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Thunderbird

12 AUG
2011

Now it's time for a little rant,
I know this anime ranks place 8 at the charts on this site, so probably there are a lot of people gonna disagree with me.

This rant will contain spoilers, so don't read any further if you don't wanna be spoiled.

It may be a bit sloppy, but I just wanna point some things out.

Ok, so we have the basic premise that Jintan suddenly is able to see a ghost of Menma, a ghost of a childhood friend. That is quite nice. You also get to know a lot about his other childhood friends, how they got drifted apart from each others and what problems they bear with the death of Menma. Still fine. Of course they think Jintan is crazy when he starts saying he can see Menma. So they screw around 8 from 11 episodes with believing him/not believing him. Well well. But I've got to point out that Menma as ghost can FREAKINGLY INTERACT WITH PHYSICAL OBJECTS. There may be some hesistation due to Jintan first thinking she is just a hallucination, but keeping that up for the most parts of the series is just downright stupid! She can eat (however that works, does she have to go to the toilet too?), she is able to write in her diary but not in other books (wth!? that makes no sense at all, if she can move the pen, she can write, WHY NOT!?)

When they finally found out that she actually can convince them by showing her presence in the last episodes (at least they do), the series becomes a bit better.

By the way: Later on Jintan admits his love to Menma, she is like. "Ya, I love you,too. And I wanna marry you. But uhm... on a second thought...see ya next live, I'm gonna reincarnate." There may be reasons, maybe she knows she cannot stay. But it's delivered in a strange way.


Otherwise the anime isn't that bad, the animation is ok, the music is nice and fitting, the characters have unique part (maybe Menma was a bit too one-sided though). There are some scenes that left a smile on my face, but the show never managed to hook me like e.g. Clannad. The story isn't awful either, but sometimes some details can ruin the complete show.

If you want to watch a kinda cute story about childhood friendship, mixed up with some rougher tones of drama,grief and selfish thoughts, there is a chance you aren't annoyed by the same problems with this series as I am and are able to enjoy it.

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comments

Thunderbird avatar Thunderbird
Jan 23, 2012

Oh I don't think it's bad that she can interact with the objects.

It's just that the characters are both too stupid to actually take use of that (til episode 8 of 11, ok. But that's far too late for the way the story is before)

Melthas avatar Melthas
Jan 23, 2012

I actually found it refreshing that the ghost can interact with objects, for once. Rather than running with the run-of-the-mill style, they added this element to provide a more interesting dynamic.

Also, the relationship between Jintan and Menma was more complex than "let's get married", as it was supposed to be. Otherwise, we would have another fairytale Disney ending, with about ten minutes of catharsis after the ending before we completely forget about the series.

The producers chose a direction which made this a more memorable story, in my opinion.

Thunderbird avatar Thunderbird
Aug 24, 2011

Nope, although its more a rant than a review, these plotholes ruined the whole series for me, so I think its fair to say this was a big fail. I'm not saying the anime is all bad, even in the rant I've pointed out there it also got some good points (and gave good ratings for animation/sound/characters).

default avatar SgtSergio786
Aug 14, 2011

What the hell was that? what a biased review man. I know it's your own opinion, but damn... all you did was criticize what part of the story didnt appeal to your taste and jus said fuck it. Nice one.

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