Against all the expectations of the game vets, all of whom said that it was impossible to do with Nagisa practically stuck to Tomoya as it is, KyoAni went ahead and put in the "lap pillow" scene anyway….and of course, it had to be Nagisa who suggested that. LOL. I mean seriously, seems like even Sunohara fell flat on his ass when he saw that. Apart from that, I’ve been hearing much talk amongst the game vets as to how the Yukine arc is the side story that has been most changed by KyoAni from the source, but I quite literally have no clue which scenes are source material, and which are KyoAni originals. Anyone care to lay out the full story on this?
In any case, it seems that a gang war has been raging all this time, and our main cast are about to get themselves caught up in the fracas. What is the story behind all of this, and the one behind the mysterious Miyazawa Kazuto-banchou?
CLANNAD ~After Story~, Episode 8. The end of the Yukine Arc.
Yes, I was wondering that, too. Nagisa is far too nice for her own good; really, she pretty much lucked out on landing herself a guy as uncomfortable with the Harem Lead tag in Tomoya. I mean, putting a certain Mr. Nice Boat aside, any lesser guy would be more interested than Tomoya is to utilize the advantages of the Harem Lead prestige class to full effect.
I’m sure yet another one of these light balls just popped up, right? I’m not even counting anymore….
The next-gen edition of Tomoyo Fighter ~It’s A Exciting Life~. Coming 2009 for PS3 and Xbox 360.
I can’t really blame Sudoh for wimping out at the sight of the legendary Sakagami Tomoyo. I mean, the girl’s a beast; only Sunohara has the requisite CON to tank that kind of damage.
Even the shota is afraid of the barbarian girl.
Okay, I’m intrigued. Miyazawa Kazuto is apparently the only guy who can go one over Sunohara and stand on equal ground with Tomoyo? Damned, I would love to see KyoAni animate THAT fight….
I have a feeling that it’s not easy being the leader of a delinquent gang, like Sasaki here. He clearly understands what Yukine is getting at, but at the same time, there’s no way for him to stop his men from seeking vengeance without compromising his own authority to no avail in the end. In a way, his suggestion is the best compromise there was to be had in such a situation.
When things are taking a turn for the worse, gaining a momentum that is impossible to stop, what options are there?
I wonder what Sunohara has to be afraid off. I mean, he may not be the guy who took down 4 punks at a go like he claimed, but I’m pretty sure he’s perfectly capable of the polar opposite; which is, to tank enough damage from 4 punks all at once. I mean, this is the guy who can tank Tomoyo’s 1000-hit combo after all, surely Sasaki is chicken feed compared to that?
Oh boy. Ooooooh boy. KyoAni’s finally made it happen for real. Nightmare Combo: Akiko-Jammu + Sanae-Pan, get!
….I think I just heard the sound of Kagikko all over the world swooning in collective fanboy dizziness. That was….disturbing. Let’s move on.
Oh Nagisa, you murdering little minx….
Oh, wow. Even Sunohara with all his ungodly CON failed his saving throw against the Nightmare Combo.
The bread + jam Key crossover gag was pretty funny on its own, but the fact that it’s also used to force Tomoya to play the hero? Not such a hot idea IMO. It only made me go LOLWUT.
The fight itself, on the other hand? Awesome stuff, the kind of KyoAni caliber that makes one long for more FMP all over again. Damned, KyoAni, give us more Sousuke and Arbalest badassery already.
And finally, after hiding the face of Miyazawa Kazuto-banchou in the shadows for so long, the time has finally come for him to show himself!
Except….not. Ouch, man, that looks like it hurt.
The only way for the fighting to stop was for Miyazawa Kazuto to appear, so appear he had to. And yet, such a thing was impossible, because….
….he had been resting in his grave all this time, unknown to Sasaki’s gang, and kept a secret from them by the Miyazawa-gumi. So…that was how it is. That was why there were no photos of Kazuto available at the bar when Tomoya asked for them in the previous episode; the gang probably couldn’t bear to see his photos and not lose the composure they were putting up in front of the trio along with Yukine.
But in his passing, he has left a parting gift; his ultimate wish, the making of peace between the rival clans, an end to all the fighting. And so, it all ends well.
For the first time in the entire series, we get a more concrete theory as to the nature of the light balls that have been such a big, yet mysterious part of the CLANNAD story; although Yukine herself does not know their full nature, she reveals the time when they appear, and what they might possibly do. For the longest time, CLANNAD has seemed to be the most ‘normal’ of the Key stories, resorting relatively sparingly to the supernatural elements of the Keyverse compared to its predecessors. However, is that at an end now? Does this mean we’ll soon be going into the "things are gonna get weird now" portion of the CLANNAD canon?
And with that, the story of Miyazawa Yukine is at an end. I have no idea how the original Yukine story is like, and how far the KyoAni version is different from it, but I do know that taken on its own, it’s not too bad at all. Although the "Nightmare Combo => Tomoya goes to the fight" sequence is frankly a bit wonky even for me, but otherwise this arc has been quite decent. May you long enjoy the peace that Kazuto-banchou has finally achieved between the gangs, Yuki-nee.
Next Episode Preview
From the looks of it, the next episode seems to be the series finally moving away from the side arcs, and truly moving into the real After Story portion of the game. With the question Nagisa raised about Tomoya’s future, what is he going to do, and what is going to happen? Once again, it’s time again for us to walk up the slope, quite possibly for the very last time.