It expects us to have genuine emotional reactions to the 'blossoming relationships' between our bland protagonist and these excuses for characters. Let's look at the individual components that MAL expects us to rate anime by.
STORY: To be fair, the anime didn't have much to work with, given that it was based on the original VN plot.
The anime series and OVAs were licensed in North America by Sentai Filmworks in 2009.
[5/10] If Clannad weren't so obviously manipulative, it might be a better series. Clannad is one of the most cherished anime of all times." The first time I watched Clannad was back in 2008, and I just finished re-watching it for the 3rd time this past few days.
Which is not to say that the series is obviously cynical - on the contrary, I think it exhibits a genuine warmth that lesser harem-type series lack. Now I realize that will take years before I watch something that does the same impact on me like this anime did.
Those who think that female characters should actually resemble, you know, real people...
yeah, don't watch this show, it'll make you rage.
Nagisa claims they are now friends, but Tomoya walks away passing the encounter off as nothing.
However, Tomoya finds he is noticing Nagisa more and more around school. Tomoya learns Nagisa has been held back a year due to a severe illness and that her dream is to revive the school's drama club.
One day while walking to school, Tomoya passes a young girl muttering quietly to herself. " (a popular Japanese food) which catches Tomoya's attention.
He soon discovers the girl's name is Nagisa Furukawa and that she exclaims things she likes in order to motivate herself.
It's also hard to understand Tomoya's motivations at the start of the series, i.e. [3/10] ENJOYMENT: Obviously higher if you're a moe fan, but those who derive little enjoyment from watching cute girls doing cute things might find this series rather trying.
why he even bothered with/cared about Nagisa et al. Why would a so-called delinquent suddenly take up this project of helping a random girl he's never met before? Those who watch anime with their brain switched on will find this series trying.
Tomoya Okazaki is a delinquent who finds life dull and believes he'll never amount to anything.