AnoHana Ends

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The last episode of Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai (We Still Don’t Know the Name of the Flower We Saw that Day) left a good feeling. It’s a sweet, poignant little story with few real surprises, certainly not as dark as I feared it might be.

I was wrong to compare it to a Jun Maeda story. It’s a different kind of story, which may be a good or a bad thing depending on how you feel about Jun Maeda. One of his stories would be more emotionally wrenching and also more confusing. AnoHana doesn’t leave me feeling that I need to watch it again just to figure out what the heck really happened.

The bottom line: it’s entertaining, with nice production values, but it’s probably not a classic.