Posted by psgels on 13 May 2011 with categories: Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-Tachi wa Mada Shiranai



That was yet again amazing. Again, every character played a major role in this episode and nobody was left out. This series really never fails to pull at my heartstrings.

I love how the creators actually made Yukiatsu work as a character despite his cross-dressing antics. The way he composes himself right after his little break down makes him much more than just another insane character, and this series brilliantly combined these crazy plot twists with the down to earth setting here. I also loved how he acknowledged how cliche it was that he saved Naruko from being taken advantage to, even though the way in which he did it wasn’t cliched at all.

And heck, this episode did touch upon a very important issue in this series: why did Menma appear in front of Jinta? I mean, okay she was in love with him and all, but it probably isn’t this shallow: throughout the series we kept seeing how she wanted to be together with everyone; her crush on Jinta seems completely gone now.

By the way, I really have to say that, leaving the episodes she wrote of Simoun and Red Garden aside, that this is the best original screenplay that Mari Okada has written so far. There is just so much emotion put into it and everything is just so incredibly balanced. And that while she’s working on two other series this season as well!
Rating: *** (Awesome)

18 Responses

  1. Cytl says:

    Best episode so far; so many delicate topics that can normally turn a series into trash are being handled so skillfully, definitely the best anime of the season. Also, this was the first episode of AnoHana that almost makes me cry… Poppo ;_;

  2. Jérémy says:

    Ah this show is just so good :) I can really feel it becoming into a classic (and definetely with a final score of over 90 ;))

  3. gan says:

    I take back what I said…Ano Hana is awesome ^__^
    I’m really liking how the story is going…and the characters too!

  4. Joanna says:

    The scene where she breaks down at the end was pretty heartbreaking.

    Makes you really really wonder …

    What exactly is Menma’s wish? |:

  5. notintheface11 says:

    Another amazing episode. The beginning and end almost made me break down, but not yet! I can tell this is going to make me feel very un-manly by the end though. *sniff*

  6. Hogart says:

    This is great stuff. It’s been a while since I saw a show that doesn’t skirt around it’s defining drama, so it can reveal it in a melodramatic wham moment later.

  7. camus says:

    It`s amazing how solid the storytelling is in this series. It has no setback since episode 1, and all the characters are given its proper developement.
    It really interested me what yukiatsu said, that they have all abandoned jinta after menma died. I didnt think of it that way, and it turn out to be quite right.

  8. jzar says:

    So often I write to complain a bit…..but this show has really blown me away.

    It is my current favorite and I did not expect it to be. A very well written story along with great art. All the episodes so far have really added up here and I feel like the window into these souls is getting clearer.

    For me the character development really works because each person is revealed bit by bit as the story moves forward. The events are small but have a big impact on you. A very well thought out way to tell a great ghost story, it makes it feel very fresh and lively.

    I am really looking forward to the rest of the show. It’s my pick for best of the season.

  9. ojisan says:

    …and the doubters are now all on board. So very good –

    And (ahem) did I call it? Yukiatsu X Tsuruko!

  10. Kiarae says:

    My heart might not be able to take this series for much longer, but in a good way. It’s so very touching and in the proper ways that make you feel for the characters. Everything’s so real.

  11. Afrim says:

    Personally I think one of the characters, forgot his name, but it’s the chubby guy who’s always either eating or talking about Menma – they need to tone him down a little. Less food, less Menma talk, and show him doing something else for once. I get that he’s simple, but even simple people have emotions.

    Also, I dunno about these guys in the series, but I’d be scared to walk the woods at night.

  12. yolez says:

    @Afrim
    I actually take PoPo’s behavior as an indication that he too is pretty damn broken. We just have not gotten to his episode yet.

  13. EXM says:

    Not everyone has to be brooding, or have a problem with life to be a human being. Some people just take life in strides and enjoy it as it is, rather than thinking about how complicated the world is. I take it Popo is supposed to be one of those types of people. That, or he’s always high. High people take everything as a joke.

  14. Afrim says:

    ^
    Of course and there’s nothing wrong with staying positive – but when you find out one of your friends is a cross dresser, that of a dead girl nontheless, you expect some sort of reaction to it.
    And I’m not asking to see him depressed or “unhappy” – just a little more aware of what’s going on around him, and a bit more sensitive, like sober humans are.

  15. spik says:

    @afrim: What exactly is a “sober” human? I find Popo perfectly fine the way he is, his character is realistic as it is…

    I do not understand what problem you see unless you expect all characters to be sensitive emotionally? You do realize that characters are human and as such they are supposed to be imperfect as well.

    Popo’s callousness fits his personality, his priority in life is to live and have fun, not to be tied down with obsessions and drama like the other two guys in the cast. In a way Popo is a foil and a catalyst for them, because he is so unlike Jinta he is able to create a situation that Jinta would never have otherwise (like the BBQ session and the Nokemon thing) which is great for plot development and everyone’s character growth.

    Not everyone needs to be mature and sensitive to be a “good” character. Characters are there to act as counterparts and foils to each other. There should be a balance of all sorts of personalities (good or bad, sensitive or insensitive, somber or upbeat) to create an interesting dynamic in a story.

  16. Alael says:

    Thank you for blogging this series, psgels. I decided to give it a try and I’m loving it!
    I’ve been following your anime suggestions for a couple of years now and they’re (almost) all great ^^

  17. kaza says:

    I’m the Tough kind of guy…
    and this is probably the first or second time in my life I felt tears in my eye watching ANYTHING…

    really great show!

  18. Gintoki says:

    Did anyone find the way Naruko compared Jinta to Ryosuke Yamada kind of amusing? I mean despite the overall serious tone this episode took, this very very minor joke just took the cake for me.How adorable is that? In Naruko’s eyes, Jinta=Ryunosuke Yamada(almost).
    As for the Popo thing…well,the way he was acting while calling for Menma was definitely unsettling. He was rambling for far too long and the expression on his face was just scary, as if Popo were masking his feelings under his constantly smiling facade. I don’t think he’s just that happy-go-lucky guy we’ve been seeing in the past episodes. While it seems like he treats searching for Menma as a game,Im going to bet there’s just as much turmoil bubbling deep inside him just like with the other characters. I could be wrong, he might just be that ray of sunshine he’s portrayed to be. I guess well just have to wait and see.

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  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 04:06 PM)
    @Bam, Well the three games were originally supposed to be one. But it turned out that the first two were bundled together and Alternative was made a separate release.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 08:38 AM)
    Jesus I never expected that doing a myanimelist/letterboxd account thing would be so hard. I’ve seen a scarily higher amount than I thought, its insanely hard to remember everything to add.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 06:17 AM)
    It seems then that the future of the franchise’s anime adaptations rests a bit on Schwarzesmarken’s success, which looking at the buzz doesn’t seem favourable at all. I doubt it can regain the lost audiences.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 06:14 AM)
    That would suggest that the author(s) had the foresight of including seemingly useless stuff that will come into play later. That’d be impressive if they did, as these kinda series are make-it-as-you-go.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 01:59 AM)
    It’s difficult to put into words but essentially while the first game isn’t good, it does work as a tool for introducing and endearing you to the characters. Then Unlimited sets down the rules of the new world. And finally alternative proceeds to kick your ass into next Tuesday.
    That’s sort of why I don’t think it would have the same effect if it was an anime. VNs allow you to get a more personal connection with the characters.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 01:55 AM)
    It’s not quite the same. It’s more like there are things in extra which seem insignificant but turn out to play an important role later. It wouldn’t really work the same if you did it in reverse order. Character history is a bit different too as each game is essentially an alternate universe. The character histories in extra are different from those in alternative.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:38 PM)
    And also remember how Darker Than Black had a big jump between the main series and Gemini of the Meteor. They later made a 4 episode OVA that covered the gap, and although you knew the outcome it was still entertaining; or at least more than the Gemini one. There’s merit to non-linear chronology and storytelling, but it is usually very hard to pull. The audience is intrigued by secrets that can later be uncovered, although in anime the pay-off is not always substantial.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:32 PM)
    I don’t know, the audience usually only needs very limited information to figure out dynamics and histories between the characters.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:27 PM)
    A 13 episode series would work for the second title unlimited. But Alternative is a pretty long visual novel. You need at least two cours to give it justice. Making extra an OVA could work but you do need it for alternative. But it’s not an optional part of the trilogy. It needs to be read first, so that events later have a greater impact. Personally I am not even sure Muv Luv can even work in another medium.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:12 PM)
    That might compress things, but I think a good screen-writer can fit pretty much any VN in 12-14 episodes (covering just the main route).

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