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I watched this when it wasfirst on crunchyroll years ago and I watched both the sub and dub i cried and it touched me. It was amazing!
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Thanks! I'll look for both. Do they continue the same stories or do they diverge?

Oops! Sorry, I just saw your reply! The other two novels remain faithful to the movie plot but expand a little on the characters' back-stories and continue from where the movies left us.
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hpulley wrote:
Thanks! I'll look for both. Do they continue the same stories or do they diverge?

Oops! Sorry, I just saw your reply! The other two novels remain faithful to the movie plot but expand a little on the characters' back-stories and continue from where the movies left us.


Sounds good! I hope it is not so depressing. Would be fun if he made a fourth story anime now to finish it.
Posted 3/18/13 , edited 3/18/13
Don't worry hpulley, what I enjoyed most about the novel was how Shinkai leaves the reader with a glimmer of hope. I would love to see a continuation in an anime series (or a live action adaptation would be awesome, although, having seen what's on offer in the live-action department, perhaps it would be best to leave Shinkai's beautiful films well alone) ;D
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[Movie spoilers so read with caution]
Even though I tend to favor romantic & harem comedies, I liked 5 Centimeters Per Second. It was touching, surprising me at times (i.e. the spontaneous kiss at the tree), poetic (like the internal monologues) and artsy at times showing the scenery rather then just focusing on the characters talking (I remember especially how pained Takaki looked while Kanae Sumida was telling her dog she was home), and I have never felt so strongly wanting a train to arrive at its destination before (lol). I could all too easily understand why Takaki wished for Akari to have already gone home, yet was ironically so happy at finally being able to meet her. The 2nd story was a little jarring, however; it took me awhile to even realize that was the same Takaki. The ending was hardly a happy ending, and many questions of why they couldn't make it work or had hooked up with different people came to mind, which in a way made it a powerful way to end the movie, like invoking an outrage of why he didn't fight and burst into Akari's wedding "The Graduate" style, or feeling the emptiness of Takaki's situation (he poured himself into working over going back to Akari, yet in the end he even loses the ability to do that anymore). And yes, that was a great song at the end, easy to relate to; even came true one time (lol).
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I already own 5 CM Per Second on DVD (and wish every day that it was a BluRay!) It is one of my all time favorites. The most gut wrenching, realistic, "sometimes life gives you lemons and you don't have any sugar, so you can't make lemonade and you just have to suck on 'em and deal with it!" kind of romantic drama I have ever seen!

Watching Children Who Chase Lost Voices over the weekend, I was blown away! The backgrounds and art are even better than his earlier work, which I didn't think was possible. The story was touching and multi-layered.
A true masterpiece of fantasy anime. (Very Ghibli-esque.)

Can't wait for his new movie, "The Garden of Words", which is coming out this May 31st in Japan. There is a trailer with subtitles in this ANN article about the film. It sounds fantastic!


Shinkai previously wrote that The Garden of Words will be his first story about love in the traditional Japanese meaning of the word. Originally, "love" was written as "lonely sadness" (koi), and, according to Shinkai, the modern concept of "love" (ai) was imported from the West. While his new film is set in the modern era, it will be about koi in the original "lonely sadness" meaning — of longing for someone in solitude.

If his other works weren't about koi, then I can't imagine how gut wrenching this one will be! And can't WAIT!
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So basically another futile movie about either losing someone, getting dumped, unrequited love or futility.. man he's got issues.. Geez.. if you are feeling at all depressed don't watch Shinkai movies or it'll drive you over the edge..
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Arsenette wrote:

So basically another futile movie about either losing someone, getting dumped, unrequited love or futility.. man he's got issues.. Geez.. if you are feeling at all depressed don't watch Shinkai movies or it'll drive you over the edge..


Or, conversely, it could make you feel better because your life isn't as crappy as the people on the screen?
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Posted 3/19/13

Sophiekat89 wrote:

Don't worry hpulley, what I enjoyed most about the novel was how Shinkai leaves the reader with a glimmer of hope. I would love to see a continuation in an anime series (or a live action adaptation would be awesome, although, having seen what's on offer in the live-action department, perhaps it would be best to leave Shinkai's beautiful films well alone) ;D


I much prefer anime these days. I find it can convey things better. That said, a successful live action version of Five Centimeters per Second that is better than the anime should win film of the year (not foreign language, period) if it could be pulled off somehow.


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I already own 5 CM Per Second on DVD (and wish every day that it was a BluRay!) It is one of my all time favorites. The most gut wrenching, realistic, "sometimes life gives you lemons and you don't have any sugar, so you can't make lemonade and you just have to suck on 'em and deal with it!" kind of romantic drama I have ever seen!

Watching Children Who Chase Lost Voices over the weekend, I was blown away! The backgrounds and art are even better than his earlier work, which I didn't think was possible. The story was touching and multi-layered.
A true masterpiece of fantasy anime. (Very Ghibli-esque.)

Can't wait for his new movie, "The Garden of Words", which is coming out this May 31st in Japan. There is a trailer with subtitles in this ANN article about the film. It sounds fantastic!


Shinkai previously wrote that The Garden of Words will be his first story about love in the traditional Japanese meaning of the word. Originally, "love" was written as "lonely sadness" (koi), and, according to Shinkai, the modern concept of "love" (ai) was imported from the West. While his new film is set in the modern era, it will be about koi in the original "lonely sadness" meaning — of longing for someone in solitude.

If his other works weren't about koi, then I can't imagine how gut wrenching this one will be! And can't WAIT!


Can't wait! Next year here maybe? Film festival circuit I hope gets it! Or I will order the import BD sight unseen.
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Easily my least favorite Shinkai film.
Posted 3/19/13
I haven't seen voices of a distant star so I wouldn't know about that, but 5 cm per second is by far my favorite movie in any category. I stumbled upon it when Dattebayo trolled it for a new Naruto ep a few years ago and it made me switch from only watching Naruto and Pokémon to watching anime in general.
At first I only saw the part "cherry blossom", and thought that was it. Oh, how I cried, then rewatched and cried again. And again and again... Took me at least a year before I realised there was a part two. And so comes Sumida, my heartbroken heartfriend, jumping into my life. What great emotions. And the voiceacting, and the visuals, and the soundtrack!
Other than the lack of at least some grade of cynisism in Takaki by the third section of the film, this is, for me, a piece of complete perfectionism that I've rewatched once a month for the past few years.
Posted 3/19/13
I've been listening to the soundtrack (and variations of the main theme) on a loop!
https://soundcloud.com/hhnd/sets/5-centimeters-per-second
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Posted 3/19/13
I actually don't really remember the plot. But I do remember the music!!

It was really pretty!
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Posted 3/19/13 , edited 3/19/13
I liked this guy's explanation of the ending and overall themes:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0983213/board/nest/194492266

I still posted a complaint there about my own problems with the ending; namely, that trying to tell the story of what happened through the rapid-cut montage of the "music video" made it unnecessarily confusing. Still, I can see now what was being said, and it strikes me that Takaki is really the one who broke everything, with his inability to empathize; but that it eventually ends happily (just not "Hollywood happy") for both him and Akari. Now if only we had a nice resolution of some kind (other than being left to cry herself to sleep) to Sumida's story.
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Posted 3/19/13
Does no one else thing the little music video/clip show at the end was kind of a shitty way to end the movie?
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