The TV series is retold through the different main characters' points of view with new additional material from their childhood, during the original series, and one year after the conclusion of the series.
I'm a big fan of the Ano Hana series, and rate it in my top 2 most tear jerking anime. When I heard that a movie was coming out, which was a gonna be a recap from a different perspective, I was a little apprehensive to say the least, whether or not they would be able to come anywhere close to how good the series was. Let me tell you I wasn't disappointed. Without further adieu let me start the review.
Now this movie isn't flawless, but none the less very enjoyable. To give you a summary, it basically revisits the major events of the first series while adding to it bits and pieces of additional story, giving it a refreshing new feel. Half way through the movie, I was like this is pretty good, but no way is it going to make me cry like the series did. Boy was I wrong! The ending really lets loose those tears even though you know exactly whats going to happen. That just goes to show how well they executed it. The one thing which I didn't really enjoy was the fact that they kept jumping to and fro in the story line, which although has its own charm, still felt a little confusing.
From the new parts added giving us a behind the scenes look at what each person felt as they were writing their letters to Menma, it really managed to achieve a level of character development not seen in other recap movies. What most of us would like to see if the original series had continued was probably how the relationships between the characters would change after Menma moved on. Though not much, the movie does touch upon this, and I'm glad it did.
Wow! Not a lot of series can boast a bright and colorful animation style quite like this series had, and the movies does just as good a job, if not better. The character designs are still flawless, and the kids still just as cute. Nothing to complain about here.
Although I did miss the opening and closing music that I loved from the parent series, the background music and voice acting in the movie are impeccable, with not much left to improve on. Moving on...
What can I say?I'm not gonna beat around the bush here, I came here looking to board the feels train, and I got a first class ticket.
A great new take on a classic. Has its ups and downs but still worth the ride. If your a fan of the series, give it a watch. And just to let you know there's a little bit left after the credits, so be sure to catch that too.
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I watched this movie when it premiered in downtown LA and I didn't really know what to expect. I had just finished the series which was great timing and the quality of the series gave me high expectations for the movie. However the movie basically just retold the story of the series and added in a few extra scenes. The most entertaining part of the movie was the actual "letters to Menma" scenes. Where all the characters are thinking of what to write. These scenes really reveal the feelings that they didn't communicate in the series, and tells what and how much they've changed since Menma appeared to Yadomi. Even though the story was simply being retold, I guess the essence of it is to see how the characters truly felt at that time through them writing their letters and then letting it change your perspective while rewatching the same story from the anime series. All in all, for me, the movie just gave me another perspective to think about the original story with, and made the story that much more meaningful and enjoyable.read more
This review doesn't have any spoilers, nor an outline of the TV Series' plot. This serves as a guide on what will you expect on watching the movie itself.
It is advised for you to watch the TV Series in order to fully understand what happened on the past events, but this movie sums all important events and packed it up in a 100-minute movie.
Basically AnoHana Movie is a sequel to the TV Series. It sets year after the events of AnoHana, but they recalled most of its events. The main character's have each of their own monologues, and most of their feelings and expressions, stated there.
Some scenes came from the TV Series and they didn't change any, but the order of events are quite changed. Some minor events are cut and some are just recited.
The music is also the same with the TV Series. It's still good to cry on. The feeling of the mood mixed with good calm music compells you to cry, I proved it.
If you had watched the TV Series, I'm sure you know most of its content. It's just set on an after story with some new scenes, and reminiscing about what happened in the past. Not much conflict but a conclusion to the plot before.
Some after stories are included in the Movie, some developments after the events from the TV series.
Overall It is not recommended to watch this movie solely. You could but you would not understand it much. There are few scenes that is not much explained and it turns out confusing, but overall understandable. AnoHana Movie will make you cry, even after you watched the TV Series before.read more
AnoHana: Letters to Menma follows in the tradition of countless other anime movies before it - that is, it functions mostly as a recap of the original series with some new scenes sprinkled throughout.
If you've seen the original anime (and if you haven't go watch it right now before you read this review), then you're familiar with the story and it's resolution, so I'll spare the summary. The actual movie itself takes place roughly a year after Menma's wish has been granted, and catches up with the rest of the Super Peace Busters as they gather together to write their own letters to Menma, sharing their thoughts and feelings about what she meant to them and how they're doing now that she's gone.
Using this premise, the show switches back and forth between three different perspectives. The first of these are scenes from when the Super Peace Busters were children, and how they welcomed Menma to their group and played around. From there, we follow the characters writing their letters in the present, preparing for a celebration of sorts for their departed friend. And using that as a springboard, we see flashbacks to events from the actual show, as the process of writing the letters brings them back to the surface.
The problem with the movie is not so much anything to do with it's characters, story, poor writing, or what have you. Simply put, it suffers from a lack of new content - while maybe half the movie features new scenes (both in the show's present and past), the greater part of it consists of flashbacks and scenes from the original anime. Put together with how often the perspective changes, the result often feels disjointed and slightly unfocused.
What AnoHana: Letters to Menma does well, however, is provide a little more closure for fans of the anime. Getting to see the Super Peace Busters playing around as children was priceless, and certain scenes even add even more emotional gravitas to the show's powerful ending. That's a tricky feat for something as well written and self-contained as AnoHana - one wrong move and you risk looking revisionist or retroactively harming the story's original impact. And while there wasn't much development during the scenes set in the present, getting to catch up with the characters a year later felt a little like revisiting old friends and was rewarding in it's own way.
When all is said and done, this is a good movie. It's not without it's problems, and it's not one you should watch without seeing the show first, but it serves nicely as a sort of 'where are they now' and does a fine job of adding additional back story without damaging the integrity of the original show. If you're already a fan of the show, there's nothing you can lose from watching this movie.read more