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[Ascaloth] Fall Season Head-to-Head: CLANNAD (TV) vs ef ~a fairytale of the two~

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In the past few years, visual novel adaptations have been flooding the market, like no other time in anime history. Ranging from Navel’s Shuffle!, to Type-Moon’s Fate/Stay Night, and more recently 0verflow’s School Days, the adaptations have had varying success, and while a portion of the otaku fanbase have welcomed the increase in the adaptations of their favourite stories, while others have bemoaned the same change for varying reasons. Of the VN adaptations, however, none have caught as much attention, nor indeed have drawn as much hype, as Kyoto Animation’s adaptations of KEY’s works, from AIR (TV) in 2005, to Kanon (2006) in the Fall 2006 season. Much praise has been heaped upon the small studio located in Kyoto for their dazzling animation, as well as the faithfulness to the storyline of the original VNs, while their growing fame has inevitably brought forth the detractors oblivious to the quality of its works. Whatever the point of view, it is undeniable that the KyoAni VN adaptation hype is set to continue into Fall 2007, with the coming of CLANNAD (TV).


 
However, unlike in previous seasons, it appears that KyoAni will have some serious competition in Fall 2007; and it comes in the form of SHAFT’s adaptation of ef ~a fairytale of the two~, a VN by the software house minori. With CLANNAD (TV) airing on 5th October, and ef ~a fairytale of the two~  airing on the 7th, Fall 2007 promises to be the season of riches for the VN fan community, while the rest of the fanbase are no doubt hyping themselves over a certain done-to-death mecha series…


 
Where animation quality is concerned, KyoAni has since made a name for itself with its much-vaunted, and much-deserved, kami-sakuga. CLANNAD (TV) promises more of the same quality that has endeared the studio to its viewers ever since the days of Full Metal Panic! Fumoffu,  and it is almost certain to receive more of the same accolades for its customarily exquisite attention to detail. However, from what can be seen of the absolutely beautiful trailer for ef ~a fairytale of the two~, SHAFT has proven to be just as capable in the animation department, able to compete on an equal footing where art direction is concerned; an achievement that few other studios can boast of. Even if it didn’t quite match the breathtaking opening scene of the game itself, SHAFT’s adaptation can certainly stand on its own; with great OSTs from both series, it is certain that viewers of either (or even both) series can expect a feast for the senses.


 
As for the source material being adapted, it has to be said that KyoAni has always had a habit of seemingly making things difficult for itself by trying to adapt incredibly large scripts into a limited number of episodes; AIR (TV) is a perfectly good example, as is Kanon (2006). While the animation studio has passed the test with high marks both times, if not with flying colours, there’s still some cause for worry amongst the Kagikko as to how the studio is attempting to tackle CLANNAD, a VN with a behemoth of a script that has been purported to dwarf both Kanon’s and AIR’s scripts combined. The rumours flying around have only been encouraged by the fact that, at the time of the writing of this article, KyoAni has yet to reveal the number of episodes that CLANNAD (TV) will eventually be comprised of, and that is a mere five days before the scheduled airing of its debut episode. The fact that KyoAni has always tried to make its adaptation as faithful to the source material as possible, which is the same thing that would be expected of them by the Kagikko, won’t make things any easier for them either, and whether the broadcast run would eventually be 1-, 2-, or even 3-cours, KyoAni clearly faces an uphill task either way. Nevertheless, it would not be the first time the studio would have stacked the odds against themselves, and clearly the studio’s intentions are to overcome the odds once again, to deliver a VN adaptation that would re-define how works of the same genre should be done, just like it had done once with Kanon (2006). Only time can tell if the little studio from Kyoto can keep up their near-perfect track record.


 
On the other hand, SHAFT doesn’t have to face the same kind of odds; whereas the CLANNAD VN  is purported to take a good 100+ hours per playthrough, the ef ~a fairytale of the two~ VN has been purported to require only 10+ hours; such a huge difference, that the anime adaptation has been confirmed to need only 12 episodes (1-cour) for its run. Moreover, the original storyline is the work of Shinkai Makoto, who was responsible for the critically acclaimed Byousoku 5cm; if that is not pedigree, then I don’t know what is. Because of that, ef’s storyline is a linear one revolving around three different couples, thus SHAFT would also avoid the problem that KyoAni has once again brought upon itself; how to rework several different routes in the game, to fit it into the time-starved anime adaptation. So, for all intents and purposes, SHAFT should have an easier time making the ef adaptation into the masterpiece its VN predecessor is supposed to be. If anything, the studio should have even less of a reason to botch ef up, than KyoAni has to botch CLANNAD up. Even though I am confident that SHAFT should rise up to the occasion and deliver, the last thing I would want to see is for this to turn out to be another Sola; starting out full of promise, but fizzling out at the end.


So, for all intents and purposes, the previews of both anime series suggests that both are the must-watches for the season; despite my Kagikko,  and my supposedly pro-KyoAni bias, I cannot in good faith claim that ef  ~a fairytale of the two~ is sure to fall short compared to the massively hyped CLANNAD (TV), and only time will tell which one turns out to be the better in the end, if indeed a winner has to stand out. In any case, it is not a problem for me, for I will be following both shows for the coming Fall 2007 season, and filling all of you readers in on the latest on both.

Fall season has never looked this good. Ascaloth, out.
 

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25 Responses to “[Ascaloth] Fall Season Head-to-Head: CLANNAD (TV) vs ef ~a fairytale of the two~”  

  1. 1 dKiWi 33 comments

    pls watch the ef game op trailer it is godlike:

    http://nnl1.com/ef/download.html

  2. 2 Ascaloth 67 comments

    “Even if it didn’t quite match the breathtaking opening scene of the game itself, SHAFT’s adaptation can certainly stand on its own”

    Already have, dKiWi.

  3. 3 dKiWi 33 comments

    haha ok.. but i feel it deserves special mention. The video isn’t being widely propagated over the blogosphere.

  4. 4 Ascaloth 67 comments

    I guess that makes sense. ;)

  5. 5 Dagger 2 comments

    Shinkai had nothing to do with the ef storyline. He just made the OP (just like he did for previous minori works, including Wind and Haru no Ashioto). I also think it’s a bit of exaggeration to say that ef is recognized as a masterpiece… on a visual level, certainly, but it wouldn’t particularly stand out as a story without its groundbreaking visuals. It’s a solid and well-done piece of work but nothing earth-shattering.

  6. 6 psgels 14 comments

    “while the rest of the fanbase are no doubt hyping themselves over a certain done-to-death mecha series…”

    What…? Ghost Hound has mechas?

  7. 7 tj_han 899 comments

    I follow your lead and raise you a “I’ll rather watch Gundam 00 than all these sissy stuff”, Psgels!

    But yeah, Ghost Hound is exciting.

  8. 8 bj0rN 114 comments

    Ah well~ No one would understand ef that well since Clannad seems to be more popular. *sigh*

  9. 9 David 4 comments

    Lol, I’ll watch both. Clannad and Gundam 00, that is. Clannad is going to be a guinea pig a writing project. It’s going to be fun, I know it =D

  10. 10 Hinano 53 comments

    SHAFT sucks their own shaft. There’s no competition.

  11. 11 Crest 85 comments

    Correction. Makoto Shinkai did the OP animation not the storyline. NOT THE STORYLINE.

  12. 12 tik 41 comments

    “Moreover, the original storyline is the work of Shinkai Makoto, who was responsible for the critically acclaimed Byousoku 5cm”

    I think other than being the director of the game OP, Shinkai Makoto has nothing to do with the game at all. Shinkai has been producing game OP for minori’s game for quite a while. Some example of his work for minori are Wind - a Breath of Heart and Bittersweet Fools. The script for ef was wrritten by Mikage (who was somehow involved in D.C.) and Kagamiyuu.

    http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ef_-_a_fairy_tale_of_the_two.#.E3.82.B9.E3.82.BF.E3.83.83.E3.83.95

    “the ef ~a fairytale of the two~ VN has been purported to require only 10 hours; such a huge difference, that the anime adaptation has been confirmed to need only 12 episodes (1-cour) for its run.”

    “Because of that, ef’s storyline is a linear one revolving around three different couples, thus SHAFT would also avoid the problem that KyoAni has once again brought upon itself”

    Actually, the original game is separated into 2 parts as “ef - the first tale” and “ef - the latter tale”. The first tale was released last Christmas, while the latter tale is due to release later this year. The first tale only covers the first 2 couples while in the anime, judging from the trailer and the cast list, we will be covering 3 couples. Thus that 10 hours of game play translates to only 2 third of the anime series.

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    Although the character design doesn’t look as appealing as those from the game esp Miyako :( I am glad SHAFT kept Tenmon as the person in charge of the music. Also, I am quite curious as to what Shinbou Akiyuki can add as the “supervisor”" of the anime series.

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    “The rumours flying around have only been encouraged by the fact that, at the time of the writing of this article, KyoAni has yet to reveal the number of episodes that CLANNAD (TV) will eventually be comprised of”

    According to rumours reported by Moonphase in early Sep, there is a chance that CLANNAD will be separated into 2 segments, just like Code Geass.

    “>毎度毎度ご苦労様です。
    >既に御存知かもしれませんが、
    >コードギアス第二期の時期の件です。
    >ガンダム00第1シーズン→コードギアス第2シーズン→ガンダム00第2シーズン
    >上記の放送スケジュールになる可能性が高いとの事。
    >CLANNAD→ハルヒ2シーズン→CLANNAD2シーズンと、
    >分割方式が今後の定番になりそうですね。”

    http://d.hatena.ne.jp/moonphase/20070904

    If that’s the case, I will be in despair…
    Thanks to some studio and series that started off this trend…

  13. 13 tragic comedy 5 comments

    both are good shows…
    although SHAFT will have a hard time meeting fans’ expectations of the show (esp after the wonderful OP done by makoto shinkai)

  14. 14 abao 30 comments

    shaft animation is good, but from the previews the piano/ violin bgm and the hand movements doesnt quite match. This is where KyoAni wins in the animation dept.

  15. 15 dKiWi 33 comments

    Shaft’s animation sucks compared to KyoAni from their trailer. Especially the part when the girl got angry. The keyboard strokes were also off timing. Was Montekke! Sailor Fuku off at anytime during the dance? Nopez.

    But the game OP is really damn nice…

    Looks like Key, CLANNAD, and KyoAni got substance… but perhaps Minori and Shaft just look good on the surface.

  16. 16 welsper84 14 comments

    After watching Clannad’s trailer and OP, I have high hopes for Clannad. Will also check ef though.

  17. 17 Zeroblade 78 comments

    “Fall season has never looked this good.”

    Damn straight.

  18. 18 klazyguy 29 comments

    CLANNAD!!!!!and Gundam 00….been ages since i watched a gundam series…(Gundam seed destiny did not count–>it was like finding out ur christmas prezzie sucked). Damn, this fall has too much good stuff.

  19. 19 JS 81 comments

    I’m just gonna decide which ones, I’ll watch after watching 1 or 2 episodes. Clannad’s on my 100% watch list, though.

  20. 20 Kaioshin_Sama 24 comments

    tj_han’s got it down. In the grand scheme of things, both series seem less intriguing to me than Gundam 00. It’s quite remarkable that visual novel adaptations have gotten stale to me and my mecha fandom is still running strong, yet I’ve seen 10 times the amount of mecha.

  21. 21 Ascaloth 67 comments

    Ah. If I’m wrong about Shinkai Makoto, then I must have gotten the wrong info. Gomenasai. :(
    @abao & dKiWi,

    I didn’t get the impression that SHAFT was trying to make the BGM match the animation….after all, it’s only a trailer. Let’s see what happens in the show itself.

    @Kaioshin,

    Funny, I didn’t think you were interested in VN adaptations in the first place, apart from the opportunity to troll on KyoAni…

  22. 22 Westlo 1 comment

    I really don’t know why he would rather troll KyoAni works instead of watching something like Death Note which he would probably enjoy. He must’ve been the only person in the Gundam 00 thread who had no idea Setsuna was going to have a deep voice…

  23. 23 Somatic 31 comments

    “and ef ~a fairytale of the two~ airing on the 7th”

    -Its ‘ef - a tale of memories’

    http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=8192

    “On the other hand, SHAFT doesn’t have to face the same kind of odds; whereas the CLANNAD VN is purported to take a good 100 hours per playthrough, the ef ~a fairytale of the two~ VN has been purported to require only 10 hours; such a huge difference, that the anime adaptation has been confirmed to need only 12 episodes (1-cour) for its run.”

    Its stupid to compare the amount of episodes to the numbers of hours taken to complete the game. The importantance is not the duration/scripts.

    But how well the Script Writer of each producing company can Plan and coordinate all parts of their story to match and keep the storyline flowing, and if u look at it closer, the truth is that no matter how Kyoani have to choose a single path to run throught, and if you are trying to say that they have to run throught alot of mini arcs instead of major character arcs as per what they did in Kannon 2006, then i wonder if their Story writer is going bonkers.

    If you are judging that ef is easier for SHAFT then sorry, its wrong. With the 3rd arc still not out yet (Game release this year end), you are making a wrong judgement here totally.

    “Moreover, the original storyline is the work of Shinkai Makoto, who was responsible for the critically acclaimed Byousoku 5cm; if that is not pedigree, then I don’t know what is. Because of that, ef’s storyline is a linear one revolving around three different couples, thus SHAFT would also avoid the problem that KyoAni has once again brought upon itself; how to rework several different routes in the game, to fit it into the time-starved anime adaptation”

    As per alot of response earlier on, Makoto Shinkai does not do the story line at all.

    And stop making it sounds like “storyline is easy, anime is easier to make” kinda stereotype

    ” anything, the studio should have even less of a reason to botch ef up, than KyoAni has to botch CLANNAD up. Even though I am confident that SHAFT should rise up to the occasion and deliver, the last thing I would want to see is for this to turn out to be another Sola; starting out full of promise, but fizzling out at the end.”

    SHAFT is known for animation, yes. But story line delivering i have to close eyes on that, as i would expect the story line to kinda get involved with tons of parodies (and i was right about it).

    But i do agree with you. That both of this series will be good after all. Its just a matter of how people looked at it and not going stupidly fanboying which over did it to fall into the catagory of a “Tard”.

  24. 24 Joachim 2 comments

    @kaioshin:

    its a matter of preferences then, while u a mecha lover will (of course) enjoy gundam 00 more, i as a more into drama type guy will enjoy clannad and EF more.

    i’ve seen some of your several post in other thread with u bashing this genre, and i just have one question if u really hate this genre.. “Why bother to watch then?” its like someone who hates banana but still eat them for unknown reason (and of course end up saying “this is bad” everytime he eat it)

    what i want to say is, just stop bashing genres that u don’t like, give comment but something biased because of your hatred.

    but anyway regarding clannad will be split into two session like code geass… please no, i would rather have 4 cour running than 2 2 cour half the fun, double the pain of waiting sigh

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