I bet you’ll click the post only because this picture is pretty.
First and foremost, I must comment on how long the name of this anime is. I had to copy-paste the name from MAL.
Well here goes nothing:
The story is about a group of friends who have grown apart, years after the death of their comrade, Menma. One hot summer day though, Menma appears in Jintan’s, our protagonist’s, house. Menma has a wish which Jintan and the Super Peace Busters (the name of their group of friends) will gather back together in their base and fulfill it. I guess that’s the gist of the story. The whole series revolves around Menma wanting her wish to come true. The thing is though with a series like this, there are a lot of things that can be tackled thus would perfectly fit into a 2-cour but since the series is shown on the Noitamina timeslot, the series is One-cour, 11 episodes at that. Of course I would think this is horrible and too short for a series of this stature. Near the end of this series, I almost thought that it would fail to deliver a satisfying. Of course I was heavily mistaken with the last episode concluding the series satisfyingly. I would like to commend it’s execution in telling it’s story for that. Anohana almost never felt cramped and is almost always near perfect. A little gem, this series definitely is.
Each character is developed with ease. The series made them very relatable (Yukiatsu and Anaru for example). I think a way to describe the characters is that they are. . . human. They have strengths, weaknesses and faults which makes them who they are. Yukiatsu is a role-model type of person in the outside but is really suffering inside, Anaru is your average high-school girl that almost always go with the flow, Tsuruko is the Calm type that hides everything perfectly, Poppo is the happy-go-lucky type and Jintan is your average joe that became a shut-in. You’d think it’s a bit cliche but by putting so much meat into their character, and how they evolved and release the things they have bottled up inside, that thought is completely erased. At the same time though, their personality never changes. They don’t become someone else.
The drama in this series is excellent. it never feels forced and I’m always drawn in the series because of it. The light-ness of the series also drags me in. The series is down to earth which is what I really love about it.
For production values, this series is consistent. Though it’s not like it’s hard to animate a slice-of life series anyway. The music is soothing and a standout. The songs chosen for the OP and ED, especially the ED, is excellent. Not much to say really, it’s your above-average animated series with awesome OST.
MY RATING FOR THIS SERIES WOULD BE:
(I’ll put a birbiri picture here to show how much I like this series; Biribiri approved!)
PS: I would also like to mention how awesome a character Yukiatsu, Yuki-chan, is. GOD I LOVE HIM.