Posted by psgels on 6 May 2011 with categories: Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-Tachi wa Mada Shiranai



What makes an amazing 11~13-episoded series is completely different from what makes an amazing 24~26 episoded series. The latter has time to build up and flesh out characters. The former however doesn’t need that luxury, and needs to deliver right from the start. And Anohana did that wonderfully: all four episodes so far have delivered, and all have been amazing so far.

The strength of this episode was that it took the heart-wrenching formula and added even more to it: a completely weird plot twist. When Hana-Saku Iroha did this with its third episode, it lost part of its charm, but this episode retained the tension and the emotional connection, while it also showed how Jinta isn’t the only guy member of the cast who completely lost it.

The awesome thing about this episode was that just about every character shined: Matsuyuki for insulting himself, Jintan for having the guts to actually try and talk to him, Chiriko for getting tired of him, Menma for consistently encouraging Jinta, Tetsudo for joining her and trying to keep the group together and Naruko for still trying to get Jinta to go out more. These characters all have their flaws, but this show always makes them play with these flaws.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

10 Responses

  1. EINSOF says:

    I did NOT see that coming. but when i look at how Jinta reacted when the girl almost fell and the flashbacks…i wonder if they all SAW her fall creak open her head and lay lifeless in the water below..that’d mess me up for years too.

  2. Hogart says:

    I figured this was going to be the reveal, but it was quite enjoyable nonetheless. It’s now my favorite of the season because tearjerkers rarely feel so sincere.

    The puzzle of ghost-Menma’s interactions with the others could make or break this one, though. Here’s hoping they don’t go nuts with the concept given how out-there the rest of the cast already is.

  3. ladybossu says:

    Weird development though I can’t say that I did not see that coming especially with Yukiatsu’s sniffing Menma’s one-piece dress from a past episode. Now I am getting even more curious about what is up with Yukiatsu and Menma in the past, for him to act the way he does now. Initially, I was thinking childhood crush which is the most logical reason as to why he is so touchy with the subject of Menma but with this episode, surely there’s got to be more behind his and Menma’s history.

  4. Cytl says:

    This series is freaking good and I’m sure Yukiatsu’s cross dressing issue is going to be skillfully developed but still I laugh like a maniac every time I see MANma.

  5. Jérémy says:

    I really hope they will use this twist well to show how broken Yukiatsu has become. I mean, when you think about it, it’s creepy! Dressing like you’re dead friend :S

  6. ren says:

    Poor Naruko…competing with Menma for Jinta’s affections and still on the short end after she’s passed away =(

  7. Bri says:

    So, last episode I never came to conclusion of hi crossdresing, so this episode was a surprise to me! I really liked it. For some reason, seeing him dress up as Menma really hit me emotionally.

    Maybe its was because how he made it look as if he didnt care… but really the death effected him greatly. I hope we get some focus on his character more.

    I don’t know, but I could just feel the pain all of the characters have over her death.

    I also kind of hope that Naruko and Jinta get together, I think they’re cute.

  8. tomphile says:

    cut him some slack haha, yukiatsu just wanted to be a real little girl for once

  9. notintheface11 says:

    Just started this show yesterday. I must say it’s kind of ruining Iroha for me, because this is just so much better.

  10. mulligan says:

    if the calibre of the story writing so far continues right to the last, i cannot wait to buy the series when it comes out

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  • Bam
    (Friday, Sep 4. 2015 01:35 AM)
    *null 2nd[enough]
  • Bam
    (Friday, Sep 4. 2015 01:34 AM)
    And how come nobody tell me that it goes Lovecraftian with Necronomicom and a straight up Dagon summoning? I would’ve watched this a lot sooner if I knew it was daring enough for a mainstream anime enough to in any way address child sacrifices.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Sep 4. 2015 01:31 AM)
    Also finished first cour of Fate/Zero. So far this is a lot better than UBW in my opinion. The removal of the highschool drama along with pubescent protagonists makes this a much more adult and sophisticated story. The level of creative freedom that the team had by not being a direct adaptation made this a much more wellcrafted piece.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Sep 4. 2015 01:28 AM)
    @Aidan: I just YouTubed that game and it looks fun and cooky. Kinda reminds me of Futurama I gotta say, and that’s a plus. It’s not really a bullet hell as those are by nature a scrolling 2D shooter with very face ‘safe spots’ on screen.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Sep 4. 2015 01:25 AM)
    @Aidan: it was really convenient, I played Fate like a console game on TV and it was great. I think that version specifically had it since it’s a weird PSP/PC hybrid that has all the pros.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Sep 4. 2015 01:02 AM)
    @Bam, It blew my mind to find that VN’s have controller support. I didn’t even understand why you would need it.
    It’s a bullet hell first person shooter. The comedy isn’t really that great but the gameplay is solid. And the theme tune is catchy as hell. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eR73chGfiXQ
  • Bam
    (Friday, Sep 4. 2015 01:00 AM)
    I always torrent a game I’m interested in first, install it and see if it runs fine, play a little see if it’s a good game, and THEN I go and get it on Steam. After getting stung by broken games I see no ethical quandary there at all. This is of course different for console releases which I only get if it’s:
    a) an exclusive.
    b) just more convenient, since all my friends multiplayer on the consoles.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Sep 4. 2015 12:49 AM)
    @Aidan: yup like I said, save yourself the disappointment. Even Simon Templeman who did an amazing job voicing Kain said he won’t go back to acting for the series anymore.
    As for the latter game you mentioned- I have no clue and yet to Google it- but it sounds like a combination of three random words. Hopefully it has enough humor to back that up.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Sep 4. 2015 12:43 AM)
    As for VNs I have no clue, but again you shouldn’t have a problem with those on W8 to begin with. Hell, the F/SN realta nua version that Aidan sent my way even had built-in controller support and never had the slightest hiccup.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Sep 4. 2015 12:40 AM)
    I actually I kinda glad SR2 didn’t work. I haven’t been having too much fun with the games. Now however I am playing drunken robot pornography and that’s a blast.

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