6 childhood friends drifted apart after Menma died in an accident that everyone felt responsible for. 10 years later, Menma appeared in her spirited form, in front of Jinta, the leader of their childhood gang. she reasoned that she couldn't proceed to the afterlife until her wish was fulfilled, yet she can't recall what her wish was. Jinta gathered the gang, believing they can uncover the wish. however coming back together resulted to bitterness and other hidden feelings to resurface, helping Menma meant to help themselves as well.
while adults dealt with death by getting drunk or buried in their work, children were often left feeling lost emotionally that effect them on the path of growing up. in the anime, they were forced to deal with a painful past and maturing in the process. it was constructive, in depth, yet often fun to watch. the plot was so sentimental and heavy, but surprisingly it managed to remain simple and enjoyable! i couldn't help shedding tears at some point, being so engaged in the character developments. the anime was believable and definitely original.
some background on the anime:
- episodes: 11
- director: Tatsuyuki Nagai (長井龍雪)
- released: 2011
- language: Japanese
- genre: Comedy/Supernatural