My Favourite Anime: Anohana

For the latest installment of My Favourite Anime, LofZOydssey waxes lyrical about Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day. To read more of their anime writings, visit the website, follow on Twitter and Facebook.

Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day (Anohana) was brilliant. It’s one of the best anime I have ever seen.

To start off, this was a visual story.

If something didn’t need saying, it wasn’t said. You could feel the emotions in every scene. When a character was happy, you were happy. When a character laughed, you laughed. When a character felt relief, you could see the weight lift from their shoulders. And if someone cried, well…

Let me put it this way. When Anohana wants to hit you with feelings, it will hit you hard.

Therefore, here’s a little friendly warning should you decide to check this show out. Anohana is a heart-wrencher.

There are plenty of anime out there that have created powerful moments that strike at our core. However, Anohana took things much further. There wasn’t just a single powerful moment. No, this series had several, and each one was stronger than the last. During the final few episodes, I don’t know if my eyes were ever dry.

To drive this point home, Anohana relied on its characters – and without a hint of sarcasm – what a pack of trump cards they were.

In this story, Meiko “Menma” Honma, who was loved dearly by her friends, died in a tragic accident at a young age. When that happened, it put a pause on everyone else’s lives. The tomorrow from that day had yet to arrive. The dark emotions the other characters – Jintan, Anaru, Yukiatsu, Tsuruko, and Poppo – were going through were a part of their existence. They never gave themselves the chance to heal.

As a result, a once tight-knit team shattered into a million pieces.

Thus, when Menma appeared before Jintan after many bitter years, she consequently dumped a mountain of salt onto still festering wounds. Can you really blame the others for turning hostile when Jintan said he could speak with Menma?

Think about it.

Since it was only Jintan who could see Menma, everyone had to go off his word. Had Jintan been lying, that would have made him an absolute piece of garbage. How dare he bring up beloved Menma in such a fashion. What right did he have to revive the pain of her loss?

The dilemma was, Jintan was telling the truth. That caused a different – maybe even greater – problem.

Why the hell was Jintan the one who could interact with Menma? How was that fair?

And these were only some of the issues going through these characters’ minds. None of them realized how much they truly missed their friend. But when that finally clicked in their heads – wow. I don’t know the right words to describe how incredible this series got.

Now out of due diligence, if there was something I had to say negatively about Anohana: it shouldn’t have been that hard for Jintan to prove Menma’s existence.

The only way Menma could communicate with people besides Jintan acting as a mediator was through the diary she had when she was alive. That and the fact she could move physical objects. Menma could cook, clean, and play video games with ease.

What I’m saying is, there were ways to make her presence known.

Be that as it may, this “issue” was as effective at bringing down Anohana as a plastic spoon is against a tank.

If you have not seen this show, then I urge you to make it your next watch. I cannot recommend Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day any higher.

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