AnoHana Episode 9 – Everything Links Back to Menma
It’s time for my favorite show of the spring season! That said though, the way things are going for “We Still Don’t Know the Name of the Flower We Saw That Day” is bound to divide fans of the series. Some might praise the plot direction, while others might feel it comes across as being cliched or contrived.
With the revelation that Menma does, in fact, exist, the other characters try to adjust to her presence, even though they can’t see her. Tsuruko and Anjou are clearly irked by the floating cookies, while Poppo and Yukiatsu accept her wholeheartedly. And in Yukiatsu’s case, it’s clear he’s grasping on to that belief strongly. So strong is his conviction that Yukiatsu even kneels down in front of Menma’s father, pouring his heart out and asking him for the permission to make fireworks.
Fast forward a bit and the Super Peace Busters are busily creating some fireworks. All the while, Jinta constantly talks to Menma, much to the chagrin of Anjou. Eventually, she can’t handle all the Menma talk and decides to slip away from the group.
Yukiatsu sees her crying and tries to comfort her, even going so far as to ask her out once again, citing their similar situations as a good reason to do so. Anjou is flustered and proceeds to talk back all tsundere style. Tsuruko, though initially worried, smiles as she watches her two friends bicker.
After staying with Poppo for a bit, Menma decides to walk around the city and comes to a stop on top of the bridge. She sees a carp in the water and makes her way down to the river bed. Jinta comes along and rushes over in a panic, telling Menma to stay with him forever.
Oh, and Menma can’t seem to write in anything besides her notebook and the wooden pillars of the secret base. Maybe it’s because they hold special significance to her.
I think it was pretty obvious for most of the viewers that Jinta didn’t want Menma to go anywhere. He wasn’t as psyched as the others about fulfilling Menma’s wish and even suggested holding off on it for while. Now with this episode, it’s clear that he has no intention of going through with the fireworks plan. And if he does finish it with the others, he’s going to be doing it in tears.
Also noteworthy is that “line” on the riverbed, the dividing line between the water and shore. It’s symbolic of crossing over into death, I guess you could say. It’s grim, but hey, it’s applicable. Menma was about to cross over into the “River Styx” when she was going to capture that carp, and whether she was really going to disappear or not is up for debate, but Jinta certainly panicked.
Let’s face it, Yukiatsu and Anjou are doomed with unhappiness as long as they continue with their love struggles. It’s gotten them nowhere for over a decade, and it’s not going to progress anytime soon, as far as I can see, though in Jinta’s case, if he gets over Menma there might be a chance for Anjou. But what’s the probability for that? Nearly zilch.
Love is hard, no doubt, and the feeling of not having your feelings reciprocated are bound to stab you right through the heart. I guess I should congratulate Yukiatsu and Anjou for finding companionship and solace in each other.
“What are you talking about? They argue, they pretty much hate each other.” Haha, that would be naive of you to think. For you see, they bicker and argue, sure, but they’re being themselves when they’re doing it. Yukiatsu enjoys it and Anjou is more on the angry-playful side when she talks back, so it’s all good. And as much as I love Anjou, I have to say that it’s looking like she’ll draw closer and closer to Yukiatsu.
Ah, when were we ever going to get to this issue? Talk about grasping at straws, everyone in the Super Peace Busters group now believes that Menma is real. We have the benefit of being the omniscient viewer, so it’s a no-brainer for us, we’d even yell at someone who doesn’t believe it. But look at it from the perspective of someone in the show. You can’t see Menma, you can’t even communicate with her, save through your one friend, so why do you believe it? Yeah, yeah, floating books and secret messages, but really. If you were in your right mind, you wouldn’t have any of this nonsense.
Maybe I’m being critical and over-analytical here, but I think this is a sure sign that the characters can’t move on. They’re living in the past, and just like Men-father said before, not a second has passed since Menma passed away. This is very true for the gang, though at varying degrees depending on who you take into consideration. By far, Yukiatsu and Jinta are the ones most affected by Menma’s death, they both loved her after all.
And that brings me to another point. Sadly, it doesn’t appear that we’ll be seeing much character expansion for Poppo and Tsuruko. They’re going to remain Super Peace Busters, but side characters nonetheless.
And before I end this huge mega-post, I’d like to comment on Menma’s wish. After seeing that scene by the river and Jinta’s panic at Menma going into the water, a few things came into my mind. First, he can’t let go, but you already knew that. And second, I think that Menma is going to disappear once Jinta is able to look at reality for what it is. When he’s able to live his life without leaning on Menma or his friends, he’s going to be free.
Posted on June 10, 2011, in Anime, Ano Hana, Episode Reviews and tagged Anime, Anjou Anaru, Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai, Episode, flower, Jinta, Menma Meiko, Poppo, Review, Tsuruko, Yadomi, Yukiatsu. Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.