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The characters of the anime series anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day.
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The Super Peace Busters

    Jinta "Jintan" Yadomi
Voiced by: Mutsumi Tamura (child) and Miyu Irino (teenager) (Japanese), Tara Sands (child) and Griffin Burns (teenager) (English)

De facto leader of the "Super Peace Busters", a six-person gang of True Companions that tragically dissolved after Menma's death. Once an energetic boy, he has since withdrawn into himself after Menma's and his mother's deaths.

    Meiko "Menma" Honma
Voiced by: Ai Kayano (Japanese), Xanthe Huynh (English)

A girl who died in an accident five years ago, only to reappear as a ghost only Jintan can see. She says she has a wish she wants everyone to fulfill so she can move on to the afterlife, but she can't remember what it was. Despite aging in real-time, she retains her cheerful, childlike disposition, and wears the same white one-piece sundress she wore the day she drowned.
  • Adaptational Dye Job: She has blonde hair and blue eyes in the anime and dark hair and eyes in the live action drama.
  • All-Loving Heroine: The reason why she wants to reunite the "Super Peace Busters." She loves her friends very dearly.
  • Always Someone Better: Anaru and Tsuruko feel like they cannot match up to the extremely high standards set by the perfect Menma since her death and feel that the guys who they like won't ever love them the way they had loved Menma.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Menma had light blue eyes, pale skin, white hair, and wore a white dress... all before she died.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Anaru's Betty.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The blonde (or at least platinum-blonde) to redhead Anaru and brunette Tsuruko.
  • But Not Too Foreign: She is half-Russian, from her mother Irene's side. Her mixed ancestry is discussed in the movie. Menma had no friends before meeting the rest of the Super Peace Busters, and she believed that it was because other people didn't think of her as a Japanese.
  • Cheerful Child: She has a cheerful and sunny disposition.
  • The Chick: Served as the person who kept the Super Peace Busters together and is in the middle of a Love Triangle between Jintan and Yukiatsu.
  • Cool Big Sis: Was this towards her younger brother Satoshi.
  • Cute Ghost Girl
  • The Cutie
  • Dead Hat Shot: Early episodes show a brief clip of a single sandal drifting in the water whenever Menma's death was mentioned.
  • Dead to Begin With: Her death happens long before the main story, she spends the story proper as a Cute Ghost Girl.
  • Devoted to You: Even though she has been dead for years, Jintan and Yukiatsu can't forget about her and are still very affected by her death. They also ignore their other potential love interests as to them, they can't replace Menma.
  • Dissonant Serenity: At the end of Episode 8, the rest of the gang call bullshit on Jintan's claims of being able to see Menma, and Yukiatsu is ready to beat him up when Menma calmly enters, walks over to the table, writes in her diary, and softly drops it once she's done — all the while wearing a smile.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Almost always barefoot.
  • Dude Magnet: Even after her death, Jintan and Yukiatsu are still in love with her.
  • First Love: To Jintan and Yukiatsu.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Supine, as the friendly, non-confrontational chick who's very prone to tears.
  • Friendly Ghost: Even as a ghost, she's still the same sweet and cheerful girl she was when alive.
  • Genki Girl: Very cheerful and upbeat.
  • Ghostly Goals: She says she has a wish she wants Jintan to fulfill, but she can't remember what it was. Her wish is actually to help Jintan to cry and show emotions again, which she had promised to Jintan's now-also-dead mother when both were still alive.
  • Go Out with a Smile: More accurately, moves on to the afterlife with a smile all the way.
    Jintan: In the end, Menma wore a smile after all.
  • The Heart: Served as this for the Super Peace Busters, which is why they drifted apart after her death.
  • Heroic Albino
  • The Ingenue: A sweet, innocent, and kind girl at heart.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Fits into her Nice Girl personality.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: She doesn't understand what's the problem with Jintan seeing her in nothing but a Modesty Towel.
  • Jacob Marley Apparel
  • The Lost Lenore: To Jintan and Yukiatsu.
  • Love You and Everybody: Subverted. She loves everyone in the Super Peace Busters, but she is well-aware that the love she feels for Jintan is something beyond mere friendship.
  • Magical Girlfriend: Years after her death, Menma's ghost appears before the hikikomori Jintan and asks him to fulfill a wish she can't remember and helps him to get back on his feet and bond with their old friends.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Her cheerfulness has led Jintan out of his solitude and made him reconnect with his old gang.
  • Mystical White Hair: A cute white-haired ghost girl.
  • Nice Girl: Menma is a sweet, kind girl who always think of her friends above herself and will always cry for them in sad moments. Jintan would agree with this trope.
  • Oblivious to Love: Was oblivious to Yukiatsu's feelings until he confessed to her when they were children.
  • The One That Got Away: She was this to both Jintan and Yukiatsu.
  • Poltergeist: Not only that, she can only communicate to the rest of the Super Peace Busters in their clubhouse via her diary.
  • Posthumous Character: Zig zagged. She is technically dead, but her spirit is alive throughout most of the series.
  • Puppy Love: Her feelings for Jintan were mutual. They still like each other despite her being a ghost, but her death means that they can't be together.
  • Purity Sue: A deliberate in-universe deconstruction. She is selfless, innocent and loves everyone unconditionally. However, her pureness unintentionally puts a very big pressure on her friends.
  • Rapunzel Hair
  • Reincarnation: Menma's eventual goal, though both she and Jintan zigzag about the urgency of granting her wish. The gang succeed in sending her off happily in the end.
  • Standing Between the Enemies: Tries this when Anaru and Tsuruko start fighting in Episode 2. It doesn't work since they can't see her, but it never escalates beyond catty remarks and yelling anyways.
  • Tareme Eyes
  • Tearful Smile: At different times, but most heart-breakingly when she finally passes on in the last episode.
  • Tender Tears: She does this a lot, mainly because she cries for others when they are sad or hurt.
  • Third-Person Person
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Died in a very young age from an accident.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Her mother states that curry was her favorite meal.
  • Tsundere: Type B towards Jintan.
  • Unrequited Tragic Maiden: Played With. She suffers a tragic death right after hearing Jintan deny having a crush on her. In reality, he returned her feelings while she was alive, and still liked her even when she was a ghost.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Jintan.
  • Woman in White: Wears a white dress.

    Naruko "Anaru" Anjou
Voiced by: Haruka Tomatsu (Japanese), Erica Lindbeck (English)

A girl who idolized Menma, but at the same time was also jealous of her relationship with Jintan, with whom she kept in touch long after Menma's death. Both even attend the same high school, with Anaru often bringing homework to him whenever he's too lazy to go out.
  • Adorkable: Slowly becomes more obvious over the course of the series. She likes video games and manga, loves stuffed animals, and gets embarrassed easily. It's all but stated that she's been trying to shed this image from childhood, but is still very much the same girl from five years ago.
  • Aborted Declaration of Love: By the movie, she hasn't yet told Jintan that she is still in love with him (he's only aware that she liked him when they were kids). She makes a couple of stabs at it, but ultimately decides that she's not ready to tell him, since he still carries a torch for Menma.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Sort of, towards Jintan in Episode 8. Specifically, she tells him that she's tormented by guilt over her jealousy towards Menma when they were kids. She starts to tell him that she still likes him, but he walks off before she finishes.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Menma's Veronica.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Yukiatsu: they both blame themselves for Menma's death, have inferiority issues (Anaru, in regards to Menma; Yukiatsu, in regards to Jintan), and are "kindred spirits" in unrequited love. This is why she is seen as Yukiatsu's "backup" for Menma by both Yukiatsu and Tsuruko.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The redhead to blonde Menma and brunette Tsuruko.
  • The Chick
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Jintan.
  • Curtains Match the Window
  • Date Rape Averted: In Episode 5 a older guy on an Enjo Kosai date nearly forces her to go with him to a love hotel. She is saved by the timely arrival of Yukiatsu.
  • Disappeared Dad: He's never seen or mentioned, though her mother is still seen wearing a wedding ring.
  • Dogged Nice Girl
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Anaru. In a language where there's no difference between "l" and "r"...note 
  • The Fashionista
  • Fiery Redhead
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic — Easily influenced by others and insecure, but overall a nice girl.
  • Gamer Chick: She's been fond of video games since she was young, and she even works part-time at a game store.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Comes close to having Mega Twintails, though her curls are only seen on the tips of her hair.
  • Girl Next Door
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Insists that she can't sleep without one of her stuffed animals when she moves to the clubhouse.
  • The Glasses Gotta Go
  • Green-Eyed Monster
  • Guilt Complex: Menma's death constantly torments Anaru.
  • Gyaru Girl: She paints her nails, styles her hair and dyes it red, wears false eyelashes, and probably uses her earnings from her part-time job to buy outfits.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Played With — played straight by Yukiatsu, who sees her as his Replacement Love Interest for Menma; inverted in that she's the one with feelings for Jintan; subverted in that while they're currently in a state of Unresolved Sexual Tension, Jintan left her in the cold after she made an Anguished Declaration of Love to him, only to confess right in front of her later that he's still in love with Menma; and finally double subverted in that the ending hints that they eventually will get together.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Blames herself for Menma's death, is easily influenced by others, and has quite the inferiority issues.
  • Hopeless Suitor: To Jintan.
  • Iconic Outfit: Her own white one piece dress, along with Letting Her Hair Down.
  • I Just Want to Be Beautiful: She hated her curly hair and glasses when she was younger because she thought they made her unattractive. Even now she avoids wearing her glasses whenever as possible. It's heavily suggested that her fixation on fashion is due to her insecurity about her own looks.
  • I Just Want to Be You: Envied Menma's looks and closer relationship with Jintan and wanted to take her place. Tsuruko even comments on how Anaru chooses to wear a white dress just like Menma's in order to appeal to Jintan.
  • Jerkass Façade: Starts off cold towards Jintan before it's soon revealed that she's a decent person.
  • Joshikousei
  • Kick Chick: Her response to Yukiatsu's teasing about how she handles boys is a kick to the side in Episode 9.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: Several times throughout the series.
  • Madonna–Whore Complex: Anaru is actually a rather prude virgin, but because of her appearance and a near-rape encounter at a love hotel, she earns a reputation among her classmates as an easy slut.
  • Meganekko
  • Naïve Everygirl: Quite out of place within her Girl Posse.
  • Nerd Glasses: Wore these as a child.
  • Not So Different: With Yukiatsu. Both blame themselves for Menma's death, have inferiority issues, and are "kindred spirits" in unrequited love.
  • Otaku Surrogate: Is quite the video game nerd and even works part-time at a video game store.
  • Pair the Spares: Ultimately subverted. Anaru was Yukiatsu's "backup" for Menma, but the ending hints that she will eventually end up with Jintan, with whom she bore with for many years, instead.
  • Patient Childhood Love Interest
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Tsuruko's blue.
  • Replacement Love Interest: She wanted to be this to Jintan, but it turns out she's one for Yukiatsu.
  • The Resenter: Towards Menma.
  • Romantic Runner-Up
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: While Anaru isn't unattractive at all, she definitely put more effort than usual into looking nice in Episode 3, letting her hair down and wearing a white dress similar to Menma's.
  • She Is All Grown Up: According to Yukiatsu.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Anaru insists that Jintan is irreplaceable to her when Tsuruko suggests that Yukiatsu is planning on hooking up with Anaru once Menma is sent to Heaven.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Anaru likes Jintan because of how kind he can be.
  • Tsundere: Towards Jintan who actually acts quite Tsundere right back.
  • Tsurime Eyes
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: While all members of the Super Peace Busters sans Menma use this trope, special mention goes to Anaru, who has the most outfits and hairstyles. Also, slightly played with in that she'll mix and match pieces like shirts or boots to create different ensembles.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Jintan.
  • Urban Legend Love Life: Gains one of these after she's taken to a love hotel and nearly raped.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Yukiatsu asks her what good she still finds in Jintan, pointing out that he's not the same kid they knew.
  • Why Can't I Hate You?: Anaru actually feels guilty about being jealous of Menma, since Menma was always very nice to her and a really good friend. She later admits she feels horrible about having felt relieved when Jintan called Menma ugly.

    Atsumu "Yukiatsu" Matsuyuki
Voiced by: Asami Seto (child) and Takahiro Sakurai (teenager) (Japanese), Michelle Ruff (child) and Ray Chase (teenager) (English)

A handsome, popular student in a prestigious school with Tsuruko. He used to have a crush on Menma, and is resentful of her relationship with Jintan, especially the fact that only he can see her ghost.

    Chiriko "Tsuruko" Tsurumi
Voiced by: Saori Hayami (Japanese), Erica Mendez (English)

A bespectacled, quiet girl who remained close with Yukiatsu long after the gang dissolved, both attending the same prestigious high school. She has had a crush on him for a long time, and is resentful of his fixation on Menma.

    Tetsudou "Poppo" Hisakawa
Voiced by: Aki Toyosaki (child) and Takayuki Kondo (teenager) (Japanese), Abby Trott (child) and Kaiji Tang (teenager) (English)

An awkward child who idolized Jintan for his "coolness" and joined the Super Peace Busters. After Menma's death he began traveling the world, funding it with his part-time jobs, and stays in their old hut when not abroad.
  • Adorkable: Mostly as a kid; now he's more Big Fun.
  • Big Beautiful Man
  • Big Fun
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows
  • Blush Sticker: Had one when he was a child.
  • Brain Bleach: Definitely not played for laughs, as his frequent world travels stem from his deep-seated urge to forget memories of witnessing Menma's death.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Brown hair and brown eyes.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: "All kinds of man juices", indeed.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine — The most fun-loving out of all the Super Peace Busters.
  • Guilt Complex: Which is why he participates in Anaru's and Yukiatsu's reenactment of the day Menma died.
  • The Heart: He's often the first to try to defuse a tense situation between his old friends.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Even when he was befriended by Jintan and the others, all he could do was "nothing but watch".
  • Hidden Depths: Admits to Jintan that he used to act stupid in class just to get noticed.
  • I Got Bigger: Jintan even lampshades how Poppo, who was the runt back in their time as kids, became the tallest of them now.
  • Keet
  • Manchild
  • My Greatest Failure: He saw Menma drowning, but could do nothing but watch her soon-to-be lifeless body slip away. This factors very much into his desire to see Menma's wish fulfilled, or else he thought Menma may not forgive him.
  • Sad Clown: Tends to act as the comic relief, but it quickly becomes apparent that he's putting up a front.
  • Tareme Eyes
  • Walking the Earth: Spends his part-time job money by traveling. Turns out this was his way of forgetting bitter memories of seeing Menma drown and being unable to save her.
  • Where It All Began: When not abroad, he resides in the gang's old hut.

Other Characters

    Atsushi Yadomi
Voiced by: Mitsuru Ogata (Japanese), Kirk Thornton (English)

Jintan's father, who is very understanding of what his son sets out to do.

    Touko Yadomi
Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara (Japanese), Laura Post (English)

Jintan's deceased mother, who appears to have a great connection to the story in the present time.

    Manabu Honma
Voiced by: Makoto Yasumura (Japanese), Christopher Corey Smith (English)

Menma's father and a businessman.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he first comes off as a harsh and scary person, Manabu is only trying to help his traumatized wife move on from Menma's death and promises that she, him, and Satoshi can grieve together as a family.
  • Megane: Of the serious type.
  • Pet the Dog: He allows Menma's friends to create the rocket in honor of his daughter.

    Irene Honma
Voiced by: Fuyuka Oura (Japanese), Karen Strassman (English)

Menma's mother, a lady who is actually from Russia.
  • Adaptational Dye Job: She has blonde hair in the anime and dark hair in the live action drama.
  • Excessive Mourning: It's implied that Irene, in her grief for the loss of Meiko, somewhat neglected Satoshi afterwards. It's implied that Irene's pain creates a block on Menma's ghostly capacity to directly leave messages to her family.
  • Hikikomori: According to Satoshi, Irene refuses to leave the house or see other people.
  • Housewife
  • Stepford Smiler: While she is genuinely friendly, Irene resents the rest of the Super Peace Busters for being able to grow up and leave Meiko behind. The movie shows that she got better, and no longer resents the Super Peace Busters. She even suggests Satoshi to invite them to visit their home.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: An adult Menma would almost surely look a lot like Irene. Plus even when Satoshi resembles Manabu a bit more, he still has Irene's hair and eye colors.

    Satoshi Honma
Voiced by: Kaoru Mizuhara (Japanese), Marianne Miller (English)

Menma's little brother.

    Mama Anjou
Voiced by: Kimiko Saito (Japanese)

Anaru's mother, who enjoys teasing her in front of her friends, but can be quite a harsh disciplinarian, according to Anaru.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She is genuinely caring towards Jintan and Poppo when they visit her house, and implies that she missed seeing them when she remarked that it had been a long time since they last visited. However, she apparently chews Anaru out so much over the false rumors that Anaru decides to run away to the secret base.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Brown hair and eyes.
  • Good Parents: Although she treats her daughter pretty calmly and won't let herself get impressed by her attitude, she shares a close relationship with Naruko. Nevertheless there sure is nothing Naruko is more afraid of than to attract the anger of her mother, because despite the freedom she allows herself to take, her mother knows, unlike Jinta's father, strict limits of what her child is allowed to do and what not.

    Aki and Haruna
Haruna (left) and Aki (right).
Voiced by: Yui Makino (Aki) and Kaoru Mizuhara (Haruna) (Japanese), Brianna Knickerbocker (Aki) and Cherami Leigh (Haruna) (English)

Anaru's so-called "friends," who could... be better people on the whole.
  • Alpha Bitches
  • The Cameo: They make a brief cameo in The Anthem of the Heart.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Haruna has brown hair and eyes.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • They don't act malicious or nasty to Anaru when rumors start to spread about her.
    • In the last episode, they protect from Jintan when they think he is being a pervert towards her.
  • Poisonous Friend: Both of them.
  • Those Two Girls: They are always seen around Anaru.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Aki and Haruna belittle Jintan before her and threaten her with ending their friendship to keep her in check, and once got her into serious trouble during trip to a karaoke bar with a couple of older men. Though the ending seems to suggest they're getting better, protectively guarding Anaru from Jintan. It looks like they really are looking out for her best interests.