bedroom. He also fears mice greatly (due to a robot mouse having eaten his ears), even go crazy about it and pull out devastating gadgets, and most of the times, Nobita saves Doraemon in such situations. Although he has no fingers in most media, he can hold things because of the suction cups in his hands. His favorite food is Dorayaki. He has also been shown to date with normal female cat. He is the elder brother of Dorami.
Future father of Nobisuke (his son).
Nobita Nobi (野比, Nobi Nobita, English dub: Sidney in the Cinar dub, Specky in the Speedy dub, and Noby Nobi in the Bang Zoom! dub) is the co-protagonist of the series. He wears glasses, a red or yellow polo shirt with a white collar, and blue or black shorts and white socks and light blue shoes. Although he's not good at sports, he's good at shooting. He is usually accompanied by Doraemon, who functions as his caretaker. Although he's not good at sports, he's good at shooting and has been reflected in the movies many time. He's also good at string figure which sometime considered a girls' game. Son of Tamako and Nobisuke Nobi. Future father of Nobisuke (his son). Future husband or boyfriend of Shizuka and great-great-grandfather of Sewashi. Taurus), nicknamed Shizuka-chan (しずかちゃん) is a smart, kind and pretty girl. She is often represented by the color pink, and is seen wearing a pink shirt and skirt.
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The word 'Shizuka (しずか)' means 'Quiet'. She is Nobita's best friend. She does not shun Nobita due to his failing grades, lazy disposition or constant failures. In fact, she often tries to encourage him to do better, though she usually fails to convince him. Shizuka likes to take a bath several times a day; however, a running gag in the series is that she is sometimes interrupted by a sudden appearance of Nobita (sometimes Doraemon, Gian, or Suneo) usually due to misuse of Doraemon's gadgets like the Anywhere Door (Doko Demo Doa in Japanese). Shizuka's skirt is also frequently seen getting flipped, either by Nobita misusing Doraemon's gadgets, or by the wind. Scenes in which her underwear is seen, or she is seen bathing, have been removed from the dubbed versions, especially in India, Europe, the United States and the United Kingdom. Her true passions are sweet potatoes, which she would rather keep to herself out of the knowledge of others, and the violin, in which her playing is just as horrendous as Gian's singing. She is also known for taking piano lessons unwillingly due to her mother's wishes (as she loves violin more), which is sometimes a reason for declining to hang out with friends (but she plays piano better than violin). Shizuka is an animal lover and keeps two pets at home: a dog, who is saved from succumbing to illness by Nobita and Doraemon in one story; and a canary which runs away on multiple occasions and causing Shizuka and Nobita to run around the city chasing her down.
She sometimes fansies some handsome idols on TV. Besides Nobita, Shizuka is also close to her classmate and popular student Dekisugi. Though they consider each other only as friends. Gemini), named Buster in the Cinar dub and Bob in the Speedy dub, usually known by the nickname "Gian" (「ジャイアン」, "Jaian", English: Big G) is a strong and quick-tempered local bully. He also frequently steals other children's stuff (especially Nobita's and Suneo's) under the pretext of "borrowing" them, unless the toy is damaged. He is known for his awful singing voice, though he considers himself a great singer. To prove this, Gian sometimes "invites" others to attend his concerts, under the threat of beatings. His singing is so horrible that, once, Nobita and Doraemon try to mute it in a silent world, his writings of the song lyrics in a board end up having the same effect as when they hear them.Though his voice is terrible in one of the episodes it was shown that a girl liked his singing. In some films, his singing is enhanced to become an effective weapon (as in 'Nobita's Great Adventure in the South Seas'). In some episodes when his voice is recorded and he hears it, he instantly denies it being his voice and threatens to beat up the person who his songs in a very bad way (which is an irony).