Written by: Nicole Castro
Published on: August 14, 2021 at 21:15 PHT (GMT+8)
The official Twitter account of the Anohana Project has announced a new online event titled ANOHANA 10 YEARS AFTER Fes. to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the anime series. This event will feature a stage reading by the voice actors revealing what happened to the main characters 10 years after the end of the anime. Original scriptwriter for the anime Mari Okada is also writing the script for the stage reading.
The event will take place on August 28, 2021, and the voice cast will appear in person at the anime's real-life setting of Chichibu, Saitama. Voice actors Miyu Irino, Ai Kayano, Haruka Tomatsu, Takahiro Sakurai, Saori Hayami, and Takayuki Kondou are scheduled to appear. The event will be streamed online via distribution service STAGECROWD. Tickets are available for purchase via this link from August 14, 2021 to August 29, 2021, 18:00 JST.
The original television anime premiered in April 2011 and follows childhood friends who try to reconnect in high school after drifting apart due to the death of their friend five years prior. The series has inspired a manga, a 2013 film sequel, and a 2015 TV drama.
Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day (Japanese: あの日見た花の名前を僕達はまだ知らない) was considered one of the best anime of the 2010s by American video game website Polygon and is often included by fans in their "Top 10 list of heartbreaking anime that will make you cry".
Synopsis of Anohana by Wiki:
In Chichibu, Saitama, a group of 6 sixth-grade-age childhood friends drift apart after one of them, Meiko "Menma" Honma, dies in an accident. Five years after the incident, the leader of the group, Jinta Yadomi, has withdrawn from society, does not attend high school, and lives as a recluse. One summer day, the ghost of an older-looking Menma appears beside him and asks to have a wish granted, reasoning that she cannot pass on into the afterlife until it is fulfilled. At first, he only tries to help her minimally because he thinks he is hallucinating. But since Menma does not remember what her wish is, Jinta gathers his estranged friends together once again, believing that they are the key to solving this problem. All of the group joins him, though most of them do so reluctantly.
However, things grow increasingly complicated when his friends accuse him of not being able to get over Menma's death, as they cannot see her and believe Jinta is hallucinating. Menma shows her presence to the group in order to prove that she is indeed real. All the group members eventually wish to shoulder the blame for Menma's death and long-hidden feelings among the group are rekindled. The group struggles as they grow from trying to help Menma move on and help each other move on as well.