Written by: Nicole Castro
Published on: December 17, 2021 at 19:46 PHT (GMT+8)
The stage adaptation for Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day (Romaji: Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai) has released a key visual (KV) to promote the performance. It will run from Feb. 2 to 6, 2022 at the Owlspot Theatre in Toshima City, Tokyo.
Anohana 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." It is a 2011 Japanese anime television series created by Super Peace Busters (Japanese: 超平和バスターズ, Romaji: Chō Heiwa Basutāzu), an artist collective consisting of director Tatsuyuki Nagai, screenwriter Mari Okada, and character designer Masayoshi Tanaka.
The anime was produced by A-1 Pictures and aired in Fuji TV's noitamina block between April and June 2011. A manga adaptation illustrated by Mitsu Izumi was serialized from April 2012 to March 2013 in Shueisha's Jump Square magazine.
Yuki Torigoe (鳥越裕貴) as Jinta Yadomi
Miori Ichikawa (市川美織) as Meiko Honma
Nashiko Momotsuki (桃月なしこ) as Naruko Anjo
Tomohisa Sako (佐香智久) as Yukiatsu
Tsubaki Rio (椿 梨央) as Chiriko Tsurumi
Daiki Ise (伊勢大貴) as Tetsudou Hisakawa
Chisa Yokoyama (横山 智佐) as Tōko Yadomi
Kenichi Kobayashi (小林けんいち) as Atsushi Yadomi
Iori Kotsuji (小辻庵) as Satoshi Honma
Kaori Asoh (麻生 かほ里) as Irene Honma
Ryunosuke Kawai (河合龍之介) as Manabu Honma
Source material: Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day
Directed by: Masanari Ujigawa
Screenplay: Masafumi Hata
Music: Tomohisa Sako (Syounen T)
Lyrics: Keiko Ueno
Art: Takana Hajiri
Lighting: Masafumi Matsumoto
Sounds: Sen Kouda
Costume: Takeshi Kimura
Hair and makeup: Keiko Yokoyama
Assistant director: Mie Yamaguchi
Stage director: Fumiyuki Sakuraoka
Produced by: S-SIZE Co., Ltd.
Promotional art: Alice Co., Ltd.
Producers: Yoshiro Kataoka, Seiya Keicho
Plot from Wikipedia:
In Chichibu, Saitama, a group of six 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 Five years after the incident, the leader of the group, Jinta Yadomi, has withdrawn from society, does not attend high school, and lives as a recluse.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.