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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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Ranked: #1722
Popularity: #333
Members: 81,785
Favorites: 861
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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...

(Source: Comix Wave)

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Adaptation: Kotonoha no Niwa, Shousetsu 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
Yamada, You
Sound Director
Hata, Motohiro
Theme Song Performance
Laisné, Grégory
ADR Director



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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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May 29, 2014
ReneVLR
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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Recommendations

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.

Opening Theme

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Ending Theme

"Rain" by Motohiro Hata

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