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The sequel to the hugely successful original anime released in the year 2011. A Charming release at the most. With not much to offer.
After the events of the series, the group of friends are all back to being close again. Moving a long well with their lives. To tribute to their old friend Menma, the group decide to write letters to her while reminiscing on the past.
“Anohana: The Movie” Review
Mari Okada returned to pen the film. (Known for: “Hanasaku Iroha: Home Sweet Home”, “Selector Wixoss: The Film, & “Anohana: TV ANIMATION.”)
+ Menma’s brief background is exposed. New animations to show the cast of children bonding together and seeing how Menma found them. More depth of connection to Menma for each character given a time slot.
+ Growth in characters and most in Jintan being outgoing & finding life.
+ The ending had emotions and was just a beauty. The last lines with each other. Just a lot of connection and good times.
Soundtrack & Musical Compositions
REMEDIOS returned to composed the film`s score. Most of it being reconstructed works from the TV Animation.
+ Beautiful soundtrack mostly minimalistic with the added of very moving final performances.
Writing, Production Choices & Directing
– The film is littered with reused footage. With mostly recap to the story.
– The concept is very creative. However it is also limited to any leaps for the series. Allowing them to abuse the concept and show repeated cuts from the TV Animation.
– Emotional sequences don’t mean much here but nostalgia.
7/10 Reused At-least Renewed
+ The film`s new content was something worth seeing to put a cap on the story, so far.-
– Rehashed footage was not worth watching.
Below is the theme song “Circle Game” for the re-run & film`s credits. By Galileo Galilei & association with Pop ETC.