「わすれてわすれないで」 (Wasurete Wasurenaide)
“Forget It, Don’t Forget”
When I was still going from K-12, after a summer break, the weeks before school started would make me feel like a man. I would think, “this year’s going to be different,” because I was somehow much cooler than I was three months ago. Then first day arrives, and I go through exactly what Jinta does. I’m in control, nobody can faze me, and I strut across school feeling like a boss. Year after year, the results are the same. The feelings go away after a couple days, maybe even hours, and I’m back to lamenting my lack of awesome. So, rather than Jinta getting any attention, he’s met with Anjou’s new-found rumors of being your local japanese highschool prostitute, presumably spread by her so-called friends. I did not see this coming (though I probably should have). However, the “friends” seem to show utter sympathy for her, and there the highschool evils are left hanging for another time I suppose. Adrenaline was definitely coursing through my veins wanting to yell out in front of the class myself if I were there, but Jinta’s the man in succeeding my wishes and doing it anyway. He just… kind of fumbled a bit too much there. I figured there’d be some major love love points raised for the tsundere, but it turned out to be short lived. Will their love ever kindle before the series is over?
It must have been years since anyone visited Menma’s house, and although they were short scenes, it said something about Menma’s mother. Other than unintentionally becoming the reason for Menma to cry again, her melancholic expression towards Jinta was a reminder that even though everyone feels they are at some fault for Menma’s death, the public somehow pins it all on Jinta. For Menma’s mother, I don’t think it’s hate, but more of lingering doubt. She wants to believe that he didn’t do it, but can’t help but scratch at the belief that it just may be possible Jinta’s the “killer.” Or maybe that was just a sad face in general. Bah. While the show mainly focuses on the group, I hope Menma’s parents eventually get the peace they need.
Incidentally, while there are tons of ideas for what Menma’s wish is, I kind of want to be ignorant and keep it somewhat a surprise, even though the important thing is for it to have an ultimate meaning. It’s a weird thought having Menma as a kid come up with a wish that has some deep truths to it several years later, but I guess she wouldn’t have come back as a ghost if it weren’t meaningful. Obtaining the diary is definitely a step closer to the truth, but if she was as lazy as I was in committing to diaries, there might not be an entry on that day. Then again, Tsuruko realizing that the meeting at the hut was all Menma’s idea surely increases the possibility. Also, I’m still not sure if Tsuruko likes Yukiatsu or not. How she came off to those two girls could be interpreted both ways. But lol at Yukiatsu making a casual joke about himself in public. Perverts running around. Hah. Dude’s got an awesome sense of humor.
I’ve noticed Jinta’s having a bit of trouble with what he thinks and what he does. What he narrates seems perfectly clear, and it’s obvious he’s avoiding the pain that still resides within, but his emotions still get the better of him, stagnating the development between himself and Menma. It’s getting a bit old by now, but it fits his NEET-like nature, reverting back to what’s comfortable whenever he finds trouble. Even so, the episode ends on a bright note. The nosebleed confusion was a clever take on the classical joke of getting them as a metaphor for a turn on. I found it particularly funny because nosebleeds don’t typically have a place in “serious” anime nor are they considered realistic, yet Anjou believes it as if it were an every day occurence. I believe there are even editorial articles written on the possibility of such a thing. Answer’s no by the way.
First spread of Anohana!