Before I begin, an update on my main dood Chocokara. I’m happy to report that the operation was successful and that he’s slowly recovering. I wish him a speedy post-operation recovery and look forward to hearing him report being back to his old self in no time. Welcome back my friend.
And now, on with the show.
Hello and welcome to the G-Views, where creativity is respected and Dokuro-chan is rejected…Where do I even begin with this one…I don’t have an intro for this review so let’s get right to it. this is “Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai”, or simply AnoHana. Phew, try saying that five times fast.
English Translation: “We Still Don’t Know the Name of the Flower We Saw That Day”
Genres: comedy, drama, romance, supernatural
Themes: coming of age, ghosts, love and loss, love triangle
Number of episodes: 12
Plot 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.
After finishing this anime I’m reminded of two other things with a similar premise: The movie “Ghost” starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg, and the manga Honey Crush (Both enjoyable for what they are).
I can’t empathize with these up and coming youth but I can somewhat feel for them. I’m one of the few whose had a pretty straightforward life. Friends have come and gone, so many times that I’ve stopped making best friends and just consider people I frequently speak to colleagues. The few best friends I still have are either studying abroad like myself or working full time. Basically I can’t say much on this subject personally but I’ll still give it my all regardless.
The show’s premise centers around the following emotions just to name a few: Guilt, remorse, trauma, spite, confusion, fear, envy and jealousy. This is a tale of a past event that has left many people in an inner circle full of the aforementioned emotions ruling over their lives. It is a tale of coming to terms with not only your past but both your outer and inner self. I mentioned in my previous review of KnJ that a very serious past event can affect or even traumatize a person for a very long time unless they somehow get a grip on themselves, face their fears, doubts and sins head on, plus accept their true feelings and patching up broken bonds from long ago. Heck even parents aren’t left out of the moody express (obviously).
To make the plot even simpler for myself I compared it to a story about getting a band back together, prior to going their separate ways to either succeed or taste a downward spiral. You have a band leader who’s coaxed into getting the old gang together for “one more concert” at the Carnegie Hall for old times sake just to prove that even though times have changed (and so have they), no matter what old scars continue to hurt them, no matter how hard it is to get back the boom shakalaka smackadelic boogeylicious beat they’re known for back then, the band can still swing doods.
Now then with this show being a drama and all expect tear jerking moments. How effective they are depends on the viewer. Personally I shed more tears watching Homura Akemi’s valiant quest to save her beloved from destruction but that’s just me, HOWEVER, I will admit I was hit hard during the last remaining episodes so make sure to have a box of tissues nearby in case you’re sensitive.
Amount of drama: For a show like this, it’s just right. It isn’t as over the top and ridiculous as Yumekui Merry’s and it’s believable. Is it realistic?…that depends on the viewer but I think so.
Ecchiness: Anaru wearing casual clothing. That’s it, thankfully. All a person who enjoys staring at feminine beauty is to stare at Anaru wearing a black tanktop and short while lying on her bed.
Animation: You ‘re, kidding right? The animation is pure win. I have no qualms with it because the setting’s beautiful and I’m a sucker for countryside locales. As for the wway the characters are drawn and their sense of fashion, hey I’m no Yi-san(Listlessink) but even I can tell that everyone’s style of clothing fits their personalities perfectly, even more so than Victorique’s epic Gothic garments.
The Music: Many animeniacs MUST have heard and enjoyed the OP and ED songs (Aoi Shiori and Secret Base ~Kimi ga Kureta Mono~ (10 Years After) respectively) Also, the show’s a drama at heart with some minor funny moments here and there so naturally the music will be soft toned and somber during tear jerking moments.
Characters: Hoo boy, discussing these guys would be spoiling too much so I’ll keep this short and disguise it as a ranting session rather than an lair peeling segment.
Each character is part of a group they formed called the Super Peace Busters, each with their own nickname which they stopped using over time but slowly addressed each other with once again after reuniting.
Jinta “Jintan” Yadomi: Hikikkomori who’s coaxed to get his groove back. I don’t have much to say about this guy. He’s okay. I’ll give the writers credit for one thing, his face just screams depression whenever you look at him. So yeah, whenever I looked at his face I became depressed. Good job writers for making him not only act but look the part as well.
Meiko “Menma” Honma: Ghost Girl. Alright, I want to ask one simple question: Can anybody explain to me what the big deal is with this girl? I mean, choosing her over the following two shaggarific home girls? Really? REALLY?! You’ve got to be kidding me! But for the sake of plot convenience, I went with it but it did bother throughout the entire show. Yes she’s cheerful, spunky, energetic, somewhat adorable and selfless but I would treat her more like an imouto than a love interest.
Naruko “Anaru” Anjō: “Swan” type character with low self confidence and kind of a groupie. Yeah I’ll jump on the bandwagon and say that this is my fav lass. I guess I’m fascinated by ducklings that evolve into swans.
Chiriko “Tsuruko” Tsurumi: Megane behind a mask. The most level headed character whom most sadists eagerly await the moment she snaps (Which she does). Now I know I said I have a megane babe fan and I AM…because little miss swan up there STILL uses glasses after evolving so she counts. Anyway, she’s the level headed member of the group, which makes her appear as a haughty, pompous and superior to her classmates when really she isn’t. Ah well, she’s there for the viewers who like her.
Atsumu “Yukiatsu” Matsuyuki: One word…issues. Pretty boy who’s Latino Heat on the outside but Mr. 2nd place on the inside. Too bad he doesn’t pick up chicks by calling them “mamacita”. That would have rocked.
Tetsudō “Poppo” Hisakawa: Energetic shrimp that evolves into Mark Henry. Somewhat the voice of reason on the show but I’m not sure how well he does his job.
Like I said above, I gave very vague descriptions of the characters in order to avoid spoilers.
In conclusion: I’ll say this about the show due my inability to rate it: It must be seen at least once, except by people with hearts of coal. It doesn’t matter if you’re a “usual crowd” or “geezer” type anime watcher, it doesn’t matter if you focus on graphics (in this case the art style), it doesn’t matter how much you have to rant about, just give it a try and see how it goes.
P.S.: A self high five for noticing an epic anime poster in the shop Anaru works part time at. Mega easy hint: “Someone ONE ONE!” Now then, on to the next show. Will it be another one of my favs? Hint:…NO!