OP remake of AnoHana’s rerun
As far as soppy anime shows go, the one that does it in for me is 『あの日見た花の名前を僕達はまだ知らない』(We Still Don’t Know The Name of the Flower We Saw That Day, or The Flower We Saw That Day, or AnoHana).
I picked up AnoHana last year after hearing Galileo Galilei (the Hokkaido-based indie band that wrote the beautiful original theme song Blue Bookmark 青い栞). The show tells the story of a group of friends with a seemingly inseparable bond until the death of one of their own, and how each individual comes to terms with the incident 10 years later while living their lives apart from one another. I still remember that night when I poured through half the of the 11 episodes released, and went to bed at 3:00am with very fresh tears. And when I woke up in the late morning, I continued with the show until the very end, playing the final episode on repeat at least 3 times.
This year, AnoHana will be released as a full-fledged animation film, retelling the story from the perspective of the deceased. It will also depict how the characters have moved on one year since then.
In conjunction with the movie premiere on August 31, the original series was broadcast as a rerun, but with a new opening theme by Galileo Galilei called Circle Game.
The band has seen quite a few changes, and probably faced a few challenges since the series ended. Other than releasing an EP (“Baby, It’s Cold Outside”), it lost one of its members, bringing the band strength down to a trio. Regardless, in the spirit of AnoHana, Circle Game was released today with both the title track, as well as the original Blue Bookmark that made the show so memorable.
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Release Date: August 21, 2013
1. サークルゲーム Cirlce Game
2. 青い栞 Blue Bookmark
3. サークルゲーム (TV Ver.)
4. 青い栞 (TV Ver.)