Plot: Five friends drift apart after the death of a girl named Meiko Honma (AKA Menma). One summer, she comes back to have a certain wish granted -- but only one of the group, Jinta, can interact with her. (A)
Characters: Though I didn't feel particularly attached to any of them, they were explored enough to develop well. (A-)
Art & Animation: A
Voice Acting: A
Objectionable Content: Suggestive material, profanity
Other: This is not an anime I would have watched if I hadn't kept hearing how good it was. Anything with "ghosts" I usually avoid, but this one isn't creepy or occult -- it has more of a fantasy feel. This one's a tear-jerker, so keep a kleenex handy (though it's not as bad as Clannad Afterstory).
Overall Score: A