Through the first 10 and a half episodes, I told myself that I was ready for it. Certainly, this show would not get the best of me. At some point, Menma would have to make her final farewells, as she can’t come back from the dead. Her only option was to move on at some point, and everyone would be crying, and the show’s writers would try there hardest to get me all choked up. But I was ready.
Ready and waiting. “They’ll never get me,” I pronounced arrogantly. I was on to their tricks. I knew just what to expect.
Well, the end came, and it included all of the sappy things I predicted: Lots of crying, sappy “hide and seek” metaphors, and finally, the last goodbye. Just as predicted, yet, I was ready for it. I……
Totally was not ready for it. As I sat there, watching this predicted ending unravel, the chokiness of my throat thickened and my eyes became moist. “Fuck me sideways if I cry from this shit. There’s no way this show can get the best of me, I PREPARED!” I bellowed inside my own head. My next thought?
“Ahhhhhhh fuck me.”
And with one tear, Ano Hana joins an exclusive club of anime that has made me cry. Now, when I say cry, I don’t mean sobbing uncontrollably. I mean tears that barely escaped from the tear jail that I keep in back of my eyeballs. Not many tears have escaped, and you need a full army to break even one tear out of that fortress, but hey, Ano Hana succeeded.
The rest of the lists is limited to, and I kid you not: Three Shows:
- Fate/Stay Night
- Tokyo Magnitude 8.0
- Clannad ~After Story~
That’s IT. Out of 200+ shows, only 3 made me shed a small amount of manly tears. I mean, it wasn’t as bad as Up, which is probably the most I’ve cried from a film.
But enough of that. Was the show itself good?
Yes and yes.
Even though some of the drama was a bit…overdone, and some of the feelings of the characters were a bit……extreme, I felt like it was all around a very good show. The characters were good (I mean, Anaru was just…AWESOME), the animation was great…it was very well done. And to think, originally, I wasn’t even going to watch this show. As it turns out, it’s the best show of Spring that I’ve completed so far (though I’ve only completed 2 shows). It saddens me to know that I now have to finish up Astarotte’s Toy, which is a heap of God awful shit, and should be burned apon it’s completion…oh wait, it’s already ended…commence burning.
But my motto is, if a show can make me cry, ESPECIALLY WHEN I THOUGHT I WAS PREPARED FOR IT, then shit. That show deserves a
FINAL GRADE = 5^^
PS: The ED was AWESOME. So awesome, that Scandal made a version! Here both of them are (I love 50 seconds in on the first one)