Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai Final Impressions

That post I wrote on AnoHana from before where I gush about the first seemed like a kick in the face after I continued watching. Because I hated AnoHana after the first episode. I hate, hate, hated it. The strange thing is I rarely (in my tirades of RAGE and hate on twitter) had to defend my position on why I hated it. And why did I hate it so much? Thinking about it, I’m unsure and also completely sure why.

I wanted to write something about why I disliked it or how about I was annoyed they almost villainized the only sympathetic and understandable character or about the things it actually did right but I think it would be a waste of time.

Jintan and Menma were two characters I just couldn’t like. Menma because she had the maturity of a ball of yarn (ok so what if she was a kid if she died, it doesn’t make that not annoying), Jintan because he annoyed me beyond all believe. There was a brief moment where I thought for sure they were going to go the  “guess I’ve got brain problems” route and then they immediately smashed that plan to pieces and revealed Menma to the rest of the group. Which infuriated me further because Menma had SOOO many chances earlier to flip a barbecue or rip some curtains down and prove she was there. But since Jintan and Menma barely had half a brain between the two of them, it took half the series to do so. And that is where my hate stemmed from.

I have to say I DID like the last episode though at parts it was very melodramatic and over the top. Despite hating it so much I ALMOST teared up and that is only because Tsuruko is the best character in the show. I had hoped they would have the rest of the group be able to see Menma by some point and they really did pick the best moment to do so. I wish the epilogue would have shown a little farther ahead in the future so we could see how they all dealt with everything in the long run, to see if they were all still talking to each other and possibly if Menma had ever gotten reincarnated. If I have any major complaints for the last episode it is that. (although there were a bit of continuity errors that can be ignored, I suppose)

I think if I had been in a better mood when I continued watching AnoHana (and also not dealing with major issues irl that made the angst of fictional teenagers seem petty and moronic) I would have really liked it. It was flawed and the earlier episodes were especially annoying but I do think it had it’s moments where I… where I DID enjoy it.

I mean it’s not like it was as bad as Fractale.


  • Mushyrulez

    June 26, 2011

    Fractale wasn’t that bad :( Though it was worse than AnoHana.

    RE: why Menma wasn’t revealed. Didn’t you see? ( The SHOW even EXPLICITLY TOLD US why!

    Jintan obviously subconsciously wanted to keep Menma to himself, because that way, he could have a loli girl to ‘have fun with’ every single day without nobody noticing!

    To be honest, I got a bit sad when I realized AnoHana was going Menma-is-real-ghost route, but that’s just a difference in thinking. We were expecting this show to be about kids growing up and moving on, forgetting about the past, but instead, it’s about the kids growing up and facing their past – what better way to face the past than to literally face the ghost of the girl that they killed?

    Not killed, but you get my point TOO LONG NOBODY’S GOING TO READ MY COMMENTTTTTTTtttt

  • Fang-tan

    June 26, 2011

    Nah I pretty much feel the same way only instead of sad I felt disgruntled disappointment.

  • plasma991

    June 26, 2011

    I didn’t like how the show wanted you to cry, and tried to force tears out you. Especially this last episode, where there was barely a 2-minute interval when someone wasn’t bawling their eyes out. There was one part where I *almost* cried, and that was when Jintan lost sight of Menma and ran out looking for her, probably one of the only emotional scenes that didn’t involve crying.

    I liked the series and all; I enjoyed watching Ano Hana. I just felt that they were trying too hard to tell you “This is an emotional drama,” and “This scene is when you should cry now.”

    Kudos to the seiyuus though. Must’ve been a challenging episode to voice, and a strain on their vocal chords.

  • Nopy

    June 27, 2011

    I completey forgot about how I was so at a loss as to why Menma’s presence wasn’t known earlier until I read this. There are a few flaws here and there, but I thought it was a good series. The way they handled each character’s internal strife was great.

    Regarding Menma’s reincarnation, I like to think she became a flower. That would be the only ending that fits the title.

  • Fang-tan

    July 7, 2011

    @plasma – yeah pretty much. That was the same part that got me too. But overall I thought it was trying too hard.

    @Nopy – Ah, I hadn’t considered that! But it would make the stupid title fit, wouldn’t it.

  • someonefromouterspace

    October 18, 2011

    man.. after watching the whole thing.. i looked up in the net for people who hated the rest of the anime and i’m kinna glad many feel the same way… why do the main characters have to be so damn dumb anyway? this is really disappointing.. (-_-)

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