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5 Centimeters Per Second
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Posted 3/16/13
Whoever wrote the dialogue for Takaki must be the most eloquent writer I have yet to read in anime films.
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It wasn't that sad...I mean, idk, I felt 'something'...
call me heartless.

But it was good.
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Posted 3/16/13 , edited 3/16/13
I liked 5 Centimeters Per Second. And now, everything I have to say contains crazy spoilers. :)



I saw the new one this morning, Children Who Chase Lost Voices, and it was pretty good. I was most pleasantly surprised by how different it was compared to his first three films. The first three have a very similar story and I thought he was a one-trick pony for retelling the same thing in space, in parallel universes, and in modern day Japan. Lost Voices felt very Ghibli-like but to the point where it was derivative


I don't know if that ending came together too well for me, but maybe that's debatable.

Anyhow, don't get me wrong, I like Shinkai. His art is marvelous and the story of how he became an anime auteur is inspirational.
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I loved the crap out of this movie. I was so impressed with the writing and the outstanding animation. It was a very personal and deep story that kept me at the edge of my seat. There were many emotional moments which Shinkai of course plays to perfection. it is really worth the watch
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Posted 3/16/13
It's very good. It didn't make me cry, but it's very good.
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Posted 3/17/13 , edited 3/17/13
Just to say, but the graphic novel adaptation is great as well. Haven't read the novel adaptation yet, so I can't, and won't, comment on it.
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Posted 3/17/13
I loved it and the soundtrack was amazing. But i did not cry it was the ninja chopping onions again... i should watch his other movies well i shall watch them
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Posted 3/17/13
LOL By the time I got to 5 cm I screamed at the tv going "okay I get it.. getting dumped sucks".. because EVERY movie he does has unrequited love..
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Posted 3/17/13

Arsenette wrote:

LOL By the time I got to 5 cm I screamed at the tv going "okay I get it.. getting dumped sucks".. because EVERY movie he does has unrequited love..


Well, I'm not sure any of them got dumped... more about people being kept apart.


What I don't quite get is the message he is trying to get across. Is it, "this sucks being apart forever" or "we should have done more to try to stay together" or "love can never work, something will always drive you apart" or what? Or is it a perverse version of "absence makes the heart grow fonder?"

There was a bit of this in Children but not much so it is different but as I already stated, not as good IMO.
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Great story/stories. I haven't watched it in a while (maybe later today if I can find my blu-ray collection), but I remember it well. Mr. Shinkai seems to have quite a talent for these types of stories, although I haven't yet seen Children Who Chase Lost Voices. Whatever the case, the feeling of isolation and blunt realism is something that the story gets across well -- maybe better than I've ever seen. The story shows such a clear understanding of the world and characters, I couldn't help but see the similarities with my own life. Such a great show. Yep, that settles it; I'm watching this right when I get home.
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Posted 3/18/13 , edited 3/18/13
Arg! So I went to watch it just now, only to find out that it's availability expired yesterday. I knew that it just started airing a few days ago, so I added it to my queue then, but I failed to catch that it was airing for only 3 days. Anybody know when it might be shown again on CR?
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Posted 3/18/13

suikojay wrote:

Arg! So I went to watch it just now, only to find out that it's availability expired yesterday. I knew that it just started airing a few days ago, so I added it to my queue then, but I failed to catch that it was airing for only 3 days. Anybody know when it might be shown again on CR?


Next year, same weekend. Or buy the DVD!
Posted 3/18/13

hpulley wrote:
What I don't quite get is the message he is trying to get across. Is it, "this sucks being apart forever" or "we should have done more to try to stay together" or "love can never work, something will always drive you apart" or what? Or is it a perverse version of "absence makes the heart grow fonder?"

I thought the overarching emotion conveyed in 5 cm was that of regret and a sense of what might have been. Like a romantic cautionary tale of sorts. His use of technology was interesting in this respect, and its connection to innocence and experience. Takaki and Akari keep in touch and remain close through letters, but lose contact in high school (though Takaki continues to write her emails that he will never send). Similarly, Takaki's girlfriend admits: "We must have exchanged over a thousand emails, but I doubt our hearts got closer by more than a centimeter". For me this film speaks of the innocence and hope of one's first love which is (inevitably) followed by disillusionment with the onset of adulthood.
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Posted 3/18/13 , edited 3/18/13

Sophiekat89 wrote:


hpulley wrote:
What I don't quite get is the message he is trying to get across. Is it, "this sucks being apart forever" or "we should have done more to try to stay together" or "love can never work, something will always drive you apart" or what? Or is it a perverse version of "absence makes the heart grow fonder?"

I thought the overarching emotion conveyed in 5 cm was that of regret and a sense of what might have been. Like a romantic cautionary tale of sorts. His use of technology was interesting in this respect, and its connection to innocence and experience. Takaki and Akari keep in touch and remain close through letters, but lose contact in high school (though Takaki continues to write her emails that he will never send). Similarly, Takaki's girlfriend admits: "We must have exchanged over a thousand emails, but I doubt our hearts got closer by more than a centimeter". For me this film speaks of the innocence and hope of one's first love which is (inevitably) followed by disillusionment with the onset of adulthood.


Where he leaves you in his films it is very bleak. You can find love again of course, so it doesn't have to be as depressing as it is at the end of his films though it does feel like it at first and of course it is more power emotionally to leave it like that rather than him calling Sumida or finding someone else.
Posted 3/18/13
I don't know if I can bring myself to watch this. I've heard about the 'ending' of this anime. I've never read the full ending so I only have an idea from what I have read. It sounds so bittersweet. From anyone who has watched this: does the anime leave you sad or just feeling like the bittersweet feeling???
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