Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

Death is all around us and we can’t stop it. People are dying everyday and you don’t know who is going to be next. It could be your siblings or parents, the person right next to you or  someone you meet for the first time yesterday and maybe even you. Did you ever think of that? I never did until I watched Anohana. Its about a group childhood friends that played and laughed together every summer. Who talked to each other everyday. But they never once thought that one of them was going to die so early… so young. After a tragic accident they lose their friend Menma, a sweet little girl with so much promise. Because of their loss they go their separate ways. The plot takes place in their high school year. They haven’t talked to each other since the accident but something unexpected happens that brings them back together again. Menma  appears to Jinta, one of the childhood friends as a ghost and only he can see her. Jinta has to help Menma go to heaven by making her wish come true. But he needs everyone help to make it possible. This wonderful story shows us the hardships of losing someone close, the guilt that comes with it and the endless torment of wondering “Why?” or “What if”. It really makes you stop and think “What will I do if someone I know died today?”.


  • Menma Honma
  • Jinta Yadomi
  • Anaru Anjo
  • Yukiatsu Matsuyuki
  • Tsuruko Turumi
  • Poppo Hisakawa

Saying Good-Bye:

Episode #11- I have mixed emotions when watching the last episode. I want Menma to go to heaven but then again I want her to stay  because I feel they still need her. Maybe I am being selfish but how can you say good-bye when you love someone so much and you know you will never see them again. You start to think that it is not fair. How can such a young girl be taken a such a young age? Why did it have to be my friend? Why not someone else?  But then again I would want that person to find happiness and be sent off with  a smile. I wouldn’t want them to stay because of my own selfishness. I mean you can’t… you can’t change the past and I would be grateful to have had the chance to see that special person one last time. That is all anyone could ask for… just one more time to say good-bye.




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