AnoHana! My slice of life anime of the year :D
Episode 1 (Super Peace Busters)
Introductions, introductions. Jintan was the leader of a self-proclaimed group called the “Peace Busters”. Their purpose was to “protect peace” and consisted of his childhood friends Menma, Anaru, Yukiatsu, Tsuruko, and Poppo.
The group, however, broke up one by one after Menma died from an accident. Jintan was partially blamed for her death due to his impulsive behavior when he was asked if he liked Menma, harshly rejected her, and coincidentally her accident was the next day. Because of this, the gang’s attitudes changed.
A few years later, Menma reappears in front of Jintan. Since Jintan is the only one who can see her, he concludes that Menma is a hallucination from his stress. The reappeared Menma tells Jintan to fulfill her unknown wish, one that even she herself does not know. So it begins with Jintan’s journey to fulfill Menma’s last wish, and in order to do so, Jintan returns to the Peace Busters’ old base and encounters a grown-up Poppo.
Episode 2 (Menma the Hero)
Jintan confides to Poppo about his hallucination of Menma. Though he can’t see Menma, Poppo concludes that Menma’s wish was to catch a rare monster from the game “Nokemon”. Poppo and Jintan ask Anaru for help since she used to be a video game girl. They eventually capture a rare monster. However, Jintan realizes that this was not Menma’s wish and knows that he’ll find out her wish and apologize…eventually.
One would say that this is a classical example of a tragedy-drama anime full of friendship and perhaps the slightest tinge of romance. Slice of life never really struck me as something I would watch it everyday but I’m willing to give this series a shot.
My good guess about Menma’s wish is that she wants everyone to be together and friends forever. Corny, but sweet.
Music: 8.5/10 (It’s nice…and cute?)
Until next time!