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Under the Green Tree

Tomoya tells Ushio of the past events that happened from when he first met Nagisa, until after Ushio is born and Nagisa survives. When Ushio falls asleep during the story, Tomoya begins to quite clearly recall a more tragic set of circumstances. At the end of this retelling, Tomoya, with Ushio and Fuko who are both asleep, are shown under a tree at the present time having a picnic. Ushio wakes up, just before Nagisa calls the three of them, saying that it is time to head home.

Recap episodes are usually set mid-season while the animators take a break from writing and usually incur the disapproval of the audience. The CLANNAD recap episode represents a departure from tradition, being released after the seasons ended, and is set around Tomoya telling Ushio the story of everything that happened before she was born, starting from when he met Nagisa. It’s original narration with Ushio sometimes asking questions, and Tomoyo talks about all the friends he had and how they helped Nagisa with her play for the first half, as well as the significant events (both heartwarming and heart-wrenching) in After Story. As a self-contained story, it succinctly retells all of the events across both seasons, condensing some 44 episodes of material into a 24 minute episode. No review about the entire series is provided here: interested parties would find one on my website.

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