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Posted 11/8/09
No, I didn't. But I did love the ending, even though it was a sad one.
The 'flashback'-'where we at?' MV-like moment unfolded so beautifully!
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Posted 12/30/09 , edited 12/30/09
Ahah, good to see this thread is alive... it's been a while I've been around here... and I've read all your answers. It's sad all this war and greed, still people manage to make something beautiful in troubled times.
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Posted 1/22/10
I actually cried at the end of each part to be honest but the first and third were the saddest
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Posted 3/6/10
Err... I didn't cry.. or didn't feeling sad at all...... Oh well.
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Posted 3/6/10
Didn't cry...
but this anime is surely breath taking.

Even though is very sentimental... what help you go through
all the sadness is the amazing backgrounds, the skies, the
details... wow every drawing blow my mind away.

If I was a movie critic... I give this anime

TWO THUMB UP!!!

That is how much I like it!
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Posted 3/6/10
I cried SO MUCH hahaha... I actually cried more now than the first time I watched it. It was like some bizarre Pavlovian response - I knew I was going to cry at some point so I just started crying XDDDDD... not sure if that points more to the beauty of this work or the pain of my own experiences though.
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Posted 3/7/10
I didn't cry, but every time I see this film I always end up thinking about it. A lot.

I think that Takaki's inability to move forward is due in part to his inability to recapture his perfect moment, and in part to circumstance.

Why he and Akari lost contact with each other was not fully explained. I can only infer, judging from other Shinkai films, that time and distance interfere, making attempts at communication almost pointless. Shinkai loves that time/distance theme.

This isn't to say that circumstances are purely to blame for Takaki's dis-function. He is stuck, obsessively seeking to recapture the same emotions and feelings that he had in that one moment with Akari. Akari at that point, has merely become a symbol, a phantom-dream woman, who's face he can no longer see or even clearly define. He is unable to move forward seeking to duplicate that very same perfect moment in time. So many people are the same. We tend to cling to ephemeral phantoms of the past.

I wonder about the intention of the second chapter. Was the character of Nanae merely there to illustrate Takaki's inability to move on? Or was it her own inability to communicate her feelings to him, thereby preventing a catalyst for a new perfect moment? The spaceship take-off distracted from what may have become, in that almost perfect moment, a catalyst for him. In addition, there is the repeated (and odd) interference of trains. At the very end, perhaps the interference of the symbolic two trains passing in opposite directions, became an epiphany for him; It is not possible to recapture a moment that has passed. You can only cherish it as a memory. No moment is ever repeated, There is no point in time that can be perfectly duplicated. Perfect moments can be found in any time or place, if you are willing to accept them.

I think the point of the film is to make us examine how, and why, we are sometimes able to move on, and sometimes not. I think that most people have had a "perfect moment" similar to the one Takaki experienced with Akari. Are there other perfect moments? Sure. They are not the same perfect moment, but they can be found if the person is receptive to them. We change. We age. Our perceptions change. Time changes us. Each passage of time is like a snowflake, or a cherry blossom, ... all unique, not one duplicating another.
We can only hope, at the end of the story, that Takaki finally figured this out.

In any case, this work is a MASTERPIECE. The fact that is was all drawn and animated with such detail and beauty just makes it more so.
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Posted 5/13/10
didn't cry. kinda heartbroken though. it's so sad.
the usual anime i see usually have happy endings and this...
this...is just. reality! and grown up tohno was handsome. very handsome.
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Posted 5/14/10
there should be a happy ending version of this movie
Posted 7/3/10
At the ending my nose and eyes got that post-crying feeling; but the tears never fell. I personally enjoyed the ending.
Posted 1/27/11
I did, during the surfer girl story, and at the end. I always disliked the main girl. The surfer girl was way better!
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Posted 3/12/11
I was pretty tired when I wound up watching this, I usually cry in sappy movies but I'm surprised I didn't in this one, I guess the movie wasn't a real "tear jerker" for me but it did touch my heart and I'm glad that I sat down and watched this.
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Posted 3/12/11
I didn't cry but I did find it to be a very touching story.
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Posted 7/31/11
I did not cry. Well, maybe a tear or two, but otherwise I didn't cry that much.
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Posted 7/31/11
Didn't cry, was pretty dissapointed actually lol
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