To Forgive, is to Forget...
The self-proclaimed Super Peace Busters, a group of six childhood friends, drift apart after the death of Meiko “Menma” Honma. Ten years later and everyone is still coping with their grief over the loss. Jinta Yadomi, the leader of the group, has now become a recluse, a shadow of his former energetic self.
But one summer day the ghost of Menma returns, aware of her passing and needing Jinta’s aid in helping her fulfill her wish so she can cross over.
In order to do that though the members of the Super Peace Busters need to reunite and confront the ghosts of their past if they wish to set Menma free.
Jintan has become an angry withdrawn teenager due to the tragic loss of his friend Menma when he was young. When he sees her ghost one summer he believes it to be a manifestation of his internal stress and trauma.
Menma died when she was a child and several years later returns seemingly older. She can’t cross over until she has her wish is granted but cannot remember what that wish is.
Anaru has always had a crush over Jintan since there were children and was jealous of Menma because of her easy friendship with him. This crush conflicts with her guilt from the death of Menma.
Beneath the cool front that Yukiatsu puts up, he is still reeling from Menma’s death several years later and is struggling to cope.
Tsuruko has always been a quiet and observant child who’s very inituitive on others emotions. She begins to heal from Menma’s death after the group reunites.
The only member of the group who accepts Menma’s presence even if he can’t see her and endeavours to help her fulfill her wish so she can move on.
Original Story Cho Heiwa Busters
Director Tatsuyuki Nagai
Screenplay Mari Okada
Character Design/Animation Supervision Masayoshi Tanaka
Art Director Tsutomu Ishigaki
Art Setting Ko ki Fukushima
Prop Design Yukie Hiyamizu
Color Design Kazuko Nakashima
Editor Shigeru Nishiyama
CG Director/Director of Photography Shinji Nasu
Sound Director Jin Aketagawa
Sound Effects Katsuhiro Nakano
Sound Production Magic Capsule Music RE MEDIOS
Music Production Aniplex Inc. FUJI PA CIFIC MUSIC, Inc.
Chief Producers Hiroyuki Shimizu Noriko Ozaki
Animation Producer Mikihiro Iwata
Animation Production A-1 Pictures Inc.
Produced by ANOHANA Project Aniplex Inc. Fuji Television Network, Inc. Dentsu Inc