Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai 03 — Ghost Hunt

In this episode, everyone meets up for a barbecue to search for Menma’s ghost (including Menma).

We had some nice development between Jinta and Menma as Jinta tries to go to school to make Menma happy. Menma has disocvered the secret to get Jinta to do anything for her, by musing that maybe it was her wish. Let’s see how long he lets her keep that one up. Menma also tries to make food for him, proving that ghosts can interact with the physical world. And what’s up with the multiple Menmas?

The scene where Jinta attempted to go to school was probably the high point of the episode for me. Anjou’s friends really are jerks, and this part made Tsurumi’s criticisms seem much more valid. I can even kind of sympathize with Jinta running away too (well, I wouldn’t run away, I would probably punch them in the face, but still, the same general feeling is behind it).

I like Tsurumi so far, but I’m fairly certain the creators are holding a lot back about her for later. The same is true of Matsuyuki, and it seems that the next episode will be dedicated to him. He seems to be hiding something in his closet, and I really hope it’s not what I think it is. If Matsuyuki used to be in love with Menma and is hiding her old clothes in his closet, I’m going to be annoyed.

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