Much-anticipated ‘Anohana’ characters unveiled at Fuji TV promo

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

We still don’t know much about the show, but sketches of characters and a story outline for “Anohi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai” (We still don’t know the name of the flower we saw that day) were unveiled earlier this month.

The title, dubbed “Anohana” for short, is one of the new titles to be shown as part of Fuji Television Network Inc.’s “noitaminA” animation block from April. It was previewed at a recent Tokyo news conference held by Fuji TV.

“Anohana,” an original animated TV series, is being produced by a trio of up-and-coming creators: director Tatsuyuki Nagai, scriptwriter Mari Okada and character designer and chief animation supervisor Masayoshi Tanaka.

The story follows a group of six boys and girls: Jinta Yadomi (nicknamed Jintan), Meiko Honma (Menma), Naruko Anjo (Anaru), Atsumu Matsuyuki (Yukiatsu), Chiriko Tsurumi (Tsuruko) and Tetsudo Hisakawa (Poppo).

The kids were close friends at elementary school, but grew apart as they went on to high school.

They are reunited after Menma makes a wish. The series is expected to be a true-to-life drama about high school life.

At the news conference, a promotional video clip was shown to whet interest, and director Nagai and character designer Tanaka spoke about their plans for the show.

According to the duo, Nagai, Tanaka and Okada came up with the idea to make “Anohana” after working together on the animated TV series “Toradora!”

As they talked about how great it would be to work together again, they also thought about how childhood friends often end up growing apart.

That conversation paved the way for the “Anohana” project. These days, it is rare for an animated TV series not based on any established titles to get the green light.

“Anohana” was announced last December, with key information such as its title and production staff revealed on subsequent occasions.

Because “Anohana” is not based on an existing manga or anime work, audience expectations keep rising each time a new drop of information is provided. Such enticements make this show fun for its prospective audience even before the premiere.

See (http://www.anohana.jp).

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