Jinta Yadomi is peacefully living as a recluse, spending his days away from school and playing video games at home instead. One hot summer day, his childhood friend, Meiko “Menma” Honma, appears and pesters him to grant a forgotten wish. He pays her no mind, which annoys her, but he doesn’t really care. After all, Menma already died years ago.
At first, Jinta thinks that he is merely hallucinating due to the summer heat, but he is later on convinced that what he sees truly is the ghost of Menma. Jinta and his group of childhood friends grew apart after her untimely death, but they are drawn together once more as they try to lay Menma’s spirit to rest. Re-living their pain and guilt, will they be able to find the strength to help not only Menma move on—but themselves as well?
Based on 19 review scores:
This is an excellent show and one of the top anime series that I’ve seen in years. Though only 11-episodes in length, the program puts enough character development and plot in for a show 4 times as long. Sweet, touching, and more than a little tear-jerking, anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day comes very Highly Recommendation.
This is an instant favorite! Not only is the story realistic it’s highly engaging. The characters have a level of depth, often missing in a series, that makes it impossible not to experience their emotions as your own. There’s a good chance you’ll experience some ugly crying while watching it, so keep a tissue nearby. I recommend this to people who liked Bokura ga ita (We Were There) or Sunadokei (Sand Chronicles). All three are highly emotional series that deal with grief in real life situations.
Watch it. Honestly it made me cry so much. It is a bittersweet anime. It also has been a live action and it is also a game. It is totally worth it.
It’s very rare that I actually see an anime this well made, and I wish there were more like this. I give respect to the creators of this show for making an animation that literally came to life.
There is very little to detract from AnoHana. Upon watching the first episode, I was worried the show would be nothing short of depressing, leaving me an emotional wreck for the entire time I watched the show. Some moments brought me down, but it was one sequence in an up-and-down wave of feelings that moved me throughout the series. AnoHana is not a show that will necessarily make a lot of money and be labeled a “commercial success.” The show is a flag in the ground for artistic and worthwhile anime. In time, AnoHana will be considered one of the hallmarks of a series with great merit to it, and standard viewing for anyone wishing to discuss shows for something more than their big explosions or busty females.
Overall this is a must watch show especially for those who love the romance/slice-of-life genres, and shows directors just how anime should be made.
anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day is a touching story that tackles a number of emotional issues such as the struggles that friends go through as they age the death of those closest to you. Although the series may be shorter than standard, the experience will leave a lasting impression on the viewer. Rarely do anime series come along that can trigger such emotional responses from their viewers such as this. To put it simply when a series can make you care so much for the characters on-screen that you cry along with them, it is one that simply should not be missed.
Overall, while it does have it’s faults, AnoHana is an example of drama done right, although at the expense of a great soundtrack and some story and animation issues. I enjoyed it, and while I did feel that something was missing, I did think that the characters and the plot really make this show what it is. Sure, it may not be as emotional as people say, but it does tug on your heartstrings quite a bit.
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It’s difficult to say whether I actually enjoyed the series or not. On the one hand it has some genuinely entertaining moments, but on the other the series deals with an issue that has little enjoyment value (unless watching kids coming to terms with emotional scars is your thing), and even though AnoHana isn’t a story without flaws, that doesn’t mean it’s bad. In fact, the reverse is true as while the series does take a slightly romanticised look at the characters and events, the constant element of realism that runs through the narrative sets this anime apart from many others.
If there is anything negative about the series, is its predictability in its first half. Jintan is the outcast, no one likes him, but slowly he starts to change people�s minds. That is what you expect as you watch the first half of the series, and although it stays true throughout the entire series, we are thrown a couple of unexpected curve balls here and there, adding a nice change of thought and making the show more realistic and enjoyable. The last two episodes though enjoyable and heart wrenching, spew too much drama, which at times seems like a tad much.
Final Comments: It definitely is an emotional anime, many will enjoy. It may not be for everyone, but it s a sad ride, definitely a wide-crowd can enjoy.
In one word, inspiring.. Just from the very first episode it grabs hold of you and never lets you go… I’ve only just seen the three first episodes and I’m already hooked.. The storyline is really unique and dramatic, the characters are all very interesting and very well developed, the animation is superb, top of the line, the music fits with the scenery really well and of course there’s some comic relief now and then … Just mesmerizing… Perfect… If the slice of life genre of anime is something you might be interested in then look no further!! See for yourself, you will not be disappointed..!!!!!
It is a very good show but it does not push enough boundaries to warrant a fifth star when I consider its slight missteps. Take away a star if Menma really bothers you or you have no tolerance for self-pity from your protagonists but add one if you really crave something away from the overly stylised mould.
I would recommend everyone who hasn�t seen this anime to watch it. It was quite good for me because I�m a fan of Slice Of Life Genre. If you aren�t a fan of this genre, don�t worry, Anohana will not disappoint you.
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Despite a large portion of the cast being likeable until the very end of the show, its their flaws that make the story interesting and at the same time that much more real. Issues such as the loss of a friend during your childhood aren’t the easiest to recreate but the emotional always feels real. It helps that the art is also gorgeous and the music both fitting and beautiful. Just have the tissues ready for the final episode, because it really is a tear-jerker.
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With the exception of Anohana�s ending, I believe this show to be magnificent and emotional in its own right. With the exception of Clannad, there is no other emotional anime that I would recommend more highly than this beautiful story of grieving friends who learn how to forgive and move on from their mistakes. I give Anohana a 4 out of 5, and a recommendation to WATCH IT NOW! Despite its contrived ending, I really did love this show, and I bet that you will too.
I cry every time.
Gator Anime Club
This show is unexpectedly touching. I found myself tearing up from time to time (read: a lot of the time). I couldn�t pick out a character to relate to, but I still felt connected to them by the end of the series. The writing does a good job imparting the themes of friendship and trust without shoving it down the audience�s throat, and there are a few plot twists I did not see coming. All told, I enjoyed it more than I thought I was going to.
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If you want an emotional anime where you have a good chance of actually feeling and understanding what the protagonist is going through, check out Clannad After Story (you�ll need to watch the first season beforehand though).