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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)

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 Once an energetic boy, he has since withdrawn into himself after Menma's and his mother's deaths.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

A girl who died in an accident five years ago, only to reappear as a ghost only Jintan can see. 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.
  • All-Loving Heroine
  • 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
  • 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
  • Innocent Blue Eyes
  • 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
  • Third-Person Person
  • Token Mini-Moe
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth
  • 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

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)

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.
  • Always Second Best: Feels this way towards Jintan.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Towards Menma in a flashback in Episode 5.
  • Beauty is Bad
  • Birds of a Feather: With Anaru. This is why Yukiatsu and Tsuruko see Anaru as his "backup" for Menma.
  • Bishōnen
  • Break the Haughty
  • Broken Ace: On one hand he's handsome, extremely booksmart, very popular with girls, seen as very cool. On the other he blames himself for Menma's death, resents Jintan and his closeness to her, is unable to interact well with Tsuruko, the only person from the True Companions still close to him, and considered Anaru as his "backup" love interest.
  • Chick Magnet: Besides Tsuruko, there are a number of girls who are attracted to him.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Tsuruko. He also considers to have this with Anaru. He possibly gets together with Tsuruko in the end.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: The reason he hates Jintan so much is because he knows Jintan was the one Menma liked. He even starts strangling Jintan out of jealousy at one point.
  • Creepy Crossdresser: Crossdresses as Menma to relieve his obsession of her.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric — model student on the outside, self-deprecating, resentful teen and obsessive Creepy Crossdresser on the inside.
  • Guilt Complex
  • Hopeless Suitor: Towards Menma.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Hypocrite: Accuses Jintan of being obsessed over Menma when he himself is just as obsessed with her but handles it much worse. Arguably lampshaded by Tsuruko who says he's likely projecting himself to Jintan.
  • Hypocritical Humor: When your resident Creepy Crossdresser warns his classmates that there are a lot of weirdos hanging around...
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: He deeply blames himself for Menma's death and says that her ghost should be haunting him.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Very prone to acknowledge how handsome, smart, and athletic he is, but constantly feels like he's Always Second Best to Jintan.
  • Insult Backfire: You can try pissing him off about his crossdressing, but all you'll really get out of him is a smirk and snide acknowledgement.
  • Jerkass: He's arrogant, selfish and manipulative, he treats Jintan with disdain out of resentment, and he only sees his female friends as potential backup love interests. The only person he seems to care about is Menma, but his feelings are far from healthy.
  • The Lancer
  • Love Makes You Crazy
  • Mad Love: To put it subtly. He has spent nearly his entire life obsessing over a dead girl who liked his rival better in the first place. To deal with this, he does some creepy things such as crossdressing as her.
  • Manly Tears: While everyone else has their fair share of tearful moments, special mention goes to the otherwise snarky Yukiatsu, after confessing to his selfish reasons for fulfilling Menma's wish and hearing Poppo's own confession.
  • Nice Hat: As a child, he wore a yellow and blue hat that had a blue fish on the front.
  • Not So Different: With Anaru. They both blame themselves for Menma's death, have inferiority issues, and are "kindred spirits" in unrequited love.
  • Oblivious to Love: Seems pretty unaware of Tsuruko's feelings for him.
  • Pair the Spares: Ultimately subverted. Anaru was Yukiatsu's "backup" for Menma, but the ending hints that he may eventually end up with Tsuruko instead.
  • Rescue Romance: Plays with a thought of invoking this trope with Anaru, when he saves her from a prospect rapist.
  • The Rival
  • The Snark Knight
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Tsuruko states that his favorite food are Yatsuhashi cookies.
  • Tsurime Eyes
  • Unrequited Love Lasts Forever: Though, thankfully, it's hinted that he moves on in the end with Tsuruko.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Tsuruko. It's possibly solved in the end.
  • Unwanted Harem: It is indicated that he is fairly popular with his female classmates, though he doesn't so much as bat an eye at them.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Tsuruko. From his point of view, anyway.
  • Yandere: Saying his feelings for Menma are unhealthy is an understatement.

    Chiriko "Tsuruko" Tsurumi
Voiced by: Saori Hayami

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.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's pretty, tall, dark-haired, and aloof.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: In Episodes 10 and 11.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The brunette to blonde Menma and redhead Anaru.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Yukiatsu.
  • Cry Cute: She always shows herself as the most aloof and level-headed member of the group, but she finally breaks down in tears as she confesses to her selfish reasons for fulfilling Menma's wish.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Blue hair and blue eyes.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Never fails to mercilessly sum up others' (usually Yukiatsu's) foolish behaviour in a few words.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen
  • Dogged Nice Girl: She always hangs out with Yukiatsu and puts up with him because she has a crush on him, even though she knows she doesn't have a chance with him.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic — A smart girl who is critical of her friends but also comfortable on her own.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: A mild case. However, she later reveals she isn't jealous of Menma, but of Anaru for being Yukiatsu's Replacement Love Interest and being able to understand him better.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: Towards Yukiatsu when a shopkeeper assumes that she is his girlfriend, and later when two girls confront her twice about her relationship to him.
  • Hopeless Suitor: She has liked Yukiatsu since they were children, but she knows he will never be really interested in her. The movie reveals nothing came out of her love confession.
  • Important Haircut: She cuts her hair short in Episode 10 following her coming to terms with her unrequited feelings.
  • Love Martyr: Is well-aware of Yukiatsu's deep-rooted issues but sticks by him in spite of it.
  • Meganekko
  • Not So Above It All:
    • Looks down on the more immature behavior of her friends, especially Yukiatsu's treatment of Jintan due to his jealousy over Menma. However, she tends to act just as cold and critical towards Anaru, out of her own jealousy.
    • Also, despite her promise not to spread it round, she reveals Yukiatsu's penchant for crossdressing to a few of his would-be suitors out of jealousy, after having seen him ask Anaru out a couple of times.
  • Only Sane Woman: Looks at things practically when it comes to the gang's antics (a trait that goes back since childhood) and is a definite one in Episode 10 when she is the only one (other than Jintan) who is bothered and openly protests when everyone else puts Jintan on the spotlight and goads him to confess his feelings for Menma.
  • Patient Childhood Love Interest: Very patient, considering she recognised herself as the last in line for Yukiatsu's feelings after Menma and Anaru.
  • The Quiet One
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Anaru's red.
  • Sarcastic Confession: "His (Yukiatsu's) hobby is crossdressing."
  • Sarcastic Devotee: To Yukiatsu.
  • Shipper on Deck: Near the end she confessed that she was hoping that Jintan and Anaru would get together once Menma passed on to Heaven. This is because she wanted to be Ship Mates with Yukiatsu.
  • The Smart Girl
  • The Stoic
  • Stoic Spectacles
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: She's serious, aloof and snarky, but she still cares about her old friends in her own way, especially Yukiatsu.
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky
  • Third-Option Love Interest: To Yukiatsu. She is at best an 'option c' from his perspective, and Tsuruko is painfully aware of it.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Yukiatsu. It's possibly solved in the end.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Yukiatsu. She later also becomes sort of this with Anaru.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has blue hair.

    Tetsudou "Poppo" Hisakawa
Voiced by: Aki Toyosaki (child) and Takayuki Kondo (teenager)

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

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

    Touko Yadomi
Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara

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

    Manabu Honma
Voiced by: Makoto Yasumura

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

Menma's mother, a lady who is actually from Russia.
  • Excessive Mourning: It's implied that Irene, in her grief for the loss of Menma, 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 Menma 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

Menma's little brother.

    Mama Anjou
Voiced by: Kimiko Saito

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)

Anaru's so-called "friends," who could... be better people on the whole.
  • Alpha Bitch
  • 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.