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Posted 2/5/08
hmmmmm......well watching it the first time i was sad. It was really depressing for me.
However when i watched it the 2nd tym i thought to myself hey this ending is realistic and sort of happy.
also during the second tym i watched it i noticed wat happend to the charcters at the end wen there was a flashbak.

Overall ending after watching it twice..............GREAT and a perfect ending even though people would say it wud have been better if they saw each other. but thats how life goes i suppose. u dont get everything in lyf.
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Posted 2/7/08

Jeremy_N wrote:

I really dislike the ending. Heck! It's an anime, it's all fiction. Why couldn't they just give it a happy ending? Reality is cruel enough. That's why many people seek fictional stuffs...like book, movie, manga, anime, ect. We just want to get away from reality for a brief moment....but this anime, 5cm/sec, is too realistic. I don't know whether I should like it or hate it -.-


You're not a big fan of tragedy, are you? Most tragedies are fiction, just so you know. I think that works of art, fiction or non-fiction, serve to carry a message to the audience. The creator tries his best to make the work accomplish that function. If the message is sad and painful, then so be it. If the writer wants to set forth a truth, then they must take the steps necessary to make it clear. Sometimes, that requires a tragic story. It's as simple as that.
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Posted 2/24/08
yes. the ending is depressing but it just shows that not all endings should be a happily ever after. sometimes, you have to accept the REALITY that you and your loved one are not meant to be with each other.
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Posted 2/24/08

whatevero9 wrote:

yes. the ending is depressing but it just shows that not all endings should be a happily ever after. sometimes, you have to accept the REALITY that you and your loved one are not meant to be with each other.


Agreed, nice said.

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Posted 2/25/08

Jenrard wrote:


whatevero9 wrote:

yes. the ending is depressing but it just shows that not all endings should be a happily ever after. sometimes, you have to accept the REALITY that you and your loved one are not meant to be with each other.


Agreed, nice said.



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Posted 2/28/08
(bliss) the anime is a mirror of humanity and the bindings of society, a real modern day romeo juliet.. instead of the family matters not letting them get there way and be together, it is society, dreams, and the reality of of moving on. location and what you are aiming for in life sometimes makes love painful. (If only they developed teleportation, non of that would have happend) T_T

but of all seriousness regarding the ending... when they passed eachother on the traintrack i would have reconized her and asked her if she wanted to go for cofee break... i mean once u get into the mainstream society and "get residence ect" if they are still single they could easly hook up later, i mean.. it would obviously be worth it if u saw how obsessed they where when Txting... and they had ALOT in common. still it was a beautiful anime and i give it 3 thumbs up... WHERED THAT 3rd one come from!?!?

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Posted 3/17/08
The ending is sad but a fitting one. I do think there is a lot meaning in the ending. I actually think that at the time Takaki went to their hometown and was at the railroad, he let go of Akari finally. I think he really needed closure and it was probably that for him. Even after all those years that have passed, he still loves her and it was probably because of the fact that he could not do anything for Akari (when he said that he wanted to protect her when he was in the train after their meeting) that kept him loving her thinking that was the only thing he could do at that was the only connection that they they have. Desperately trying to catch up to Akari as they are moving farther away to each other, he got insecure of his feelings. Although, I could not really blame him because it is hard.
Posted 4/26/08
I cried at the end I wanted Akari to be standing there on the other side of tracks when the trains passed. I was satisfied with the actual ending though, they both had to move on. I guess.
Posted 8/16/08
When I first finished this movie, I thought "Damn..this is stupid. Why didn't the boy run after her when the train passed" but when I thought about it, he was doing the right thing. =\ It's really sad they had to part, but that's reality.
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Posted 9/2/08
the ending made me think we as humans need to move in order to evolve by evolve i mean learn to forget things but sometimes we just can't and we get caught up in the memories of the past you always think "wouldn't it be great if we could go back in time" but you know thats impossible so the noly choices you have is to make new memories or forget them and there always the option don't forget and get caught up in the past
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Posted 9/6/08
I like the ending a lot, even if it's sort of sad... it's real.
Even if they did see and speak to each other again... what could they do? She's moved on and currently engaged... it would hurt more for the guy to know all those things, I think.
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Posted 10/6/08
Its not good to linger on the thought of "What If?"... Things happen for a reason and people are ment to move away from each other over time. It's very selfish for us to think that everything should go the way we want but... Thats just the way humans are in the end... Selfish... We are a curious species who like to play with the thought of "What If?" even if it leads to our own distruction....
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Posted 10/29/08
Makoto Shinkai's films always leave us wondering if the main couple ever fixes up their relationship (The Place Promised In Our Early Days), meets up again (Voices of a Distant Star) or just carry on in life like they have in this one. If the film did have a really happy ending the audience wouldn't probably get the same reaction, but the way the story led through it didn't seem like they would. I have to agree with what my brother said to me before, Makoto Shinkai probably doesn't believe in happy endings. But the way his films are sad make them amazing.
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first of all i cried at the ending. then it took me a couple of minutes to get my mind straight and posted 4 long comments on part 8 of the movie on youtube:
this movie is undeniably realistic. the ending has emotionally affected me at such a high level, it was hard to take in cuz it hurts deeply. the unpredictable ending is what makes this movie so unique. unlike other films that end w/ the boy finding the girl and ending up together, this film ends in the exact opposite. it is true that we can't hold on to people for long because of difficult circumstances, it's one of the cruelest things in life. and its hard (especially for me) to let go of people and i always wish that i would meet them again somewhere at sometime. sometimes i would literally imagine them being somewhere where i am even though they arent. just listen to the translated lyrics of the theme song "One More Time, One More Chance" by Yamazaki Masayoshi. very beautiful song. i downloaded it right away and put the translated lyrics in my iPod because it was so meaningful to me and the movie.
im very moved by the previous commenters on youtube who could relate to this movie w/ their own experiences. the train part was very symbolic. *sighs* i was really expecting another meeting between Takari & Akari, and was expecting the series to be longer. but i respect Shinkai purpose of the ending. but still i wanted to comfort Takari. i still root for TakariXAkari. i was really hoping they would see each other like at the train stop; they could have at least talked to each other and say their final goodbye so it wouldnt hurt as much for Takari. but i didnt believe that Akari really wanted to "move on". she may have but she still remembers Takari and would probably hold on to their moments together even though shes married (which was really heartbreaking). they are still a perfect couple.
It's gonna take time for me to recover......
but overall this is one of those movies that make u think or ones that stays in ur mind for a long time. actually, this movie reminds me of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.
time for me to cry some more....
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