I have a couple questions that I'd appreciate any fellow Clannad viewers to weigh in on. Maybe these questions are unanswerable, but maybe some of you have theories, at least.
First of all...why the heck is this anime named Clannad?
What does Clannad even mean, and why is it the title? It's not a name included in the story. Am I completely missing something, or did they really just grab some random Western-sounding name and slap it onto this show?
Also, I love the side story that you get alongside the main one, with the girl and the robot. It's so quiet and mysterious, but seems to have such a weight of meaning too. According to the end of the anime, these characters are somehow Ushio and Tomoya, which is kind of cool, but it makes me wonder. Are they merely symbolically
those characters? Is it a parallel universe where father and daughter are a girl and a robot instead? Are they reincarnations of Ushio and Tomoya? Or is it some kind of "afterlife" or something?
Any thoughts, people?