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Pellissier
2011-05-04, 05:10
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ars89
2011-05-04, 10:00
He's my favorite, the guy is just so happy- go lucky, also he seems the one that hasn't changed at all from his younger self

Dr. Casey
2011-05-04, 14:31
I think that Poppo might have changed, but far as I can tell only in positive ways. He seems more outgoing and confident than he was as a child (From what I can tell from flashbacks, he was Jintan's follower and relatively reserved). Poppo seems to be the only one from the group that's really matured in a healthy fashion.

I'm kind of curious about Poppo and the fact that he seems so undamaged. I always thought that all the living characters would contrast darkly with their childhood self in some way, that Menma would serve as the lone bastion of purity that anchors them all down. I guess I was wrong and that there's actually two out of the six that serve that role (Poppo and Menma), or maybe there's more to Poppo than meets the eye. I think the fact that he was hanging out at their secret base for some reason at the end of the first episode is relevant somehow. Maybe Poppo was secretly a bit sad about the group's break-up all these years, and continued visiting their secret base as his own way of clinging to the past, hoping all those years that another one of his friends would have that same desire to return to their secret base one day (Just like Jintan ended up doing at the climax of the first episode)? Or maybe he just thinks it's a nice secluded place to get drunk and look at porn, I dunno...

Anyway, I like Poppo a lot, will be curious to see where his character goes.

Solace
2011-05-04, 16:06
Poppo's enthusiasm is infectious. :heh: But I wonder sometimes if Menma was the reason he started traveling around the world. The secret base does make a good place to stay when you're not tied down, but it is interesting that he chooses to stay there rather than with one of his old friends. It's a relatively out of the way spot.

james0246
2011-05-04, 17:05
Poppo reminds me a lot of myself when I was younger. Not so much physically, but spiritually...well, kind of. I had a bad case of wanderlust in my youth (still do in fact), traveling America then the world. While I imagine that our reasons for traveling will be different, the same enthusiasm and joy Poppo has shown concerning his travels is the same joy I've often experienced.

That being said, Poppo's exuberance toward life is quite nice. Can't wait to find out more about our well traveled friend.

Tsuyukusa
2011-05-10, 18:41
Poppo is a great guy. He's a friendly, happy guy and seemed like a sweet kid too. He actually reminds me of a friend I had as a kid.

TheGeekHuntress
2011-05-11, 15:33
I think Poppo lost his core group of friends when Menma died and he seemed to be really attached to Jintan. So him traveling as a way to cope is a good theory and using their old base keeps him close to what he once had. He was so happy to see Jintan and it appeared genuine. I can't wait to see more of his character. He made me smile every time he came on the scene even before we saw the mature version of him.

OceanBlue
2011-05-13, 23:18
I kinda wonder about the last scene in episode 5. He seemed somewhat desperate, so I'm starting to wonder if it was related to issues that he'll need to sort out later on as well. I can't tell if it was just done that way to cause Menma to feel bad, or if it belies something within Poppo.

FlareKnight
2011-05-14, 04:23
I kinda wonder about the last scene in episode 5. He seemed somewhat desperate, so I'm starting to wonder if it was related to issues that he'll need to sort out later on as well. I can't tell if it was just done that way to cause Menma to feel bad, or if it belies something within Poppo.I still think it was something pretty simple in episode 5. Just like the rest of them Poppo lost a precious friend and isn't over that. Plus if he believes in ghosts and spirits that much then he would believe that Menma is right there. With a lost friend so close he's desperate to see that friend again. Maybe if he's energetic enough or says the right thing then she will reveal herself. There might be something deeper troubling Poppo, but for the moment I just think it's a guy hurting still due to the death of a friend.

Shadow5YA
2011-05-14, 04:52
I think he's obviously bothered by the fact that he can't see or hear Menma himself. He's Menma's friend too, but yet she won't appear before him for him reason. It's like an existentialist who witnessed the tragedies of the Great Depression and World War II and prayed to God for peace, only for god to stay silent in their eyes.

In Poppo's eyes, his efforts aren't being rewarded. He's been actively trying to help, but even then Menma still won't appear before him.

.x.crii.x.
2011-06-02, 16:33
I was rewatching the second episode and then I looked carefully at this:

http://i376.photobucket.com/albums/oo204/unbroken_eternity/lala.png

And I was like: "Woaaah, that seems to be around the state which I live in!"

So I went to google and searched for a more detailed map and then I was like: "Holy shiiii, its exactly in the state I live in. Poppo´s been here!"

Yeah, random. But I found it to be funny. :P

Dr. Casey
2011-06-02, 18:39
Haha, that's pretty awesome. It doesn't look like Poppo's ever been to Tennessee, I'm jealous.

I wonder if anyone online has figured up all the places Poppo's visited based on the map. Would be an interesting list.

kingsky123
2011-06-20, 08:37
Anyone else here thinks poppo is gonna find and marry an adult version of Menma? I mean i can picture him whilst backpacking through europe finds this strikingly similiar menma lookalike

fazer
2011-06-20, 09:45
Anyone else here thinks poppo is gonna find and marry an adult version of Menma? I mean i can picture him whilst backpacking through europe finds this strikingly similiar menma lookalike

hmmm haha wouldn't that screw Yukiatsu up, that is if he hasn't get over Menma in the future...

TrippedUp
2011-06-20, 10:42
Anyone else here thinks poppo is gonna find and marry an adult version of Menma? I mean i can picture him whilst backpacking through europe finds this strikingly similiar menma lookalike

That would be EXTREMELY CREEPY IMHO.

Guardian Enzo
2011-06-24, 03:38
Very satisfying conclusion to Poppo's arc, I thought. Though the reason for his guilt only became known in the finale, it was obvious that it affected him as much as the others - he ran away from his childhood, than ran right back to it. Seemed like the conclusion found him in a better place, though, going back to school and moving on with his life.

deadite
2011-06-24, 04:19
Too bad his flashback didn't have voices. I would have loved to hear Aki Toyosaki portray this situation.

rasudoken
2011-06-24, 17:23
Personally, I'm still confused over his backstory.

>Sees Menma drowning/floating away/dieing/whatever happened
>Deeply Scared
>????


Unless I've got the wrong translations, I don't quite get it.

Anh_Minh
2011-06-24, 18:08
He's feeling guilty he didn't do anything to save her. (Even though he probably couldn't have done anything.)

Kyuu
2011-06-26, 20:30
Poor Poppo. Foreveralone.jpg

TrippedUp
2011-06-26, 20:35
Personally, Poppo isn't really alone. He's got his friends back, and thats all he was really looking for, besides closure from Menma. I don't get why everyone must be paired up in order to be happy. I mean I'd understand if they were actually looking for a significant other, but Poppo was never really concerned about that.

Besides, anyone who saw the finale knows that Poppo isn't alone anymore :D

ubiquitial
2011-07-01, 00:29
Personally, Poppo isn't really alone. He's got his friends back, and thats all he was really looking for, besides closure from Menma. I don't get why everyone must be paired up in order to be happy. I mean I'd understand if they were actually looking for a significant other, but Poppo was never really concerned about that.

Besides, anyone who saw the finale knows that Poppo isn't alone anymore :D

Who knows? He suffers from a malnutritious lack of development.

deadite
2011-07-01, 03:03
What? IMO Poppo got tons of development. It was very subtle from the beginning. I don't understand when people say Poppo's guilty breakdown was a last minute development. It was pretty obvious he wasn't living a normal life and he jumps into the Menma bandwagon too quickly to be rational.

ubiquitial
2011-07-01, 03:34
What? IMO Poppo got tons of development. It was very subtle from the beginning. I don't understand when people say Poppo's guilty breakdown was a last minute development. It was pretty obvious he wasn't living a normal life and he jumps into the Menma bandwagon too quickly to be rational.


True, but development in and of itself is neither clever nor "good." Poppo's issue was hinted at often before, but they never went anywhere with it. Poppo brings it up out of nowhere, and looks a bit guilty, but nothing beyond that. That's forced, generic, completely contrived foreshadowing.

It's a shame, because Poppo really was an interesting character. But eccentrics, in any work, are hard to develop effectively, because they seem so removed form everything. It's hard to make such a strange character seem human while also maintaining his quirky personality. Now, AnoHana had some great development. How the characters played off one another and changed through their interactions - That was the highlight of the show! So Poppo was just a wasted opportunity.

And it's not like it's impossible to develop strange, eccentric characters. Bakemonogatari did a great job with it, for example.

Well, at least Poppo's cry was funny.

deadite
2011-07-01, 04:35
I didn't feel forced for me at all. For me it really was building up to that. I'm sorry you didn't see it that way. I like how the show doesn't spoon feed it's audience. I like how they never even showed how Menma died. If anything I feel that it was Tsuruko who seemed like a wasted opportunity. Tehy could have shown how she wasn't close with Yukiatsu in the start and they should've shown Yukiatsu and Anaru being closer during their early years. I felt for Poppo through and through and I could see his pain slowly building up to its final reveal.

ubiquitial
2011-07-01, 05:05
I didn't feel forced for me at all. For me it really was building up to that. I'm sorry you didn't see it that way. I like how the show doesn't spoon feed it's audience. I like how they never even showed how Menma died. If anything I feel that it was Tsuruko who seemed like a wasted opportunity. Tehy could have shown how she wasn't close with Yukiatsu in the start and they should've shown Yukiatsu and Anaru being closer during their early years. I felt for Poppo through and through and I could see his pain slowly building up to its final reveal.

Just basking in the afterglow. Digest the show a little and you'll see it objectively. Although, I guess I'm still basking too.

deadite
2011-07-01, 05:42
Are you implying I'm not looking at it objectively? How presumptuous of you. I rewatched the entire show again for you information. And I caught many things I didn't catch the first time.

ubiquitial
2011-07-01, 05:59
Are you implying I'm not looking at it objectively? How presumptuous of you. I rewatched the entire show again for you information. And I caught many things I didn't catch the first time.

I'm saying that at this point in time, no one can.

deadite
2011-07-01, 06:24
I'm saying that at this point in time, no one can.

Well I guess that's your opinion than. Don't speak for everyone okay?

Poppo :3
2011-07-19, 12:03
Hey guys :D im new!

And as u can tell from my name i'ma big Poppo fan haha XD i love the guy he reminds me of myself but just bigger o.o.

He's such an awesome character! makes me wish he was real he would be awesome to have as a friend :3 wish i could see more of him :< (only on ep 9) is there a manga or light novel that is longer or im guessing this is just the story :P

Anyway! POPPO KIMI HA SUGE NA!!! MOO SUGE NA!

salitangibinasura
2011-07-23, 09:32
I honestly think that without him (ghostbusters? I honestly forgot the name of their group) wouldn't be reunited.
Not a lot of people pays attention to him since he's just the usual guy who laughs a lot, but I think he's more that that.

fazer
2011-07-23, 09:41
Peacebusters! haha ><ghost busters almost sounds as if they are busting Menma

salitangibinasura
2011-07-23, 09:56
Peacebusters! haha ><ghost busters almost sounds as if they are busting Menma

Oh yeah!!
To think that I tried so hard recalling their name group, ghostbusters!! >,<
HAHAHAHA.

Thanks. :p