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  1. I’ve been impressed so much by playing “the past path”.

    I one years ago had created a fan-fiction game of the CLANNAD named “the Lost Winter”.
    I’m so glad to have a marvelous foreign comrade.

    Your game written in foreign language seems to existent embodiment of the story of Kotomi in the CLANNAD. So fantastic.

    I wanna introduce your “the Past Path” to my Japanese friends.
    But because of some legal problems(on some pics and music), I’ve been suspending to introduce your game in my community.
    Do you have a idea to make “clean” version of “the past path”, or any other idea to introduce your game in Japan?

    • Thank you 🙂

      There are one or two issues with the music and some pictures (as you rightly pointed out). The main reason for this is that only one person created this game and I used mainly free resources that were available to me (as well as one or two copyrighted pieces of work). There’s a chance I may release a version 2.0 in the future, but if I was to do that, I would recruit the help of others to recreate the music and artwork, whilst I worked on the script and programming issues. I don’t think I would go ahead with a version 2.0 unless there were some dedicated people willing to do this for free.

      If I was to make a Japanese release of a version 2.0, I would require the services of a translator to translate the English into kanji or kana.

  2. Tom says:

    Wow! I’m about half an hour into this game and I’m really enjoying it. I actually love the music in it, among other things. The writing is quite detailed and the art is beautiful.

    Great work!

  3. :) says:

    I thought the game was very well done in general. 😀 I really enjoyed the Clannad series and I had a good time playing this spin-off. The art and music fit pretty well (although it would’ve been better if the art was in the original Clannad style) and only added to the experience. There were several small errors in grammar (comma usage and whatnot), but these can be overlooked and they don’t take away from the smooth writing.

    Haruka’s path, I must admit, seemed a bit short and almost forced in comparison to the main path. Rather than revealing her story over a period of time, she gives it all at once, which is less realistic as well as less satisfying. I also didn’t appreciate how some of the “bad endings” were so random and quick. However, you did do a good job in general, and the true ending more than made up for the flaws of the other endings.

    And now, I can’t complain too much because I don’t have enough patience or dedication to create a full-length game myself. Your game was wonderful and one of the nicest I’ve played. 🙂

    • Thank you for your feedback 🙂 I must admit, there are flaws with the game. I’m beginning to think these should be addressed in a version 2.0. It’s a wait-and-see at this point. I’m glad you enjoyed it for the most part though.

      • :) says:

        You’re welcome. I think that a version 2.0 would be interesting (and I’d definitely want to download it). XD

  4. DarkZero says:

    Best Game Ever!!!!!Good graphic!!!!!!
    Only just that the ending is so sads until It disturbed and frustated me a little..
    I was searching for examples for my ren’py projects but it turned out into I never imagined..
    I couldn’t sleep for the whole night and ended up crying first before going to sleep though..
    Anyway…I just hope that you can send all of the characters image to my email=””Don’t worry,I won’t release a game with your character pictures in it..
    Besides that,good game and I hope you to make more visual novel just like Clannad but please…have some happy endings..
    P.S.:Sorry if I talked to much,:D

  5. seininn says:

    This is nothing short of a masterpiece. at least, it is for me.

    I stand in awe at the amount of detail poured into this game. If I didn’t know better, I’d say a fully-fledged team of proffesionals worked many months on this, and surely, it wouldn’t be free. The fact that the novel is of this calaber and is also freely available is completely mind blowing.

    I admit I haven’t seen clannad nor was I even aware of its existence before stumbling upon your work. Now that I have played this game, I want to watch both series because I’m interested in what happens “next” AND as a token of appreciation for the people responsible for inspiring such a beautiful game. Sadly, there are no legal streaming sites that carry those two for my region.

    That said, I have a few miner nitpicks I would like to mention:

    I played the game without background music leaving only the sound effects. (I’d like to determine for myself how I feel about a given scene instead of letting the other people set the mood). The story starts out well with a lot of attention to sound effects. However, as the story progresses, the sound become more and more scarce. Even in some scenes that frequently reoccur (sea side) and hence should have the same sound effect, sound is sometimes missing.

    ***game spoiler***
    As for the story itself, why did atsuki fall? if it’s explained in the bonus section, please ignore this question as I have yet to read it (postponing it until I am able to watch clannad).
    ***end spoiler***

    Your ability to express emotions, feelings, and recations through words is phenomenal. Even in commercial projects, it’s rare to find something done this well. Even though there are some cases where I think where the characters’ reactions are not realistic. These inaccuracies are quickly dwarfed when reactions are done right.

    Thank you so much for your hard work. I’ll be keeping an eye out for your work in the future.

    A small side note: Thank you for thinking about linux users when packaging the game.

  6. Kite Spires says:

    Even though I started this game today and so late after being released, I immediately fell in love with it. Keep up the good work in your future works!

  7. nja says:

    Easily the best visual novel I’ve ever played. As someone else said even in huge commercial games its hard to find anything with a story this deep and engaging. Its absolutely brilliant and touching. My hat goes off to you sir.

  8. I was stupendously floored by atsuki’s ending. I don’t even know what I feel at the moment, I’m so floored.

    I’m so very emotionally moved, that words escape me.

    On this assumption, I literally can’t give your work a bad rating. I think it’s the worst ending I’ve ever read, and that’s why it’s the absolute best.

    Any old person can write a bad ending, but I’m glad you stuck to your guns. Thanks for the wonderful and terrible read. I honestly don’t know what to say.

    • EDIT: Just realized you actually got the True Ending and was commending me for not slapping on a standard bad ending. My brain isn’t working today.

      • My appologies. I made one little slip up ;-).

        Rereading it.

        I cry manly tears.

      • And I forgot to mention – Thank you for the kind words 🙂 I’m glad you found it hard hitting and I hope reaching the True Ending makes up for it

      • Re: “And I forgot to mention – Thank you for the kind words I’m glad you found it hard hitting and I hope reaching the True Ending makes up for it”
        [word press is wierd like that]

        Let me just say that I loved both of the endings. Being a young father myself it really shed light on the condition of being a young parent without a college degree.

        Both endings are amazing in their own right.

        Thank you again.

      • I got the bad ending first, and re-read it.

        Both are very hard hitting and moved me.

        I just couldn’t believe how abrubt the bad ending was.

        Thank you so very much.

  9. Emyr Kurome says:

    Admit it. You’re trolling us. None of this “created by one man” business, this is actually done by Key, aren’t you? You’re a Key writer, and the entire company worked on this for, like, three years. That’s the only explanation that makes sense.

    (I’m joking. Mostly.)

    Seriously, though, this is incredible. I really wouldn’t have any trouble believing that this WAS done by Key. It is, at the very core of its spirit, Clannad. Not a tribute to Clannad, and certainly not an imitation of Clannad. You’re truly invoking the same world. Does that make any sense? I hope so.

    There are so many things I could say about it, but I’ll just go with this: I cried many, many times through the course of this story. Both in sadness and happiness, and whatever that weird feeling in between is too. Even Atsuko’s death, which was a foregone conclusion, had me bawlin. I… don’t cry, much. Very very rarely. So well done.

    It’s an interesting coincidence that I happened to play through this (True path, of course) on Father’s Day. It only strikes me now how fitting that is.

    I’m going to cut off my rambling now so I don’t turn this into an essay, but just know that this VN made a huge impact on me, and that it is every bit a worthy predecessor to Key’s. Bravo.

    • Thank you for your kind words. I’m afraid this was made by me and only me, and, sadly, I’m not a Key employee. I’m glad the story meant something to you and you enjoyed playing it. This comment has made my Father’s Day 🙂

  10. Alex Hoyt says:

    I am a huge Clannad junkie, and I tend to gorge myself on whatever media I can find connected to the parent series. There is a surprising amount of skill among the fanbase, and I rarely find myself lacking in Clannad-related material to revel in. This game, however, came completely out of left field. The level of tact and ability that must have gone into a game this good is phenomenal. From the music to the writing to the faithfulness to the original series, this work is brilliant through and through.

    I really don’t know much more to say. Since I finished the game a few days ago, I have been searching for the words to describe exactly what this game made me experience. However, when I woke up this morning, I heard the theme that plays during one of the climactic and culminating moments near the end of the visual novel, and I cried. This was a moving experience for me. I simply lack the linguistic tools to express it. You probably could, though.

  11. BIlly says:

    I love the game, the characters, the story, everything! You are awesome and I’m glad I got to play your game! I can’t wait to play your other games!! XD

  12. Ruuko Kirei na sora says:

    hmm i really like this game, this okazaki naoyuki story very similar too me, no friend, bully, no reason to school, less support from parents, and not having school for 1 year absolutely same :(. but big different between him and me is he really find his hope or someone important to him, he want to do everything for her, and for me i never meet my hope yet i really pray that day will come. to me the clannad(s) game really makes me really want to meet someone really important to me 😦 to change me become good person, really this game inspire me so much about my depressing of my life

  13. Jintan Yadomi says:

    This is an amazing piece of work. It made me cry. :’) Even though it isn’t official, it completes the story so well. I love it! Thank you for making this!

  14. Jorge says:

    As everyone else I want to leave here my toughts about the game. Actually I havent finished the game yet (I was exploring the different storylines and made some desicions that ended in a very sad and lonely Naoyuki hehe, but it is not actually an ending I would really have). Anyway, this game was one of the best games I’ve ever played, you clearly know how to make people get into the story… the music, the backgrounds, the story itself… few games make me feel like I felt with this one, and I’m not just talkin about visual novels but games in general.
    I’m glad people like you exist out there, I know it is only a game but you know what I’m talking about.
    I’m not here to criticise the game since I actually really liked it and don’t have anything bad to say about it.

    At first I wanted to say more things but you know hahaha, the same sensation as being in front of a lot of people. Thanks! for doing this by yourself and for sharing!!

    (Hope you read this and sorry if I’ve made mistakes with the english)

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