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Ever since it was revealed that Menma’s only form of communication was through her personal diary and pen, the gang of friends have been (more or less) doing their best to see her off to heaven. By shooting off fireworks together, Memna’s wish would be fulfilled and she would supposedly move on.

Well, suffice to say that the fireworks indeed went off without a hitch, but Memna still doesn’t disappear. Oh no! I guess all that hard work was for naught. Hopefully, Tsurumi doesn’t regret cutting her hair after that. But what now? If Memna’s true wish wasn’t for everyone to collaborate of the fireworks, then what was it?

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The moment the (former) Super Peace Busters realized those words in Menma’s diary were probably written in near real-time had to have been the biggest sentimental (and even somewhat supernatural) shock I’ve ever seen in a while. It must have been difficult on a completely different level when she was the one that barely shed any tears over her situation despite everyone else doing just that. It says a lot about Menma’s character in both past- and present-tense, even when she’s technically not around to directly mediate the quarrels between her friends.

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While I wouldn’t count this show as being a stirring pot of teenage drama and waterfalls of tears just yet, it does bring out a lot of subtle qualities you’d come to expect from its genre. It honestly hasn’t been since Clannad that I’ve been exposed to anything remotely as emotional as this show is leading on, and it’s only been the first episode. It’s fantastic in the sense that the potential for this series to really shine is so high out the gate, but it’s also a little unnerving because the show could completely flop if the story isn’t executed consistently well for the next eleven weeks. Despite that, the first episode earned my two thumbs up and is shaping up to be quite the potential tearjerker/heart-tugger for the season.

(I must have a thing for shows like this about close friendships, as if you couldn’t tell from the similarities between the screen cap above my Honey & Clover banner for this site =P)

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