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Old 2011-04-16, 14:04   Link #221
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nah, i think its just how he envisions her if she was grown up. they hinted that she died via drowning, so i doubt that'll put her in a coma.
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Old 2011-04-16, 14:09   Link #222
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Ah, yes. It truly is a sight.


The more astonishing question is she appears in an adult body. Saying she's "back in her mature body" sounds like you're saying she died at that age, but it contradicts what Episode 1 implies that happened: that she died the day "the tomorrow which never came," which Jinta regrets. I think you read that wrong.
Sorry, I make it confused. What I want to say is "Do she come back to life in a mature body with a child mentality?"
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Old 2011-04-16, 14:34   Link #223
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nah, i think its just how he envisions her if she was grown up. they hinted that she died via drowning, so i doubt that'll put her in a coma.
But is she just a "vision"?It looks as if she can interact with the real world,like how the glass fell in her parent's house.

So right now Jinta considers her a "vision" but I wonder if he'll start to reconsider that soon,and I wonder if the other characters are going to be able to see her.
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Old 2011-04-16, 14:46   Link #224
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He thinks she's a vision born of his emotional state, but I think she is really supposed to be some kind of ghost.

Anyway, good start to a promising story.

Around half of all the shows I like are from the noitaminA timeslot, so its disappearance would be a tragedy, for me. If they have to turn to some otaku tropes to get viewership/purchasers, that's okay by me, as long as the shows retain their quality.
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Old 2011-04-16, 15:41   Link #225
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He thinks she's a vision born of his emotional state, but I think she is really supposed to be some kind of ghost.

Anyway, good start to a promising story.

Around half of all the shows I like are from the noitaminA timeslot, so its disappearance would be a tragedy, for me. If they have to turn to some otaku tropes to get viewership/purchasers, that's okay by me, as long as the shows retain their quality.
ITA. But I'm still wondering what otaku tropes this hits. Is it just because Menma is cute? There have been kawaii girls on other NoitaminA shows...
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Old 2011-04-16, 15:50   Link #226
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The other two girls are so far from being otaku bait that I tend to think Menma's moe appeal is incidental.
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Old 2011-04-16, 15:53   Link #227
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nah, i think its just how he envisions her if she was grown up. they hinted that she died via drowning, so i doubt that'll put her in a coma.
If it's just his hallucination of her then there's no way the scene with her family could've possibly happened since he wasn't there. And as has been stated she can clearly affect the physical world.
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Old 2011-04-16, 16:36   Link #228
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I just noticed something, Menma is shocked Jin can see her when she first answered her back. She's been doing this for who knows how long and it's the first time anyone answered back. It's no wonder she goes into full pester mode when he trys to ignore her.

I doubt Jin's vison of her would have any influnce on her as He is stuck in the past and even asks why she looks like that.
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Old 2011-04-16, 16:49   Link #229
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The other two girls are so far from being otaku bait that I tend to think Menma's moe appeal is incidental.
I'd say Menma's characterisation is based on whatever Japanese tropes Moe was originally drawn from.
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Old 2011-04-16, 17:09   Link #230
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I'd say Menma's characterisation is based on whatever Japanese tropes Moe was originally drawn from.
I kind of wish her hair and eyes when she was alive were black. She’s really a oddball compared to the other characters.
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Old 2011-04-16, 18:04   Link #231
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Old 2011-04-16, 18:07   Link #232
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I was completely annoyed for the first ten minutes. So this is what anime has come to in 2011... a shut-in otaku hallucinating about his childhood friend. It was painful to watch. Jin's enthusiasm decided to pack it's things and move to another country.

The second half was equally painful to watch. But instead of being another boring waste of time, the story turned into the saddest thing I've seen. And I've seen Pokemon: The First Movie.

Anohana struck many chords with me. I go to a competitive high school, have a relatively small group of close friends. But why can I truly relate? I had a lot of elementary school friends. We would go to camps, play chess, do homework, and even watch anime together (yeah, I was born an otaku). I never saw any of them once I left elementary school. We simply went to our separate ways.

Do I think this is the best first episode of 2011? I can name quite a few I enjoyed better. But I can think of none that killed me inside as much as Anohana. So yes, I think this is the best.

The question is whether I want to be an emotional masochist for another 11 episodes... I just hope there are moments of happiness interlaced as well, to "ease" the pain.
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Old 2011-04-16, 18:54   Link #233
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I kind of wish her hair and eyes when she was alive were black. She’s really a oddball compared to the other characters.
I think Menma's only half Japanese. Her mother seems to be Russian (look at the names outside her home).
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Old 2011-04-16, 19:14   Link #234
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I had a lot of elementary school friends. We would go to camps, play chess, do homework, and even watch anime together (yeah, I was born an otaku). I never saw any of them once I left elementary school. We simply went to our separate ways.
I didn't, at least in Korea. Because there are so many schools in small region due to ridiculous population density, I always had to meet all my elementary school friends inevitably. As long as living in the town/region, I could still meet and play with them occasionally. Same for Japan, I think.
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Old 2011-04-16, 19:33   Link #235
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Well i have to say that after watching this first episode it has so far been the most enjoyable for me to watch out of this season. That being said i wasn't expecting it but i know I'm going to love this show, the story is very realistic and with that ED how can i not love it!
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Old 2011-04-16, 20:20   Link #236
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Anohana struck many chords with me. I go to a competitive high school, have a relatively small group of close friends. But why can I truly relate? I had a lot of elementary school friends. We would go to camps, play chess, do homework, and even watch anime together (yeah, I was born an otaku). I never saw any of them once I left elementary school. We simply went to our separate ways.
Same here. I think that's the case or something similar for several people who watched this series.
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Old 2011-04-16, 20:22   Link #237
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I think Menma's only half Japanese. Her mother seems to be Russian (look at the names outside her home).
I just checked, and you're right. Her mother's romanized name is approximately Irene.

If her mother is Russian, then it's a bit weird for her to be taking part in Japanese Death rituals.
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Old 2011-04-16, 20:33   Link #238
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I see what you mean now, thanks for the heads up (though I probably should've paid more attention to the ending credits).
Heh, I was just about to post a link up for the vid aswell since I currently have the song on loop again.
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Old 2011-04-16, 20:54   Link #239
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I just checked, and you're right. Her mother's romanized name is approximately Irene.

If her mother is Russian, then it's a bit weird for her to be taking part in Japanese Death rituals.
Maybe Menma's dad is a Shinto and the mom became a convert?

And don't forget that there are Shintos in east Russia before the Revolution you know. Most of the Russian shintos fled to Japan after the Revolution.

Oh, and this was one of the heaviest melodrama animes i've seen in the past few years. If the first episode manages to make me feel sad, i know that this will be a huge tearjerker in the end.

This is one of those animes that makes you feel like you want to watch something happy after that. It'll make you feel bad for whatever you're doing after watching this.
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Old 2011-04-16, 21:04   Link #240
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... the first episode didn't really manage to make me feel side at any point in time, I was just intellectually enjoying the good script writing. Does that make a monster?
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