Oh my god. Trap.
Ah man…I should be studying for exams right now. Oh well! xD So AnoHana is officially my favorite show of this season. I just wanted to establish that before I continue. It took me a little while to get over how ridiculous this episode was. Like wow. It was pretty intense. Wooh! Let’s go!
We pick up where we left off in Episode 3 with Yukiatsu’s proclamation that Jinta’s not the only one who can see Menma. He stays behind while Jinta and the rest of the Super Peace Busters head off to find this so called Menma. (And oh my god, I’m not the only one who finds it’s crazy adorable that Menma’s looking for her own ghost right? This girl is almost overflowing my moe-meter. Jeeze!)
God. Can I hug her? Please?
Jinta barely tries to look for Menma #2 before he gets frustrated. He starts to turn back and Anaru stops him by trying to apologize for her friends teasing him that morning. His response is, as Anaru appropriately put it, “not cute at all!” He storms off and Anaru runs after him and slips, almost falling into a creek. Jinta catches her and is pretty pissed off – turns out that was how Menma had died. Anaru confronts him about his feelings for Menma, suggesting that perhaps he’s able to see her because he likes her so much.
They head back up to the barbecue where Yukiatsu claims that his Menma doesn’t want everybody to make a big deal out of some wish and to basically forget about it. My…er…Jinta’s Menma protests and tries to tell everybody that it’s not true…that she’s happy that everybody’s together and thinking of her. Jinta’s the only one who can hear her and offers everybody the muffins that she made. There’s a rather awkward response from Poppo, Anaru and Tsuruko, which, realistically speaking, is understandable. Yukiatsu didn’t have to laugh like that though. Jerk. -.-
Back home, Jinta’s pretty depressed. Menma tries to cheer him up (by being super-duper-adorable). It works to an extent but Jinta is left pondering his feelings and hers. Meanwhile, Tsuruko has done a sketch of Menma and seems to be considering something…Hmmmm…
The next morning Tsuruko drops by with a request for Jinta. They head off and Jinta tries to talk to Yukiatsu about Menma. Yukiatsu’s response is to basically put Jinta down. Once again: Jerk. Afterwards Yukiatsu goes home and is rather pissed off. He opens his closet and calls forth his Menma. Creepy…
“Menma…I SUMMON THEE!!!”
Finally, they all meet at their childhood fort for a last ditch attempt to find this new Menma. Poppo declares that everybody being together and fulfilling her wish sounds just like something Menma wants. Menma pounces on him in glee and Poppo can definitely sense her presence to some extent. God these two are just SO frickin’ LOVABLE. He goes outside to pee (Menma: “Let’s pee together!!!” xD) and rushes back inside to exclaim that he’s seen the ghost Menma! They all run in pursuit.
And then…I fell in love with Tsuruko. This part was too epic for words. I’ll just show it:
“But…I even used Nair!!! I waxed my armpits too~”
She just busted him. Damn. You go girl. And after one final chase they find him. Yukiatsu. Dressed as Menma. ZOMGLksjflaskdj!!!!
Obligatory Pic Spam:
Oh wow. The resemblance is just uncanny!
Teehee. D’awww. I want to pinch his cheeks.
This is Anaru’s angry face. Be afraid.
“Yukiatsu…you’re a TRAP?”
TRAP!!! I KNEW IT! I KNEW IT, OH MY GOD! REMEMBER MY CRAZY THEORY ABOUT CROSS DRESSING!??!! I WAS RIGHT! I KNEW IT!!! Phew. *breathes*
In all seriousness though, I almost had to cover my eyes on that part. I felt so bad for Yukiatsu. I can really understand how lots of people would find Yukiatsu pretty creepy after that one. I mean…he’s cross dressing as his dead childhood friend. That is wrong on quite a few levels. However, if anything, I felt really sorry for him. He cares so much about Menma and he can’t find it in himself to let go. And it’s sad because he calls Jinta pathetic, when really; he himself feels the most pathetic of all. His attitude is all a front to cover his inner sensitivities and insecurities.
It was quite interesting to see how well Tsuruko understands him though. She knew that he couldn’t let go of Menma and knew right away that the ghost Menma was him. And she’s not easy on him either…she won’t let his antics slide just like that. Good for her. This really made me like her. She’s kind of cool headed and snarky but I feel as though she means well in the end. I wish she’d be nicer to Anaru though. ;P
And yes, Poppo’s still a total sweetheart. I forever love him. And poor Anaru…it tugs at my heart strings to see her one-sided feelings for Jinta. Jinta though? Jinta has lots of things he needs to resolve ranging from his feelings for Menma to what he’s going to do with his life to even his relationship with his father. But I guess it’s always the main character that has the most issues. xD
Maaaan, I am SO looking forward to the next episode. Like…Yukiatsu?! How is everybody going to react?! I cannot wait!
Jin-tan is not amused. Wonder why?