Ano Hana
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Ano Hana

16 out of 17 people found this review helpful:

Anime psycho-drama: The one that got away

Without going into my source for episodes of this show, I have to say that this is the best anime of the season that hasn't been licensed for streaming in the US. And quite possibly the best anime of the season, period. This is the one that got away from Crunchyroll and every other US online distributor, at least for the time being.

"Ano Hana" (full title Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai) is a character-driven slice of life story about a group of friends who have issues. Serious issues, dating back to when one of their friends (Menma) died tragically in an (as yet unspecfied) incident during their childhood. All feel guilty about their friend's death, and that guilt has warped each of their personalities in different ways and pushed the old gang apart. Even the girl's parents quietly resent the rest of her gang for growing up while their daughter has stopped growing.

And then Menma's ghost appears to old "leader" of the gang, Jintan. Emotional chaos ensues.

The animation style is reminiscent of Toradora and is notable because the character models are very good at capturing the characters' personalities. Menma still has a child-like look about her despite being quite a bit taller than when she was alive. Poppo is a tropical Santa, a happy go lucky veneer over a deep and sincere faith in his friends, JinTan has a look of festering anger that only softens when Menma is around. Also, when the characters move, it's captured as animation not simulated by panning and sound effects. There aren't a lot of long high speed action sequences, which means the animation budget can be spread more evenly, not concentrated in short bursts within an episode or burned through in half a season.

The opening and closing themes are both distinctive, establishing a hopeful attitude without going into carefree territory. The opening is reminiscent of an acoustic song by Toad the Wet Sprocket (assuming you're old enough to remember them), and (again reminiscent of Toradora), the producers manage to integrate the closing theme (Secret Base) into the closing action of each episode to establish a feeling of new possibilities for the next episode.

Ano Hana is a real tear-jerker that ranks up with classics like Clannad and Toradora. Even better than Clannad: there is real emotional conflict between the characters here, not just cute girls in tragic circumstances and some vague metaphysical backstory. Despite the conflict, none of the characters are unsympathetic. Yes Jintan is the male lead, but the story doesn't make you root for him at the expense of the hostile Yukiatsu. Tsuroko makes sure we understand that Yukiatsu's pain goes just as deep. You aren't rooting for one character over the others. You're rooting for all of them to work out their issues and get the old gang back together again. You're rooting for Menma's parents to use their grief for healing, not resentment. You're rooting for Menma's wish (whatever that turns out to be) to be granted.

As a slice of life drama, Ano Hana invites comparison to Hanasaku Iroha available here on CR. Although Hanasaku Iroha's character models and animation are comparable to or better than Ano Hana's, the characters in Ano Hana are far more interesting. The story line is quite a bit darker and more mature than Hanasaku Iroha. Hanasaku Iroha is a nice melodrama grounded in reality about how a plucky girl makes good in life. Ano Hana is an Ingmar Bergman psycho-drama with death personified as a character, rendered as anime.
2 out of 2 people found this review helpful:

Ano Hana is a poweful punch to the soul.

Anohana is a masterful emotional roller-coaster ride that delivers more than expected. Backed up by an impressive writing and a powerful and emotional (and perfect) final episode, Ananohana delivers a unique, tight story that offers deep drama, and a well balanced comedy, supported with an excellent small cast of characters. The contrast of the lead characters with their friends is very special, as Yadomi grows stronger (mentally) as the series progresses, specially towards the final two episodes; while the others are presented to the viewers as "stable" characters until the very end. Definitely, character development was one of this show's strong points. The final episode delivers a powerful blow to anyone that really falls for this series, and while not everything is perfectly explained, the series really patches up the most important points. Soundtrack is heavily underrated for this series, I really enjoyed both the opening and ending sequences, while the soundtrack for the final episode was perfectly executed. This show is a masterpiece because it had a very unique, hard-to-explain story, and turned it into the most entertaining anime of its season without going overboard. But most importantly, it did everything just right. Highly recommended for any anime fan.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful:

Amazing anime!!!!! :)

Wow, just wow. My fanfiction never can beat ' Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day . When I came across this anime when I wasn't a Crunchyroll user, I was just AMAZED at the emotion and flashbacks of this anime. I also watched the movie as well.
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful:


I must admit that after watching 7 episodes, I only teared. But when it came to episode 10 and 11, I'm a baby for tearing so much. THIS ANIME IS ONE THAT TRULY SHOULD NEVER BE FORGOTTEN, IT SHOULD ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED. AND THOSE WHO DON'T CRY WHILE WATCHING THIS, ARE JUST COLD!
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful:

Friendship, romance, moving on, and slice of life

I started watching this 11-episode series after I saw someone compare it to another series (Natsuyuki Rendezvous) since they have similar plots. So, I started watching this and fell in love with it within 2 minutes into the first episode. This series is about six best friends, five of them in a love pentagon/square, and most importantly, one of the best friends dead and came back as a ghost. The ghost's has a significance in all the living five friends lives. Whether they love her or envy her or just love her as a friend, she plays an important role in their group. This anime is about friendship, romance, moving on, and is slice of life. Recommended for everyone! Unless they don't like friendship or romance or slice of life.

Great. Can be shortened though. But otherwise, it's really good.

Great OST and OP/ED. Nothing bad about it really.

Very well written. All are special in their own ways and develop into better people at the end of the story.

Good, not the best. The OP is well animated gotta say.
2 out of 3 people found this review helpful:

"Menma's not dead.."

-- Childhood friends separated because of an untimely death.
She's come back to reunite them.

Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai (We Still Don't Remember the Name of the Flower We Saw That Day) takes place 10 years after the accidental death of the glue that had held them all together.

Jinta "Jintan" Yadomi was an outgoing & energetic young boy, but after the death of his past love, Meiko "Menma" Honma, he has resorted to becoming a hikikomori, refusing to go to school & confining himself to his home. He begins to see her again, & once Naruko "Anaru" Anjō, one of the former Super Peace Busters visits him, he realizes he's the only one who can see her. Anaru thrusts him back into reality, persuading him to go to school, & in turn he runs into Atsumu "Yukiatsu" Matsuyuki & Chiriko "Tsuruko" Tsurumi who were once his friends but now go to an elite school, thinking more highly of themselves over Jintan & Anaru. Tetsudō "Poppo" Hisakawa the last of the living Super Peace Busters, suggests that all of them should hang out again at the old 'hideout'. They all come & Yukiatsu makes a shocking declaration, that he has seen Menma. But the truth is...!

Forced to forget about something painful,
affects how you live now.
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful:

The Tear-Jerking Anime

Awesome anime.
It made me cried at the last episode of the anime. It is just so sad that this anime isn't that popular yet.
I recommend this anime to everyone. This is the 3rd anime that made me cry. The first one was Clannad/Clannad After Story and Air.
Even though this anime is short, its a must watch anime.
The characters are all cute too :). Only some of them look a bit weird .
This anime is really great overall.

Anime Review: Anohana, The Flower We Saw That Day

This night, will not be forgotten..
Tonight.. I cried, deep, deep, from the heart. I have never watched any drama genres when it comes to anime, but this one.. Blew my mind..
I say it again and again, I have never cried at something like this in my whole life! My feelings where easily manipulated by the anime, the story, the telling, the characters.. Everything..
I really, really recommend this masterpiece for anyone, and everyone.
It doesn't matter whether you like anime, hate anime, never heard of anime, or not interested in anime..
I don't care.. Anohana is different.
Thank you, the flower they saw that day...

Overall Personal Rating: 10/10
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