Super Peace Busters, an artist collective comprised of director Tatsuyuki Nagai, screenwriter Mari Okada, and character designer Masayoshi Tanaka, created the 2011 Japanese anime television series Anohana The Flower We Saw That Day. A-1 Pictures produced the anime, which aired on Fuji TV’s noitamina block between April and June 2011. Aniplex of America currently holds the licence in North America.
Anohana The Flower We Saw That Day Anime Synopsis
Jinta Yadomi lives quietly as a recluse, avoiding school and instead spending his days at home playing video games. Meiko “Menma” Honma, his childhood friend, appears one hot summer day and begs him to grant a forgotten wish. He ignores her, which irritates her, but he doesn’t care. After all, Menma died many years ago.
Jinta initially believes he is hallucinating due to the summer heat, but he is later convinced that what he sees is the ghost of Menma. Jinta and his childhood friends grew apart after Menma’s untimely death, but they are brought back together as they try to put Menma’s spirit to rest. Will they be able to find the strength to help not only Menma but themselves move on after reliving their pain and guilt?
Anohana The Flower We Saw That Day Info
- Ratings – 8.2/10
- Genres – Slice of Life, Drama, Supernatural
- Season – 1
- Episodes – 11
- Status – Finished Airing
- Aired – Apr 15, 2011 to Jun 24, 2011
- Premiered – Spring 2011
- Duration – 22 min. per episode
- Rating – PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
Anohana The Flower We Saw That Day Anime Characters
Jinta “Jintan” Yadomi
Jinta is Naruko, Atsumu, Chiriko, Meiko, and Tetsudo’s childhood friend. Jinta was the de facto leader of the self-proclaimed Super Peace Busters as a child. Jinta was an outgoing and energetic child, but after the deaths of Meiko and his mother, he became withdrawn and isolated. Jinta eventually became a hikikomori, refusing to go to school and confining himself to his home after Meiko’s death. He had a crush on Meiko as a child but refused to admit it when questioned. This set in motion a series of events that resulted in her untimely death. He initially believes that the Meiko who appears to him is a manifestation of his stress, referring to her as “the beast of summer.” He eventually becomes hesitant to grant her wish for fear of her reappearance. Nonetheless, Meiko’s appearance inspires him to go outside and reconnect with the Super Peace Busters. He is a natural leader, and his friends always look up to him.
Meiko “Menma” Honma
Meiko was a girl of mixed Russian and Japanese ancestry who died as a child in an accident but reappears as a ghost before Jinta one summer day years later. Meiko is chatty and lively despite the fact that she is aware of her impending death. She cherishes the childhood memories and friendship she once shared with the others, and recalls her memories of her friends and family, including a request she once made to Jinta. She has aged slightly when she appears to Jinta, but she still has childlike speech patterns and tendencies. She is also dressed in the dress she was wearing on the day she died, and she has always gone barefoot since losing her shoes in the accident that claimed her life. The only non-childish memory she has is that it must have been difficult to find a photo of herself when she wasn’t flashing a V sign with her fingers for the shrine to her memory at her home. Despite the fact that only Jinta can see or hear her, Meiko appears to be able to interact with the world around her, such as opening doors, cooking food, eating, and even playing video games, with many of these activities shown in scenes without Jinta present. Characters she adores notice that the air around her has become heavier (Anaru), or wonder why he has goosebumps (Poppo), or notice a faint scent that he hasn’t smelled in a long time (her brother Satoshi). Others refer to her by her childhood nickname “Menma,” and she refers to the Super Peace Busters by their childhood nicknames as well.
Naruko “Anaru” Anjo
Jinta, Atsumu, Chiriko, Tetsudo, and Meiko were all childhood friends of his. Naruko has a cold demeanour toward Jinta, especially in front of her friends, but she is secretly concerned about his well-being. Naruko is described as a person who is easily swayed by others, hanging out with and imitating the actions of other girls around her even when she does not agree with them. She had admired Meiko and aspired to be like her as children, but she was also envious of her relationship with Jinta. She goes to the same high school as Jinta and is closest to him at the beginning of the series, even dropping off his homework while he refuses to attend class. She tells him that she is dissatisfied with his current lifestyle, but she still expresses her feelings, even painting her nails before going to see him.
Atsumu “Yukiatsu” Matsuyuki
Jinta, Naruko, Chiriko, Tetsudo, and Meiko were all childhood friends of hers. Atsumu currently has a condescending and hostile attitude toward Jinta. He becomes agitated whenever Meiko is mentioned, and he tries to conceal his grief over her death. He and Chiriko are both students at the same elite high school, which Jinta was unable to attend due to failing the entrance exams. Atsumu is attractive, athletic, and well-liked, but he is haunted by Meiko’s memory. In his closet, he keeps a white sundress similar to hers. He claims to be able to see Meiko’s spirit and even speak on her behalf, but this ‘ghost’ turned out to be Atsumu himself, who occasionally wanders the forests at night dressed in a wig and a white sundress. He feels responsible for Meiko’s death because he confessed his feelings for her on the day of her accident. He believes he is to blame for Meiko’s death because he confessed his feelings for her to her on the day of her accident, only for her to tell him “later,” and she has to hurry after Jintan, and he believes he should be haunted by Meiko’s ghost as a result. Despite the fact that he stops crossdressing after being caught, he is haunted by the thought of Meiko’s spirit appearing only to Jinta. Atsumu explains to Naruko that they were both left behind by their unrequited feelings for Jinta and Meiko, claiming that they are kindred spirits. Atsumu has a dark, manipulative side that stems from his feelings for Meiko as well as his childhood inferiority complex with mild feelings of jealousy towards Jinta.
Chiriko “Tsuruko” Tsurumi
Jinta, Naruko, Atsumu, Tetsudo, and Meiko were all childhood friends of hers. Chiriko is the group’s quiet observer, with an extremely serious and logical personality. She can be critical of others, and scolds Naruko in particular for her habit of following others. She and Atsumu are the only two Super Peace Busters who have remained close over the years. The two are seen together so frequently that their classmates and a shopkeeper mistake them for lovers. She has feelings for Atsumu, but she despises him when she sees that he hasn’t moved on from Meiko’s death. She found the hairpin that Atsumu threw away after being rejected by Meiko and wears it even when she is alone. At times, she serves as Atsumu’s voice of reason as well as a guardian.
She is aware of his guilt over Meiko’s death and suspects that he is crossdressing as a form of coping. She often doodles Atsumu in Meiko’s sundress when she’s bored. Chiriko is unconcerned about Meiko’s return, questioning her motives and whether she has truly forgiven everyone. However, she, like the other characters, adores her and was deeply saddened by her death as a child because they were childhood friends. She admits to Naruko that she loves Atsumu but believes he will never return her feelings because she cannot win against Meiko. Chiriko believes he is irreplaceable to her, so she contributes to Meiko’s enlightenment.
Tetsudo “Poppo” Hisakawa
Jinta, Naruko, Atsumu, Chiriko, and Meiko were all childhood friends of hers. Throughout their childhood, he admired Jinta and frequently referred to him as ‘amazing’ or ‘cool.’ He admits that as an awkward child, he was always grateful to the group for including him. Despite having dropped out of school, he is a world traveller who earns money by working various part-time jobs and lives in their old secret base when not travelling. Tetsudo is well-traveled and laid-back. He is eager to see the Super Peace Busters reunite, and he believes Jinta can see and talk to Meiko. He is the first of the group to inform Meiko that he will grant her wish and assist her spirit in passing on. When the group fights, he is frequently the one who takes the initiative to mediate the conflict. Tetsudo, on the other hand, is later revealed to be hiding feelings of guilt for his role in Meiko’s accident beneath his happy-go-lucky demeanour. He blames himself for witnessing her fall into the river from the top of the slope that Menma tumbled down, and for seeing her drift further and further down the river.
Anohana The Flower We Saw That Day Anime Media
Mari Okada’s novel adaptation of the anime was serialised in Media Factory’s Da Vinci magazine between the March and July 2011 issues. On July 25, 2011, the first of two volumes was released under Media Factory’s MF Bunko Da Vinci imprint. From April 4, 2012, a manga adaptation illustrated by Mitsu Izumi began serialisation in the May 2012 issue of Shueisha’s Jump Square magazine and ended in March 2013, compiled in three volumes.
The storey is slightly condensed in the novel and manga. Menma, for example, “shows” herself to her friends at the barbecue corresponding to anime episode 4, by lighting and waving a sparkler, before the anime’s episode 8.
The 11-episode Anohana anime television series, directed by Tatsuyuki Nagai and produced by A-1 Pictures, aired in Japan on Fuji TV’s Noitamina programming block between April 14 and June 23, 2011. Mari Okada wrote the screenplay, and Masayoshi Tanaka, the chief animator, designed the characters. Jin Aketagawa of Magic Capsule is the sound director, and Remedios produced the anime’s music. NIS America licenced the series for release in North America with English subtitles, and on July 3, 2012, the anime was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in a two-disc compilation. On April 16, 2017, Aniplex of America announced that the series would be re-released with an English dub at their Sakura-Con panel, and it was released on October 31, 2017. This series aired on Rai 4 in Italy. The series was first licenced by Top-Insight in Southeast Asia. The licence for Top-Insight has expired, and the anime is now licenced by Muse Communication.
Anohana The Flower We Saw That Day Anime Episodes
1. Super Peace Busters
Aired: Apr 15, 2011 (JST)
2. The Hero Menma
Aired: Apr 22, 2011 (JST)
3. Menma Search Party
Aired: Apr 29, 2011 (JST)
4. A White Dress, A Blue Ribbon
Aired: May 6, 2011 (JST)
Aired: May 13, 2011 (JST)
6. Forget Me, Forget Me Not
Aired: May 20, 2011 (JST)
7. True Wish
Aired: May 27, 2011 (JST)
8. I Wonder
Aired: Jun 3, 2011 (JST)
9. Menma and the Rest
Aired: Jun 10, 2011 (JST)
Aired: Jun 17, 2011 (JST)
11. The Flower That Bloomed That Summer
Aired: Jun 24, 2011 (JST)
People Also Ask
Is Anohana the flower we saw that day a sad anime?
We see how Menma’s death affected each of her friends throughout the storey, as they grapple with their own inability to cope and overcome feelings of guilt. Anohana is a heartfelt, tearjerking experience you don’t want to miss.
Is there a part 2 of Anohana the flower we saw that day?
Mari Okada, the anime’s screenwriter, wrote the sequel, which takes place ten years after the anime’s conclusion. The performance will take place on August 28, 2021, exactly ten years after the events in the series concluded, as part of the 10th anniversary celebrations.
Does Anohana the flower we saw that day end?
The Flower Blooming On That Summer is the eleventh and last episode of the Anohana anime. It aired on June 23rd, 2011.
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