on the surface, Clannad appears to be a classic tale of youth. The signature art style with exaggerated features and warm colors all seem to point to a normal romance anime. The story follows Tomoya Okazaki who is caught up in the dullness and monotony of life. That is until he has a strange encounter with a girl named Nagisa Furukawa who finds herself in lonely world after being held back a year because of severe illness. As Tomoya grows to befriend this strange girl, he begins to discover that life may not be as boring as he originally thought.
years after its release, Clannad is still a famous name amongst the anime community, especially for those looking for a good cry. Since then, few titles have managed to really achieve the emotional impact that Clannad is so well known for, but, traditional cinema may have what fans are looking for. Japanese live-action films can often be overshadowed by how popular anime has become for international audience. 1 Liter Of Tears is a prime example of a movie that didn’t get as much spotlight as an anime that conveyed similar themes like Clannad.
The Web Of Symbolic Tragedy In Clannad
There is a reason why Clannad has become so synonymous with the tragedy and that is what it hides beneath its peaceful facade. Each character carries with them their own troubled pasts, and no matter how they choose to work through it, it’s still something that is a part of them. what makes Clannad truly attractive to many viewers is its simplicity. Nothing is overexaggerated, so there’s a poignancy that arises from watching the characters overcome daily troubles and grow as a person.
Many viewers would argue that the true crux of the tragedy lies in Clannad: After Story, which focuses on the life of Tomoya and Nagisa after high school as they navigate the difficulties of adult life, marriage, and parenthood. once again, Clannad grounds itself in reality with its simplicity and focuses on the individual struggles of its characters as well as how their relationships and interactions with their environment.
Introducing the Heartbreaking 1 Liter Of Tears
1 Liter of Tears is based off the true story of fifteen-year-old Aya Kito, who suffered from an incurable neurodegenerative disease that gradually took away her ability to walk, speak, write, and eat. What makes the disease so cruel is the fact that it doesn’t affect the patient’s cognitive ability, leaving them in a body that slowly slips out of their control. The movie is based on a diary that Aya kept throughout her illness until she could no longer hold a pen to write. It provides a heartfelt and bittersweet look into the mind of a normal teenage girl as she comes to terms with her debilitating disease.
What makes this movie so reminiscent of Clannad is the way in which hope is interspersed with despair. Of course the fact that it is tied to the real life story of a normal girl in extraordinary circumstances also ups the emotional weight. Part of how 1 Liter Of Tears manages to deliver similar emotions to Clannad is its use of symbolism to convey deep themes while managing to avoid overwhelming the viewer. The addition of a love interest for Aya blends seamlessly into the overall story and provides additional depth to the complex web of relationships.
both Clannad and 1 Liter Of Tears are great examples of shows that successfully utilize the tools of symbolism and great storytelling to induce poignant and complex emotions. 1 Liter Of Tears has deserves the same recognition as Clannad and shouldn’t be barred by factors like the popularity of its media form.