Happy Birthday Tatsuya Ishihara!

Today, July 31st, is the celebration of the birth of the man, known best in the anime industry for his animation direction in Kyoto Animation in works including Clannad (and After Story), Kanon, Air, the Suzumiya Haruhi franchise, and more, Tatsuya Ishihara. Today, Ishihara turns 45. His skill in anime directing has allowed the audience of its source material to grow, which has touched the hearts of thousands, made them laugh and cry, and had them on the edge of their seat. So here’s to you, Ishihara. Stay well and healthy, and continue doing a great job.
お誕生日おめでとう

The Disappearance— An appearance of a visual masterpiece

Warning: This post contains explicit spoilers to The Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi

note: I realize that this post is extremely long winded, but there’s just so much to go over that I couldn’t help it. I apologize in advance. There are pictures, and in the later parts of the post, I began to water down my paragraphs, so I hope that helps a little.

As a movie sequel to the ever famous and beloved Suzumiya Haruhi series, Disappearance attracts a lot of attention, and receives just as much positive feedback. Suzumiya Haruhi changed the precedent of anime, and transformed the way the industry will be from the time it was released for the public, to now, and will continue to do so for more years to come. And from the  duo of chief director Tatsuya Ishihara and cinematographer Ryuuta NakagamiDisappearance is a visual masterpiece that surpasses it’s predecessor and sets the bar for all anime. Disappearance is not successful because of its plot; its plot is an above average and satisfying one that stands above others. What makes this film what it is now is it’s use of visual art on the screen.
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A justification to Clannad and After Story’s structure and ending

Warning: This post contains explicit spoilers to Clannad and Clannad After Story.

Clannad After Story is a widely critiqued and acclaimed show. I like to read other people’s thoughts and opinions on the matter. Most of the responses people have are positive; not so much as mine, but positive nonetheless. However, many times do I see people disliking Clannad, perhaps because they just didn’t like it, or thought it wasn’t as good as this or that show, which is just fine (while personally I think thats foolish). But when their reasons fall upon the series’ progression up to, and including, the ending, I can’t help but try to defend and justify the significance of Ishihara’s decisions. This will also serve as an explanation to an ending that confuses most of the people who watch it.

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