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Kotonoha no Niwa

Kotonoha no Niwa

Alternative Titles

English: The Garden of Words
Synonyms: Koto no Ha no Niwa, The Garden of Kotonoha
Japanese: 言の葉の庭


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: May 31, 2013
Genres: Romance
Duration: 46 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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We 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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Adaptation: Kotonoha no Niwa, Shousetsu Kotonoha no Niwa

Characters & Voice Actors

Akizuki, Takao
Akizuki, Takao
Irino, Miyu
Irino, Miyu
Richter, Ricardo
Richter, Ricardo
Yukino, Yukari
Yukino, Yukari
Hanazawa, Kana
Hanazawa, Kana
Flecknoe, Maggie
Flecknoe, Maggie
Haag, Hilary
Haag, Hilary
Marlot, Frédérique
Marlot, Frédérique
Akizuki, Mother
Akizuki, Mother
Calene-Black, Shelley
Calene-Black, Shelley
Hirano, Fumi
Hirano, Fumi


Shinkai, Makoto
Director, Script
Yamada, You
Sound Director
Hata, Motohiro
Theme Song Performance
Laisné, Grégory
ADR Director

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Feb 15, 2015
"A faint clap of thunder. Clouded skies. Perhaps rain comes. If so, will you stay with me?", "A faint clap of thunder. Even if rain comes not. I will stay here. Together with you."

If the simplest method are the best, then what happens when someone almost prefects the simplest methods? Pretty sure something like Kotonoha no Niwa is the answer to that question.

So Kotonoha no Niwa is a 45 min short romance movie about a student, who dreams of becoming a shoe maker, meets a woman on one rainy morning in a park and from that point on that is the entire basis for their read more
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Jun 2, 2013
Makoto Shinkai is a name that has become increasingly prevalent over the years. And for good reason, too. After hitting the anime industry in 2007 with his opus magnum "5 Centimeters Per Second", he quickly established himself as a director with the ability to combine masterful artistic talent with emotional, bittersweet storytelling.

Does his latest animation achieve that same ideal? In some ways, it does. But if you are awaiting another great story, this is not what you are looking for.

"The Garden of Words" is a short film depicting the romance and relationship between a 15-year-old boy and 27-year-old woman. Takao, the boy, feels read more
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Jun 5, 2013
If there’s one, obvious theme that connects all of Makoto Shinkai’s works, it would be “distance”. As a bittersweet love story, The Garden of Words carries similar expectations to Shinkai’s other popularized works, Five cm per Second, The Place Promised in Our Early Days, and Voices of a Distant Star. Shinkai uses beyond-gorgeous animation to tell a modest yet believable story, and The Garden of Words is as bare-boned as a love story comes.

The movie takes place over a summer, where a 15 year-old aspiring shoemaker meets an eccentric and mysterious 27-year old woman. Their backstories are hardly touched on, but the boy read more
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May 29, 2014
Given that you may not care for my opinion, let me start this review by letting you know whether you should watch Kotonoha no Niwa (KnN from now on) on an attempt to make this reaview more useful.

You should NOT watch it if:
You dislike Spice of Life, slow pacing, little dialogue and/or romance anime. This movie is with certainty not shounen, there's no fight scenes, no world-scale-plot, no ecchi, no fanservice nor unbeatable main characters.

I also think that you would like it better with at least a basic understanding of japanese, as it will, IMO, give you a better understanding of some of the plot's read more
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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.
Anime movies that tell tales of love stories. In both movies the male and female main characters have to overcome the large age gap between them.
Same director, but Hoshi no Koe was his first major work. While Hoshi no Koe has the usual Shinkai theme of two characters who start off close but become more distant, this film has a reversed flow.
They're both realistic love stories that involve highschoolers and craftmanship with nice art. Of course Ghibli's art is different and older than Shinkai's, but the atmosphere is kind of alike.
Similarity :
+ In both anime Male MC (Akizuki Takao & Nandaba Naota) fall in love with a woman older than him age (Yukino Yukari & Haruhara Haruko)
+ The main story almost same in some point : Female MC need help from Male MC to solve her problems
+ Without giving you spoiler :THE ENDING ALSO SAME especially about status of their relationship

Different :
+ FLCL animation style is......... how i can say.......... mind-fu**king-blow-your-mind or in simple word unusual making some people would be difficult to adapt, while Kotonoha no Niwa animation style is beautiful & very detailed
+ Kotonoha no Niwa story is about normal daily live, while FLCL story is about invasion alien(?) with sci-fi element
the in both shows gave me the same "vibe" which made the show as a whole that much more enjoyable. also the romance was enjoyable too.

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Ending Theme

"Rain" by Motohiro Hata

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