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Reviews Comments: Simply Gorgeous Ano Hana The Flower We Saw That Day whole series review by j1mmy

Ano Hi Mita Hana No Namae O Bokutachi Wa Mada Shiranai is one of the most beautiful anime I've seen in recent memory. The story is realistic and poignant, the animation style beautiful and fluid (though I can't help but feel the characters clash somewhat with the line-less backgrounds) and characters the high point of the show: realistic, powerful and captivating. The character development is fascinating and never seems forced, the interplay between characters riveting.

It may sound like I'm blatantly praising this work without any regard for balance but by nature this sort of show isn't the type to have massive flaws and this is very well done. I will say that there were a few moments that slightly disturbed the mood, such as halfway into episode 11 when everyone burst out crying at once but these were few and far between.

The OP and ED are commendable. I didn't even like Aoi Shiori until I'd watched the OP a few times, and then mainly by association. And the animation itself of the OP is just brilliant. Watching on its own after the series, you smile at every neat touch... The ED is utterly gorgeous in pretty much every detail. Now music is more subjective, so feel free to disregard my opinion here but the voice actresses of the three female characters singing such a beautiful song makes the ED itself far more resonant. And again, the animation to it is amazing. When the screen erupts in showers of forget-me-nots you feel utterly at peace.

The series is emotionally resonant; this is perhaps its most powerful feature. I'm the sort who never cries at movies or TV shows - apart from, inexplicably, the end to Azumanga Daioh - but I did during the last episode of Ano Hana. The subject matter isn't the saddest thing ever - take Grave Of The Fireflies, for example - but the characters are so powerfully resonant they bring tears to the eyes of, as far as I can gather, most people who watch it.

A simply gorgeous show that truly tugs at the heartstrings. 9.8/10.


  • EnigmaticSpirit
  • 10th Sep 11
I have been needing to watch this for a while. It looked really interesting, and I was recommended by a friend who couldn't stop praising it. What about the show really made you give it .2 less than a 10? Could you explain that a little? You said there were a few moments that disturbed the mood; does that mean you had a slight problem with the pacing of the emotions they tried to convey? Also if you tried to convey what the show was about it would be helpful, since all that you really give is "it's powerful, it's beautiful, and emotional."
  • j1mmy
  • 15th Sep 11
Less than ten? Dunno, I just didn't get a sense of this is the best example of whatever from it. Don't know if there's anything to which I'd award a ten, except perhaps Gurren Lagann as it's pretty much, to me, a perfect example of what it sets out to do.

I just felt a moment or two throughout the whole show were slightly Narmy is all.

Well you could check the trope page, but in essence it's a story of loss, friendship, all that shit.
  • alciefrederic
  • 1st Oct 11
I agree with this review. It just keeps bugging me during the series that the relationships between these characters are a bit too intense for their age (I don't know, 6, 7 or something). It's a bit distracting to keep remembering that they are just kids when watching the series. Some of it are indeed overdone, either as the result of this fact, or just because of the direction (the simultaneous crying the OP mentioned, and the simultaneous Found You!, frankly I don't think it's possible for them to all think that and speak at the same time). I think the age dissonance is the worst problem for this series, of course others might think otherwise.

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