English: The Garden of Words
Synonyms: Koto no Ha no Niwa, The Garden of Kotonoha
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: May 31, 2013
46 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisWe have met, for each of us to walk forward.
Takao, who is training to become a shoemaker, skipped school and is sketching shoes in a Japanese-style garden. He meets a mysterious woman, Yukino, who is older than him. Then, without arranging the times, the two start to see each other again and again, but only on rainy days. They deepen their relationship and open up to each other. But the end of the rainy season soon approaches...
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Related AnimeAdaptation: Kotonoha no Niwa, Shousetsu Kotonoha no Niwa
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Garden of Words. I remember seeing a couple of gifs of this and thinking that the animation was astoundingly beautiful, so naturally I checked it out - and I wasn't disappointed.
And just to add, I re-watch this once every three months or so. I don't know what it is, but it creates so much peace for me that I love it. This review is more of a personal aspect than a professional one, so bear that in mind whilst reading perhaps.
To get the generic business out of the way: this anime is based around love, particularly of what you cannot have. It also enforces that it is okay to aim small, so long as you are doing what you do with a passion. In times of hardship, those who believe will persevere, etc. All of the morals of this anime are strongly enforced by the lead character and his mysterious park-shelter friend.
The story is basic with nothing complex to grasp but enough to keep you watching. I especially like the characters in this anime simply because I didn't have to second guess them or suspect them. I actually just trusted them to be themselves and that was fine. I wouldn't call anything in this anime a plot twist either, yet it was so interesting to see it develop.
But what keeps me coming back to this is the art. The beauty is incomparable and I could just watch little clips on animation from it now. The quality of the whole anime is just 10/10 for me simply because it is so appealing to all senses. I like to put this on and just zone out watching it. It doesn't require constant attention, it just requires you to watch whilst it runs its course and that's why I love it so much. I honestly see this as more of an experience than a story. Put on a set of good headphones (Sennheiser are my choice) and make sure you're watching a full HD copy because it is just so pleasing that you will not look back.
I can't say I'd go screaming and shouting about it like I do with some other animes, but it's still a 10/10 for me nonetheless. Every once in a while I'll remember this exists and just watch it over, knowing what's coming but enjoying the journey. I couldn't recommend it to you more.
All in all I'd say this anime means a lot to me, and I'm glad it created the bridge to look into anime and watch so much more. read more
The first thing you're going to notice about Kotonoha no Niwa is how stunningly gorgeous it is. Every single frame is so lush and fantastic, with every little detail masterfully drawn and utilizing a beautiful and varied color pallet. The world looks at once lived in and almost mythic in its splendor. Basically the entire film is eye candy, something I assume Makoto Shinkai prides himself on. Simply put, the visuals are on a whole other level when compared to most anime, and the sheer amount love and effort that have gone into creating this film is readily apparent.
The story itself is quite thematic, centered on distance and human interaction. There's our 15-year-old highschool boy with a dream and uncertain future, and a 27-year-old woman who's uncertain about her role in adult society. It's simplistic, but well-represented. The film does justice to its themes, although I'm unsure how most people would react to the ending. Personally, I thought it was really well done, and left me satisfied.
Being 45 minutes long, the film may seem to skimp on character interaction, and that may put some people off. However, thinking about the quality of the art, and the relatively small team responsible, I think the movie does a fantastic job of telling its story succinctly but intimately.
If you have 45 minutes to kill, or are in the mood for some fantastic artwork (I cannot stress enough how good it is) then give Kotonoha no Niwa a shot. It's worth your time. read more
Both movies are made by Makoto Shinkai. The stories are about Love that never became something more. The movies have amazing art ( NOT KIDDING) and beautiful soundtracks. In the movies there is not much talking.
Mikoto Shinaki is involved in both works so expect similar themes and style of writing. (he is director and writer of both films)
In both films, there features a young main male protagonist who seemingly forms a romantic relationship with the female protagonist. The mood is calm with a lighthearted atmosphere. At the same time, they bond through connections.
The visuals/artwork in both series is also absolutely stunning.
•both were created by the same director
•both are absolutely amazing in the animation are style wise, there is absolutely no flaw or any faults at all of the beautifully drawn animation which is spectacular
•both focus on particular relationship that is in our society today and break it down with absolute accuracy and awareness from which both feelings are understood from both counterparts
•both relationships have the meaning 'distance' in a sense and always congregates that distance isnt an issue.
•both are a beautifully stunning must watch, yet from my opinion the pace for each of the movies are completely different in a sense, i couldnt grasp/engage/attach myself to the characters from the Garden of Words like i could in 5cmps, so my judgment is cloudy, or i expected too much from the director for the movie to be better than 5cmps.
•they are both very similar with the animation/soundtracks/romance, just a sight for sore eyes, you will like one if you watched the other.
Two fantastic movies by the same author, extraordinary art and a story the revolves around love .
Bittersweet love stories accompanied by beautiful music and a visual feast. Can the main characters overcome the "distance", whether it be physical or psychological, between their love?
Both are visual beauties with bittersweet but enjoyable stories and deal with the theme of "distance".
An emotional love story by the same writer/director!
Love portrayed in beautiful manners through fantastic dialogue complimented by the best visuals today's anime has to offer.
I highly recommend both.
Both same director, both about a love who canno't be lived by the two lovers.
Beautiful art, beautiful soundtrack, all the emotions pass by these and some few words.
In others words, both are wonderful and similar
Both have "HOLY SHIT/10" art. They're both about distance. (like other Shinkai movies)
1. Both are love stories facing difficulties
2. Both have the same director Makoto Shinkai
3. Excellent scenarios, landscape, animation
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Ending Theme"Rain" by Motohiro Hata
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