Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai – First Impressions

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.

Rating: Excellent

9 Comments to “Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai – First Impressions”

  1. Lucas says:

    This is my favorite series so far! I’m hoping it keeps up

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    Reltair Reply:

    Yup, it’s one of those series where I just want to marathon it all to see the ending.

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  2. WafflesTheBear says:

    I..I can’t stop crying T^T it’s just too sad… I had a hard time with it just because of how beautifully tragic it is, I am simply stunned by it, though I think I’ll need quite a few tissues for this one T^T.

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    Reltair Reply:

    It is sad and somewhat depressing to watch, but the story is indeed stunning. Jinta is already starting to repair his relationships in these first two episodes too, so by the end everyone should be together again.

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  3. Kiki says:

    I shredded some tears in each episode 😀
    So far, I like this anime, I probably will like the whole anime. I always wish all of them will get to see her in the end or close to the end, or soon!?! I like such anime about daily life but also teaches about life. The death at such a young age reminds me of another anime, where the girl also drown during a camping trip, it was a baseball anime, the girl’s memories lives on .. i also cried when i watched some of the sadder episodes.

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    Kiki Reply:

    shed *

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    Reltair Reply:

    Ah yeah, I’m waiting for the moment everyone else will believe Menma is there. Although it seems like she can easily prove that she’s there, which is somewhat frustrating.

    I believe you’re referring to Cross Game. I still need to finish that series. >_<

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  4. Kiki says:

    I already finished watching Cross Game 😀 Overall, I am pleased with the anime. Just saw ep9 of Ano Hi Mita Hana No Namae O Bokutachi Wa Mada Shiranai. I wish all eps are out already so I can watch it all in one go 😀 I don’t want Menma to disappear … cried again on this ep 😀 Even if she is alive, she will still belongs to Jinta and not the tall handsome smart guy …

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    Reltair Reply:

    Oh wow, I forgot it was only 11 episodes. It’s already almost over!

    Haha, I feel bad for Anjou and Tsurumi though.

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