We Still Don’t Know the Name of the Flower We Saw That Day

May 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

by Hisamisa

With so many new animes coming out in the past year its difficult to sit down and watch on your spare time, life intervenes and controls our lives; a struggle of comings and goings, of hello’s and goodbyes, of joyous reunion or mournful partings. Though many animes are quite memorable, not all of them can pull off the difficult tear jerking tragedy’s and dramas that leave the viewers attached to the characters; few who have succeeded have won the hearts of many and brought fond memories of living with that story. Clannad is one such anime, the only one that I actually ever cried and brought me close to the characters and story; this year the tragedy drama is passed on to a new series one that I have high expectations to take me into a good story and hopefully cry over the characters and developing story. To start off the full title is Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai (We Still Don’t Know the Name of the Flower We Saw That Day), a 2011 spring televised series produced by A-1 and directed by Tatsuyuki Nagai who is known for Toradora, Honey and Clover 2, Toaru Kagaku no Railgun, and took part in storyboard and episode direction of well known series. With such a great history its no surprise that this series became an instant hit with the Japanese audience.

The story starts off with five friends who become to drift apart due to the passing Meiko “Menma” Honma, a dear friend to the five members. Ten years later Jinta Yadomi lives his high school life at home playing video games and withdrawn from society until one day an older Menma shows up before him asking for a wish to be granted, though has no idea what that wish is. Yadomi struggles to maintain his sanity before this phantom who seems so much like the real Menma, although Menma lives as a ghost with conscious and free thought she knows about the accident and has accepted she is dead, though her unknown wish still keeps her attached to the world and Yadomi Jinta.  The story revolves around Yadomi, Menma, Yukiatsu, Anaru, Tsuruko, and Poppo who slowly get together once again and reminisce of Menma and try to find out her wish. To say the least the series is well drawn and the characters each are different to give variation to the anime, but each of them are all drawn to Menma but cannot see her except for Yadomi Jinta. I am honestly in love with Menma’s cute and care free attitude, she is just simply adorable and always keeps Jinta company (and that she is a lolita).

The characters are quite interesting, for example Yadomi lives his life as a shut in, Poppo quit school to work so he can travel the world, Anaru who calls herself easily influenced by others, Tsuruko who is extremely serious and logical, and Yukiatsu who is smart and popular but is still distraught over the death of Menma. Throughout the series Yadomi attempts to convinces them all to get together to find Menma though Tsuruko and Yukiatsu are overly skeptical but go along. To say as a warning this series is quite depressing and rewarding, I got so attached to the characters in the 6 episodes out that I laughed when something funny happened, felt sympathy in some situations, and just cried because something sad had just happened; despite this rollercoaster of emotions the series is difficult not to love and I ravenously crave for more.

The series is about 9 episodes long but worth sitting down to watch, though the most recent episode is 6 I cannot help but watch more and find out more about Menma’s wish. It leaves me with confusion and excitement and by the end of it I would probably feel happily satisfied with an aching heart and fond memories. Just like Clannad I am hooked on Ano Hana and therefor gets a PRAISE. Please all of you who have the time please sit down and watch this series, I honestly recommend it (we wouldn’t want to make Menma cry T.T).

Until next time keep coming back and stay gold. Bye bye.

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