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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 Once an energetic boy, he has since withdrawn into himself after Menma's and his mother's deaths.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. 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.

    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.

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 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.
  • 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.

    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.