Friday, February 7, 2014

Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day (Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai) (2011) is listed as one of the popular Animes on Random Curiosity and that is exactly how I found this sweet heart breaker masterpiece, since, I'm an anime noob. Regret not, just like any other animes on the list, I enjoyed watching this one. In fact, this is the first melo-anime I've watched in recent years. I adopted this Disney-happy-endings bias.

Anohana tells a bittersweet and real friendship of five elementary kids which grew apart since one of them went into an unwanted accident and died. Infuse a bit of anime logic, the supposed leader of the group found himself to be able to communicate and befriend the spirit of the deceased friend years after the event took place. The story goes to unravel the tangled relationship within the group.

The first few episodes was a sweet and touching journey for me, until they got tangled further and one of the character, Anaru asked 'Are we friends because we like each other?'. True. When we were young, we didn't really think much why we want to befriend someone. We enjoyed the company and dwelled into the fun just like that. There is no intention, no complicated thoughts, no reason.. nothing. For this very reason, I adore Japanese artworks in every single media, they just got me to think further about the supposed simple things.

The most celebrated part of this anime is the visual. The main setting is Chichibu, a city located on the western part of Saitama Prefecture which is surrounded by mountains. The moving pictures are beautiful, raw, and naive at times. Just like the childhood they tried to capture.

The other thing I love, is the opening track Aoi Shiori by Galileo Galilei.

Good news! The concluding movie was released last August in Japan so the DVD would be available sometime next month :D Can't wait!


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