When someone close to you dies—be it a friend, a classmate, a significant other, or a family member—it strikes a chord. Things change. Close friends drift apart. Some move on, and some stay firmly rooted in the past.Such is the case with Jinta "Jintan" Yadomi, a high school-aged Hikikomori. After the death of Meiko "Menma" Honma, Jintan and their four other friends—Naruko "Anaru" Anjo, Atsumu "Yukiatsu" Matsuyuki, Chiriko "Tsuruko" Tsurumi, and Tetsudo "Poppo" Hisakawa—begin to lose touch with each other and move on with their lives. Five years later, Menma's ghost pays him a visit, asking him to help her fulfill a wish. Just what that wish is, she doesn't completely remember, but getting the old gang back together is a start.Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai. ("We Still Don't Know the Name of the Flower We Saw That Day."), also known as AnoHana for short, is a Spring 2011 Anime First series shown on noitaminA and produced by A-1 Pictures. It has been licensed for North American release by NIS America in July 2012. There's also a movie of the same name which retells the story one year later, which premiered on August 2013.Viewers in the US may watch this show legally on Hulu or Crunchyroll.
Ano-Hana provides examples of: