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Clannad

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Based on 5 critic reviews
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85

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100%

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General Information

Available on:PCNov 23, 2015

Developer: VisualArts/Key

Publisher: Sekai Project

Genre: Interactive Story

After the death of his mother, Tomoya Okazaki—a guarded delinquent student at Hikarizaka High School—struggles to not only make sense of the abusive relationship he has with his alcoholic father, but also find meaning in his life. While on his way to class one morning, he meets a mystifying girl named Nagisa. She is a delinquent like him, but only because she is repeating her senior year, unlike the perpetually tardy Okazaki. From their brief encounter, Nagisa decides they should be friends, and enlists Tomoya's help to revive the school drama club. Not being busy in any way, he decides to join in. Along the way, the two make friends with many other students and try to find both solace and belonging in their endeavors.

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Clannad, a visual novel that now reaches the Nintendo Switch, delivers everything that can be expected of a game of its genre and much more...from its comedic, joyful moments to the most heartbreaking, depressing times, Clannad is an absolute marvel of an experience that will get its players to play through its entire plot lines and grab their attention for a whopping time that can go well over seventy hours of gameplay.

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Clannad is a visual novel that everyone should complete at least once in their lives.

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I don't remember the last time I was so interested in a story labelled as "romance," but then came Clannad and everything changed. I never know a romance story could be so engaging, so multifaceted, and so emotional. The choice of a perceived bad boy as protagonist was an interesting one as opposed to showing the innocent girl fall in love with the rebel, a scenario played out far too often in Hollywood. Clannad shows us the softer side of a delinquent teenager, juxtaposed with the often harsh outcomes of his decisions.

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Despite a beginning that focuses a bit too much on archetypes, so that it can deconstruct them later and far too much fluff, CLANNAD pulls its act together rather quickly to present a beautifully written story about family and optimism within change. This visual novel is a big investment, but its status as a potentially life changing one makes it more than a worthwhile read.

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