VIDEO: A First Look at Makoto Shinkai's "The Garden of Words"

Japanese theatrical run starts May 31st with Miyu Irino and Kana Hanazawa as leads

Anime auteur Makoto Shinkai (5 Centimers Per Second) has unveiled his first trailer for new "spectacle of visual-literature for the digital age" Kotonoha no Niwa, or, as it will be known in English, The Garden of Words. The "story of 'sad loneliness' older than 'love'" promises to examine a relationship of a type that predates Japan's importation of the Western concept of love.


The anime feature start its Japanese theatrical run May 31st.



We met, for each of us to start off.

Takao was skipping high school, sketching shoes in a Japanese garden, trying to become a shoemaker, when he encounters a mysterious woman, Yukino. Without arranging it they end up meeting again and again, only on rainy days, deepening their relationship and opening up to each other. But the end of the rainy season soon approaches...


Director, original story, screenplay: Makoto Shinkai

Character design, animation director: Kenichi Tsuchiya (Sword of the Stranger

Art director: Hiroshi Takiguchi (Sword of the Stranger, 009 Re: Cyborg)

Music: Daisuke Kashiwa

Voice Cast:  Miyu Irino (Sora in Kingdom Hearts), Kana Hanazawa (Nisemonogatari's Nadeko Sengoku, Oreimo's Kuroneko)

End Theme - "Rain" - Lyrics: Senri Ohe - Performance: Motohiro Hata (Kids on the Slope, Naruto Shippuden)



Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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