ANO HANA SPOILERS. DON’T READ UNLESS…well, you know.
Addendum: ++ part added.
So here we are, folks. One last warning that by reading this you are landing on spoilers all over the place and that they will come suddenly. Though the post itself is more about little interesting tidbits rather than large plot summaries.
Well, I watched 11 out of 11 of the episodes (I only went through CCs and audio + static images when I TL’d one but watched it later) so I’ll consider myself to know the plot. I’m not here to make a summary or review and I’m definitely not going to spend the next four hours screen-capping to explain myself, so beware that this may very well turn into a wall of text. I’m just here to point out a few things that I noticed which people who really like those “little things that aren’t important but add more connection to the various parts of the work as a whole” would enjoy. Mainly because I am one of those people.
For starters, some things you may have already noticed:
- The empty glass milk bottle containing some flowers that you see at several points in the show is Poppo’s makeshift grave for Menma. He leaves it at the top of the hill, presumably where Menma slid into the river, and can be seen changing the flowers in it. (Ep5)
- “The name of the flower (we/they) saw that day is”: after the show ends in the final episode, the image showing Menma has those words as the caption. Obviously it’s the flipped over version of “We Still Don’t Know the Name of the Flower we saw That Day.”, minus the answer. As you may have guessed from the episode 11 post pic, title of this post, and a certain prediction that was floating around sometime near the airing of episode 3, the flower is indeed a Forget-me-not. Though Menma’s wish as pertaining to the plot was not literally to “forget me not”, it can be inferred that she indeed wishes to stay in the hearts of the Super Peace Busters.
- The flowers which fly everywhere in the ED and the flower acting as a placeholder for Menma in the OP are both modeled after forget-me-nots.
Expanding a bit from there…
- Menma’s death is inferred to be a fast slide into the river, followed by drowning either due to injuries upon impact with the water or rocks, inability to stay afloat in the fast current, or both along with any other things that may have happened. Coincidentally (or is it?) a legend pertaining to the forget-me-not is something similar, with a knight drowning because he fell into a river while picking some flowers on the bank for his lady. As he throws one of the flowers onto the bank he shouts “Vergiss mein nicht”, which becomes the name of the flower.
- The opening song for this show is called ?????, which translates to The Blue Bookmark. One line mentions a ???????, which is a pressed flower bookmark. Assuming these two are the same bookmark, it can be inferred that indeed the singer is in possession of a bookmark containing a pressed forget-me-not.
To wrap things up, some trivia:
- This show is based in Chichibu, a large city in Saitama (the prefecture directly north of Tokyo). You can tell from ????, its name, which appears in various places.
- The high-level school Yukiatsu and Tsuruko are attending appears to be in Hannou, as can be seen from the signs in the train station they’re in (????????(Ep5). The Seibu Chichibu Line runs through this station, so if you’d like to take a visit you know what to ride 😀
- There is only one episode in which the entire ending sequence runs (Ep9)(the music begins with the ED animation instead of music first then ED animation), whereas the OP animation either runs in its entirety or not at all, excluding the finale.
Well, that’s it for now. A great show overall I must say. Beautiful artwork, developed plot, vibrant characters… what more is there to ask? If you have any other cool stories pertaining to this show that I didn’t mention, go ahead and comment it. I might add it into the list up here 😀 or I might just be lazy and tell you guys to read the comments ._. But anyway if you have any questions regarding the plot (I’m quite sure it’s easier to understand than meduka meguca) go ahead and comment as well.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be picking flowers at my nearby neighborhood riverbank.
++: Some clarification on the epilogue. Everything indeed works out for the crew after Menma goes away. Anaru and Jin-tan are in a very friendly, if not outright intimate relationship (a pink handkerchief with wabbits all over it? MANLY.). Tsuruko rises back to her godly position as “alternative” for Yukiatsu (though really, I’m pretty sure he’s happy about it too). Poppo’s trying to get back into the education system so he doesn’t ruin the rest of his life, and they all seem to be a little more easygoing around each other following their internal development. And of course, the Super Peace Busters will always be friends.
Just a little explanation in case Jin-tan’s “explanation” was too metaphorical and/or vague. Yes Anaru fans, that means she at least partially, at most completely had her wish granted. Being one myself I must say it made the ending all the more touching for me.
Again, that’s all for now. Bye-bye!
This is a UTW post. I repeat, this is a UTW post. We are not GG. Flower post pic though. Teehee!
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Some people think I never say bad things about stuff I watch. My opinion is that I just find good things about shows a lot easier than bad things, and that I don’t find anything good about criticizing things that I can’t somehow fix myself. That said, epic finale folks ;_; I’ll add on an extremely long-winded wall of tl;dr about the series once i’m not playing LoL (what, it’s Sunday) so look forward to that! 😛
And the obligatory staff curtain call!
Moshiburner (Translator/QC): 25 o’clock in the morning or not, this show made my Thursday. This is the first show I’ve worked on with so much work going into its content, and every week I found it to be worthy of multiple re-watchings, whether it be for QC pass number 3 or simply because I’m waiting on someone else to finish their part. Worth every drop of effort I put in to (almost) perfect each script. Which includes timing one of the episodes. You’re not alone ar, lol 😛 Anyway the series was a great follow-up to spring season (almost lost my head in that one with all that entropy increase) so I’m hoping there’s more stuff I can sincerely laud in fall season. Preferably the thing I’m working on, because otherwise I won’t watch it (unless people keep spamming OMG THE [anime title here e.g. meduka] EPISODE WAS OMG every week in the staff channel) since I’m busy n stuff. Conclusion: Amazing catharsis, has those you-watch-it-then-you-cry-then-you-watch-it-again scenes. Definitely a pick for 2011’s recommended shows.
Raze (Editor/QC): This show turned out to be a LOT of effort to work on for some reason (Hidan no Aria airing at pretty much the same time didn’t help either) and I kind of altered my editing style for the show as it progressed. It’s been a bumpy road and we made a couple derps along the way, but here we are with the finale. And what a finale that was! Great series.
ar (Encoder/Typesetter/Timer): Twas a fabulous show, well other than the changing of ED lines every week (lucky there wasn’t k-timing to fix) and that damn pain in the ass diary with all its curving pages and zooming and panning and whatever else it did. Thanks to comfag and his travelling around the world, I ended up timing this series too for the last few eps so it ended up being a bigger pain every week than the pain it started off with (lol). Anyway I enjoyed the series, but I probably won’t be typesetting and encoding a FujiTV series again on the same day anytime soon, I’m beat.
commander`A timed the first six episodes or so and then disappeared. He also stinx.
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So we have the Charming Monster (Monstre Charmant) mentioned finally, and we’re about to head into the final arc of the anime. According to the summaries for Episodes 23 & 24 they come out of Gosick VIII, but I don’t really know much than that until the reviews start appearing sometime after June 23rd, when Part 1 of Gosick VIII goes on sale. How they will condense 2 full novels into 2 episodes is beyond me, but we’ll see what happens!
If anybody is interested, this is all the Japanese info I have managed to collect so far on the upcoming VIII Part 1 Novel and Ep23/24 Summaries. Before you ask, it’s in Japanese, so either throw it through Google Translate (the rough translation is readable for the most part), or if you can read Japanese, bonus!
Gosick VIII Part 1 & TV Ep23/24 Summary Stuff
Time to enjoy this weeks Gosick. Sayonara, Sayonara, Sayonara~
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I figured a Mutou release pic this time around would be cool, since he’s all “Man, I’m badass” in that scene.
Nobody wanted to time Hidan no Aria this week, so I ended up doing it, making me the TL/Timer/Editor/QC for this episode. Release would’ve been out earlier, but I’ve been extremely busy recently with the million things that are happening with my life right now.
Oh, and let it be known that THERE WILL BE NO HIDAN NO ARIA NEXT WEEK. Both episodes 11 and 12 will be aired on June 30th.
P.S.:: Yes, we will be doing the Amagami SS OVAs. Please stop pestering us about it.
Slap slap slap! Clap clap clap!
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Oh man, this episode is tear-jerking ;_; like drama all the way. [across the sky etc.] Let me tell ya, they are not going to leave any loose ends regardless of its shortness as a series. Everything’s starting to get wrapped up in a neat bundle… yet they manage to keep a huge part of the story teetering on-edge until the end. And by end I mean the part that hasn’t been aired yet. I can’t wait for next week already! Cookies for the writer. So yeah, tons of drama. But hey! We still managed to find our Kodak Moment inside, as you can see by the post pic. (Here’s one more btw:)[spoiler][/spoiler] I would put a lolcatz banner around it and write sth like Why Poppo, why? but it seems like a lot of work for just a release post <_< and now that I’m in JP I’m working at late night I’m all “I can’t take it anymore!” since I prefer not to be dead the next day. Well, looks like I don’t get everything in life. Bi-quitting!
Nah jk, late-night kinda sucks but I’m not quitting with one more episode t[[[SITUATIONAL IRONY DETECTED; POST HAS BEEN CLOSED]]]
P.S.: Voraciously avid religion enthusiasts will probably rage at the fact that rebirth comes up in this episode, as well as our change from “attain Nirvana” to “go to heaven”, which not only turns Menma’s whole disappearing act into something of Christian rather than Buddhist significance but also spits in the face of many well known religious contexts. Whoops. My bad.
Honestly though, we kind of figured that we should do something when being reborn came up this episode, since attaining Nirvana -> becoming a Buddha -> can’t be reborn cuz you’re enlightened -> o noez paradox. So our answer is “go to heaven” and yes we will fix the previous resultant oopsies in the batch, don’t worry. Now you may want to complain that in a Christian context going to heaven is also an end-of-the-path action, but since we’ve already generalized heaven enough to be used acceptably within the Shinto-Buddhist context of Japanese religion I believe it can be just vague enough to be a suitable intermediary for whatever kind of rebirth they’re talking about. Besides, there’s already an angel and a ghost coexisting. I’m sure throwing in heaven can’t be that bad.
Disclaimer: No, I don’t study religion. If I’m terribly mistaken in some regard then leave a comment. If you are also a) stupid or b) retarded such that you didn’t understand the contents of this P.S., I am right and you are not because I am not stupid or retarded and you are one or both. Don’t comment. Enjoy your ghost girl animu.
Okay last one zZ: This is the site of some game that Raze mentioned. It is about a ghost. It is about a ghost who comes back. It is about a ghost who is a girl. It is about a ghost who was very close to the protagonist. It is about a ghost very few people could see. It is about a ghost… who is eerily similar to Menma.
DUN DUN DUUUUN…
So there you have it. Give it a look if you have some time, cuz I haven’t even clicked the link.
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So with that, we’ve reached the conclusion of the tale of Queen Coco’s unsolved murder. Next weeks episode covers Victorique’s birthday, which is still from Gosick VII I believe although it’s possible it’ll be a mix of Gosick VII + GosickS IV (went on sale 25th may). From there on, episodes 23 & 24 look to be from Gosick VIII: Twilight of the Gods Part 1 and possibly some content from Part 2 which won’t be on sale until late July and most likely just ties up all the loose ends.
Gosick VIII is set to take place at the beginning of World War 2 (going by the summary blurb), so I guess that puts the timeline around 1939, which would be roughly 14-15yrs after Gosick VII (December, 1924). Considering Victorique was born on December 25 1910, it’ll put her age somewhere around 28-29 and Kujo around 29-30 iirc (can’t remember his birth year).
Anyway, that’s enough Gosick trivia blogging. Enjoy this weeks ep!