Anohana sure brings back memories. I remember watching the anime and cried my eyes out during the finale. I do have a weaker spot for family and friendship stuffs. This live action is pretty good albeit slightly draggy. I think 1 hr 30 mins should be enough instead of clocking almost 2 hours. That aside, everything else was quite nicely done, including the directing, score and cast.
If anything this little girl was perfect as the young Menma.
The grown up version is fine too.
Nostalgia and friendship can never go wrong together. All the more when it involves a journey to find themselves again and bring a closure in their hearts.
For those who don’t know or never watched the anime before, it’s about this group of six childhood friends who started to drift apart after the death of Menma. In the present time, Jintan, the protagonist is a hikikomori and the others are now going into different schools, barely keeping in touch. They’re all haunted by Menma’s death and each of them carries a scar and blaming themselves for whatever they did wrong on that very day Menma drowned. Jintan begins to sense Menma’s presence and is the only one who can see her.
So they start working together to grant Menma’s wish as they think her return might be because she had something unfulfilled. There were plenty of flashbacks in between and things were revealed as they intertwined with the present time.
Actually, my favorite character is the clever and quiet observer Chiriko. I like her passiveness and even though she likes Yukiatsu, she knows it’s a one-sided love. She didn’t complain to anyone or burst out in dissatisfaction like Yukiatsu did towards Jintan (oh so dramatic!). She’s the most mature of the lot and all I can say is, she deserves someone better than Yukiatsu.
It’s quite rare to see this actor not playing a jerk or playboy lol
So did this live action make me cry? A little bit yes but not to the extent of what the anime made me go through lol.
Secret Base, the theme song, was sung by Silent Siren who covered the original by ZONE, which is still my favorite version, no doubt about it. I wonder why they didn’t just use the original. Either way, Silent Siren did a decent job with it and whenever the song started playing in the background, this flood of emotions just rushed through me and almost make my eyes wet. The power of the song! I love it when a drama/movie gets a really good theme song to back it up.
Heartwarming tale of friendship and finding closure. Glad they didn’t ruin the original material by following it quite closely. Maybe prepare some tissues towards the end. It’s not for everyone though, especially if this kind of genre is not your cup of tea.
What baffles me is the inconsistency in FujiTV’s production. I just watched the Unfair SP and didn’t really like it, but they seem to nail it better for this adaptation. It proves that with the right direction and screenwriter, they can actually deliver. If only they can keep it up with the rest of their dramas.