Anohana Review!

Published March 12, 2014 by Shay Taree

Well like I promised here is the anime review for today!

So the anime I’m reviewing is called Anohana. I had been wanting to watching this anime for awhile now because it looked interesting but I heard it was sad and I didn’t want to cry. But when I had a day off and wanted to watch a short anime Anohana (it’s 11 episodes) was what I decided to give a chance in watching. When I finished this series I was very happy that I gave it a try.

Anohana is about a group of kids now teenagers who have gone their separate ways after the death of one of their friends. Now years later Jinta also known as Jintan is able to see the ghost of Menma. Now Menma is aware that she is dead but she remembers that she had one last request. Now through out the series you see how the group starts to come back together but you also see how each of them have to face the feelings of what happened that day when Menma died and the feelings of what happened after.

Now this series wasn’t all sadness because it did have a few funny moments too, but the tears definitely did fall. I started crying after the first episode so that says something. This series also has romance as well with quite a few love triangles going on in the series with a few broken hearts happening as well.

The music in this show is also amazing! I absolutely fell in love with the ending song “Secret Base ~Kimi ga Kurera Mono. I have this song in my playlist and a piano version as well since this song was so good and definitely fit the entire feel of the show.

Now if you enjoyed shows like Angel Beats or Clannad/Clannad After Story then you will definitely enjoy Anohana. Just be sure to bring a few tissues with you as your watching it.

There is also a movie that acts as epilogue after the series which I haven’t watched yet but I heard it’s good so I plan to watch it soon.

So check out Anohana and thanks for reading my review!

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One comment on “Anohana Review!

  • Anohana’s a lovely series and I really liked it back when I finished it. It focuses on some pretty powerful themes and there was strong characterization. More than anything though, the ending was a massive tearjerker and a very emotional way to conclude the series, one of my all-time favorite anime endings because of how hard it hit me and it really did leave a lasting impression on me. Probably would’ve rated the anime an 8/10 but I bumped it up to a 9 because of the ending.

    Interestingly enough, I just watched the Anohana movie today and it’s a lovely addition to the series. Not sure if you’ve seen it, but I would highly recommend it if you haven’t. I expected it to be a recap movie but it actually has a lot of new footage with some bits and pieces from the TV series and it actually builds on the characterization from the story and provides more closure so I really enjoyed it. It gave me a greater appreciation for the series as a whole too, to the point where I’d probably give the earlier stages of the series a 9/10 as well and not solely because of the conclusion.

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