Anohana the Movie: The Flower We Saw That Day Coming to Theaters in the U.S.

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Monday, November 25, 2013

Aniplex of America has announced they will be bringing Anohana The Movie: The Flower We Saw That Day to U.S. theaters in January. The movie will be shown in Japanese with English subtitles and those who attend the viewings will receive an exclusive items called “Letters from Menma.” Specific dates and theaters the movie will be shown at will be announced at a later date. The movie is an adaptation of the 11 episode anime series, which NIS America released as a Limited Edition DVD/Blu-Ray set in 2012. I find it interesting that Aniplex’s announcement only mentions theaters, and am curious as to whether they’ll take over home video rights as well or if NIS will be able to do the movie as well. Stay tuned for additional news as it becomes available.

SANTA MONICA, CA (November 22, 2013) – On their Live Show this Friday, Aniplex of America has announced their plans of bringing the heart-warming tale of Anohana The Movie: The Flower We Saw That Day to U.S. theaters next January. The movie will be presented with English subtitles. The film will be distributed by ELEVEN ARTS in select theaters. Details on theater listings and screening dates will be announced at a later date. Aniplex of America has also announced that those who attend the showings will receive an exclusive item called “Letters from Menma” featuring a replica of the letters which “Menma” wrote to her friends in the film along with some flower seeds the viewer can plant. These items will be available in limited quantity and will be available while supplies last.

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.

“I am very happy to be able to bring such a beautiful film to the fans in the U.S.,” said Hideki Goto, President of Aniplex of America, “so many people in Japan, not just anime fans, have loved this movie and cried because they were so moved. This movie succeeds in making its viewers remember something from their childhood and feel nostalgic. I think fans in the U.S. will need to bring a box of tissues with them when they come to the screenings.”

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