16 out of 17 people found this review helpful:
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.
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful:
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.
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
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!
SAD!!!!! The single best word to describe Ano Hana. After pulling an all-nighter to watch this, at 5 am my roommate found me crying like a five year old girl who lost their teddy bear. But to be honest the ending isn't some big surprise, you kind of see it coming for the entire series. But, even though it's predictable, that doesn't hinder this anime in any way. It's more of a character study, or something. It's hard to put my finger on it. But yeah, I found myself more intrigued in how the characters responded and reacted around one another, and how they each seemed to move on, and for some not move on, from a tragedy in their past. And, oh my god, that ending is SO sad. . . but also weirdly uplifting. A solid series overall.
2 out of 2 people found this review helpful:
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.
This anime made me realize how strong the bonds of friends can be whatever life may throw at them. The characters were really well-portrayed. Individual traits and personalities and also the voices behind each characters made it more interesting. The plot was very well thought out. Music was touching and added to the mood. Definitely one of the most unforgettable tales. I loved this anime!
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful:
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.
I've watched Clannad, kanon, angel beats, well.. a lot of sad animes, Anyways this is a story about friendship. Menma, the girl who died in a accident one summer day suddenly appears to Jinta asking him to help grant her wish. As the story progresses the characters grow closer together and start to become like the old times when they were all close friends. I would personally recommend this to everyone. The story is absolutely touching. The ending... made me cry for two minutes, but in the good way.. When Menma says "You found me!" I just couldn't hold it back.
If your thinking about not watching this, well its a mistake! It is one of the best animations i've watched. Please consider this my sentiment.