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Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day (2015) Live Action
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

High school student Jinta (Nijiro Murakami) is a hikikomori and lives in Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture, Japan. One summer day, when Jinta is absorbed in a video game, a girl suddenly appears in front of him. The girl is Jinta’s childhood friend Meiko (Minami Hamabe), but it seems impossible because Meiko died on a summer day. Meiko wears the same white dress when she died, but she looks a little taller. She tells Jinta that she has a wish and that’s why she came back as a ghost, but Meiko can’t remember what her wish was. To grant Meiko’s wish, Jinta along with his friends Atsumu (Jun Shison), Naruko (Airi Matsui), Chiriko (Marie Iitoyo), Tetsudo (Yuta Takahata) and Meiko gather together for the first time in 7 years. Jinta soon realizes that he is the only one able to see Meiko.
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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 novelization by Mari Okada was serialized in Media Factory’s Da Vinci magazine from March to July 2011. A television drama adaptation premiered in September 2015 on Fuji TV.

Alternative title

– 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: The Flower We Saw That Day is a one episode TV drama adapted from the same-named manga and anime.

I think adapting an anime into a drama or live action rarely ever work, as you already have a perfect medium (anime) to deliver the story. Why does it need a live action version? Anime adaptation from the manga is one thing, where you change from a still silent format to one with vibrant colors, sounds, and animation. But adapting an anime again to live action doesn’t really distingue itself much.

Voice actor in anime overacts in order to give life to their animated counterpart. Unfortunately, Japanese actors in film and drama come from a culture where overacting is the norm. You need to be acting super cute or super angry or super sad in order to convey your emotion.

The first half of the drama feel really rushed as they try to cram as many characters introduction as possible, title cards included. I was pretty bored with this drama as I am just watching scene per scene interpretation from the anime. There are a few slight edits here and there to cut down the time, but I feel like I am just watching a recap live action of the anime.

Unfortunately, I can not recommend this TV drama unless you are an absolute die-hard fan and must consume everything Anohana. Go watch the anime version instead.

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Featured Music

Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day (2015) Live Action
Playlist

A collection of notable music and song from this series.

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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