Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day (あの日見た花の名前を僕達はまだ知らない。Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai , lit. "We Still Don't Know the Name of the Flower We Saw That Day." is an 11-episode 2011 Japanese anime television series produced by A-1 Pictures and directed by Tatsuyuki Nagai. The anime aired in Fuji TV's noitaminA block between April and June 2011. The anime is licensed in North America by NIS America, but was expired and was replaced by Aniplex of America in 2017. An anime film was released in Japanese theaters on August 31, 2013.
A group of six childhood friends drift apart after one of them, Meiko "Menma" Honma, dies in an accident. Ten years after the incident, the leader of the group, Jinta Yadomi, has become withdrawn from society and lives as a recluse. One summer day, the ghost of an older looking Menma appears before him and asks to have a wish granted, reasoning that she cannot pass on into the afterlife until it is fulfilled. At first, he only tries to help her minimally because he thinks he is hallucinating. But since Menma does not remember what her wish is, Jinta gathers his estranged friends together once again, believing that they are the key to resolving this problem. All of his friends join him, though most of them reluctantly. However, things grow increasingly complicated when his friends accuse him of not being able to get over the death of Menma, for Jinta is the only one who can see Menma's ghost and his friends think he is seeing things. But as things progress, it is realized that Jinta is not the only person in the group who is having trouble letting go of the past. It is revealed that a majority of the groups members blame themselves for Menma's death and hidden feelings for other members of the group are rekindled. Along with feelings of bitterness from Menma's parents, the group struggles as they grow from trying to help Menma move on, to helping themselves move on, too.
- Anohana was originally going to have slapstick comedy with erotic tones, as the characters were exploring their budding sexuality in their adolescence, with the focus being on their childhood and how they were maturing as they were growing up. It had to be changed a lot for it to be greenlit, since the original concept was found to be too cliche.
- A live action version of Anohana released on the 21st of September in 2015.
- A visual novel of the game was released on August 30, 2012 in Japan for the PlayStation Portable.
|Episode Number||Title||Original Airdate|
|1||"Super Peace Busters"|
"Chō Heiwa Basutāzu" (超平和バスターズ)
|April 15, 2011|
|2||"Menma the Hero"|
"Yūsha Menma" (ゆうしゃめんま)
|April 22, 2011|
|3||"Menma Search Party"|
"Menma o Sagasou no Kai" (めんまを探そうの会)
|April 29, 2011|
|4||"The White Dress with a Ribbon"|
"Shiro no, Ribon no Wanpīsu" (白の、リボンのワンピース)
|May 6, 2011|
|May 13, 2011|
|6||"Forget It, Don't Forget"|
"Wasurete Wasurenaide" (わすれてわすれないで)
|May 20, 2011|
|7||"The Real Wish"|
"Honto no Onegai" (ほんとのお願い)
|May 27, 2011|
|8||"I Wonder"||June 3, 2011|
|9||"Menma and Company"|
"Minna to Menma" (みんなとめんま)
|June 10, 2011|
|June 17, 2011|
|11||"The Flower Blooming on That Summer"|
"Ano Natsu ni Saku Hana" (あの夏に咲く花)
|June 24, 2011|