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Cover of the Tomoyo After visual novel.

Tomoyo After ~It's a Wonderful Life~ (智代アフター-イッツアワンダフルライフ, Tomoyo Afutā ~It's a Wonderful Life~?, "智代アフター ~It's a Wonderful Life~") is an erogē visual novel, released by Key on 25 November 2005, approximately one year following the release of Clannad. The game focuses on the relationship between the protagonist, Tomoya Okazaki, and the title character, Tomoyo Sakagami, as a continuation of the Tomoyo route present in the original visual novel.

Plot

The plot of Tomoyo After occurs following the events of the Clannad visual novel, beginning in June 2004. It is set in the fictional city of Hikarizaka. Building on the events of Clannad, Tomoya lives alone, having been estranged from his father, and works as a garbage collector. A romantic relationship develops between him and Tomoyo, with whom he has remained close friends. Tomoyo's character has changed from how she appeared in Clannad. Having given up on her promising future and dreams of attending university, she appears content to become a homemaker.

As the game progresses, it is revealed that Tomoyo has an illegitimate half-sister, Tomo, who moves into Tomoya's apartment due to her mother's psychological instability. Tomoyo greatly loves Tomo, and dotes on her throughout the game. Takafumi, Tomoyo's younger brother, also moves into Tomoya's apartment, and installs a personal computer in Tomoya's room. The group is later joined by Takafumi's ex-girlfriend, Kanako. Kanako has left home due to her mother's remarrying, and is shown as a cynical and foul-mouthed freeloader.

Tomoyo After focuses on the struggles of the different characters, while keeping the focus on the importance of family, just like the main story of Clannad.

Alternate versions and manga

Two alternate versions of Tomoyo After were released without adult content, in order to broaden the game's availability and audience appeal. Tomoyo After ~It's a Wonderful Life~ CS Edition was released by Prototype for the PlayStation 2 in January 2007, and was re-released for PlayStation Portable in March 2009. To compensate for the omission of sex scenes and other adult content from the CS Edition, additional visuals and dialogue were created by its developers; due to this, the CS Edition is approximately half again as long as the original. In addition, FOMA released a 'clean' version playable on its branded mobile phones.

An English-language release of Tomoyo After was announced by VisualArts in October 2015[1], and was released on 1 July 2016.

In addition to the alternate visual novel releases, mangaka Yukiko Sumiyoshi published Tomoyo After ~Dear Shining Memories~, a serialized manga spin-off, between April and October 2007. The manga is presented from Tomoyo's point of view.

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References

  1. 'Tomoyo After〜It's a Wonderful Life〜, Little Busters! Visual Novels to Get English Releases'. Anime News Network, 2015.

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