Learn Japanese with Anime: “Clannad After Story” (Beginner Level)

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98% Outstanding

An outstanding work that has made history. Since it was produced in 2008, character designs are different from now, but I suggest you just watch this anime regardless of that. You should understand why people say "Clannad is my Life".

  • Story/Worldview 100 %
  • Character 100 %
  • Animation/Background 100 %
  • Songs/Sound 90 %
  • Originality/Enjoyment 100 %
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1. Information

Clannad After Story

Title (Eng)Clannad After Story
Title (Jpn)CLANNAD AFTER STORY
TypeTV
Episodes22
Aired Year2008
GenresDrama, Romance
PreviousClannad
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Clannad After Story

(C)VisualArt’s/Key/光坂高校演劇部

 

 

2. Synopsis

Clannad After Story

(C)VisualArt’s/Key/光坂高校演劇部

The second season of the Clannad series produced by Kyoto Animation. The original work was an adventure game made by a game brand named Key. The emotional story conveying friendship with fantasy became popular. Tomoya and Nagisa start dating after numerous events in season 1. In season 2, the friendship and love between friends and families are fully conveyed, with the love story of the two in the center.

Clannad After Story

(C)VisualArt’s/Key/光坂高校演劇部

 

 

3. Character’s way of Speaking

・Okazaki Tomoya (岡崎 朋也, おかざき ともや)

Clannad After Story

(C)VisualArt’s/Key/光坂高校演劇部

He uses a normal male speech like “xxx だ” and “xxx だぜ”. As for the style of narration, it ends sentences with “xxx だ” or “xxx である”. He is not a family with Nagisa but communicates with her as if he was her family. In the second season, he has become a good character for both listening and emulating.

 

・Furukawa Nagisa (古河 渚, ふるかわ なぎさ)

Clannad After Story

(C)VisualArt’s/Key/光坂高校演劇部

She speaks in the “xxx です” or “xxx ます” tone. She mainly uses polite words like “xxx ください”, “xxx ましょう” but modest expressions like “xxx していただきましょう” are sometimes used. Female Japanese learners should refer to her as a model.

 

・Furukawa Sanae (古河 早苗, ふるかわ さなえ)

Clannad After Story

(C)VisualArt’s/Key/光坂高校演劇部

She mainly uses the same style of speech as Nagisa. Many lines have “xxx ですよ”. She also stretches ends of sentences like “みなさーん、ファイトーですよー!”. As with Nagisa, it is recommended for listening and emulating for female learners.

 

・Furukawa Akio (古河 秋生, ふるかわ あきお)

Clannad After Story

(C)VisualArt’s/Key/光坂高校演劇部

He uses a rough, boyish-style speech like “xxx じゃねえ” and “xxx ぞ”. Though his language sound rough and aggressive, his actions and his tone convey his kindness. He would be a good listening material.

 

・Okazaki Ushio (岡崎 汐, おかざき うしお)

Clannad After Story

(C)VisualArt’s/Key/光坂高校演劇部

She uses a somewhat childish way of speech like “xxx して”. Since children have a limited amount of vocabulary, short lines and words are frequently used. Polite expressions, like calling books “ご本” is also used. This is not the way adults normally talk, but it is used frequently by children. She can be a good model for listening.

 

・Yoshino Yuusuke (芳野 祐介, よしの ゆうすけ)

Clannad After Story

(C)VisualArt’s/Key/光坂高校演劇部

He uses a cool male speech like “xxx だ” and “xxx くれ”. If you only read his lines, you might get an impression that he is reliable, but in fact, he is quite stupid, and the gap between his action and his speech is quite funny.

 

 

4. Terms and Talking Contents

Clannad After Story

(C)VisualArt’s/Key/光坂高校演劇部

The plot and the setting are based on daily life, so the contents of the conversations are mostly about daily life. Especially conversations between families and teenagers are repeated. This anime nicely portrays the characters’ feelings. For example, Tomoya does not think well of his father, so he blurs the conversation when it is about his family. One of the examples is when Nagisa suggested Tomoya he takes his father to his baseball game. Tomoya responded “また今度にしよう……な”, which reflects his feelings very well.

Clannad After Story

(C)VisualArt’s/Key/光坂高校演劇部

 

 

5. Difficult Term List (You should prepare for them before watching)

・Difficult Term List which You Must Know (They come out more than twice)

#よみ漢字Meanings
1せわをやく世話を焼くto bother; to meddle; to poke one’s nose
2しかる叱るto scold; to chide; to rebuke; to reprimand
3しんろ進路route; course; path
4りゅうねん留年repeating a year (at school)
5かいしょうなし甲斐性なしbeing good-for-nothing; useless person

 

Clannad After Story

(C)VisualArt’s/Key/光坂高校演劇部


・Difficult Term List which Can Be Useful (They come out once)

#よみ漢字Meanings
6ふびん不憫poor; pitiful; piteous
7きおう気負うto get worked up; to be eager (enthusiastic)
8いれぢえ入れ知恵suggestion; hint
9さしがね指金instigation; suggestion
10せんきゃくばんらい千客万来flood of customers; (doing a) roaring business
11たかびしゃ高飛車high-handed; domineering; on one’s high horse
12はんめんきょうし反面教師bad example from which one can learn; good example of what not to do
13のりかかったふね乗り掛かった舟having gone too far to turn back
14きりもりする切り盛りするmanagement; administration
15たいまんタイマンone-on-one fight; one-to-one fight
16このおやにしてこのこありこの親にしてこの子ありthe apple doesn’t fall far from the tree; like father, like son
17しんじゅう心中one’s heart; the mind; inner feelings
18きづかう気遣うto worry about (someone’s welfare or comfort); to feel anxious about
19しょうねんば正念場critical moment; do-or-die situation
20じんじをつくしててんめいをまつ人事を尽くして天命を待つman proposes, God disposes; man does what man can do then awaits the verdict of heaven (or fate)
21かいじゅうする懐柔するwinning over; placation; gentle persuasion
22ねくびをかく寝首をかくto cut off the head of a sleeping person; to assassinate someone while they sleep
23しゆうをけっする雌雄を決するto have a showdown; to settle (e.g. a dispute)

 

Clannad After Story

(C)VisualArt’s/Key/光坂高校演劇部

 

6. Beginners can Learn Japanese with This Anime

Clannad After Story

(C)VisualArt’s/Key/光坂高校演劇部

Fewer jokes appear in this season compared to season 1 so the difficult terms occurrence rate is extremely low at 1.1 terms/episode. On the other hand, the difficulty level has increased because the emotional expressions in the story are more complex. However, the difficult terms occurrence rate is significantly low, so this anime is recommended for beginner-level Japanese learners. The plot is about the process of graduating from high school and getting a job, so it will surely be helpful for your future. Anyway, it is an extraordinary piece of work so this anime is recommended for everyone.

Difficult Terms Occurrence Rate1.1 terms/episode= 23 / 22
Difficulty Level12th grade= Middle School
Total Difficulty Score13.2 points= 1.1 * 12
   
Comprehensive JudgmentVery Easyin 0 to 29.9 points
Recommended Japanese LearnerBeginner 
JLPTN5 

 

Clannad After Story

(C)VisualArt’s/Key/光坂高校演劇部

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