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Anohana the Movie: The Flower We Saw That Day (2013) at a glance

Anohana the Movie: The Flower We Saw That Day (2013) is an anime romance comedy drama film directed by Tatsuyuki Nagai. It is loosely based on the 2011 11-episode television anime series and visual novel of the same name by Mari Okada. The film is the 14th highest-grossing anime film in 2013.

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Anohana the Movie: The Flower We Saw That Day (2013) Synopsis

A year has passed since Menma's ghostly return to the Super Peace Busters. Although the time they spent together during that summer was short, the five members reminisce about what happened as they each write a letter to their lost friend.

Anohana the Movie: The Flower We Saw That Day (2013) Review

Super Peace Buster Secret Base
Super Peace Buster Secret Base

Filled with abundance of the characters' childhood memories which are so innocent, pure and nostalgic; and personal struggles, which are quite depressing at times, Anohana the Movie: The Flower We Saw That Day (2013) is certainly a tear inducing anime movie about love and friendship and it is also probably the most beautiful hide and seek story we'll ever come across.

Nokemon Trading.
Nokemon Trading.

The movie revolves around a group of six childhood friends who used to be really close with each other until one of them died in an unfortunate event. Since then, most of them drifted apart and lived in different degree of guilt in their own. When Menma returned as a ghost and Jintan started to be able to see her apparition, the gang reunited. Though not smoothly but steadily, their friendship rekindled.

Painting by Tsuruko.
Painting by Tsuruko.

Although how the unfortunate event actually happened and caused Menma's death is not evident, this animated feature is worth to watch. The plot may not be straightforward as there are plenty of non-chronological flashbacks but it is touching and heartfelt.

Smiling photo of Menma.
Smiling photo of Menma.

In the end, the biggest lessons learned from this movie is that we must face reality and our feelings. Sometimes, the words and actions expressed hold much more meanings to it which we wouldn't know until we communicate with each other. The characters' memories and struggles are heartbreaking but they are also essential as it reminds us the value of love, life and friendship.

PS. Stay tune for more animated features!

Who will like this?

Fans of AnoHana!! Even if you're not a fan, give this movie a chance to move you!! (I'll watch the anime episodes someday!!)

Details of the movie

Director: Tatsuyuki Nagai
Producer: Mikihiro Iwata, Noriko Ozaki, Shunsuke Saito
Story: Mari Okada
Screenplay: Mari Okada
Cinematography: Shinji Nasu
Music: Not sure.
Studio: A-1 Pictures
Starring: Ai Kayano, Yumi Irino, Saori Hayami, Takahiro Sakurai,Haruka Tomatsu
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: Not sure.
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese, English
Genre: Comedy Drama Romance Supernatural
Running time: 99 mins
Budget: Not sure.
Box office: USD 10,200,000 est.

Official website(s)

http://a1p.jp/
http://anohana.jp/
http://anohana-game.jp/

Original post from Rosalyn's Blog.
This article is a part of Rosalyn's Animated Movie Marathon.
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