Review: Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada ShiranaiPosted: June 24, 2011
Anime: Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai [Ano Hana]
Animation Studio: A-1 Pictures
Number of Episodes: 11
Length per Episode: Approximately 24 minutes
First review for the Spring season! It’d probably be more exciting if this came out earlier like it was supposed to. …But I fell asleep on the couch. Oh well, better late than never, right?
Also, I’m shifting around the way I do reviews a bit. This is because (as long as I don’t majorly screw something up) I basically have a job now. It doesn’t start until a bit over two weeks, but I need to get used to writing quicker/shorter posts for when I don’t have as much time. The two changes are as follows:
1) No plot review and skip straight to personal thoughts. I normally did this for people waiting on reviews to watch shows, but my Preview posts serve that purpose essentially.
2) No pictures in the actual review unless absolutely necessary. I’ll still have a slideshow, but they may have fewer pictures than usual. Believe it or not, it takes me about 5x longer to get pictures for reviews than to actually type them.
Anyways, lets get started.
For the duration of Ano Hana, there was something bugging me about the show. Something nagging at the back of my mind but I just couldn’t put my finger on it. Then again, this is pretty much the natural response I have for when shows get popular or hyped up. It wasn’t until just a few days ago, when I rewatched ToraDora!, that I figured out what it was about the show I didn’t like.
The show is hardly ever happy.
Allow me to explain. The reason ToraDora! was so good was that it’s story and drama and such were written well and spaced out at good times. For the most part, the show is funny or happy and there’s not much going wrong. When the drama does happen, it’s sad that the happy time they’ve had up until then could come to end, or change the way they live their lives from the fun atmosphere we as viewers got to see.
Ano Hana, on the other hand, almost never has this. Except for the first 8 minutes or so of the first episode, the atmosphere is always dreary or sad. These characters are upset with their lives or something that happened that’s holding them back. The characters always come off as being miserable. So when you throw in drama to an already dreary, sad, or miserable atmosphere, what do you get?
Ano Hana isn’t sad, it’s just plain depressing.
Oh, and I don’t get why people like Anal so much. I mean she’s a good character and all, but the level of popularity she has attained is crazy. I don’t understand people sometimes.
W-wait! Don’t start getting your pitchforks already!
Ano Hana is by no means a bad show. It was never really boring, it did character interactions pretty well, and hey, some people like drama to be handled in that depressing fashion. That method just doesn’t work for me. I never felt sad for the characters, nor was I ever on the verge of tearing up in the slightest. Then again, I am pretty desensitized to this kind of thing. The only thing that ever manages to really get me going is that scene from the first Pokémon movie (every last one of you should know which one I’m talking about). That is how you handle sad scenes.
Huh, it’s strange that for a show I’m giving a good rating to that I spent more time bashing it than praising it. I guess I just felt my complaints needed more justification than for the reasons I liked the show. Well, I can’t help but admit that due to the way it handles it’s drama it isn’t for everyone, that’s for sure.
RATING: 8 out of 10.