2013, 99 min. Japanese language with English Subtitles.
The Anohana the Movie is a movie adaptation of the anime series with the same title. It depicts a tale of 5 childhood friends who have drifted apart from one another following the death of their mutual friend, Meiko "Menma" Honma. These friends come together once again when "Menma" appears before one of them as a ghost and tells him that she cannot pass on to the afterlife unless she is granted one last wish.
Brought by the highly acclaimed studio A-1 Pictures (Sword Art Online, Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Oreimo 2), the Anohana the Movie moved the hearts of 3 million viewers all across Japan when it was released in theaters this past August and topped 1 billion yen (roughly US $10 million) after 2 months.
Are your "friends" from back then, still your "friends" now? This is a story of one summer miracle. Due to a tragic accident during their childhood that took the life of one of their friends, 5 friends grew apart from one another. One summer day "Menma," their friend who passed away, appears before them. She tells them that she must have a wish granted in order to pass on to the afterlife. But, she cannot remember what that wish is. The friends meet once more to figure out how to help "Menma." Time that stood still begins to slowly move once more...Why did "Menma" come back?