As I’m sure it was with most people, the first thing that struck me about Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai was its very long title.
This series is about a hikikomori named Jinta who is asked by Menma, one of his childhood friends, to fulfill her wish. In order to do so, he has to rebuild his relationships with his old childhood friends that were all once a close group of friends.
If you haven’t watched the first two episodes already, be warned that there are spoilers ahead. It didn’t take very long for me to realize that Menma was a ghost who can only be seen by Jinta, and I’m guessing her wish is for everyone to gather together and be close friends again. Even though Jinta explains her appearance as the manifestation of his stress, it doesn’t seem that way to me since she’s able to physically move objects and animals are able to sense her. There was also one scene where she ate some meat at the dinner table and the meat was actually gone, but I’m not sure how that’s supposed to work.
The story is very engaging since it shows how people can change over the years, yet their childhood still lives on with them. Each of the characters feels authentic both in their actions and personality. Even though it depicts daily life, one of the main driving forces behind everything is tragedy, which is easily felt in many of the scenes. However, I hope they are able to overcome it and grant Menma her wish. This is one of those series where you hope for a good ending and that everyone will be able to see her in the end.