Usually, I wouldnt post Anime Reviews on this blog, ever since the odex uproar about half a year ago, but reading Kaoshin's blog pissed me off enough to write a post on this week's CLANNAD. Keep in mind the fact that I read his post yesterday.
His post is a perfect example on dulling any experience of anything you have been through. Kaoshin's review here. While I do understand that reviews should use a moderate tone, the 3rd party observational/present-past particple? tone that he used totally spoiled the CLANNAD experience that one would had enjoyed had he not read that particular post and watch the show instead. Moreover, there were inaccuracies in his post, such as
As quoted from Kaoshin's blog:
The group guides Mei to Youhei’s room, and things aren’t exactly pretty… Nevetherless, she doesn’t give up and will do her best.
What actually happened was that Okazaki and Furukawa showed Mei her brother's room, and it looked worse than she had expected, so she decided to clean the room.
As Youhei’s room might not fit Mei, Nagisa will take care of her, taking her home
What actually transpired was that girls are not allowed in the Boy's Dormitory, so Nagisa offered to provide the lodgings for Mei during her stay.
Tomoya discusses about Mei a little bit, but then talks about the third partner. Kyou accepts right away. Kyou begins to abuse Youhei again, but as he freaks out, she uses the “teamplay” argument. Tomoya adds the same thing which ultimately force youhei to fetch their food. Kyou then takes this opportunity and talk about going out with a girl and she will talk about it this lunch.
This is grossly wrong from my understanding of the show. Sunohara was depressed over not doing something to make Mei's visit an enjoyable one, so Okazaki suggests that he fix up a basketball match, since Sunohara was the one that suggested and pestered him yesterday. Sunohara was fine with that, but stated that they need another person to play...
Which leads to Okazaki asking for Kyou's participation in this match. Kyou agrees, but then asked Sunohara to get her some fruits and milk for recess. An unhappy Sunohara asks why he had to get her food, which Kyou replied, "In basketball teamplay is important. You have to listen to your team mates... err no... team leader's commands... ... err nope... team leader's beck and call."
Okazaki silenced Sunohara by asking Sunohara to get him Coffee and Milk. Sunohara had no choice but to follow after the two agreed that he had no say in any matter. (LOL)
Seeing that Sunohara went off, Kyou then asked Okazaki to follow her later during lunch as the condition for helping him out.
It is the day and Kyou is fired up, as some people just made fun of her.
Actually, Kyou was pissed off by the Basketball club members as they said that the Film Club wouldnt be able to beat them.
This wakes him up, leading to a place he belongs to.
Completely different from my understanding... My take on Okazaki's thoughts, "Even for someone like me... ... wants a place where I can return to"
I cant say I translated these correctly, but that is my impression of the dialogue of CLANNAD. Either he is severely deficient in his command of the English Language or he simply hates the show, like what Ascaloth of Riuva alledged. But what's sure is the writing watered down any good qualities of the show.