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Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai. – 01

OP Sequence

OP: 「青い栞」 (Aoi Shiori) by ガリレオ・ガリレイ (Galileo Galilei)
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「超平和バスターズ」 (Chou Heiwa Basutaazu)
“Super Peace Busters”

I want to say long names correlate with quality, but that wouldn’t really be true. Luckily, I can say Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai will most likely pave the way (wow that’s a mouthful).

The story centers around six childhood friends, one of which is Honma Meiko “Menma” (Kayano Ai), a childish girl who is slowly revealed to have died in a sudden unexplained event. The trauma changes the group forever, as the episode eventually details, and every member of the “Super Peace Busters” splits off into their own pathways in life. Yadomi Jinta “Jintan” (Irino Miyu) goes from hero to zero, and judging by some neighbors and his friends, it is deeply implied Meiko’s death is closely related to him, perhaps even indirectly caused. Anjo Naruko “Anaru” (Tomatsu Haruka) transformed from geeky to hot and popular, with subtle implications of feelings for Jinta, but simultaneous hatred for his decisions. Matsuyuki Atsumu “Yukiatsu” (Sakurai Takahiro) and Tsurumi Chiriko “Tsuruiko” (Hayami Saori) have stuck together, but differ in opinion over the matter of Meiko. Yukiatsu considerably has lingering feelings, and dare I say “liked” Meiko, as shown from his easily provoked anger (also jelly of Jinta since he was a kid), whereas Tsuruiko appears to have moved on, a fitting opposite. Using Meiko’s mysterious reappearance temporarily attributed to summertime stress, a plan is set into motion to grant her wish, bring the group back together, and perhaps finally allow Jinta to gain redemption. Despite calling her a hallucination, Meiko seems to bear physical influence in the environment, but I don’t think it will really matter if left unexplained. Hisakawa Tetsudo “Poppo” (Kondou Takayuki) is cheerful despite Meiko’s death, fitting of his bubbly personality, and it’s very likely that he will be the first ally Jinta gathers.

Since veteran screenwriter Okada Mari only seems to be as good as the director (Toradora, Fractale, Musuko, GOSICK, Hanasaku Iroha – this woman has exploded in popularity), I think the majority of the credit goes to Toradora director Nagai Tatsuyuki, who has apparently come to an extreme improvement over the years. It’s hard to describe just how fantastic the episode was done except to actually watch it play out, but it was packed with just the necessary amount of flashbacks and some really well conveyed emotion to grant the viewer a considerable understanding of these otherwise complete strangers. Every scene comes to life with expressively animated characters, and yet maintains a balance of delicacy with subtlety. The music, the narrative, and the screenplay are orchestrated together to create some spectacular somber scenes that effortlessly wrench out sentiment from this cold heart since Clannad ever could. Seriously, I was completely enthralled by the story’s building momentum of emotions that I lost track of time.

The show rivals Hanasaku Iroha (also a must-watch) in terms of an original character-driven story, but with a vague outline drawn and half the time-slot to do it. The premise is reminiscent of 20th Century Boys, which I marathoned but found a little mediocre, but that’s besides the point. It’s a shame that I haven’t seen such an engaging original anime right off the bat in a really long time, so I sincerely hope this doesn’t end up sucking. There’s a genuine lack of writers at this level in the anime industry, and I’m starting to think that’s a natural result of where the money actually lies (that’s a fault on viewers, mind you). Thankfully, the show is off to an amazing start, and with some small tearjerkers already, it’s a bit exciting to see just how dark this story could get. Equipped with solid animation by A-1 Pictures, a fitting voice cast, and an attractive soundtrack (OP/ED included), the whole package ends up blindingly perfect. With such a strong beginning, it feels like this may turn out to be one of the best shows of the year, if not an instant classic (really not an understatement, watch this show!).

This season is turning out to be amazing~


Divine: The most famous song of Sapporo’s all-female pop rock band, “secret base ~What You Gave Me~”, was covered as Kyou no 5 no 2′s ending theme as well, but suits Anohana much better. For those who have never heard of ZONE, I’ve included the PV for their song below, which was released in 2001. A lot of people know the lyrics, myself included.

Show ZONE – secret base ~Kimi ga Kureta Mono~ PV ▼

ED Sequence

ED: 「secret base 〜君がくれたもの〜 (10 years after Ver.)」 (Kimi ga Kureta Mono)
by 茅野愛衣, 戸松遥, 早見沙織 (Kayano Ai, Tomatsu Haruka, Hayami Saori)
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April 15, 2011 at 5:14 pm
  • April 15, 2011 at 5:16 pmdis gai

    At least another friend is nice. My favorite so far.

  • April 15, 2011 at 5:25 pmTriangle MAN

    Ou yeah strong and confused emotions characters are real -if you know what i mean- and the HOTD animation isnt a fail with mega BOOBS this time,ill definietly watch this series trough.

  • April 15, 2011 at 5:26 pmClick

    THIS SHOW IS AMAZING. The drama, the characters, the animation, and the OP are OMFG SO FREAKIN AWESOME. I probably enjoy this even more than Hanasaku Iroha

    • April 15, 2011 at 5:30 pmClick

      Sorry for double-posting, but since Anohana and C: aren’t under snapshot tags, does that mean its safe to assume that they’re going to be covered/blogged?

    • April 15, 2011 at 5:34 pmKiiragi

      No need to apologize, because THIS SHOW IS AMAZING.
      And yes.

      • April 15, 2011 at 6:42 pmMrBrownSound

        You lucky dog you. I’m very glad this anime fell into your hands to review. I look forward to your future posts and thoughts on this anime Kiiragi.

      • April 16, 2011 at 7:56 amKinny Riddle

        Thank you for deciding to blog this. This series is just too good to be put under a mere 1-episode snapshot.

    • April 15, 2011 at 5:55 pmAlec

      Anohana just became my fav this season, followed by Iroha

      The SLice Of Life series this year are ROLLIN’!!!

      • April 15, 2011 at 5:57 pmKiiragi

        Except, this isn’t slice of life.
        Edit: You know what, never mind. The genre is too ridiculously broad. Screw it.

      • April 15, 2011 at 10:03 pmClick

        Let’s just screw the moot on genre and leave it as AMAZING.

      • April 16, 2011 at 12:30 amkeiOnDaisuki

        it’s drama i guess.

      • April 19, 2011 at 6:35 pmindr0008

        In short, this anime belong to the AMAZING genre

  • April 15, 2011 at 5:31 pmLordHuggington

    A very good first episode. I especially like that it managed to portray Jintan as troubled / traumatized about Menma’s death without turning him into some sort of emo basket case. His more subdued, withdrawn personality was much appreciated. Menma’s interesting herself, although she’s giving me a Nessa from Fractale vibe a bit. Yet another show to add to my massive list of must-watch series this season. XD

    • April 15, 2011 at 6:46 pmMrBrownSound

      Well said. I actually took a liking to the main protagonist. He really does seem troubled like you said, but not enough to weird me out or make me look away, which I also thought was a good balance. It’s hard seeing him try to talk to anybody, and even with a ghost following him. I’m really looking forward to this anime. I haven’t looked forward to a new episode of an anime for some while now.

  • April 15, 2011 at 5:34 pmKira.

    i totally agree when you said this rivals hanasaku iroha.., i have high hopes for these two shows this season (and a few others obvs..) :P

    • April 15, 2011 at 5:56 pmsigmasox

      It’s been a very impressive season so far, that’s for sure!

      • April 15, 2011 at 6:08 pmAlec

        Lets just hope that it wont be the same as last season where most series started strong, then fell flat along the way

    • April 30, 2011 at 4:50 amTehJawknee

      In one episode, AnoHana has been able to grab my undivided attention whereas Iroha took 2. This show is already showing great promise.

  • April 15, 2011 at 5:35 pmTakaii

    If you didn’t get sad at the end, I’m not your friend.

    • April 15, 2011 at 5:38 pmLordHuggington

      Yeah, the show has left me feeling a bit blue after watching it.

    • April 15, 2011 at 8:59 pmKickstart

      I want to be your friend :)

    • April 16, 2011 at 12:29 amGorillafunk

      Left me feeling :(

    • April 19, 2011 at 10:55 amSummelBaerli

      I actually cried ;__; I guess I’m too emotional

  • April 15, 2011 at 5:35 pmtcm-man

    That’s one powerful episode! Very promising and very good visuals! Definitely a must-watch!

  • April 15, 2011 at 5:44 pmRockmanshii

    Well I liked it a lot too, but not that much. My main problem with it is how it seemed too forced on me, they were trying too hard to make it sad in my opinion. Like how the main character kept repeating lines like “… but that was the past.” I like those kind of sad/heartwarming story but I just felt weird watching this episode. Maybe it’s because for now I’m not attached to any of the characters.

    • April 15, 2011 at 5:56 pmLordHuggington

      I’m figuring he’s also repeating a lot of that stuff so much because he’s the most hung up on Menma’s death. He did more or less drop out of school, and is a borderline hikikomori as a result. In his case, I find it more believable that he’d obsess over it a bit more, and repeat stuff like that so much.

    • April 17, 2011 at 4:38 pmRickyMack

      coming from personal experience that shit does weigh on you. i was asked to send a simple email out to a childhood friend of mine who was deployed in iraq by his mother after his younger brother passed away. i kept putting it off and six months later he himself ended up dying from an IED.

      needless to say yeah, the main character resonates with me and i did end up tearing a bit from watching this. i wouldn’t say i’ve been impacted drastically like the main character has, my situation happened 7 years ago and for the most part i’ve made my peace. but i still think about how i couldn’t take 5 minutes out of my time to say wassup. i can’t even imagine how it would be to hurt someone you actually care about and being unable to apologize.

      • April 17, 2011 at 4:39 pmRickyMack

        *six months after his younger brother passed away

  • April 15, 2011 at 5:45 pmOblivion

    Very interested in this show. Of all the shows Ive seen so far this season, this show is probably one of the best, for now at least. . .

  • April 15, 2011 at 5:45 pmOrinX

    Everytime that little girl speaks i want to smother her face in a pillow.

    • April 15, 2011 at 5:49 pmKiiragi

      She’s already dead bro.

  • April 15, 2011 at 5:56 pmPw3age

    This has got to be the best show this season. I’m so glad I decided to watch this. By the time the ending song started playing, I felt really sad. Fantastic lyrics that seem to match exactly with the entire story. I don’t think I’ve seen a better first episode in a while.

    Menma is kinda implied to have drown, I think.

  • April 15, 2011 at 6:01 pmStereoman

    This season made my “Watching” on MAL waaaay too long. :””D

  • April 15, 2011 at 6:04 pmBook

    Too many god damn cliche slice-of-life shows this season.

    It’s the new mecha.

    • April 15, 2011 at 6:35 pmJCcap

      Where’s my mecha series this season? :(

      • April 18, 2011 at 3:05 pmHunter-Wolf

        You can consider “Cardboard war chronicles” mecha (not in a Gundam kind of way .. but still counts).

        Also .. Gundam Unicorn ep 3 aired this season.

    • April 18, 2011 at 3:10 pmHunter-Wolf

      How are Iroha and AnoHana cliche exactly .. pfft .. when we finally get some refreshing interesting slice-of-life away from all the crappy cheap “cliched” harems and moe stuff that infested anime these days .. some people still complain .. sigh … go watch something that isn’t cliche and leave us with out cliched slice-of-life shows .. if cliche was this good then i’d eat with eggs and ramen every morning XD

  • April 15, 2011 at 6:06 pmDawn

    This is a great show, however the ‘peace busters’ part is strikingly familiar to jun maedas work, visual novel ‘little busters’(which also have a group of childhood friends :P), however i’ll let it slide since the first episode has turned out so promising.

    just when i thought clannad would remain lonely at the top in its genre, i see some contenders at last (iroha, ano mita hana).

    • April 18, 2011 at 6:50 pmTsukiha

      With various bits of foreshadowing, I’m tempted to suggest that the ending will be that
      Show Spoiler ▼

  • April 15, 2011 at 6:07 pmGhostalker

    I believe in Kiiragi, I’ll check this out later. I’m having quite a difficult time with real-life bugging me and this new season of anime that seems to be flooding of many quality series. I guess this is what it means to have 40+ series in a season.

    • April 15, 2011 at 8:09 pmBROOKLYN otaku

      well, lets thank da ANIME gods for hard drives eh?

  • April 15, 2011 at 6:18 pmVii

    Looks extremely promising. Spring season’s turning out to be very interesting…

  • April 15, 2011 at 6:21 pmbullrogg

    great start for the series, but damn, Yukiatsu is such a dick!
    hopefully Poppo can help Jintan or probably see Meiko next week or something, but i doubt it will be as easy as that…

  • April 15, 2011 at 6:24 pmNadavu

    That was an awesome first episode. I just hope it’s not setting the bar to high for future episodes to reach. A show that starts with a bang has to go on banging all the way..

  • April 15, 2011 at 6:27 pmbanzmanga

    I hate the main male protagonist. I mean he is such a jackass.

    Despite of that, like everyone else, i love this series. So much potential brewing inside it.

    • April 16, 2011 at 10:25 pmaiueo123

      Well, what do you expect when you suddenly hallucinate about a dead friend coming out in front of you. I’ll probably do the same too to the hallucination XD.

  • April 15, 2011 at 6:38 pmMrBrownSound

    It is ridiculous how good this story line is. I might be jumping the gun here, but this may THE anime for this season.

  • April 15, 2011 at 6:50 pmJCcap

    Jintan needs a haircut
    Otherwise, great show!!!
    I told myself I am only going to actively follow 3 shows this season and it’s turning out much more difficult than I thought :(

  • April 15, 2011 at 7:08 pmBabyChooChoo

    Didn’t see this coming. This season was full of stuff I expected to bomb horribly, but the majority of it is turning out to be pretty damn good. This show especially is off to an amazing start.

    Normally, I can pick out a character or 2 that I absolutely despise, but I kind of have to sympathize with everyone. I’m loving the lead male too. Dude was a freaking kid and as kids tend to do: he did something stupid. Unfortunately, what he did obviously somehow had drastic consequences, but I think it’s fair to say he’s been paying for his ‘crime’ for quite some time now. In a way, the whole world is against him. I’d be a dick too. The thing I like though, is that he’s a dick with a heart (don’t try to think about that image too much now…) even if that heart is locked away somewhere deep.

  • April 15, 2011 at 7:11 pmAisu

    If this ends up being a top of the season, I am fully prepared to gloat ‘CALLED IT’ (but not really). xD
    This was one of my most anticipated shows, so I’m glad it didn’t disappoint. I’ve had high expectations since I read the preview.

  • April 15, 2011 at 7:22 pmNhelraios

    This is just exactly what I need. A-1 did a good job in the animation here.

    I also find the OP animation sequence befitting of the song and very much loved it.

    PS: I thought Divine wrote this, I just cant imagine Kiiragi blogging slice of life dramas. Great post anyway.

  • April 15, 2011 at 7:36 pmP0NCH

    My sweet lord, I’ve looking forward to this one since the preview!
    Definitely a must watch, I can’t flipping wait till next week XD

  • April 15, 2011 at 7:37 pmBossun

    Every season I try to broaden my horizon with a show or two (or three of five) that aren’t your typical comedy or battle series. I am quite glad that I chose this one. Please don’t disappoint me orz

  • April 15, 2011 at 7:38 pmanishuma

    I loved this first episode.I’ll say it rivals Hanasaku in the drama department.Can’t wait to see more.

  • April 15, 2011 at 7:44 pmP0NCH

    Also, this totally made my day :)

    • April 15, 2011 at 8:26 pmShirt

      This part ruined mine. D’x

  • April 15, 2011 at 7:52 pmwahahahahaha

    Original Secret Base was released in 2001
    Secret Base -ten years after- ver. in 2011

  • April 15, 2011 at 8:06 pmBROOKLYN otaku

    “Except, this isn’t slice of life.
    Edit: You know what, never mind. The genre is too ridiculously broad. Screw it.”…….THANK YOU for going there! that needed to be said and put out there. slice of life “with non reality twist” just one of the “many” ways to do it. THATS HOW ITS GOTTA BE! other wise its all just daytime drama & soap operas.
    NICE strong first episode, got time shifts, love triangles, and GHOSTS!!! and they drop it all on ya in the first ep. NICE

  • April 15, 2011 at 8:10 pmconyo985

    Best show this season because of the unique premise. I’m thinking Menma is a ghost but Jinta believes it’s his imagination. Understandable because he’s the only one that sees her. I’m totally psyched about what’s coming! Bring on the drama, misunderstandings and dark twists!

    • April 15, 2011 at 8:15 pmKiiragi

      Misunderstandings? No.

      • April 15, 2011 at 8:19 pminuyasha94588

        O god no, I had enough sawako blindness for life

  • April 15, 2011 at 8:24 pmSmuglord

    The first episode of this hooked me faster and entertained me more than Hanasaku’s first episode did, though I think Hanasaku will still prove to be a better drama overall due to the fact that it’s 2 cour. Why do Noitamina shows have to be so friggin’ short?:(

  • April 15, 2011 at 8:25 pmShirt

    Mmm.. It’s settled.

    I’m going to import me some Fusion ProGlide.

    (So SayaRei *ahem* Anjo.. has the hots for Jinta. But he’s such a basket case, she doesn’t want to ruin her public image. On that note, I must say, Jinta’s hallucination of Menma is fabulous. I wish I could recreate someone in such a lifelike manner!)

    • April 17, 2011 at 1:07 pmTrystinia

      I bought myself a Fusion Pro glide at walmart yesterday, completely out of the blue too. I didn’t need it lol.. then I remembered after I had paid for it that I saw a commercial for it somewhere.. XD It totally influenced my decision to purchase it subconsciously… XD

  • April 15, 2011 at 8:42 pmSkribulous

    Did you just call 20th Century Boys mediocre?

    • April 15, 2011 at 8:58 pmKiiragi

      opinions. I thought it was great at building up, but ended anticlimactically. People can argue to death how good it is, but it’s just how I feel.

      • April 15, 2011 at 10:32 pmsto

        it was a fantastic manga that just didn’t know how to end.

    • April 16, 2011 at 1:53 amlalah sune

      i think he means 21st century boys…am i rite?

      • April 16, 2011 at 2:08 amKiiragi

        I treat them as an entire story, since 21st practically had to finish what 20th didn’t.

  • April 15, 2011 at 8:53 pmjrj

    epic execution of the ED for this first episode! I feel so touched watching that part… hopefully our cute ghostly girl would get her wish (if it is getting everyone back to be friends again) granted :)
    this show is only one-cour, right?

  • April 15, 2011 at 9:10 pmanon

    This looks awesome, but I’m not going to watch this until it’s finished. I’d rather not have to inch along week by week with unresolved drama lingering the in the back of my mind :(

  • April 15, 2011 at 9:23 pmEternith

    I was already watching speechless the whole ep, and then the ED played.

    One of my favorite songs + This show = Perfection if it can keep the same emotional level throughout.

  • April 15, 2011 at 9:43 pmLuke

    This is quite an interesting series. Meiko looks like some kind of poltergeist (she can move objects) and since Jintan was likely to be the closest to her he is the only one who can see her.
    This is how I think it will go:
    Show Spoiler ▼

  • April 15, 2011 at 10:32 pmsto

    most intruiging start of any anime i have watched recently
    i thought saku hana was good, this ep was awesome. lets hope it can keep up the momentum!

  • April 15, 2011 at 10:40 pmTofu

    Ano Hana (for short) was exceptionally great. I at first didn’t think much of this show until I tried it out one day. Oh god did this have so much Little Buster references. Then again I don’t mind. ^^
    I can already predict that there will be tears at the end of the series. Especially if you’re me. I’m soft towards these type of shows and I’m already hooked after the first episode!
    It was great: the lighting, the music, the character designs (since I enjoyed H.O.T.D, I’m not hating it as much as the rest) and the story as well! They are all great!

    I personally think this is one of the best first episodes I’ve seen in spring as of now.

    Other than that, keep up the good work man! I look forwardd to your future posts ;D

  • April 15, 2011 at 10:41 pmrufe

    Ok…did Poppo come off as somewhat…a few marbles short of a hand?

  • April 15, 2011 at 10:44 pmrainstrife

    Nagai, Tatsuyuki does not disappoint.

  • April 15, 2011 at 11:26 pmprejsu

    Pure excellence. This may just become one of my all time favorites. The way the feelings are executed is just…i don’t know…exquisite? It just gets to you

  • April 15, 2011 at 11:33 pmasdfguy

    This is just too good. Kiiragi, you are absolutely right about the directing – it’s impeccable. Heck, I already feel heartbroken a little and the show hasn’t even started yet. Let’s hope this goes well. After a rather pervy start, this episode still left me enthralled.

  • April 15, 2011 at 11:34 pminnerchihiro

    I really really enjoyed the first episode of this show, but I feel like it might be one of those that gets better as time goes on, so it didn’t grab me in quite the same way as Hanasaku Iroha. Still, this is one of my top shows, and I wholeheartedly agree that this season is shaping up to be amazing! Thanks for blogging this!

    • April 15, 2011 at 11:37 pminnerchihiro

      Oh, and most interesting character for me so far is Naruko. I really like how seemingly shallow she is, but you can just tell how much is going on in that head of hers. She really reminds me of Kawashima Ami, except I actually like her more. :)

      • April 16, 2011 at 12:24 amkeiOnDaisuki

        yeah. they share the same personality. XD

  • April 15, 2011 at 11:44 pmkeiOnDaisuki

    *watching it right now*

    i’m loving the art. XD

  • April 16, 2011 at 12:19 amkeiOnDaisuki

    i got depressed watching this one. the moment i saw naruko not noticing menma made me already realize that menma’s dead. DX it’s so sad given it’s only the first episode. i think i like this better than HanaIro. i even found myself close to tears with that scene in the honma residence. DX

    i’m loving all the characters especially naruko. XD tsuruko’s design is my type too. XD

    i look forward for more. the drama’s getting on me. and btw, A1-Pictures never ceases to amaze me. VERY GOOD EPISODE!!

  • April 16, 2011 at 12:19 amChocolate

    Wow, and I thought Hanasaku Iroha would definitely be my top, until I watched this. It’s amazing how much emotion was in this episode, I was crying for the latter half and was totally immersed in the episode. It’s really sad..I can’t really expect a happy ending either, but probably a bittersweet ending with melancholy. Big, big step from Toradora, and I loved that show.

  • April 16, 2011 at 2:25 amricz

    Damn agree with you another must watch anime
    now this anime rival w/ hanasaku

  • April 16, 2011 at 2:49 amskylaris

    The part where Menma’s mom was saying that she was an airhead brought a tear in my eye. I’m intrigued for what this show has to offer, another show to watch and anticipate. Thanks for covering this show!

  • April 16, 2011 at 3:13 amewok40k

    great story and characters so far… poor Menma unable to interact wth her own family and friends (save one…)

  • April 16, 2011 at 3:30 amLeticia

    I think I’m in love… with this series <3

  • April 16, 2011 at 4:02 amfoshizzel

    Yessssss such a good show! I think this has got me addicted to this. Also didn’t know the character designs were the same from HoTD! Anyway great story even a bit of sadness T_T

  • April 16, 2011 at 5:08 ambriex

    Damn, one of the two of my wish has come true. Someone did picked up this show. Next is Ao no Exorcist.

    Can’t wait to watch this. Work sucks this past week. oh, and W00t for another version of Secret Base. Make me want to rewatch Kyou no Go no Ni again. Also I agree, seems like this season is overly fabolous <3

  • April 16, 2011 at 5:16 amSam

    Weird, but reading your recap alone brought me to tears. I suppose some of us here are attracted to this show because of the theme…Childhood friends that have moved on. It is a rather melancholy thing, those lost friendship………

  • April 16, 2011 at 5:18 amSleepyOtaku

    This kinda reminds me of Fuko’s arc in clannad, where a soul came back to do something to bring happiness to people she cared for. Damn another tear jerker. Although the part about gathering the whole gang together kinda reminds me of Kyon bringing the SOS team together..

  • April 16, 2011 at 6:18 amHenDarou

    Wow, incredible first episode. It felt extremely depressing even though next to nothing was known about the characters and it’s doing a great job conveying emotions. Looking forward to more!

  • April 16, 2011 at 6:30 am7

    Very good first ep, hope they keep this up.

  • April 16, 2011 at 6:57 amKGFJ

    That Menma girl is kind of annoying, but I grow fond of her in the end.
    I find it a little bit weird why that boy is so obsessing over her death, to the point of not continuing school and becoming an emo like that. I mean, it wasn’t his fault that she died.
    But either way, that’s a great start. I even feel a little blue in the end.
    Secretly hope for Menma to show up again :)

    • April 16, 2011 at 7:51 amAiron

      He’s not changing his life because he’s obsessed with her. It’s just the result of her death. They were young, and it was traumatic, trauma has profound effects on people. And it’s hinted that he may have had something to do with it. At the very least he’s guilty over calling her ugly the same day she died and not apologizing.

  • April 16, 2011 at 8:11 amKinny Riddle

    The anime industry seriously needs more writers like Okada Mari. Maeda Jun is another one that comes to mind, though barring Angel Beats, his writing career is so far still mostly confined to visual novels or anime adaptations of said novels.

    Besides Okada, credit must also be given to director Nagai Tatsuyuki for getting the mood right. He has certainly improved in arranging the emotions of the scenes since Honey & Clover 2 and Toradora. (Another series in his increasingly impressive series was deeply popular To Aru Kagaku no Railgun, though that’s less on the drama side. )

    Though this is no Key work, there seems to be a lot of Key-like tropes here:
    Kanon – Appearance of a poltergeist/astral projection (Ayu – Menma)
    Clannad – protagonist starts out as an estranged social outcast due to a traumatizing experience in the past. An encounter sets him on the road to redemption (Tomoya – Jinta)
    Little Busters – Super Peaceful Busters

    Once again, thank you for deciding to blog this, Takaii.

    • April 16, 2011 at 1:52 pmKiiragi


      • April 16, 2011 at 3:45 pmricz

        hahahaha I thought it was kiiragi who blogs this :p

      • April 17, 2011 at 5:18 amKinny Riddle

        Yeah whatever, Kiiragai, Takaii, they’re both RC, no? :D

  • April 16, 2011 at 9:13 amewok40k

    this one will be a direct rival to Hanasaku Iroha… what a delicious competition!

  • April 16, 2011 at 10:01 amreminbee

    I thought the opening was really lovely and captured the mood of the first episode so well. I’m a sucker for character development focused shows, so I’m glad that Hanasaku Iroha and AnoHana have both started off so strongly.

    The animation was also surprisingly fluid! Definitely a notch above the average.

  • April 16, 2011 at 10:52 amandrew

    Definitely one of the most captivating first episodes I’ve seen in a while. More!

  • April 16, 2011 at 11:52 amAvenger

    Ugh, and I thought Yami to boshi to hon no Tabibito was a long name… I will have to check this one out.

  • April 16, 2011 at 12:03 pmNashaba

    I knew t had to do something with “Toradora!”. Hell, Toradora! is still my favourite anime, it was so moving for me – I hope this one won’t dissapoint either.

    • April 16, 2011 at 1:15 pmKinny Riddle

      Besides having the same director, AnoHana also retains the character designer from Toradora, hence why the characters look like those from Toradora.

      • April 16, 2011 at 4:54 pmdxb_blackwolf

        They gave Anaru Taiga’s deadly stares :P Yeah, I like that they’re making the animation similar to Toradora. Not sure if anyone noticed, but the smile Meima and Jinta give each other at the end of the opening is even similar to the smile Taiga and Ryuuji give each other at the end of the… 2nd Toradora! opening I think.

  • April 16, 2011 at 1:08 pmShalaKairos

    I love the style and the premise! The opening itself is so clever and well done. Everything about it looks fantastic.

  • April 16, 2011 at 1:08 pmG@iR3i

    Im sure we all had people or friends who u have grown apart from because of sudden changes in each others life…Now that death has been added to this equation, moving on has made it easy for some and difficult for others. As for how she died i think she fell; since u can see Jinta make a epic dive attempt(flashbacks also show jinta’s dad telling him about her death) to save Menma but fails horribly…All in all love the first impression Kiiragi.

  • April 16, 2011 at 2:40 pmrochichan

    First episode already, and it already made me tear a bit! I’m such a softie. Q___Q

    • April 17, 2011 at 12:50 pmTrystinia

      I did as well.. I feel like it’s going to happen a lot during this series too. T_T But I welcome it and can’t wait to see how the story unfolds before my eyes
      It really hit me when Menma went over to her house. That was my breaking point.. T_T

      • April 21, 2011 at 8:24 amrochichan

        When the ending song started to play was when the tears actually fell. (I was like,”Run, Jintan, Run!” T__T)

  • April 16, 2011 at 2:58 pmAnimon

    ED download please?
    And no,not that PV.
    It doesn’t sound the same…

    • April 16, 2011 at 3:00 pmlucaz145

      it’s right there,dude =_=

      • April 16, 2011 at 3:03 pmAnimon

        I’m gonna guess a 320kbps version won’t be on the internetz for a while.

  • April 16, 2011 at 4:25 pmHarbin

    The ED goes too well with the series… Suspicious

  • April 16, 2011 at 5:06 pmAiras

    Post here when you noticed she was actually a ghost!!!!
    http://randomc.net/image/Anohana/Anohana%20-%2001%20-%20Large%2011.jpg :(
    That guy could be a novelist… uber imagination!!!

    • April 16, 2011 at 5:20 pmdxb_blackwolf

      I think everyone noticed it at that moment unless they had an idea that there was going to be a ghost included.

    • April 17, 2011 at 10:44 amFalmung

      I was already suspicious how the father was completely ignoring her. That moment completely reaffirmed my doubts. Seeing as she can touch stuff and even people I wonder how will this play out.

  • April 16, 2011 at 5:35 pmThe Story You Don’t Know

    I’ve already got a feeling that I WILL LOVE this show!

  • April 16, 2011 at 9:43 pmsealouse

    I didn’t want it to end.

  • April 16, 2011 at 10:28 pmSimple

    Simply intriguing; I couldn’t take my eyes off the whole thirty minutes. I didn’t expect ANOTHER season to hit me as hard as Hanasaku Iroha and Denpa Onna to Seishun Otaka, but boy was I wrong. The is the greatest of the Spring Series for mr so far, besides the long name. I crave for more!!!

  • April 16, 2011 at 11:28 pmKagekyuubi

    I expect this to be a huge tearjerker by the end. Don’t let me down Tatsuyuki Nagai!

  • April 17, 2011 at 11:03 amGrumpy

    UGH. I have secret base stuck in my head.

    • April 17, 2011 at 11:19 amZaku Fan

      Well its not for no reason that Zone rode this to the top :)

      Their final concert finished with secret base as well though by that time one of their members changed

      • April 17, 2011 at 11:42 amVictor3y

        It’s a shame they disbanded. I really liked their music

  • April 17, 2011 at 11:15 amZaku Fan

    Nice first episode. Menma as the astute genki girl is a nice touch.

    Still the original Zone’s secret base is better, especially the start

  • April 17, 2011 at 3:19 pmKevin

    It’s great to watch character-driven animes every once in a while, and 2 in a season blow my mind. I feel like this show will be sadder than Hanasaku Iroha, but you never know. I think the girl with the glasses will be the last one to see Menma; it seems she’s moved on the most. It was so sad to see her brother say offering food to her was annoying, and her mother say Menma probably didn’t know she died. :[

  • April 17, 2011 at 6:42 pmLOL

    i have to say this really exceeded my expectaion right off the bat. neverthe less i must add that hanasaku iroha is my fav so far

  • April 17, 2011 at 8:02 pmpimpollesca

    wow, i think i will love this anime !

  • April 17, 2011 at 10:51 pm✙Croosboy✙

    Reminds me of Little Busters! :D

  • April 18, 2011 at 3:53 amaiueo123

    For the one series I’m looking forward the most this spring, I’m glad the first episode delivered. Granted, this is just the first episode and we all know how a badly delivered ending can ruin an entire series, but watching this first episode just raise my hope for this series even further.

  • April 18, 2011 at 8:57 amAozora

    I already love this show. And I thought this season has nothing to offer. I’m glad that I was mistaken!

  • April 18, 2011 at 5:12 pmCharles (^_^)

    Loved the opening and yes i did cry twice -_-

  • April 18, 2011 at 6:51 pmXero01

    Heart Clenches 2 : Me 0. Haven’t felt that touched during the intro to a story since both Touch and Cross Game.

  • April 19, 2011 at 12:35 pmfrice

    Maaann this show hits home. HARD. And I love it.

    Who always puts an egg in when cooking ramen? *raises hand*

  • April 19, 2011 at 6:24 pm1OO

    I knew this anime is gonna be great! This anime caught my eyes when I saw the trailer. It reminds me of Tokyo Magnitude because of Menma. It got me teared up a bit too and it brings back my childhood memories. x] Love the OP and ED, the ED song is coming out on April 27th I read from somewhere.

  • April 20, 2011 at 11:39 amDave

    I can’t believe I’ve never heard this song before. What a haunting melody. This episode was amazing. Perfectly paced. I can’t wait for the story to unfold.

  • April 21, 2011 at 1:39 amSnicket

    Jeez, no wounder Jintan conjured up a hallucination of his long dead friend. All his old friends are a** holes. Well except for Tetsudo.

    They kinda take the premise of simply growing up and going to the extreme with it. I’m expecting ‘John Lennon’s Stand by me’ to play at some point.

  • April 21, 2011 at 1:26 pmrico

    The anime seems similar to hanasaku( currently watching XD) as mentioned and seems like it has an immence amount to offer. Animations style reminds me of durarara do. I like it :P

  • April 21, 2011 at 7:32 pmAhmy

    In this season i am having anime to watch everyday ^^
    i am so happy with season , but sadly i am sure the next season won’t be as good :( , i am used to anime seasons with only 2-3 animes in my watch list.
    Anyway this anime one of the top for me ^^

  • May 13, 2011 at 11:06 pmpetit

    getting a little “Kanon” here…

    I found the ending extremely touching – and the great OST almost made me teary-eyed.
    But I just can’t feel bad for young men like Jintan or Yuichi: they do something cowardly, a bad accident happens to their friend/lover, they regret, became insane and form hallucinations… Sometimes I just want to yell at them: “well, sucks to be you! That’s what you get for being a jerk!”

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