Ano Hana 11 Episode Review [END] – The Floods Have Come

Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai Don't Know Name of Flower That Day Poppo Jinta Yadomi Anaru Anjou Yukiatsu Tsurumi Tsuruko Atsumu Shu Menma Meiko Honma Last Episode

After a good run of about eleven weeks, “We Still Don’t Know the Name of the Flower We Saw That Day” is finally over, and what a telling narrative it was. Strangely enough, I don’t have this yearning for more and this feeling of sadness that usually comes over me whenever I finish a good series. I think I’ve finally come to realize that more is not always necessarily better. That couldn’t be more true for Ano Hana, even if there was more character expansion in previous episodes to stretch the show out.

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*Sniff* "We're not getting anymore screen time?"

Boy, oh, boy, were there a lot of tears in this episode, but let’s get cracking at the plot for starters. The Super Peace Busters are perplexed as to why Menma hasn’t disappeared yet. They later meet up in order to contemplate on this. The young teenagers come to the conclusion that the reason Menma hasn’t moved on was because their intentions were selfish. Everyone hoped to achieve something by having Menma pass on.

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Well...she has been dead for a long time

Tensions soon run high as everyone starts to accuse the other of being selfish. In the ensuing madness, Anaru’s fake eyelash falls off and makes her look ridiculous. The gang cracks up at this and regain their composure. With new-found clarity they decide to meet Menma one final time in order to sort out this whole ordeal.

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Supah Pisu Basutasu!

Jinta brings a frail Menma to the secret base but is in shock when he realizes that he can’t see Menma any longer. The others are clearly surprised at this development as well and they set out to find her. Menma (trolls) tells them that she is simply playing hide and seek. Once the teens are running in the forest, she starts writing messages for each one of them and proceeds to lay them under a tree to be found.

Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai Don't Know Name of Flower That Day Poppo Jinta Yadomi Anaru Anjou Yukiatsu Tsurumi Tsuruko Atsumu Shu Menma Meiko Honma Last EpisodeAno Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai Don't Know Name of Flower That Day Poppo Jinta Yadomi Anaru Anjou Yukiatsu Tsurumi Tsuruko Atsumu Shu Menma Meiko Honma Last EpisodeAno Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai Don't Know Name of Flower That Day Poppo Jinta Yadomi Anaru Anjou Yukiatsu Tsurumi Tsuruko Atsumu Shu Menma Meiko Honma Last EpisodeAs they each read the message that Menma left behind for them, they all burst out into tears. They all scream their affection for her and see her, one last time. Unfortunately, she’s fading away at this point and states that her wish was to make Jinta cry since his mother thinks he shouldn’t hold back anymore. Jinta and the rest of the gang say their goodbyes, and with that, the friendly-ghost Casper- I mean, Menma disappears.

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Those damn words are in the way

Whew, that’s it. Ano Hana is over. Man, eleven weeks ago, I would have had no idea what to expect, but I’m glad that I stuck around to watch this show. A tearjerker it was, without a doubt, but I still feel that it comes nowhere near the brilliance of the Clannad stories. But then again, it’s unfair to compare anything to Clannad – every piece of work has their own merits, and Ano Hana definitely has its own.

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You tryin' to seduce me, Menma? It won't....work...

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Even though they had no idea what love was back then

So, it turns out that Menma actually had a wish all along. I was right on the nail in regards to her wish’s goals, but I wasn’t on the ball in terms of its wording…which was just strange. Make Jinta cry? I get that she was young at the time, but they could have worded it more gracefully – I’ll work towards getting him to move on, or something to that effect. But yeah, I keep on forgetting, they were around seven years of age at the time. No seven year-old could speak that succintly.

And let’s talk about Menma as a character for a bit. Though Menma is featured prominently throughout the show and is on the minds of every character, she is far from the star of the show. More than anything else, really, she is a plot device, used to spur on the developments of the other characters in the show. It shouldn’t come as a surprise then that she’s a rather static character. She didn’t change once throughout the whole story, she was simply trapped in the mindset of a seven year-old, which was actually a smart move. Had they made her develop as well, I’m sure I would have had a hissy fit for whatever reason.

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Yukiatsu: "I don't want to cosplay....without the six of us"

It goes without saying then that the an important motif in this show is moving on. Everyone had their own doubts, regrets, and worries that shook them to the core. And even though Poppo had some extremely out-of-character moments here and there in this episode, it didn’t detract too much from the show. It still perplexed me how the creators never cared to delve more extensively into what pushed Poppo to become how he is today. He did say that he saw Menma’s place of death at the time of the event, but was his inaction really enough to force him to abandon school and travel the world? Well, death does have far-reaching effects, doesn’t it?

But really, the ones who grew the most in the show in my opinion were Jinta and Yukiatsu. Yukiatsu transitioned quite easily from becoming a cross-dresser into a normal guy, albeit with some necrophilic tendencies, but regardless, the strides he made from then onwards were remarkable. He became more level-headed and honest with himself, to the point where he calls himself disgusting. I couldn’t help but get fascinated with Yukiatsu as he tried to acknowledge the ridiculousness of the situation he was in.

Jinta’s transformation was more straight-forward than anyone else’s. He simply need to emerge from his hikikomori shell and look at the world outside the world more. Kudos, then, to A-1 Pictures for making his emergence that much more enjoyable by spinning a captivating tale around it.

Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai Don't Know Name of Flower That Day Poppo Jinta Yadomi Anaru Anjou Yukiatsu Tsurumi Tsuruko Atsumu Shu Menma Meiko Honma Last EpisodeYeah, that picture isn’t about Tsuruko or Anaru, but who cares? I’m going to talk about them anyways.

Anaru, what can I say? She’s my favorite character from the show and the fact that she got nowhere with Jinta makes me feel a tad bit sad on the inside. Luckily, Tsuruko’s words do hold a bit of truth to them. Once Menma moves on, Jinta may come to accept the real world more, and in turn, Anaru. But that’s just wishful thinking and I don’t believe anything like that would ever happen.

Tsuruko…unfortunately for you, you didn’t change much throughout the show, did you? All you did was cut off your hair after you realized that there was no chance in hell that Yukiatsu was going to hook up with you. Not that I hate you or anything. But the thing is, it strikes me as odd that she didn’t change much. Then again, she didn’t need to change. Out of the whole Super Peace Busters group, she was the one who had all her marbles together.

A picture of everyone’s crying faces for you because the floods have indeed, come.

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Your hand...

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MY BUTTOCKS!

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In the end, the story was just right for me. At this point, I can’t see a better way that it could have ended. And for those of you who wished this series was longer, shut your traps. If it went any longer than it already has, it would have been ruined. We should be happy that A-1 Pictures had the good sense to quite while the anime was still good.

EDIT: Boom! I’m back in a whirlwind of energy. I just hit the gym and I’m ready to write more. lulz.

Anyways, so let’s address the other aspects of this anime, something akin to points that would be addressed in a formal review of this show… though this won’t be anything like it. And I noticed that a lot of people who like animu-buroging tend to make a separate post for their impressions on the “entire” series. What’s the point in that? Not to criticize them, but I just find that there’s no need to write a whole post. Most of the stuff is going to seem like reiterations of what I’ve said previously, after all, it is an overview of the whole series, is it not? So let’s get to it.

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Where the heck was the father during all this?

I’ve talked a lot about the characters so far and I feel it’s high time to talk about the art. I’ve said it in a previous article before, but the art style in this anime is similar to that of Tora Dora, most notably in the characters’ faces. They have that distinct sharp nose and chin… if you get what I mean. But anyways, I love the color palette of this anime. There’s a stark contrast between the stunning colors of the setting during the day and the monotone dreariness of the night. In terms of sheer animation quality, this was top-tier for this season. When you have other shows like Deadman Wonderland with eerily, contorted faces, you can’t help but marvel at the splendor of Ano Hana’s art.

Seiyuus? Do I really need to talk about them? No, because I feel that they did a fine job with the whole show. Especially my Yuki-chan, whose freakish Menma-obsessive tendencies were a gateway to realizing his awesome voice work.

Then what about the plot? It was typical enough. Boy remembers death of girl- girl appears as ghost. Fairly normal stuff in the world of animu. So what then makes it different? Dare I say characters? Yes, I do. Hit me. But let’s move on and think about the “realistic-ness” of all this, just for argument’s sake. I know a few of you out there have heard me ranting about this point a lot but there is way too much crying going on this anime. I even get a bit uncomfortable sometimes when one of the characters suddenly starts bawling. The last episode was an exception though, it was a given. But any time before that, and most of the crying scenes weren’t called for.

At that age, I take it around 17-19 years-old, teenagers do not think about life that deeply. There are undoubtedly the select few kids who are unusually introspective and notice the flaws in their personas, but let’s get real, did you think about things to this extent way back whenever? Did you really weigh your decisions against some higher moral standard and smack yourself over the head for wanting someone to love you back? You may have, but not to the extent that these kids did. Because trust me, in my book, they are very dedicated.

Music…no need to talk about it, it was superb.

And there you go, keep in mind, I’m not necessarily reviewing this anime – I’m giving my thoughts on it. Plus, everyone in the anime is happy, even Jinta, who’s managed to move on.

All’s well that ends well. Except for Poppo. He’s never getting into a good college.

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"What my BO?"

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Furious that this isn’t the long-winded review that you always hoped to see? Want to start a flame war against me because you think my writing is a steaming piece of shit on the sidewalk? Or do you simply want to voice your thoughts and opinions and this show? Either way, I command ask that you write your comments in the box below. Or send me an angry letter. Take your pick.

Arbitrary Number I Call a Score: 86%

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Posted on June 24, 2011, in Anime, Ano Hana, Episode Reviews and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 33 Comments.

  1. Can’t believe that this anime is finally over. I loved it while it lasted and it’s such a sad thing that it couldn’t go on for any longer .But I agree that maybe if it had it wouldn’t have been as great as it currently is.

  2. I lol’d when Anaru’s eyelashes fell.

  3. falseinfinity

    I thought this episode dragged on a bit too long. All that emotion made it seem unrealistic, or perhaps just real enough. That said, Ano Hana was a very good series, episode 10 was beautiful.

    • Episode ten was a borderline episode for me. It was just barely enjoyable. Luckily the whole series wrapped up in a satisfactory way for me.

      The amount of crying is indeed a bit out of hand, but it’s not uncalled for.

  4. I thought the anime ended in the best way possible. You knew it was going to be sad and that everyone would move on but the way they achieved those two goals, through everyone getting together at the temple at night to voice their regrets and troubles, and then to search for Menma at the end, were nothing short of amazing. I don’t think anyone would be disappointed with this anime and its ending.

    And, to comment on something you wrote about earlier, I’d argue that Anaru grew more over the course of the series than Yukiatsu. She was pretty cold to Jinta at the start but began to open up to him and then outwardly confessed to him. To me, it showed her becoming more honest with herself, which then allowed her to realize her resentment towards Menma over all these years. Furthermore, you had her dealing with those bad friends, the rumors of the love hotel, running away from home, and dealing with Yukiatsu’s advances. But those are just my thoughts on Anjo since she was one of my favorites, too.

    • I loved how everyone came together in the end. Just makes me fuzzy inside. Derp.

      Anyways, I’d attribute Anaru’s coldness to her tsundere-ness. And yes, she did face quite a lot of stress in the form of school, rumors, and whatnot. Yeah, I guess you’re right in that respect.

  5. I ended up reading your entire review, and sadly, agree with it all. :) I couldn’t have said anything better.

    I have this mental brake stopping me from overtly praising this series. It was great, but not phenomenal. And certainly not as great a masterpiece as everyone claims for it to be. If I were to compare the last two episodes (a ridiculous thing to do, I know), I’d score episode 10 higher.

    What’s the overall score you gave to the show? I also want to know what you made of the fact that everyone could perceive Menma in the end.

    • That’s odd, I felt that the last episode was better than episode 10. That’s me, though.

      Oh, huh, I never talked about Menma being seen by the others… but that’s mainly because I don’t have any problems with it. Maybe I’m getting lazy, but I’m going to let everyone get their glimpse of Menma without me bitching at them.

      If I had to give a score….89.

  6. There is a lot of crying in the anime, but I always saw it as an indicator that for the them the wound was still fresh. Thats why tsuruko cried less about Menma before her reveal, because she was the one who was better overall.
    I can totally see Poppo, or any other human being for that matter. Feeling the need to run away after watching your 6year old friend drown. Death changes people, no matter what age. Poppo and Menma where close friends, being useless, see your friend die. I cant imagine the terror that must surround him. He must have felt the rawest emotion of fear. And Really, If I feel so much regret not helping my friends when they need me, I wonder what will I do if that happened to me? If i watched my friend die? Ill go insane. I thought it was fitting of him, especially towards such a sensitive guy like Poppo. Im even surprised how well he grew up, because it seems his parents arent exactly that smothering, seeing as he was allowed to drop out ect.
    You complained about how deep they thought of life for a group of teensy, and I disagree completely. because yes they were signs of selfishness, heck even anaru described herself as that. But you also have to consider that these are NOT NORMAL teenagers! How many friends do you know who experienced death at such a young age? How many friends do you have that have lost a friend to death? How many friends have u lost to death? So far I don’t know anyone, who lost a friend at 6. I have also never lost of a friend.. So yeah. events such as this do make you mature (it can backfire too like make you stop growing as in the mom, or become mean as shown with yukiatsu). I went through a lot of “grown up stuff” when I was little, and compared to my group of friends I always felt different. An example would be when my friends tried to get good grades as to get a present, I would try as to ease my mother. That way she had one less thing to worry about.
    My only biggest quirk was that Yukiatsu cried to much…and he was way in love with menma.
    But you know, sometimes things that seem unrealistic to you, out of nowhere happen and affect you in ways you could imagine. And then you realize, this is just another part of life and we all react differently to situations.

    • Your statements hold merit, but my main gripe with all the crying and stuff was that it challenged my suspension of disbelief a bit. You expect things to be out of the ordinary in fiction, but sometimes, you get this nagging feeling that the show is possibly trying too hard in an attempt to look sophisticated and thought-provoking.

      I enjoyed it, yes. But some parts felt manufactured and the excessive amounts of crying can attest to that.

      There also seems to be a misconception going about that big problems equal character development and awesomeorz plotine, That’s simply not true, slapping on emotional baggage onto a character at the end of the series is kind of stupid.

  7. “Strangely enough, I don’t have this yearning for more and this feeling of sadness that usually comes over me whenever I finish a good series.”
    Me too, even though the ending was below my expectation, I’m still satisfied with it. More episode (or maybe if they decide to make season 2) would make me disappointed with the series.
    My biggest complain in the last episode is the fact that every character just cry and cry :(

  8. I really felt emotional after watching the finale and this episode moved me the most. I’m so satisfied out it ended. I’m glad everyone was able to move on and I like how it really focuses to Menma’s wish and how it didn’t allow other characters side story overpower the theme of the story.

    I have to agree, that it’s no way close to Clannad in terms of the drama, nonetheless it’s special in its own way especially how it nailed the whole friendship story and nostalgia.

    • Though Poppo’s problems about seeing Menma die was a huge shock. It’s like, whoa, something worthy of a few episodes of exploration and development pops up in the last episode of the show. It’s similar to introducing a new character as it’s an important point in the story, at least one of them. I guess I can let that slide as the rest of the episode wrapped up well.

      Mhmm, agreed. :D
      The real trophy from this whole ordeal was getting the Super Peace Busters together again.

  9. I thought this episode was a emotional way to finish things off, but the acting was a bit too overdramatic for my tastes. All the crying and such got way too out of hand, and while the entire episode was tearjerking, it also felt very surreal and unrealistic.

    Overall, though, this was a fitting end for this series. There honestly weren’t too many good alternative ways to end Anohana that I could think of, so I’m satisfied.

    • Yeah, that was one of my complaints about this anime. Just too much damn crying. I still love Anaru though. :3

      Mhm, I foresaw this kind of ending from the start and I think a lot of people did too. Having Menma stay would be a huge “WTF” moment.

  10. I do think that Menma’s wish went beyond just “making Jinta cry,” which was rather her young mind’s interpretation of making him stop running from his feelings. But, as we saw from the development of the other characters, he wasn’t the only one holding things back.

    In the end, I was pleased by how everyone learned to be honest with themselves, even if that did come about through overwrought melodrama and a very awkward “is she gone yet?” goodbye scene. I actually didn’t have a problem with all the crying through EVERY EPISODE, but that was a little too much for me in the final one.

    Also, I’m glad you make the comparison to ToraDora! (another anime I enjoyed) because one of the reasons I even started watching this show was due to that connection. The same director and writer worked on both of these titles, and I even found similarities in some key about-face scenes.

    • Huh, really? I never knew that. I guess I should put in some more research into the shows I watch. People who comment are always teaching me new things. :D

      ToraDora was a good anime and I could excuse the plot of it all since it never attempted to be too serious and thought-provoking. Ano Hana on the other hand dealt with death and so it had a certain gravitas surrounding it from the start. Like I’ve said before, it’s a solid show, but not something I would wholeheartedly recommend to someone watching anime for the first time. If they’re not used to it, they’re going to get irked out by all the crying.

      • That’s funny, because I just introduced someone to anime through this very same show. Granted, it isn’t representative of what can most often be found throughout the medium, but (in her own words) she loved it for being “cute and a little mysterious.”

        • I made a generalization I guess, so it wasn’t going to apply to everyone. :P

          At least it’s good to hear that someone else is an anime fan now thanks to AnoHana.

  11. We have talked a bit about this before and even after watching this episode my opinion did not change. I was afraid of the series showing very little of the afterwards part of Menma’s departure, yet I was also against it having another episode or series. Sadly, the epilogue was barely longer than a minute and it was really nothing more than a tale’s usual ending of “and they lived happily ever after”. Which is totally unsatisfying for this story. the whole show was about the group’s members trying to solve their issues about Menma’s death. Without telling how they could finally live a life after more or less filling their holes in their souls is like a sentence without a dot in the end. A few more minutes of that is all that this show is missing.

    • Well the happily ever after thing was rather vague, but Japanese anime and shows have a leaning towards the open kind of endings.

      I actually thought it was fine. Delving too much into how they return to their normal lives is overkill. I honestly have no problems with the ending, or is it that I ceased to care? Oooh, that’s a scary thought.

  12. AnoHana didn’t really do anything for me. I can’t say it was entirely unsuccessful in being moving, but this episode really went overkill with everything, somewhat lessening the impact for me.
    However, I did like how there was nobody completely selfless in wanting Menma to pass on. Some did it out of a feeling of guilt, some just wanted the feelings of jealousy to end… there were no real innocent characters, aside from Menma, but they all decided to get together despite the distance between them to accomplish their goals. And really, that’s what I think the series is about and succeeded in getting across.

    • And in the world today, who is totally innocent? Not to say there’s no good in the world, it’s just that everyone has their vices (or guilty pleasures). The real prize of all the Menma-chasing was getting together and becoming friends again. I would rank that as a much better event than even Menma appearing to all of them.

  13. Great review. I read it all and agreed with pretty much everything.
    I actually did not cried the last episode. I was close, but I didn’t cry. As you said, Anohana has been really consistent with tugging at tearjerking and really evoking drama. With that said I was expecting a bit more from the ending than what I got. Not that the ending wasn’t satisfying, it was, but i just thought that they would make it so tearjerking that I’m going to use up at least half of my tissue box. Maybe they played it a bit too safe, hmm.
    The cryfest in the beginning definitely felt forced, though still sad. Everyone just bursted into tears, as you said. The scene that i really did like was the one between Jintan ane Menma about the true wish. That made for a nice transition to the second cryfest, which felt much less forced than the first one.
    and Oh yeah, the music for this anime was awesome, especially that amazing ending.

    • Thanks, star. :D

      I think I touched on that a bit as well, I didn’t cry but I did feel the emotions the creators meant to evoke, namely sadness, happiness, closure, etc.

      The amazing music adds to the anime while the crying detracts, not too much luckily.

    • I agree. I wonder if anyone else felt this way but…for some reason I kept thinking that they were going to find out some horrible tragedy happened to Menma -beyond slipping and falling into the river- some kind of foul play..actually I thought for a while yuki-chan might have done something like pushed her out of anger or idk for a while before they showed the Yuki love confession to Menma..I thought maybe Yuki was jealous of Menma because he secretly liked Jinta (lol my mind). Anyway…I mean what exactly lead up to her death though? WHY was she out by the river? = ___= I would have like to known at least.

  14. Project_2501

    Good catch on the “forced” amount of crying. May I add the excessive fist squeezing shots. I give it a solid C-. Now, what is the name of the song playing at the beginning of each episode? Is it available for purchase?

    • Well, the “forced” part is an understatement.

      And yes, sir, you may add excessive fist squeezing.

      The song playing at the beginning of each episode is called Ao no Shiori, or something like that by Galileo Galilei, a J-pop rock band. I think you can find it on iTunes.

  15. Nice overview~ However, I don’t really think the paragraph about 17-19 year olds being introspective is entirely true though. For example: “but not to the extent that these kids did. Because trust me, in my book, they are very dedicated.” Most of my mental energy is “dedicated” to just those kinds of things, and I’ve been this way since I was fourteen fifteen at least. I know not everyone is like that, but I’m not the only one for sure..and it -is- to that extent if not farther..it’s not just dedication- dedication is kind of the wrong word I think.. it’s more of an intense need to be that way, It’s just a deep seeded part of the person, it’s like you are driven to be that way…or you feel like life is pointless and shallow…or you don’t feel yourself.

    I really liked it. Did it remind anyone else slightly of Angel Beats? In the way that they were trying different things to get her to pass on, and she wanted to be reincarnated to see them again.

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