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Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day 

Ano hi mita hana no namae o bokutachi wa mada shiranai. (original title)
Five childhood companions reunite when the ghost of their dead friends appears, and demands they grant her final wish.
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Series cast summary:
Miyu Irino ...  Jinta Yadomi 11 episodes, 2011
Ai Kayano ...  Meiko Honma 11 episodes, 2011
Haruka Tomatsu ...  Naruko Anjo 11 episodes, 2011
Takahiro Sakurai ...  Atsumu Matsuyuki 11 episodes, 2011
Saori Hayami ...  Chiriko Tsurumi 11 episodes, 2011
Takayuki Kondô Takayuki Kondô ...  Tetsudo Hisakawa 11 episodes, 2011
Griffin Burns ...  Jinta 'Jintan' Yadomi 11 episodes, 2011
Ray Chase ...  Atsumu 'Yukiatsu' Matsyuki 11 episodes, 2011
Xanthe Huynh ...  Meiko Honma 11 episodes, 2011
Erica Lindbeck ...  Naruko 'Anaru' Anjou 11 episodes, 2011
Erica Mendez ...  Chiriko 'Tsuruko' Tsurumi 11 episodes, 2011
Michelle Ruff ...  Atsumu 'Yukiatsu' Matsuyuki (Child) / ... 11 episodes, 2011
Tara Sands ...  Jinta 'Jintan' Yadomi (Child) 11 episodes, 2011
Kaiji Tang ...  Tetsudo 'Poppo' Hisakawa 11 episodes, 2011
Abby Trott ...  Tetsudo 'Poppo' Hisakawa (Child) 11 episodes, 2011
Kaoru Mizuhara Kaoru Mizuhara ...  Haruna / ... 9 episodes, 2011
Mitsuru Ogata Mitsuru Ogata ...  Atsushi Yadomi 8 episodes, 2011
Kirk Thornton ...  Atsushi Yadomi 7 episodes, 2011
Yui Makino Yui Makino ...  Aki 5 episodes, 2011
Aki Toyosaki Aki Toyosaki ...  Poppo 5 episodes, 2011
Fuyuka Oura Fuyuka Oura ...  Irène Honma 5 episodes, 2011
Karen Strassman ...  Irene Honma 5 episodes, 2011


Six childhood friends have grown apart over the years following the death of one of them, Menma. The original 'leader' of this friend group, Jintan, is currently aimless in life and it is at this point in his life that he starts to see Menma's spirit. She states that he may be able to see her because of a wish she would like fulfilled but is unsure of what that may be. Due to Menma spurring Jintan into action, we will see the various paths the members of the friend group have taken over the years as they have matured, as he attempts to fulfill her last wish. Written by Mattias1

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Release Date:

14 April 2011 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Ano Hana See more »


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16:9 HD
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The original draft script by Mari Okada featured more slapstick and more erotica elements, but was changed heavily during planning to include more supernatural elements - turning it into a much more contemplative slice-of-life story with a quieter tone. Much of these changes came from Director Tatsuyuki Nagai and character designer and chief animation director Masayoshi Tanaka. See more »


Remade as Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day (2015) See more »


Secret Base ~Kimi ga Kureta Mono~ (10 years after Ver.)
Performed by Ai Kayano, Haruka Tomatsu & Saori Hayami
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A good show brought down by the melodrama
3 February 2013 | by johnny-donutsSee all my reviews

My enjoyment of Anohana was held back by the amount of melodrama and inconsistent characterisation. If more of the minor character developments were handled with subtlety, it would have helped make the relationships between them feel less contrived. Some plot points felt as if they were included purely to get an emotional reaction from the audience, and a lot of interactions and sources of tension come off as superficial.

In spite of this, the ending still retained an emotional impact. While the entire final episode was a bit excessive, it wasn't enough to bring it down.

If you can connect with the characters, you will probably enjoy this show more than I did.

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