This show is beginning to resemble a soap opera…
Ah jeeze, my summer is not supposed to be this busy. Between the intensive house cleaning my parents force upon me, university visits and my doctor’s appointments (that all somehow got crammed into these past two weeks), it’s been hard to find much time for anything. It hasn’t been all that bad though – I recently recorded Metaverse Episode 5 which was pretty awesome where my fellow New Blood and I got grilled by our senpais. Despite how brutal that may sound, it was actually a really hilarious and fun experience. Thanks to Jrow’s pro editing skills it should be out quite soon so get excited!
So Episode 9 starts off as the gang has accepted that Menma exists (FINALLY) and they all sit around as she makes steamed bread for them. Tsuruko and Anaru are understandably creeped out – the ghost of their childhood friend is real, they cannot see her and she is BAKING. Yukiatsu wishes to talk to her directly but it seems as though she has to communicate through Jinta. As they return home, Anaru is happy that Menma has seemingly forgiven them but Tsuruko says that she might not have. On the other hand, Yukiatsu is convinced that Jinta wants to keep Menma to himself and wants to make sure that she goes to heaven.
Tsuruko has her cute sides eh?
Poppo, Jinta, Anaru and Menma try the firework maker again to no avail. They stop at the shrine and while Menma and Poppo play around, Anaru thinks back to her confession to Jinta. It’s been overshadowed by the existence of Menma’s ghost and Jinta doesn’t seem to have given it much thought either. Later on, Yukiatsu and Tsuruko confront Menma’s father about the fireworks. Apparently, time has frozen for his wife and he does not want anything to keep her in such a state. To my surprise, Yukiatsu ends up getting on his knees to beg. He starts crying too…jeeze.
On their way home Tsuruko and Yukiatsu run into Jinta and Menma. Jinta’s dropping her off at home because she keeps following him everywhere. Yukiatsu asks about Menma, inquiring as to how long her hair is and whether she’s pretty. I was rather proud of Jinta at this part – he didn’t make the same mistake that he did when he was younger and called her cute instead. After this exchange, Yukiatsu is so overcome by jealousy that he kicks the fence posts.
Astute observation there sweetie. xD
Perhaps Yukiatsu’s begging did the trick, but they are finally allowed to make the fireworks! They aren’t allowed to mess with the gunpowder, but they can help out with the decorations. Anaru gets really upset watching Jinta look only at Menma and leaves so as not to cry in front of everybody. Yukiatsu follows her because he can’t really take it anymore either. It seems as though it’s easier to sympathize with somebody that you are similar to. He teases her, asking her out again, and poor Tsuruko overhears. NOT COOL YUKIATSU. T_T
KICK HIM HARDER. PLEASE.
WELL SAID! I love you Anaruuuuu~
Jinta leaves Menma with Poppo for the night while he heads off to work. Menma is able to communicate with Poppo through her diary so they start playing games. Poppo begins to ask a question about the day that she died but thinks better of it and continues playing along. Something seems to be bugging him though…
…Sad Poppo makes me sad…
After work, Jinta arrives back home to find Menma missing. He freaks out and starts running all over town to find her, realizing that he doesn’t want her to leave. He finds her underneath the bridge and practically kills himself tumbling down a hill to get to her. It’s Menma’s turn to freak out because, after seeing his rough fall, she fears for Jinta’s life. I did too actually – I’m surprised he didn’t break a bone or something! After this, Menma sees a koi fish in the water and tries to get it but Jinta immediately stops her from getting in the water, revealing that he wants her to stay forever.
“…Forever. Stay here forever…” – Seriously Menma. Just listen to him damn it. T_T
As much as I adore this show with an undying passion, it is definitely worrying me. We only have two episodes left and I have no clue how all loose ends are going to be tied up. I feel as though this sort of story deserves a good 15 episodes at the least. Ah well, AnoHana has been going at a really good pace thus far and hopefully it shall end quite nicely (with no shortage of waterworks I am sure).
Obviously, I am disappointed at how little we know about Poppo and Tsuruko. Hell, disappointment is an understatement. I am INCENSED. I mean, come on! We have gotten a good idea of how everybody ELSE feels about Menma’s death but we’ve BARELY gotten anything on these two and there are only TWO EPISODES LEFT. TWO EPISODES. That is NOT a lot to work with! Despite how it may seem, we actually did get a little bit of a glimpse into the inner workings of Tsuruko and Poppo, though not as much as I would have liked at all. Through this episode, Tsuruko’s cuter and more vulnerable sides were revealed and Poppo’s obviously got his own issues with Menma’s death. Dear LORD, if we don’t find out more about these two in these next episodes I will seriously beat somebody up! I WANT CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT.
I don’t know if you could tell, but I’m not too pleased with Yukiatsu. I always felt kind of sorry for him because of his issues with Menma’s death. He seemed like a pretty great guy, especially when he saved Anaru, but it turns out that he’s not as mature as I thought. Seriously; look at how quickly he allows jealousy overcome him! He has this huge inferiority complex with Jinta and is so quick to lash out. He needs to get over it. And what was he doing with Anaru?! Yukiatsu, you are clearly still not over your dead childhood friend, so what are you thinking by asking her out? If anything, you’re probably just trying to one-up Jinta in some way. I think Anaru handled it pretty well by not giving in to his advances. I don’t think that Yukiatsu deserves Tsuruko at all.
Finally, Jinta and Menma are so cute and heartbreaking. Sometimes I find myself wishing that she was still alive so that they could just be together and live happily ever after and get married and make babies. It also sort of bothers me how happy-go-lucky and childish that Menma behaves at times because everybody around her is obviously still hurting. I don’t think that it’s her fault necessarily. She’s just rather…oblivious.
A-1 Pictures? It would make my life if you could just add two or three more episodes to this show. Could you please? Is that too much to ask for? Early birthday present?
That is one cool hat! I actually have one just like it! xD