In short, Ano Hana. Is an 11 episode TV Anime aired in 2011. To be more specific, from April 14, 2011 to June 23, 2011. An anime movie was also released on August 31, 2013 serving as final summary and also an epilogue to the TV series. The story is written by Okada Mari. From the deepest part of heart, it’s a masterpiece-class story, meaning the story is truly impressive, truly amazing, truly awesome, and truly wonderful. Excellent is not enough to describe how great the story. It’s so deep. Impressed my heart almost in the same level as Natsuiro Kiseki. From all anime I’ve ever watched, Ano Hana has the second best story. My review here covers both the TV series and the movie.
The story has friendship theme on it but a different one. Something I would like to call, “Shattered Friendship”, the same theme as Natsuiro Kiseki. The story focuses on 6 main characters, with 2 of them acting as the central. The 2 central characters are Yadomi Jinta (Jintan) and Honma Meiko (Menma). The other 4 characters that take roles of secondary main characters are Anjou Naruko (Anaru), Matsuyuki Atsumu (Yukiatsu), Tsurumi Chiriko (Tsuruko), and Hisakawa Tetsudou (Poppo). All of them are close friends in their childhood. They called their gang “Chou Heiwa Busters”. However, Menma was died in an unfortunate incident which indirectly involved the others. Years later, the rest of them are in high school. But now, all of them have changed and their friendship are shattered. Continue reading