Way back in October, I reviewed this series, and had some really nice things to say about it. Since then, it’s really stuck with me, as has the absolutely beautiful opening credits.
Since I’ve covered the show in the past, I’m going to skip my usual recap, and go straight to talking about the OP, and how it so perfectly sets up the show as a whole. If you want to know what I thought of the series in general, you can click over to it right here.
Also, here, because I feel linky today.
Yes, those go to the same place. I know. It was on purpose.
Which is different than being on porpoise. Being on porpoise is wrong, so don’t do it.
What was I talking about?
Oh, right! The OP for Anohana.
In my review, I called it Ano Hi, but apparently, the official abbreviation is Anohana, so we’ll go with that, and damn the confusion!
Really, if you aren’t confused by just being at this blog, you are probably already a little crazy.
As I mentioned in my review, the opening song is called Aoi Shiori, and was done by Galileo Galilei. It’s an absolutely beautiful piece of music, and everything in the opening was built around it perfectly. Every moment and every note are joined together in such a gorgeous way that it creates a singular experience. It’s hard, after seeing the show, to separate the song from this opening, just because of how well A-1 Pictures crafted this one.
The real magic of the OP, however, is that it embodies nostalgia in a way I’ve never seen before. From the changing ages of the characters, to the way they remember moments from their past as if they were playing over the present, it all evokes nostalgia so strongly, it’s amazing.
It also tells you how much they have all changed. The remembered images of their childhood played against their present, and how each of the characters react to it is gorgeous. The moment when Anjo, remembering how they use to play on the steps, and so deeply saddened by the loss of it, is a particularly powerful scene. As is Matsuyuki and his look of pain outside the temple.
The OP also tells you more or less what the story is about as the characters, now older, begin to comes together, selling the concept of reconnecting friendships very effectively. More than that, is the way Menma is absent from those glimpses of the older version of the characters, replaced in their line up with a flower.
Or how both the present versions, and the past ones, vanish, to leave her alone in their old clubhouse.
While it doesn’t tell you just what happened, it is enough to tell you that she is not with them in the way she normally would be, giving it that bit of a sense that there’s more to her side of the story. It draws you in very nicely, making you wonder why the difference, and giving you the feeling of wanting to know.
For a series that trades heavily in emotion, building an OP that plays to emotion was a smart choice, and sells the concepts and characters extremely well.
Check it out below, and for the love of God, move this show to the top of your watch list. It is so worth it.