Anime Reviews

[Anime Review] Anohana

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Synopsis

Jinta Yadomi is peacefully living as a recluse, spending his days away from school and playing video games at home instead. One hot summer day, his childhood friend, Meiko “Menma” Honma, appears and pesters him to grant a forgotten wish. He pays her no mind, which annoys her, but he doesn’t really care. After all, Menma already died years ago.

At first, Jinta thinks that he is merely hallucinating due to the summer heat, but he is later on convinced that what he sees truly is the ghost of Menma. Jinta and his group of childhood friends grew apart after her untimely death, but they are drawn together once more as they try to lay Menma’s spirit to rest. Re-living their pain and guilt, will they be able to find the strength to help not only Menma move on—but themselves as well?

Episodes: 11

Genres: Slice of Life, Supernatural, Drama

Written by: Mari Okada

Source: http://www.myanimelist.net/ & http://www.en.wikipedia.org/

WARNING: Spoilers ahead.

This anime is one of the best drama series I’ve watched. At first, the plot seems ordinary but as the series progressed, a lot of things were revealed. The death of Menma has affected everyone around her especially  Jintan, Anaru, Tsuruko, Yukiatsu and Poppo—Memna’s bestfriends. This incident drove them apart until one day Menma, who was supposed to be dead appeared in front of Jintan who claims she has a wish that must be granted in order for her to rest in peace. Because of this, Jintan and his friends who grew apart were finally reunited to grant Menma’s wish. However along the way, many secrets, hidden emotions and unsaid words were unveiled as to why they grew apart and are unable to get over with Menma’s death. I liked how each one of the characters has developed their personality and even though they’ve been through a lot, they were able to move on with their lives. I’m glad that Jintan and his friends became close friends again lol. I wish for a second season because I want to see who will end up with whom.

Overall rating: 4.7/5

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