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TL;DR
Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day (2013)
あの日見た花の名前を僕達はまだ知らない。 (Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai.)

Synopsis

A year has passed since Menma’s ghostly return to the Super Peace Busters. Although the time they spent together during that summer was short, the five members reminisce about what happened as they each write a letter to their lost friend.
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Rating

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Animation

  • Animation quality and consistency for that time. 

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Story

  • How well the story flows and keeps you engaged.

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Pros

Character design
Music
Visual

Cons

Filler
Plot
Recap

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Overview

Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day (あの日見た花の名前を僕達はまだ知らない。 Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai., lit. “We Still Don’t Know the Name of the Flower We Saw That Day.”) is a 2011 Japanese anime television series and an anime film that was released in Japanese theaters on August 31, 2013.

Alternative title

– Ano Hana: La Película
– anohana: La Flor Que Vimos Ese Día – La Película
– Ano Hana: Ancora non conosciamo il nome del fiore che abbiamo visto quel giorno
– Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day
– Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai.
– anohana
– We Still Don’t Know the Name of the Flower We Saw That Day.
– あの日見た花の名前を僕達はまだ知らない。
– 그날 본 꽃의 이름을 우리는 아직 모른다
– 아노하나
– Все още не знаем името на цветето, което видяхме онзи ден.
– Тэр Нэгэн Өдөр Харсан Цэцгийн Нэрийг Бид Одоо ч Мэдэхгүй
– ดอกไม้ มิตรภาพ และ ความทรงจำ
– 我们仍未知道那天所看见的花的名字.
– Nadal nie znamy nazwy kwiatu
– który widzieliśmy tamtego dnia.
– O Gün Gördüğümüz Çiçeğin Adını Hala Bilmiyoruz
– А нам всё невдомёк
– как звался тот цветок
– Невиданный цветок
– Невідома квітка
– що ми побачили того дня
– Тэр Цэцэг
– אנחנו עדיין לא יודעים את השם של הפרח שראינו באותו היום
– لازلنا لا نعرف أسماء الزهور التي رأيناها في ذلك اليوم, هنوز اسم گلی که آن روز دیدیم را نمی دانیم
– 那日所見花兒之名我們仍未知曉
– 那日所见花儿之名我们仍未知晓

TL;DR Review

Anohana movie continues after the TV show, as it gives us more backstory of each member of the Super Peace Busters. For Menma, it shows us a flashback of how they met, which wasn’t all that long ago. This greatly reduces the impact of the TV show as it seems weird how strong their bonds are with such a short time. Personally, I think this was a mistake and we could do without her backstory, as it was rather irrelevant. The remaining members are shown their struggle with writing their letter to Menma in Heaven.

The movie re-used a lot of the TV show scenes, to the point it is half recapped and a half epilogue movie. I think this is where the movie fails. Fan of the TV show is barely getting an epilogue and if you have never seen the TV, the flashback does not provide the emotional punch the TV did.

Another sin the movie made was reusing the same scenes twice as if it really need to pad the runtime to the 100 minutes mark. There were a lot of rethreading of the old story just to stretch out the time.

The animation is just as gorgeous and vibrant as the TV series, so at least that is a plus.

The music was also re-used from the TV show, so I guess they went with the “don’t fix what is not broken” mentality. Good thing the TV music was incredibly good.

I think the movie was trying to cater to both demographics of viewers, one that has and has not seen the TV show. As I appreciate it isn’t just another recap movie, I wish it had just forgone the flashback and give us a standalone epilogue.

I can’t say I would recommend this movie to Anohana fan just for the extra tidbits we are getting. I can’t say for sure if the new viewers will like this movie either. If you do plan to watch this movie anyway, have your fast-forward button ready. This movie contains a tiny amount of suggestive themes and dialogs. Appropriate for young teens.

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Featured Music

Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day (2013)
Playlist

A collection of notable music and song from this series.

Music

Opening Theme

– “Circle Game” by Galileo Galilei

Closing Theme

– “Circle Game” by Galileo Galilei

Insert/Image Theme

– “Aitakute Aitakute”
– “Vocal Track Medley: The Chapel In The Forest (Dear Love / I Left You / Still…)” by Remedios
– “Secret Base: Kimi ga Kureta Mono (10 Years After Ver.)” by Hayami Saori, Kayano Ai, and Tomatsu Haruka
– “Not As Friends” by Remedios
– “I Left You” by Remedios
Honma "Menma" Meiko
"Just because things aren't good right now doesn't mean that they will be that way forever."
Honma "Menma" Meiko
"Thanks for everything today. Tomorrow, I'll go to heaven. Please be my friends until the very end."
Chiriko Tsurumi
"I’m not the same as you. I’ll never dream about things that I know won’t come true."
Jinta Yadomi
"I thought I could just apologize tomorrow. But that tomorrow... never came."

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Photo

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Photo by Nicolas LB, Jon Flobrant, and Yvette de Wit on Unsplash.

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