Kotomi reveals her past out to Tomoya. They first met when Tomoya got lost into the Ichinose garden, and Kotomi, who was distant from her other schoolmates, first had a friend in Tomoya. Kotomi’s parents later had to leave on that fateful trip, with her father promising to buy her a birthday present but they never returned.

Kotomi then believes that her father’s work was the reason why they were taken away, and burns the only copy of his work left at home, thinking that God will return them for that. But she realizes she did a bad thing and decided to study hard to atone for that sin.

Tomoya leaves the Ichinose residence, but Kotomi doesn’t appear at school at all after that, and he hears about Kotomi transferring to America for her studies. He decides to restore the garden to its original state, with Kyou, Ryou and Nagisa plan a surprise party for Kotomi’s upcoming birthday.

Hmm… what can I say? This was merely a placeholder episode before the real deal of the Kotomi arc comes in next week. I rather feel that KyoAni’s weakest points are always the episodes right before the conclusion of any particular girl’s arc, but I just can’t seem to pinpoint why.

Nothing much else to say for this episode apart from Noto-sama’s wonderful performance as Kotomi, especially when she recites the famous lines in the preview for this week. ’tis rather sad to know that Kotomi will be leaving in so soon.


  1. Shin Said,

    January 11, 2008 @ 6:17 pm

    Kthxbye Kotomi. Bring out Kyou’s arc nao ;_;

  2. PQQ Said,

    January 12, 2008 @ 1:54 pm

    I dunno why but I preferred spaced out Kotomi to the newer, sadder Kotomi

  3. IcyStorm Said,

    January 12, 2008 @ 3:21 pm

    I actually was about to cry during this ep =P I wants the exciting conclusion to this arc.

    Ah, nice to finally have Clannad back after its break.

  4. Nyoro~n Said,

    January 12, 2008 @ 11:44 pm

    Haha, yeah, I was tearing up when little!Kotomi was running around her house and crying.

    Can’t wait for next week’s episode~

  5. Crisu Said,

    January 13, 2008 @ 1:41 am

    I call shenanigans on the violin repairing. Six months sounds way too long, even if the neck is split in half. You’d have to replace it and the fingerboard .. and reattach it to the body. Some re-clamping is in order and that may take a week or two.. but not six months.

    So glad Clannad is back. Could this episode really be more than a placeholder, though? I’m sure they’d animate a three-hour movie for each character if they could, but when broken up into 22-minute episodes, maybe some just have to be a little somber.

  6. Kaisos Said,

    January 13, 2008 @ 11:57 am

    This episode was… kinda boring. I realize it’s mostly setup, but, still…

  7. ryvrdrgn14 Said,

    January 14, 2008 @ 1:00 am

    Even if it was slow (which is in no way near as slow as Shanna II episodes O_o;), I did appreciate it for what it was, and that was to show how important Kotomi is to the main characters as well through the (tedious?) method they chose to ‘do what they can’.

    Maybe we were all just upset because Kotomi (who is supposedly leaving soon) didn’t make much of an appearance. Most of us probably grew fond of the cute Kotomi in the earlier episodes and are expecting a little more of the same in this one.

    Anyway, for a setup episode, I think it’s good. It’ll depend on how it concludes though. o_O;

  8. Cipher Said,

    January 14, 2008 @ 5:12 pm

    I’m inclined to think ep13 is quite a bit more than what people give it credit for.

    After waiting for so long, I suppose it’s understandable that we expected more, but in the intermission period, I’ve read ‘The Dandelion Girl’ and I must say, the similarities between the short story and Kotomi’s story make the episode so much more poignant. Enough to make my throat dry when I think of it. I don’t really want to list it down here cause there are quite a few, and it’ll lose it’s impact if I just blurt everything out here and now.

    I highly recommend people even slightly interested in clannad to read the short story, if only for a different take on this episode, and the Kotomi arc as a whole. Full marks to Key for the idea, similar appreciation to KyoAni for the execution.

    Judging by the tone of the preview line, it probably won’t have as sweet an ending as The Dandelion Girl though *sniff*.

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