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White Darkness
Shiroi Yami
Clannad ~After Story~, Episode 16
Nagisa dies after giving birth to Ushio.
Nagisa dies after giving birth to Ushio.
Air date (Japan) 29 January 2009
Episode chronology
In the Remains of Summer
List of Clannad ~After Story~ episodes

White Darkness (白い闇, Shiroi Yami?) is the sixteenth episode of Clannad ~After Story~. It was first broadcast in Japan on 29 January 2009.


Winter comes and Nagisa enters the final months of her pregnancy, but she becomes sick again. On a snowy day, Nagisa goes into labor two weeks early and her family, unable to transport her to a hospital in time, is forced to have her give birth at home. After an excruciating process, Nagisa successfully gives birth to her daughter, Ushio, but the delivery and her illness combined take their toll on her and Nagisa dies only moments after seeing her newborn baby. Tomoya, who has stayed by her side for the entire time, does not take the sudden turn of events well. His dream of raising their daughter together as a family is shattered, and he falls into a state of depression.

Major events[]


Note: Characters denoted with an asterisk (*) debut in this episode.


  • Luci Christian (Nagisa's English Voice Actor) and David Matranga (Tomoya's English Voice Actor) do commentary during this episode in the DVD Set.
  • This is the first time, this season, the Illusionary World is discussed.
  • Ryou's comments regarding changing fate elude to the events of Episode 22 and the final seconds of Chapter 21.
  • Ushio's birth date is never actually revealed in the anime. We know it is probably in early January, since Ushio was born a few days after everybody met for New Year's (1 January).

DVD Commentary[]

  • According to David, this is their (his and Luci's) first time viewing White Darkness since they dubbed it and was impressed with the final product.
  • Luci draws comparisons between herself and Nagisa, among them, being the desire to give birth at home.
  • Luci and David reference Appleseed, one of the other two Anime they worked on together (the third being Elfen Lied).
  • Luci and David teasingly elude to a possible third season in the works.
    • However, a third season would never be made.