Ano Hana Episode 7
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Series Premise: Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai, a.k.a. “We Still Don’t Know the Name of the Flower We Saw That Day”, shortened “AnoHana”, is a weekly anime television series started in April 2011. This is an original series, the latest in the Fuji TV Noitamina time-slot. Ten years after the death of a childhood friend, Menma, everyone seems to have moved on with their lives, except Jinta. When Menma’s ghost suddenly appears, Jinta must confront both his past and present life.
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Episode Summary: Jinta, Tetsudou and Naruko read Menma’s childhood diary and read an entry about sending fireworks to heaven for Jinta’s ailing mother, and determine that is her true wish. When they inquire about creating such a firework, they are informed at the high cost, and Jinta decides to get a job to raise the funds. But when they gather up enough money to start, the fireworks master says he cannot help them because of pressure from one of Menma’s parents.
My Impressions: Just some short commentary this time. Perhaps I am overthinking this, but I really wonder if launching the firework is really Menma’s big wish. It all seems too simplistic, and they all jump at the concept with quite a bit of zeal, perhaps grabbing at something that seems plausible because they really don’t know what else to do (or in the case of some of them, if anything needs to be done, or if anything *can* be done). I am more of the idea that Menma’s wish is much more nebulous and vague, along the lines of wanting all of her former friends to finally be able to overcome their own individual roadblocks they have erected following Menma’s death — so it’s more of the journey which is important than the actual task itself.
The most obviously screwed up person is Jinta himself, of course, and it appears that he really is making progress without even realizing it’s happening. At the beginning of the series he was a completely anti-social shut-in that had cut off all contact with the world; and here he’s talking about going to school, taking jobs, and actually taking responsibility for his life. But it’s not just Jinta who seems to be going through an unexpected-yet-necessary healing journey, as Naruko is shedding her insecurities and Atsumu is acknowledging his unhealthy obsession. While not explicitly expressed, I would classify Tetsudou’s escapism from responsibility is his weakness, and I still haven’t figured out Chiriko’s malfunction (but my theory is she’s just as screwed up as the rest of the lot in some manner as well).
Anyway, I really don’t think the remaining four episodes will play out in such a straightforward manner as: 1. Overcome obstacles in constructing firework 2. Fire off the firework 3. Menma’s wish fulfilled 4. She disappears and everyone else lives happily ever after. Nope, I’m sure we still have one or two unpredictable twists ahead.
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- If you like this, then you might also like: Clannad (or so other people say), but I think I would recommend Colorful the Movie.
Sampling of Online Reviews:
- “The series continues to develop at a slow and somewhat carefree pace. Its not that there’s not enough plot progression, its more that the series chooses to focus on its characters and develop them rather than focus on Menma and her wish.” – Anime Evo
- “I guess we’re one step closer to figuring out what Menma’s wish was. I do highly suspect, though, that the “wish” that the group thinks is Menma’s wish is probably not the right one. There are a few major hints with regards to that, with the most obvious one being Yukiatsu’s comment in the middle of the episode.” – Emory Anime Club
- “They’re really putting a lot of effort into the fireworks, which makes me wonder if this is truly a reasonable theory for Menma’s wish. There are still 4 episodes left so it may be on the right path, but it seems to me that it’s a bit too insignificant to be all that important. Then again, Menma died at such a young age so maybe this was all it took?” – Sekijitsu