Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai. – 09
「みんなとめんま」 (Minna to Menma)
“Menma and Company”
“If she’s able to write, I wish she would have done it earlier.”
“You’ve got a point. If she had, she could have spoken to us, and we would have believed her right away.”
“Jintan and Menma aren’t exactly the brightest, huh?”
I’m glad the characters agree with me! No, just kidding, don’t rage. I’ve read over the comments last week, and the “Menma was confused/couldn’t decide” explanation felt adequate. Regardless, I still think the presentation of such a thing could’ve been done better, like for one example, perhaps not showing her physical capabilities until maybe episode five or so. That would have had zero negative changes to the story whatsoever as well. Thankfully, they slipped into the “Menma exists and can move things” pretty easily and simply, so at least we can get past that scenario.
I mean they REALLY slipped into it easy, frankly a bit rashly, as if exclaiming they could finally write the story without pretending Menma isn’t there. Like someone finally opened the window after eight people farted in the room for an hour. In moving on from the issue, because Menma exists for everyone now, Yukiatsu and Anjou in particular spend most of this episode roasting in jealousy. Yummy. Not a surprising development, but I was pretty moved with Yukiatsu’s adamant nature in doing whatever it takes for Menma. Very admirable. Plus, he’s a total boss with his emotions. He professed his love for Menma, but recognizing that she’s still dead, has his head firmly planted on Earth and asks Anjou out once more. I was cheering for Anjou, but I think Yukiatsu would be a good match too now. Their little flirting exchange was rather cute. Really, it’s clever. Once Menma’s gone, Jinta’s screwed for a relationship. While Jinta’s busy ignoring Anjou, Yukiatsu sweeps her off her feet right when she’s weak and dejected. Boss.
Well, this is all ignoring ol’ Tsuruko over there. Despite the steadfast appearance she’s kept up so far, finding out that she’s being beaten by even Anjou? A girl she kind of despises and looks down on? I smell a yandere in there somewhere. With two episodes left, her outburst should be coming in the next one. Long overdue too, she’s been seriously cut in potential with the plot here. The next ep could make up for it, depending on how it goes.
The issue with Menma only able to write in her diary seems like a fairytale problem, meaning that she can probably only affect her possessions. The nonchalantness of her moving around affecting everything now would probably irritate some, and all things considered, seem to just act as a convenient basis to reveal the rest of the story. One such thing was Poppo’s incomplete question. I’m hoping he wasn’t asking about himself, because that would mean ALL the guys had a thing for Menma, but that seems very likely. My only response is, “is this really necessary?” Along with Tsuruko, Poppo is the other character not really delved into, but I’m not sure I like this direction with him. Just doesn’t fit.
Last but not least, the river scene. Again still, confused Jinta can’t come up with a conclusion, but now that the secret’s out of the closet, her wish rapidly closing in, he finally decides he wants her to stay. Well, not really. He still couldn’t reveal his feelings yet. I think that’s just a tease for what’s needed in the finale, which will be heartbreaking I’m sure (though considering the things they’ve pulled so far.. I’ve no idea anymore). I do have an inkling coming from the carp issue. Menma may have actually killed herself falling over the bridge, perhaps even looking at carp that very day. That kind of truth would certainly set everyone free from their guilt (despite the fact that they already know Menma isn’t angry with them), but how many people will be satisfied with just that? Bring on the conclusion.