Name: Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day
Genre: Slice of Life, Supernatural, Drama, Tragedy
Director: Tatsuyuki Nagai
Studio: A1 Pictures
Original Airtime: April 14, 2011 – June 23, 2011
Anohana follows a group of six childhood friends who drift apart after one of them, Meiko “Menma” Honma, dies in an accident. Ten years after the incident, the leader of the group, Jinta Yadomi, has withdrawn from society and lives as a recluse. One summer day, the ghost of an older looking Menma appears before him and asks to have a wish granted, reasoning that she cannot pass on into the afterlife until it is fulfilled. Thus is the premise of Anohana.
I really liked the main theme of Anohana. It’s certainly different from the conventional plots of your everyday slice of life. It adds a supernatural or rather paranormal touch to the mix. The story also emphasizes on how a premature death can affect the lives of ones close to the deceased through the eyes of the five friends. The story is an emotional and enjoyable one much to my liking. The best part of the story is how this unusual event affects the five friends differently by opening up old wounds and forcing them to confront their regrets and feelings that they had shut inside them long ago. This is what makes Anohana Special.
Anohana’s characters’ developments are spot on. The anime really described the nature of the characters in only 11 episodes & quite nicely at that. This is an anime where you get to see all kinds of people. The characters are different from each other & this is a strong part of this anime. Each character was different before Menma’s death. We get to see how Menma’s death affected and changed them over the 10 years and how her return again affects and changes them to finally shape their true selves. I think some of the script writing seemed obvious but overall it was really good.
Here are some notable characters from the anime:
The animation of Anohana is quite nice and neat. It didn’t have anything exceptional. I kind of like this type of animation. The characters had different expressions and it was better than the usual. But Menma’s appearance didn’t change that much though she was old. Although it is understandable considering the other characters only could perceive her childlike face when she passed away. Overall in terms of animation, A1 Pictures did a really good job in the animation sector of Anohana.
Here are some screenshots from the anime:
The soundtracks of Anohana were awesome in one word. I really liked the ending theme ‘Secret Base’ by Ai Kayano (Originally by Scandal). The song was also used as an insert song in different scenes. It really was appropriate for this kind of anime and added a different depth to it. You get the emotional kind of feeling which is really good. The opening theme ‘Aoi Shiori’ by Galileo Galilei was also great. I’m actually a metal fan. But sometimes hearing soft songs is really enjoyable & I’ll give a credit to the Sony Music for choosing such fitting soundtracks. I’ll leave a link to the ending song of Anohana below:
This is a strong side of Anohana because from my point of view, this anime is really enjoyable. You don’t really find Slice of life combined with supernatural which is executed this perfectly. This combination is worth mentioning and I felt that it made Anohana much more interesting. Sometimes you get emotional & sometimes you get a good feeling-that is much praiseworthy. Every once in a while, we must watch this kind of anime to refresh our minds.
We should learn a thing or two from Anohana. This anime has a great part, which is you will find realism in it as well as supernaturalism. I think It’s really peculiar to get these two combined yet not get deviate from the slice of life genre. Frankly speaking, I really loved this anime.
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.