Posted by psgels on 27 May 2011 with categories: Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-Tachi wa Mada Shiranai



This probably is the moe-est show that I’ve ever considered as my favourite of a season. I mean, I have enjoyed teenaged drama romances before and all, but not to the point where they were done this well in such a short time. More than any other series this season, this series really nails the feelings of its lead characters and it continues to push their relationships forward. This episode was slightly special, though: for once it focused especially on Jinta and Menma.

Instead, I can only see this episode as a build-up red herring. That’s nothing bad, by the way. Some of my favourite stories use these red herrings. Rather than pointless, I love it when done well, they are excellent in fleshing out the characters and story, and the same pretty much happened here: the whole rocket story has nothing to do with Menma’s wish and all, but this episode really stressed the bond and the memories that the main characters made with each other.

By the way, it’s great that Noitamina has been pretty much consistently amazing for the past five seasons here: for the past five seasons and eight series since the timeslot turned into an hour long, there pretty much has been an amazingly well written series on, with the best still being Spring 2010. 2010 was overall a mediocre year, but THAT was the best season that Noitamina ever had). Heck, pretty much the only mistake during this period was Fractale. As for Anohana, I’d probably put it somewhere in the bottom of the top 8 of my favourite Noitamina series. Where exactly entirely depends on the ending.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

10 Responses

  1. aubrey says:

    I’m a bit worried about Menma getting burnt by the lamp. Perhaps foreshadowing that her ghost can die?

  2. Cytl says:

    The best of the series in my opinion is the direction. So many small details in the way the characters behave yet so important for their development. Weird to see this kind of things in anime.

  3. tomphile says:

    I like how this anime has subtle messages about a lot of things related to life. It might not be intentional on the anime staff’s part but it’s pretty easy to see. It addresses things like being a recluse or getting yourself out into the world, something along those lines. It might not change lives much, but it is certainly interesting to see anime take on a form where it can spread lessons and messages like this.

  4. Joojoobees says:

    I would love to see an excellent ending for this series. I really would like to see a show prove that it could build believable, interesting characters, and deliver a complete story in a single course. I’ve seen it done well before, but the general opinion seems to be that you need two courses to accomplish anything, so stories are often abandoned in the first course for character “development”.

  5. Shippoyasha says:

    Just shows you moe doesn’t mean anything by itself. It’s only a style. It doesn’t mean they can’t attach a really good character study on top. Kind of like how some shows use yaoi-styled thematics and go from there.

  6. Shippoyasha says:

    Just shows you moe doesn’t mean anything by itself. It’s only a style. It doesn’t mean they can’t attach a really good character study on top. Kind of like how some shows use yaoi-styled thematics and go from there.

  7. Sapphire says:

    Why did Menma’s mother called her “onee-chan” in the end? Doesn’t that mean sister?

  8. Scruffy says:

    @Sapphire. That is because it wasn’t her mother. It was her older sister.

  9. LilyGinnyBlack says:

    @Sapphire and Scruffy: Actually, Menma’s mother uses “onee-chan,” because Menma was an “onee-chan” to her younger brother. Japanese will sometimes refer to their family members by their roles in the family. The most common example of this is when husbands and wives refer to themselves as “mama” and “papa” and such. ^^

  10. mds says:

    Fractale is one of Noitamina’s biggest mistakes.
    Well,even Madoka or Level E is more suitable to Noitamina in last winter.

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  • BrendanVGC
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 12:39 AM)
    Aidanak47, you know crayons wouldn’t work. Just place some Seele members disguised as classmates and befriend Shinji (which isnt hard to do, the loner) and then bend him to your will.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 12:13 AM)
    And why the hell wouldn’t you try to get the pilots on your side? Hell all you would need to do is give Shinji some crayons and he would be your loyal servant for life.
    And Propaganda people! You guys suck at this!
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 12:12 AM)
    There was also the issue in end of eva where Seele decided to mount an all out attack on nerve. It was ridiculously unnecessary. There’s only enemy was Gendo. All they needed to do was remove him from his position of power. Instead they decide to kill everyone. Even though it’s pretty damn certain that nobody(With the exception of Gendo’s Smithers) was loyal enough to him to protect him.
  • BrendanVGC
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 11:54 PM)
    I agree with aidanak47, lol. The Seele guys were literally making a self fulfilling prophecy by causing everything themselves for the scrolls, which isnt even a prophecy by that point.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 11:47 PM)
    The Dead Sea Scrolls are really ‘the prophecy’ trope, but they are quite vague about what they really are. Anno and gang probably never decided on what was actually on them. It’s also very unclear who and how much they know about the scrolls. I assume Gendo must’ve seen it, but even that is uncertain.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 11:44 PM)
    They supposedly had excavated an S2 engine off of Adam’s corpse, and by EoE they managed to mass-produce it somehow; so they set probably not worried. I also agree on Gendo being too shifty of a character to trust- I certainly wouldn’t have done it, but Seele seems pretty cocky about everything for some reason.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 11:41 PM)
    @Bam, 1: The S2 engine was pretty much got by pure luck and Seeles efforts only made getting it harder. There’s suicidal and then just plain stupid.
    2: A normal Seele member would have just as much motivation and 0% chance of screwing them over. Which Gendo did try to do.
    These guys were putting a shit ton of faith in those dead sea scrolls. And how bloody detailed were those things anyway?
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 11:29 PM)
    *as far as the series canon
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 11:27 PM)
    (3/3)
    Manga) anything not written by Anno or the original Eva Committee is akin to fanfic and doesn’t hold too much water as long as series canon is involved. Although Sadamoto’s manga is close to the original vision we still might as well be digging in Angelic Days or Campus Apocalypse for answers.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 11:26 PM)
    (2/3)
    putting Gendo in charge in charge is actually not that stupid, as his desperation to be reunited wit Yui would coerce him into doing anything it takes for instrumentality, and by the EoE we see that Seele gets exactly what they want.
    Rebuild) The dynamic is quite different here, with Seele being reduced to computerized Monoliths which may or may not contain human consciousness. We need the fourth movie to see what Gendo and Kozo are cooking up.

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