Clannad is Licensed

On the confusion whether ADV required the license of the movie or the 2 series of this anime…

ADV films, as we all know, obtain to license anime project based on Visual Art’s/Key adaptation novel franchise of Kyoto Animation works like Air, Kanon, and other novel based adaptation like Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (MoHS).

The movie was animated by Toei, and the two series are from KyoAni.


9 Responses to “Clannad is Licensed”

  1. 1 rollchan Monday, September 29, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    fan translations for the game not done yet, though. arrrr! I can only read a little jap. arrr! 😦

    thanks. 🙂

  2. 3 Tyrenol Friday, October 3, 2008 at 9:09 am

    I’d start out by saying that “CLANNAD Is Pure Garbage.” But let me explain my issue against Kyoto Animation (alias KyotoAnimu).

    We all know that KyotoAnimu was animating for other companies until they’d hit it big with Haruhi, right? The images that were stuck in my head was of Haruhi grabbing the back of Kyon’s head and slamming it onto her desk. It didn’t help that Haruhi’s an annoying b#### (despite being a “tsundere,” and the anime otaku LOVES tsundere).

    I’ve then watched Lucky*Star. But I saw the treatment of Minoru Shiraishi, the voice-actor-turned-anime-character-turned-punching-bag. The show itself was fluffy non-panchira nonsense, viral marketing, and Aya Hirano butt-kissing. L*S (while under Haruhi’s shadow) is a pretty desposible title; being #23 in the “top 50.”

    I began to notice a pattern of how KyotoAnimu’s titles treat their secondary male characters; from Kanon’s Jun and onto CLANNAD’s Youhei. It seems that the people over at KyotoAnimu like re-using “slapstick humor” to spice up their delivery of Godly-animated cute girls.

    Besides $unrise / Bancolding$ (Bandai Namco Holdings); there isn’t a company I wanted to see firebombed out of existence more than KyotoAnimu. Or atleast get the same treatment they gave when they used characters like Minoru and Youhei.

  3. 4 tflops Saturday, October 4, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    Too bad there’s no eng ver. for this visual novel, but hoping there is one. I’m playing though with a translator by my side.

    At least fansubs will stay alive.

    To think someone would rant with this visual novel, not everybody loves this anime

  4. 5 Tyrenol Sunday, October 5, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    Huzzah, T-Flops. 🙂

  5. 6 bluemonq Monday, October 6, 2008 at 1:17 am

    @Tyrenol: I haven’t gotten around to playing Kanon, and I don’t know if you’ve played Clannad. I’m guessing you haven’t played either. Tomoya’s – and everybody else’s – treatment towards Youhei is much worse in the game than in the anime (just one example: the 56 kick all-girl combo). Youhei is also more of a douche too. In fact, both male characters in Clannad TV all-around are portrayed more positively. KyoAni didn’t slap Youhei around for the hell of it; that’s just how it was. I would suspect that the same (in terms of portrayal) goes for Jun.

    Now, if you have an issue with how KyoAni seems to always pick series that have secondary males that get the stuffing beaten out of them, that’s a different matter. But if you consider other dramedy series where there is a secondary male, you will find that they’re oftentimes subjected to the same slapstick/whipping boy role (see: Itsuki from Shuffle! (Asread); Kurz and Ono D from Full Metal Panic (Toei); even Kinnosuke from Itazura na Kiss (TMS Entertainment). It’s not KyoAni; it’s the entire industry.

    So perhaps what you should be complaining about isn’t KyoAni but rather the scenario and scriptwriters working in the visual novel and anime fields.

    Oh, and Minoru 4EVA.

  6. 7 Tyrenol Monday, October 6, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    I’ll give you a good deal on a Lexus, bluemonq. 🙂

    But you know what REALLY ticks me off?

    It’s when companies like ADV license titles like these; like it’s the best decision made in the whole wide world. With no input from the rest of the actual buying anime fandom whatsoever. And with no secondary alternative (ifever CLANNAD doesn’t make ’em any money or end up in the top 50 or so).

    I don’t have a “magic 8-ball,” so I’m not going to say that it’s gonna flop. It’s all about “natural reactions.”

    While the natural reaction from the Clannad fanbase is to cheer and have parades; my natural reaction (if I could get away with it) is to grab Matt Greenfield by the collar, smack him around, and tell him that “he knows better than that.”

    His selling of Excel Saga mascot dolls whilst going, “Bet’cha can’t buy just one.” The joke made about “the free stapler” when they were selling their office supplies. This. And the pipe dream of the live-action Evangelion movie that he needs to snap himself awake from.

    I considered half of the Japanese anime industry a lost cause. “Snickering Fat Guy,” referring to ADV and Matt in particular, seems to be joining them.

  7. 8 bluemonq Wednesday, October 8, 2008 at 11:22 am

    Truth be told, it’s all part of a greater vicious cycle. Clannad (and other series that are based on harem/school romance/shrine maiden/just galge in general visual novels) fits in one of the stereotypes of what anime “is”. People who get introduced to this genre and love it demand more of it. Dragonball is another such series, while Gundam and Naruto have their own faithful contingents. There is money to be made to these fanbases, to these stable incomes. Thus, ADV will continue to license series that appeal to these “core” audiences. Meanwhile, truly original properties will for the most part languish, or perhaps do simply all right, because they don’t have that comforting feel to them. Those who shun the more “mainstream” will stick to torrents, and probably won’t buy the boxsets or discs that appear 2-3 years later. So in the bigger scheme of things, it’s not just the anime industry, or the licensors who are at fault. We viewers share the blame too.

  8. 9 Tyrenol Thursday, October 9, 2008 at 1:38 am

    The “vicious cycle” I don’t have a problem with.

    You have garbage like Clannad. And then you have crap like Dragonball, Gundam, and Naruto. But it’s a mistake to assume that people are unable to think outside the box. It’s important to create something in between (the visual-novel-based animu and the candy-coated, Americanizable stuff kids like).

    I’ve been making this argument: There’s gotta be something for EVERYBODY. Not just the “core” audience.

    Anime fandom is different outside of Asia than inside. Titles like Chrono Crusade and Black Cat are like “the successful immigrants The Transformers (Diaclone) once were.” Because they appealed to those interested in cool stories before they appealed to the stonewalled viusal-novel fan.

    We can talk about ADV; we should talk about Funimation and how it’s like a hurricane destroying the competition. And then there’s Bandai, Viz, Tokyopop, Media Blasters, on down. If ADV only goes toward its “core” audience, Matt and friends will fall off the map like Bandai Visual USA. (But they still have some steam left since they’re not selling single-language animu for way too much money.)

    And “the viewers are to blame, too.” “There will always be the 30% who will never buy anime and rely on downloading and bittorrents.” But then there’s the 70% who will buy anime just as long as they’re not given the runaround.

    The mistake (and I believe that it’s a grave one) made by companies is to assume that you can just fling any piece of meat towards the sharks in the hopes that you can get rid of them quickly. We’re talking about “shelf warmers” and “return shipments” you can’t even sell at “gangbuster low prices.”

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