Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai Anime Review

Summary

Five childhood friends grow apart after the death of Meiko Honma, close playmate of them all. Jinta Yadomi, leader of the group when they were kids, neglects high school and lives as a shut-in when he unexpectedly starts seeing the ghost of Meiko, who can only interact with him and no one else. She has returned to ask Jinta to fulfill the forgotten wish she made as a kid. -ANN

Review

Sigh, ‘Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai’ (also known as Ano Hana for short) is one of those shows that once it ends you can’t help but feel a sense of loss that everything has come to an end.

The summary of the show basically explains what the show is all about and that is the main focus. Childhood friends who have drifted apart soon find themselves brought together by Menma (Meiko’s nickname) the very reason why their lives had changed in the first place. Though this idea could go wrong so easily, this show does a good job of connecting the audience to the characters by showing a new side to each character as the story progresses.

We get to see how the death of their friend had twisted each and everyone of their lives and have changed them yet at the same time not at all for they all seem to have stopped, in one way or another, in the past – the day their friend died.

The soundtrack of the show suits it so nicely, I ended up in tears during the last scene in the last episode and the music definitely played a part in that. I just could not hold back my tears, it was so touching (both the scene and the song). I usually would have to have some sort of attraction to the characters in an anime in order to feel sad that it is the end, and while I don’t love any of the characters, the reason I will miss them is because of how real their emotions felt and the reaction that they each had to that event.. (This feeling reminds me of how I felt when I saw 5cm per second. Though the plot of these two animes are different, I am left in the same state at the end of the anime)

I have the ED of the song playing as I write this review. And for those of you who want to hear the song here it is…

On a different note, I am so disturb by Yukiatsu though. OMG, I can’t help but feel disturb at times. And the worse part is that his Seiyuu is Takahiro Sakurai. Argh. love his voice and the character is good looking yet, why? why must they make him into such a twisted perverted character. That being said though, I don’t actually dislike or feel a distaste for the character.

The art is pretty and done in a way that suits the anime without making it too gloomy and heavy.

The storyline though not amazing is well writtenl and will have you feeling connected to the odd-ball full-of-issues main characters. Afterall, aren’t we all twisted by our past in someway or other? The ending did justice to the build up of the show and did not brush it off with a simple “task is completed, end of show”. Also, one of the good things about this anime is that this is definitely a complete anime with all the questions answered, so there won’t be any waiting around for a season 2, or having you scratch your head wondering what just happened.

I could not help but think back to my own childhood while watching this show and wonder about the time that has passed since then. I personally think that a decent anime is one that will have you wanting to think about yourself in relation to the issues in the show. It is a sign that the viewer is actually connecting to what he/she is watching.

Rating: 8/10

Recommendation: If you are looking for something that is heartwarming, short and sweet, this is it. It is relaxing to watch and every episode would have you coming back for more. There is substance to the plot meaning that you won’t be worried about scenes being there just mainly to attract and please a particular audience.

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Posted on June 27, 2011, in Anime, Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. *thumbs up* definitely heartwarming and tear jerker!

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    • Glad to see you agree =D

      Are you currently watching anything that you can recommend? Or anything that recently ended would be fine too.

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      • For this season, I’m only watching Gosick and Ano Hana, and the never ending Detective Conan 🙂 …and you did review them already ^_^;

        An added note…I really liked the ED theme Secret Base, loved Zone’s version too 🙂 I really love it when it plays at the end of every episode, before the ED animation…I’m having the LSS for weeks now LOL

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      • Haha
        Am trying to push through gosick just because it is done by bones
        Had such high hopes for it and as the episodes went on I am starting to find the character more and more two dimensional. =_=

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  2. Every episode is made to be a tear jerker. I distinctly recalled myself crying, it was that good.

    TQ

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