Anime&Manga Pairing Countdown #1

This time for real.


#1 Nagisa Furakawa x Tomoya Okazaki in Clannad: After Story (Anime, originally Visual Novel)

Tomoya x Nagisa
Tomoya x Nagisa

After only watching Clannad, maybe not everyone will immediately list Nagisa as his favorite Clannad girl (I didn’t). Just like Kanon (2006), Clannad is also an anime that is divided into 5-episode-arc that focuses on each heroine, so Nagisa like everyone else only get the spotlight in a few episodes, and was demoted to a side character in the rest of story.

Then, there is Clannad: After Story, the second season of Clannad, aptly named because it is literally Tomoya and Nagisa’s story after they got together. The strength of Clannad: After Story lies in the fact that it portrays romance between our main couple differently from 99% of other romance works, whether they be anime, manga, books, or movies. In your typical romance stories, writer try to make the plot interesting by orchestrating break ups, love triangles, new girls, etc in the plot. This is supposed to make the audience see how much hardships that the couple went through before finally getting a happily ever after ending. But what if a story has none of these?

Audience are treated to hardships that Tomoya and Nagisa faced as they married and live together in a new home. Both of them are exposed to the responsibilities that they must bear as a member of the society. Tomoya works hard in order to support his wife, while Nagisa learns how to be a good housewife. Several years later, they experienced for the first time what it means to be parents, and how to be responsible ones.

In short, After Story is one that narrates Tomoya and Nagisa’s quest for finding happiness, through overcoming numerous ups-and-downs of life, and finally by becoming a happy family in a town full of miracles.



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