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Counter Measures
Gyakuten no Hisaku
Clannad, Episode 18
Tomoya, Tomoyo, Kotomi, Ryou and Kyou having lunch.
Tomoya, Tomoyo, Kotomi, Ryou and Kyou having lunch.
Air date (Japan) 14 February 2008
Air date (US) 5 July 2009
Episode chronology
A Room Without Anyone
A New Life
List of Clannad episodes

Counter Measures (逆転の秘策, Gyakuten no Hisaku?) is the eighteenth episode of Clannad. The episode was first broadcast in Japan on 14 February 2008, and in the United States on 5 July 2009.


During the time that Tomoya is suspended from school, Tomoyo continues to come to his house, wake him up, and make him breakfast, though when she tries to ask him about his relationship with his father, he does not answer her. On Sunday when Tomoyo is making him lunch, Kyou, Ryou, and Kotomi arrive each bringing a bunch of food, and even Fūko appears with food; Tomoya ends up eating everything. Once back at school, he finds out how Tomoyo's reputation is dropping due to rumours of her as a gang leader and arranges for Tomoyo to compete against several school sports clubs to boost her reputation. After school, Tomoyo tells Tomoya about her family situation and how her brother risked his life to keep their parents from divorcing. Nagisa finally comes back to school and is welcomed by her friends. During a tennis match between Tomoyo and a male tennis club member, a stray ball hits Nagisa on the leg, and Tomoya becomes overprotective of her, showing everyone how devoted he is to her. Tomoyo realizes that Tomoya is in love with Nagisa, and both Ryou and Kyou break into tears. Ultimately, Tomoyo becomes the student council president.

Major events[]

  • Tomoya unofficially chooses Nagisa as his girlfriend.
  • Tomoyo, Kyou and Ryou recognise the sincerity in Tomoya's actions when Nagisa is hurt; the twins are devastated.
  • Tomoyo becomes student council president.



  • Over from the Sorarado album is played during the tennis match.
  • Tomoya's lunch dilemma is paralleled by Rin Tsuchimi in the anime Shuffle!.
  • In the original Japanese version, Sunohara, while being awakened, mutters a phrase which sounds like "Bomb-A-Head"; this may be a reference to the opening theme of the anime Tenjō Tenge.
  • Tomoyo's younger brother's method of attempted suicide was different in the anime compared to the visual novel:
    • In the anime, he jumped off the bridge towards the river, while on the visual novel he ran over to a road towards a fast approaching motor vehicle.