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AnoHana franchise to have a Blu-ray BOX release in December

In addition to the special screening held on June 23 in Japan, the Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai (AnoHana: The Flower We Saw That Day) franchise will have a Blu-ray BOX release titled “10 Years After BOX “, as part of its 10th anniversary. This will be the first and last Blu-ray release in the franchise to include both the eleven-episode series and the 99-minute compilation film.

The package includes three discs that includes both the animated series and the compilation feature film, an additional CD with a new version of the theme “Secret Base ~ Kimi ga Kureta Mono”, a hundred-page brochure and the T-shirt of the protagonist Jintan in the visual of the tenth anniversary. The cover illustration will be done by character designer Masayoshi Tanaka and the package will be priced at 23,000 yen (about US $208), while its release is scheduled for December 29 in Japan.

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On the other hand, the original AnoHana series aired in Japan during the Spring-2011 season (April-June) and had a total of eleven episodes. The series was produced by A-1 Pictures Studios, under the direction of Tatsuyuki Nagai and scripts written by Mari Okada. Finally, the 99-minute compilation film originally premiered in Japan on August 31, 2013. A special event is scheduled for August 28 in Japan, where new announcements could be made about this franchise.

Synopsis of Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai (AnoHana)

Jinta Yadomi lives peacefully as a recluse, spending his days outside of school and playing video games at home. One hot summer day, his childhood friend, Meiko “Menma” Honma, appears and teases him into granting her a forgotten wish. He doesn’t pay attention to her, which bothers her, but he doesn’t really care. After all, Menma already died years ago.

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At first, Jinta thinks that he is simply hallucinating due to the summer heat, but later becomes convinced that what he actually sees is Menma’s ghost. Jinta and his group of childhood friends split up after her untimely death, but bond once more as they try to put Menma’s spirit to rest in peace. By reliving their pain and guilt, will they be able to find the strength to help not only Menma move on, but themselves as well?

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