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YMMV / anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

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  • Awesome Art: The manga adaptation, which accurately recreates, and even improves some of the frames from the anime.
  • Awesome Music: The opening theme song. And also the ending theme, "Secret Base."
  • Crossover Ship: After this AMV made the rounds of the con circuit, Menma started being shipped with Aisaka Taiga.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Yukiatsu may be an elitist asshole who lives to show Jinta up, but Menma's death left him a whole mess of emotional issues and he does realize how pathetic he is. He does start to get a bit nicer after he is outed as the fake Menma.
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  • Moe: Menma. Also the kids when they were young and Menma's little brother.
  • Narm: All the crying and screaming in Episode 11, while not being totally uncalled for, can reach a point where it just descends into this and melodrama. It's either made more effective when Poppo opens up over his trauma or made especially melodramatic given how he's screaming every line at the top of his lungs while sobbing.
  • The Scrappy: Viewers seldom have kind words for Aki and Haruna, who for the majority of the series are one-note Alpha Bitches and awful friends to Anaru.
  • Signature Scene: The ending of Episode 11.
  • Spiritual Successor: It really comes off like part of Key/Visual Arts' canon, what with the focus on family and relationships, the Magic Realism, and the drama calculated to make the viewer cry.
  • Squick:
    • Was anyone else a little weirded out when Poppo invited Jinta on a "Jungle Cruise" while pulling down his pants?
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    • Seeing Yukiatsu sniff out one of a sundress that he bought which looked very similar to the one Menma used to wear weirded out quite a few people.
  • Stoic Woobie: Tsuruko, although she doesn't seem like it until much later on.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • Both Jintan and Menma fail to just have Menma prove her own existence to everyone else by simply lifting an object or two in someone's direct line of sight. It's especially noticeable at the end of episode five, when Poppo is intentionally seeking out Menma because he wants to help her grant her wish. Instead of trying to interact, Menma cries over not knowing what she wants to do and instead wishes that she could talk to her friends, leaving Jintan to angrily tell Poppo to stop. It doesn't help that Menma ended up revealing herself in such a way in episode eight.
    • It's somewhat more understandable when Menma says she has tried to do the same thing in her house, but it doesn't always work. (And it's speculated that this may be because her mothers's grief is too intense to allow Menma to contact her — "Mama gets really sad", remember?). She could have simply assumed it wouldn't work with her friends either, specially considering how much they changed and grew apart after her death, and episode 8's revelation scene came during quite the crisis between the former Peace Busters so she likely used it as a desperate measure.
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    • Jintan has a subconscious desire to keep Menma to herself here amongst the living that he struggles with, and thus monologues that he doesn't really need to think about it; Yukiatsu later discusses this possibility with the rest of the gang after Menma's ghost is proven to be real. Menma simply desires to stay with her friends and also monologues that she doesn't really need to think about it, but she comes to acknowledge that she needs to pass on and fulfill her wish for everyone else to move on. Both were basically Obfuscating Stupidity as to find an excuse not to change the status quo and move on.


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