Sure to please fans of anime with a distinctive, artistic touch, Sentai Filmworks has acquired Makoto Shinkai's (Children Who Chase Lost Voices, The Place Promised in Our Early Days) "work of life, love and the spaces between," The Garden of Words. The feature will be available soon through select digital outlets with a home video release on bilingual Blu-ray and DVD to follow later this year.
From Sentai's description:
When Takao, a young high school student who dreams of becoming a shoe designer, decides to skip school one day in favor of sketching in a rainy garden, he has no idea how much his life will change when he encounters Yukino. Older, but perhaps not as much wiser, she seems adrift in the world. Despite the difference in their ages, they strike up an unusual relationship that unexpectedly continues and evolves, without planning, with random meetings that always occur in the same garden on each rainy day. But the rainy season is coming to a close, and there are so many things still left unsaid and undone between them. Will there be time left for Takao to put his feelings into actions and words? Between the raindrops, between the calms in the storm, what will blossom in THE GARDEN OF WORDS?
The anime feature starts its Japanese theatrical run May 31st.
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