A while ago, I’ve mentioned that one of my favorite parts about doing this series is that I discover games I’ve never played before. Here’s one of those games: CLANNAD, a visual novel that became an inspiration for many mangas and animes. One of its trance music, like stars by zts, is a sorrowful but hopeful tune that sets the tone for this tear-jerker game.
CLANNAD is a slice-of-life story that chronicles the life of Tomoya Okazaki from high school to parenthood. Tomoya leads a inward, negative life in high school. His delinquent life can easily be connected to his terrible relationship with his father. Recently, Tomoya’s alcoholic and angry father accidentally dislocates his son’s shoulder, forcing Tomoya to quite his sports team. Likewise, his father becomes apologetic and distant, only worsening Tomoya’s life. Despite these misfortunes, Tomoya befriends the sickly and low esteem Nagisa Furukawa. Together, they attempt to start a drama club.
CLANNAD is a visual novel where you converse with other characters. Like a choose-your-own-adventure, there are multiple choices that will lead to multiple different stories. Most interesting in this game are the dream sequences, where Tomoya dreams of being one of the only 2 living things in a barren, soulless world. Tomoya himself has no body in this world; instead, the other living thing, a girl, provides a body for him using a robot-like toy. The lights that appears here also mirrors those in the real-life sections. Once all of them are gathered, the true happy-ending is unlocked.
CLANNAD was released on the PC, PS2, PSP, PS3, and the Xbox 360, in Japan only.