Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai

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Once upon a time there were six kids who were close friends. They are Jintan (the leader), Anaru, Menma, Tsuruko, Yukiatsu and Poppo. On a tragic day, Menma died from an accident after spending time together with the others. And the remaining five grow apart from each other. Four of them continue their live (at least what it seems on the surface), and one of them is stuck in the past memory.

Yadomi Jinta (Jintan) choose not to attend school, decided to live an isolated live in his house. Until one day the ghost of Menma appears in front of him. She talks, she can touch things. But she can only be seen and can only interact with Jinta. There is a past wish Menma want to achieve before she can go to Nirvana, but she does not even remember what her wish is.

A very touching story about friendship. Great story, vibrant characters, nice developments, it has anything I can expect from an anime. It’s a bit sad to see how the death of one person caused a lot of people to stop from moving on with their life (and we see these happen in real life too).

The long title of this anime literally translates as “We still don’t know the name of the flower we saw that day”. If you want to read a little bit about the meaning behind this title (and how it relates to the anime story), you might want to read UTW’s blog post about this. Warning : the blog post is full of spoiler.

I still play the ending song over and over again, even weeks after this anime ends. An enjoyable anime for those looking for a title with meaningful message rather than just a bunch of moe put together. Recommended for age 15+ (might confuse younger kids about the concept of after-life).

My rating : ★★★★★


Seiyuu

Irino Miyu Yadomi Jinta (Jintan)
Kayano Ai Honma Meiko (Menma)
Tomatsu Haruka Anjou Naruko (Anaru)
Sakurai Takahiro Matsuyuki Atsumu (Yukiatsu)
Hayami Saori Tsurumi Chiriko (Tsuruko)
Kondou Takayuki Hisakawa Tetsudou (Poppo)
Toyosaki Aki Poppo (child)
Tamura Mutsumi Jintan (child)
Seto Asami Yukiatsu (child)
Ogata Mitsuru Yadomi Atsushi


Alternative Title
• Ano Hana
• あの日見た花の名前を僕達はまだ知らない。

Links
Ano Hana Official Website

You are listening to Secret Base ~Kimi ga Kureta mono~ (10 years after ver) by Kayano Ai, Tomatsu Haruka and Hayami Saori (ending theme)
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