Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Clannad Collection 1|
Genres: Drama, Anime & Manga, Animation
Studio: Adv Films Release Date: 03/03/2009 Run time: 300 minutes
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C. Caron | Massachusetts | 02/13/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Sentai Filmworks best ever anime in my opinion, Made by Kyoto Animation just like Kanon and Air TV. I love everything made by kyoto animation, if you like drama animes you would to.
12 episodes on two disks, Widescreen 16:9, Rated TV PG so just about anyone can enjoy this anime. Special Features: Clean opening, closing & trailors
Only bad part is that its English Subtitles Only, Japanese Audio 2.0, but the price is well worth it.
One star off for improper translations
James S. Pratt | America | 07/05/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Clannad is good anime. I consider it an essential of the medium. If you have not seen Clannad then you have not seen anime, period. Thankfully ADV has released it in America so more may be exposed to its wonders.
I only have two chief complaints. First the packaging description, while accurate, gives a misleading idea of what the show is about (then again, who believes the packaging anyhow?) But my biggest concern is with ADV's sometimes-confusing subtitle job.
Don't get me wrong. 99% of the time their subtitles agree with the fansub, and the story hasn't lost any of its charm. But there are some issues where ADV fouled up.
To start with, at various scenes they put these sort of on-screen footnotes to explain aspects of Japanese culture that are relevant to a current scene. While these are all but necessary, I wish ADV had put them on an insert inside the DVD case (or even on the inside of the label like Central Park Media used to) instead of right there on the screen, so I wouldn't have to pause the episode just to read the notes. Alternatively I wish they had included an alternate subtitle track that didn't have these footnotes.
Second is that ADV doesn't always capture the fine points of character speech, which may hurt your understanding of them, or at least cause you to say "what?" at times. For example, the first time Fuko's name is stated on-screen, its Okazaki saying it, leading the viewer to ask "how does he know?" It makes sense though, if you understand that Fuko refers to herself in third-person ("I have something to give you" should be translated as "Fuko has something to give you"). Another area where this might cause minor confusion is in the case of Nagisa, in which a large issue is made of her inability to refer to Okazaki by his first name (in Japanese society, this can come off as too familiar. Nagisa is habitually shy, so this makes her nervous), yet in the subtitles she calls him by his first name several times. If you listen to the audio, she's actually saying his last name and ADV just chose to mistranslate it, for whatever reason.
ADV also doesn't translate honorifics such as "chan" and "kun," except in one scene where its important. I feel this is a sloppy approach. Either honorifics should be translated all the time, or not at all. Also they include another one of those footnotes at this scene, though things like this are just another reason those should've been printed liner notes instead of part of the subtitle track.
These are all very minor flaws though, and despite these flaws the show is not hard to follow, whether going by ADV or anyone else's translation. ADV's release is probably the best quality release on the market, despite these minor quibbles, and very worth buying. Also, if you buy ADV's release, they may be encouraged to pick up Clannad's sequel "After Story," which has not yet been licensed for American release.
Please support ADV!"
Buy Based on Story, Not Format of DVD
Lerabeth | Midwest, USA | 04/11/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I noticed that everyone gave this product low ratings because of the format of the DVD; please do not be mislead. What's actually important, however, is the content that is on it. It's a wonderful story and you can lose yourself in it. It's not right to give low ratings just because the DVD is Japanese audio and English subs only; it's so much more authentic that way, and I find that the original Japanese is almost always much better than English dubs. I also like that there are lots of episodes in this release because it makes it less expensive to buy. It should be noted that there is nothing wrong with the audio or the picture just because there are a lot of episodes per disc. I hope to see more of the same, especially if they decide to realease Clannad: After Story (the second season) here in the states."
It has nothing to do with the Irish band... lol
Scott Martin Gavin | Klamath Falls, Oregon United States | 09/24/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Clannad" is another anime series by Key Visual Arts, based on a dating simulation game produced in Japan in both an adult and non-adult version, like Kanon. Do not let the series hentai heritage bother you, however, for this series is completely PG all the way. This set comes with two disks, containing the first twelve episodes of the show. The production values are beautiful. The animation is top drawer, the music is both fitting and beautiful. Because of the similarity in art and story, this series will no doubt be compared to Kanon, and, in the beginning, it appears to follow the same formula. Moody, bishonin hero with emotional problems, check. Harem of beautiful young girls who inexplicably dote on said hero, check. And there are the stereotypical harem members: The ditzy loner girl with self-image problems, check. The mysterious loli-bait girl with the tragic illness, check. The tough girl with a heart of gold, check. There is also the obligatory genius girl with no social graces and the (shades of Lucky Star) the blue-haired twins sisters, one with a pushy, irritating personality, the other a shy, cute, quiet girl. There is the hero's obligatory best friend, the standard goof-ball type who comes equipped with the pervert option and the strange colored hair option. And though it may not be fair to compare Clannad to Kanon, I found the story in Clannad not as easy to get into. I did not become as easily attached to the characters and their stories did not "grab" me at first. The first twelve episodes tell the story of Tomoya, our hero, who is a delinquent, and the girls at his school. His life begins to change for the better when he meets the ditzy girl, Nagisa, who was held back a year in high school due to ill health and is depressed because all her friends and classmates have graduated, leaving her behind. The two become a tonic for each other, and in helping Nagisa, Tomoya begins to find his own redemption. Their story is derailed part way through with the intrusion of the tragic Fuka storyline. I found that, about half way through the Fuka story arc I had become attached to the characters at last, and began enjoying the story much more. If you liked Kanon, you will probably like Clannad as well. If you haven't seen either yet, I would recommend you save the best for last and view Clannad before Kanon."