Understanding Naruko “Anaru” Anjou’s Character

When you first hear of Naruko Anjou, you may first think of the extremely popular manga and anime series “Naruto.” Yes, there is a “character” in the series who fans have named “Naruko,” but she isn’t real in the anime sense.

This article is all about Naruko Anjou, also known as “Anaru” from the series “Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai,” which translates to “We Still Don’t Know the Name of the Flower We Saw that Day” in English. Since the title is rather long, the series is also called “AnoHano.”

The Japanese anime series was aired from April to June of 2011. Being a fairly new anime series, it has not yet gained as much popularity as other anime series.

In the anime series, there are childhood friends who become estranged after the death of one friend, Meiko Honma, who was lovingly called “Menma.”

Part of this small group of friends was Naruko Anjou. Other friends with their own personalities are Yukiatsu, Tsuruko, and Poppo.

Like Naruko, Yukiatsu also has feelings, but it is for Menma. He confessed these feelings to Naruko in one episode saying that they were kindred spirits.

After the tragic death of Menma, everyone moved on with their own lives and somehow lost touch with each other. Jinta Yadomi, nicknamed “Jintan,” is approached by Menma’s ghost one day. She asks his help in fulfilling a wish she had and Jinta is moved since Menma will only be free once the wish is fulfilled.

Naruko or Anaru is a rather interesting character because of her tendency to be easily persuaded by people around her. What makes her character even more interesting is the fact that she happens to be in love with Jinta. For her, it is a story of unrequited love.

Naruko has always admired Menma, but was also jealous of Menma’s friendship with Jinta. She wanted to be like Menma when they were children.

Naruko displays some feelings still for Jinta in private, although she is rather cold with him in person. Deep inside, she is sincerely concerned about him.

Naruko is currently close to Jinta and had expressed her disapproval of his current lifestyle. Jinta had dropped out of school and somehow became a recluse.

The plot is one that can be amusing and endearing at the same time. Friends who were once close and separated because of their own grief are once again given a chance to address this and reconnect.

Naruko cares a lot for her childhood friends and still shares a bond with them despite the tragedy. She is also often scolded for her gullible characteristic by Tsuruko.

Get to know Jinta and where the story leads in the life of Naruko by availing of the anime series today.


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