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Posted 2/19/09
What did you think of 5 CM ? Which character did you most connect with? Were you angry at Takaki for not speaking up sooner ? Tell us your thoughts on this masterpiece.

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the best ep is cosmonaut, and i connected most with kanae.

also, i don't understand why people think the ending is sad, it's about moving on with your life.
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Posted 2/23/09
the feeling of sorrow is natural once you've watched this. surely, you haven't loved someone at THAT rate if you've never felt anything like that upon watching the film. it's so striking!

anyway, i've connected myself to Takaki at about 75% of the time.. it's just so true and I think about 70% of the boys felt the same way.. No, I'm not angry at Takaki simply because having to speak up and defend your feelings is a hard thing to do.. (or I guess it's just how guys deal with these types of problems anyway...)

Animation: 10/10. Storyline 9/10. Character Development 8.5/10. Overall: 9.5/10. Unarguably one of the best anime films ever made. ^_^
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Posted 2/25/09
Movie is a master piece love the insert song one more time and how it showed teh distance between them not too fond of the ending though
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The ending usually spurs a good bit of discussion ... I've grown to really like it ... there's not as much closure ... but I like that it's up to you to decide if you think Takaki is happy or turns his life around.

The bluray of this movie is outstanding :)

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The background and scenery were simply amazing. I was also kinda frustrated at Takaki for not contacting the girl (forgot her name), because he had all that time to keep in touch with her....and I thought that the story was okay and all, until the end, because thats when it finally got to me. When the song was playing I was like, "Okay, they have a song now." When it kept on going on for a while, thats when I realized that it might be near the end of the movie, and this might be the big finaly/conclusion thing, and I paid more attention to the song. Seeing how much Takaki and the girl went though, and looking like that they won't be together was really emotional. The trains for instance. When they passed by each other in the third part, and the girl disappered when Takaki looked back, it was like they have finally let go of the past, and it was time to move onto the future. The movie was very realistic too, because this could actually happen, and it poses the question, "If two people were seperated over a long distance, and DID NOT keep in touch with each other, what would happen then?" They could have still been faithful to each other....or they could have moved on with their lives. So I didn't actually cry until the very end, because it was the end to a good movie. 5 Centimeters Per Second is one of the best anime films ever made with awesome scenery.

I do not know if there are any specific categories for grading a movie, so I'll just stick with these:

Scenery/Background: 10/10
Character Storyline: 9/10
Plot: 8.5/10
Addiction: 8.5/10
Overall: 9.5/10
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I'll be interested in seeing he HD quality on CR ... the BluRay is outstanding ... hopefully the quality on CR will be good.

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Posted 2/28/09
why do people think it's sad?? I tear up cause it get tears of joy. lol♫ These Relics of animes will always be in history for life.
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Posted 2/28/09
i like the plot.... but, im angry for the characters for not speaking up their feelings!!!
that way, they didn't end up
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the story was well organized. it was a very nice and touching story. although i have to admit i didn't cry in the end, it really touched my heart so much. the animation was magnificent and the sceneries are great. it really tells on what life really is.

among the characters, i can relate with kanai because as a person i have to admit that i always find difficulty to say what i really feel with a certain person. i know for the fact that most of us are like that.

i don't have any hard feelings to takaki or the other characters because i can understand that it's really hard to confess your feelings to someone you like. i just feel a little disappointed in the end because akari and takaki didn't end up in the end. but i also felt glad because even though they're far apart, they still love each other.
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The point of this movie was beautiful its understandable that many wont like it since it isnt quite a "storybook" style end.. But if you watch the birds through out the film and watch how they are together and yet fly far from each other, in literal space and not anime drawing space, its like thinking about how far apart they were and yet how they remembered every second of their time together, Takaki and Akari.

Hes saying something like don't be consumed by one person for your whole life, but when it time comes to move on, move on but never forget your past, because the past is what lets you move on. Love is something everyone needs but its strange how ppl are consumed with that "storybook" style story and now what is reall going on in reality, things happen that you may not want to but sometimes its for the best and it will make you a better person for it.
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Posted 2/28/09
Too tag on what sadder to watch a boy who has spent his life obessing over a girl only to find she has moved on and he can't do anything about it OR a boy who has chosen another girl only to turn around and dump her for his first love that has been on his mind forever....
Im saying this for those who feel for Kanae being rejected by Takaki, since he spent so long with Akari on his mind that he never took the time to notice a girl that in some ways was like Akari in some aspects. Takaki is a good guy and I do honestly feel for his problem because everyone has had that moment but to stretch it out for so long is just too much, but he didnt make the effort to try which resulted in the ending.
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Posted 2/28/09 , edited 2/28/09
Maybe it's just from watching all of Shinkai's films in rapid succession like this, but 5cm Per Second almost made me cry. The tears welled up a little bit. I so wanted Akari to be standing there when the trains passed... *sniff*

What I find most interesting, though, are the recurring themes in Shinkai's work. There are the cats, of course, and space travel and the recall of prehistoric Cambrian creatures (from Place Promised in our Early Days, which I made particular note of because I'm fascinated by them too and have even been to the Burgess Shale). But to date, every single one of his films have involved forlorn love and longing separated by distance, whether that's the She's break-up and Mimi's passion in She and Her Cat, the spatial distance of Voices, the dreaming and parallel world distance of Early Days or this. Shinkai is actually one of the few instances where I'm genuinely curious about what has happened in his life that has prompted him to make four films now with that theme.

I'm also curious about where he goes from here, since 5cm seems like such a perfect distillation of that theme and all the recurring elements of his work. Time for something new?

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Posted 2/28/09
Hey Cory .... Im glad you liked the film
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Posted 2/28/09
I really can relate to this movie because I myself is once involved in a long distance relationship which lasted for four years. The movie perfectly shows how hard it is to not be with the one you love everyday, to be powerless to the forces that keeps you apart, and either you might move on or be caught up with the past. I was emotionally touched by this movie. When I saw the scene where in the guy came to the station at 11:00 p.m. and the girl is still waiting for him. Then she offered him food and the guy said that this is the most delicious food (or something like that), it really made me cry.... Because that's also what I say to my gf when meeting her... When we eat together, the food taste like the best food that I've ever ate... Its not about the food... its about the fact that she's there beside me that made it so delicious.

Too bad, even in movies, long distance relationships never last.
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