Posted by psgels on 20 May 2011 with categories: Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-Tachi wa Mada Shiranai



I absolutely love how this show delves into the minds of its characters. This episode yet again had me teared up, and again it’s not just because of one character, but a whole bunch of them. I mean, most series pick one or two characters do develop each episode: this show does this with nearly every character for nearly every episode. Even Yukiatsu and Chiriko, who had a relatively small role in this episode, were great. I especially love how honest Yukiatsu has become.

The real meat of the episode though was about Jinta finally going to school, Naruko suffering through endless gossips about what happened in the previous episode and Menma only worrying about others. With all these, this show has a nice habit of not just showing characters, but it also keeps showing characters telling how they feel about other characters. Whether right or wrong, it’s actually a great way to flesh them out by showing how they seem in the eyes of someone else.

As for Menma, this episode could have given a really big hint as to why Menma is staying behind as a ghost. Running away is a huge concept of this series. The most apparent is of course Jinta, but the rest of the cast also tends to have this. Menma keeps avoiding talking about herself. I mean, did Jinta ever apologize for what he said to her, right before she died? It’s of course not going to be this simple, but I do think that something in that direction is her wish.
Rating: *** (Awesome)

11 Responses

  1. Joanna says:

    The only flaw with this series seems to be that we have to wait seven days for it to air again. Sucks really …

    Perhaps Menma’s wish is to hear what Jinta really feels about her?

    The end of this series is going to make me cry ):

  2. Son Gohan says:

    From the conversation between Yuki and Tsuruko I suppose that Menma’s wish was the reason she called the Super Peace Busters to the secret base on that fatal day…
    No clue on what the actual wish could be but it’s something that a 10/11 years old girl would think. Nothing fancy, I guess.

  3. nrad says:

    Eh, they’re airing Occult Academy on Jintan’s TV. (^_^)

  4. pat says:

    How funny that Jinta was watching Occult Academy.

  5. ladybossu says:

    I agree with you with regard to Yukiatsu’s honesty. That is (I think) one of the hardest thing to admit to oneself and even harder to say out loud.

    Also, from this episode, I would guess that Menma’s wish might have something to do with her family, particularly her dad who have some issues which as we know from the episodes so far is his seeming apathy with Menma’s death (Ep1) and the way Jinta described him as being really scary when they were kids.

  6. Taara says:

    I have a feeling that this will be one heck of a series to rewatch as a marathon once all of the episodes comes out. This really is the best anime (in terms always delivering on its episodes) that I have seen in a long time.

  7. kurini (kleeny) says:

    Me too! I REALLY LOVE anohana!

  8. tomphile says:

    I agree with the reviewer, running away is huge in this anime. That said, it’s all just interpretation on our part and the creators could have intended for something completely different. Nevertheless, this is an instant classic for me and I’ll keep coming back each week since this anime is so captivating.

  9. Scruffy says:

    This episode left me feeling very uneasy as to what was happening to Menma’s family life prior to her death. There was something very off about how the mother was glancing around as they were visiting.

  10. Sapphire says:

    I think Menma’s wish is deeper than wanting to know how Jinta feels about her. The whole “who do you like” conversation was brought up by Naruko while they were already in the secret base, so Menma’s intentions probably don’t have anything to do with that. There must be family issues involved. And the reason why she only shows up to Jinta might be because he was the friend she liked the most/were in love with.

    Another great, great episode. It’s truly a pleasure to watch AnoHana every week.

  11. Guest says:

    It sounds cocky and I know I’m probably going to be wrong on everything but after episode 6 and the ep 7 preview I think I have a really good sense where the show is going.

    Jinta: he’s going to die soon from some disease like his mom did. His stress is the byproduct of his trying to ignore this fact; his dad’s “oh, not going to school? that’s cool”-attitude is b/c his dad knows and feels sorry for him. He can see Menma b/c of the fact he’s nearing death himself.

    Menma’s Family: Menma is the product of her mom’s adultery. Her “father” was abusive, definitely to her mother and probably to her. Not a happy home.

    That Day: Menma was going to announce to the group that she was running away from home, but Anaru derailed the meeting and Menma never got a chance to announce it.

    Menma’s Death: basically a soft suicide. Despite not announcing it she decided to run away, had an accident along the way, and didn’t really “fight for her life” when it happened.

    Menma’s Problem: she puts everyone else in front. She planned to run away from home so her dad would stop abusing her mom; she also thought she was the cause of problems in her group of friends (due to the Anaru->Jinta->Menma and Tsuruko->Yukiatsu->Menma love triangles).

    Menma’s Wish: was that they get together again in N years (N will enough so that the events of the anime grant her wish) and do something specific (let off some fireworks?). Thematically it’s going to be meant to evoke the (ultimately futile) wish that they’d stay the same even if she disappeared.

    Menma’s Ghost: is a real ghost (not just a hallucination). She can’t remember her wish / is sad all the time b/c as in life she’s trying to suppress her unpleasant memories / experiences. There’s probably also a sadness b/c she’s seeing that her friends’ lives have changed — and not always for the better — despite her having left.

    Menma’s Diary: will reveal something about the abuse in the family, which is why the mother parted with it so willingly (she secretly hopes to see her husband’s abuse outed).

    The Friends: all kinda knew something wasn’t right with Menma’s situation, even if they didn’t know exactly what, and have a lingering guilt that they never did anything about it. Poppo might read the diary and decide to “grant Menma’s wish” in a humorous way; he’s a big guy and isn’t afraid of anything.

    Putting my bold guesses down for posterity. Thanks as always for the excellent writeups.

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  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 01:32 AM)
    But Eva just left a bad taste in my mouth as a whole, I understand that Bam you are very passinette about it and thats fine, I wasn’t aiming to provoke. I just feel that its frustrating that like alot of certain anime, that I am not allowed to dislike it or have reason to.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 01:32 AM)
    If anything at least I found Ikuhara’s symbolism while obvious at least in utena and straightforward was at least visually interesting to look at.
    I love every David Lynch film and again I thought Lain was exceptional.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 01:26 AM)
    And I found the monogatari franchise to be a massive letdown/waste of potential after showing some genuine promise with two of its earlier arcs, only for it to get so caught up in itself quickly and then losing me.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 01:21 AM)
    I do believe that a nonsensical narrative can increase enjoyment and creativity of something and I dislike being spoonfed information but it won’t automatically make me enjoy every show/film/etc that uses that approach.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 01:08 AM)
    In both attempts that I tried to get through darker than black I felt that it could have been so much more were it not so episodic and that it could have gone into more depth, as it stands the show never really worked for me beyond the ovas, some of the action scenes and Yins background.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 12:03 AM)
    I agree that there are loose threads in Evangelion that were probably never fully developed by the committee, and a lot of symbolism (primarily Christian) that were only there for flare and edginess. But everything I say is backed up by the information available in the material or straight from the infodumps. If you see the Eva proposal to TXN (Tokyo TV) you can see that everything, and so much more actually, was planned from the beginning; albeit some stuff did change when Anno lost his mind.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 11:58 PM)
    The alpha strike was to infiltrate Central Dogma and take command and eliminate everyone inside. Seele is not really a sentimental type, if you hadn’t notice, so a ouple of hundred casualties before everyone turns to goop is pretty inconsequential.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 11:56 PM)
    @Aidan: Gendo is one of the few at NERV (if not the only one) who knows about the scrolls and the truth behind the Evas, and keep in mind Shinji is primarily piloting 01 just to get his acceptance; so he was certainly needed. Plus in the original series you need an intermediate vessel to connect thru an entry plug (Shinji and Asukas, moms) so not any kid will do. This is before the dummy plug and Toji mind you.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 11:50 PM)
    There is being obtuse and indirect. And then there’s just being plain nonsensical. I don’t want to spell out everything but I hate to see people tie thin threads together and act like it was some great master-plan when it could just as well have been a guy just throwing any random shit together that he could think of. Ikuhara for one got away with that bullshit far too often.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 11:45 PM)
    @Bam, And why was alpha strike necessary? If the goal is to destroy the evas and such then why not do as I suggested. Remove Gendo. Then it would be a piece of cake. And killing everyone just seems excessive and really unnecessary.
    Pretty sure anyone in Shinji’s class was suitable to be an evangelion pilot. And alright, shinji’s connection to the Eva is a reason to keep him in. But Gendo…not so much. He doesn’t influence it in any real way personally.

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