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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

Information

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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Score: 8.381 (scored by 32045 users)
Ranked: #1562
Popularity: #428
Members: 53,691
Favorites: 515
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Synopsis

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

Characters & Voice Actors

Akizuki, Takao
Akizuki, Takao
Main
Irino, Miyu
Japanese
Irino, Miyu
Richter, Ricardo
German
Richter, Ricardo
...
Yukino, Yukari
Yukino, Yukari
Main
Hanazawa, Kana
Japanese
Hanazawa, Kana
Flecknoe, Maggie
English
Flecknoe, Maggie
...
Aizawa
Aizawa
Supporting
Haag, Hilary
English
Haag, Hilary
Marlot, Frédérique
French
Marlot, Frédérique
...
Akizuki, Mother
Akizuki, Mother
Supporting
Calene-Black, Shelley
English
Calene-Black, Shelley
Hirano, Fumi
Japanese
Hirano, Fumi

Staff

Shinkai, Makoto
Director, Script
Hata, Motohiro
Theme Song Performance
Laisné, Grégory
ADR Director
Tsuchiya, Kenichi
Character Design, Animation Director, Key Animation



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Jun 2, 2013
Veronin
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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Jan 14, 2014
gwern
For a 46-minute film, _Garden of Words_ succeeds in sketching out a very Shinkai world, characters, and plot. I've seen many anime do far less in far more time than it, and I have to admit, Shinkai seems to be improving as a director.

The plot has problems. Student-teacher relationships are a cringeworthy anime cliche best avoided these days. The origin of the protagonist Takao's interest in shoemaking is given heavy-handed symbolism as connected to his mother (why can't he just be obsessed with shoes? why does everyone's life-purpose have to have some deep meaning or memory to it?). Yukari is a very weak heroine who read more
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Recommendations

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.
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.

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Ending Theme

"Rain" by Motohiro Hata

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