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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.

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

*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. Read the rest of this entry

Ano Hana Episode 10 – The Disappearance of Menma Homna

Noitamina Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai Flower Poppo Yukiatsu Yadomi Jinta Menma Anaru Anjou Tsuruko

We are... ONE PIECE! *dun*

This particular snapshot of “We Still Don’t Know the Name of the Flower We Saw That Day” reminds me of that one scene in One Piece where the Strawhat Crew are determined to save Nico Robin from Enies Lobby. Only thing is, Nico Robin is probably replaced by Menma in this case. Still, there are enough tear-inducing scenes (kind of) to make a stone-cold killer’s eyes water, especially that one scene where everyone mourns the supposed loss of Menma.

Noitamina Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai Flower Yukiatsu

"...I'm gonna cosplay as Menma once again."

Summaries, summaries – where in the world would we be without them? Granted, they tend to get a bit longwinded so here’s my crack at condensing this whole episode into a paragraph or two. And while I’m at it, check out my other post here as well. Read the rest of this entry

AnoHana Episode 9 – Everything Links Back to Menma

Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai Flower Menma MeikoIt’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.

Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai Flower Tsuruko YukiatsuWith 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 Read the rest of this entry

Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachlblurgh….. AnoHana Ep 4

Or basically Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai…. I think it translates to something like “we don’t know the flower’s name”, at least, if this site is to be believed.

Pout all you want

This is by far, my favorite anime of the 2011 spring season. Why? I can’t quite tell you. But it’s probably got something to do with Anaru… yes, Anaru. It’s sad that anime law dictates that the childhood friend will never be able to get together with the main character. Just look at pretty much any shonen romance anime out there. Hopefully the staff behind this show will break that damned chain and let Anaru win, because god knows she deserves it. Then again, the show has good art, an interesting story, and lovable characters like Yukiatsu, Anaru, Menma, Poppo, and Jinta. The art style is kinda reminiscent of Toradora.

Anyways, so Jinta and the gang are hunting for Menma when Jinta gets into a hissy fit about there being enough Menmas or something. Once again, it’s Anaru to the rescue as she tries to calm him down and talk to him.

Anaru, anaru, anaru, anaru....

Yadomi holds Anaru

Aw, a sweet moment

But wait! If you thought this bode well for Jinta and Anaru-

Of course, Sherlock

Shiii- Anyways, after some talking, a near-death experience, and Anaru practially giving up on Jinta (look at the picture above), Yukiatsu shows up and explains that his Menma wants the search party to give up. The “real” Jinta-Menma, or Jinma, I’ll call her, is obviously torn about this and denounces it. (Scold him!)

I never really liked his mug

You tell him, Menma!

Both him and Jinta leave shortly afterwards, and with the mood spoiled, Tsuruko has an idea of sorts.

Seems like Tsuruko's got something on her mind

Mysterious indeed, Poppo

Yadomi and Tsuruko later confront Yukiatsu about Menma and we get a hint that he’s hiding something. And eventually, that “thing” is revealed to us… Hell, just look at the pics

Do those legs look a bit bulky?

Ugh, that face looks familliar

My, what big arms you have, Menma

Talk about creepy

So, BAM! Turns out Yukiatsu was that second Menma. Ugh, I’m going to have nightmares for days-on-end after this episode. Luckily that doesn’t kill my love for this show, or Anaru. Then again, I saw this coming in a sense, why else would Yukiatsu have a white dress in his cabinet? And it seemed like Tsuruko knew about his cross-dressing hobby… Hm… maybe she liked it.

Thoughts?

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