Mari Okada reveals deviations from original concept in tell-all interview.
Would you like fanservice with that?
ANN has reported that in a tell-all interview published in Media Factory‘s monthly Da Vinci magazine, Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai. (AnoHana) scriptwriter Mari Okada revealed that, among other things, the anime drama was originally planned to have slapstick erotic elements. The final product—an 11-episode dramatic slice-of-life anime—deviated much from the writer’s original conceptualization.
In the interview, Okada elaborated that the anime was first conceptualized to be about a group of friends and their awkward youthful sexual attractions toward each other. This comedic element was to be mixed with a more serious tone on the flow of time as they come of age. The supernatural themes of the anime was added later in its development stage.
Okada later found out, she says, that the story had to be changed for the anime to push through. Director Tatsuyuki Nagai and character designer and chief animation director Masayoshi Tanaka suggested to her that she shift the story’s focus on the characters’ close friendship.
Five childhood friends grow apart after the death of Meiko Honma, close playmate of them all. Jinta Yadomi, leader of the group when they were kids, neglects high school and lives as a shut-in when he unexpectedly starts seeing the ghost of Meiko, who can only interact with him and no one else. She has returned to ask Jinta to fulfill the forgotten wish she made as a kid. (Synopsis from Anime News Network)
This revelation is quite surprising, since a radical shift from a fanservice-y to serious slice-of-life theme something that we think is highly unlikely for an anime to go through in its development stages. Now, which version do you prefer more?
SOURCE: Anime News Network
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