Travis Bruno of Capsule Computers writes:
"anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day is a touching story that tackles a number of emotional issues such as the struggles that friends go through as they age the death of those closest to you. Although the series may be shorter than standard, the experience will leave a lasting impression on the viewer. Rarely do anime series come along that can trigger such emotional responses from their viewers such as this. To put it simply when a series can make you care so much for the characters on-screen that you cry along with them, it is one that simply should not be missed."