Clannad ~After Story~ – 09

Tomoya worries about Nagisa when she falls ill.

Impressions:

I am utterly stunned by this episode. I was hoping that the show would get to showing some of Nagisa and Tomoya, after they spent such a long time on side characters like Sunohara, Misae, and Yuki but I didn’t expect that the first episode they have focusing on that would have so damn much going on. It’s not just that she falls sick; I could have seen them make a whole episode out of that. They have her be sick for a month; they have Tomoya go though the worry and anguish of not graduating with her, and committing his life or future to her more or less. IT WAS HUGE. The episode was so nerve wracking to watch. I felt so damn sorry for Nagisa. It’s just so unfair for her. This episode just utterly captivated me.

This episode did have me really thinking about this metaphor of the girl and the robot. I’m starting to conceive of rather crazy ideas on what this could mean. I think the metaphor; the world itself could either be a metaphor for Tomoya or Nagisa. For Tomoya because the whole “this is a world that has ended” could be referring to his rather standoffish personality, him being alone. Then he gets this partner, the robot, Nagisa, and things start to be better but they have to make their way to a new place, a new world, because if it gets too cold the girl can’t move. Which could mean Tomoya has to move forward with his life, think about his future, and so on. The other possibility, only more likely because Nagisa is a girl and well the human in the metaphor is a girl, is effectively the same thing but with Nagisa. She was al alone before Tomoya came about, eating by herself and so on. Tomoya, the robot, comes to her life but the girl isn’t very healthy, if it gets too cold she’ll die, Nagisa is getting sick, so the robot, Tomoya has to help her and get her to a better place. These are really huge shots in the dark but right now its all I can think of and they feature this metaphor far too much, and far too cryptically for it not to be something.

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