Ranked #177

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
Source: Original
Duration: 46 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.361 (scored by 70,316 users)
Ranked: #1772
Popularity: #298
Members: 117,522
Favorites: 1,331
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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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Characters & Voice Actors

Yukino, Yukari
Yukino, Yukari
Hanazawa, Kana
Hanazawa, Kana
Akizuki, Takao
Akizuki, Takao
Irino, Miyu
Irino, Miyu
Teramoto, Rika
Teramoto, Rika
Terasaki, Yuka
Terasaki, Yuka
Itou, Souichirou
Hoshino, Takanori
Hoshino, Takanori


Shinkai, Makoto
Shinkai, Makoto
Director, Script
Yamada, You
Yamada, You
Sound Director
Hata, Motohiro
Hata, Motohiro
Theme Song Performance
Kashiwa, Daisuke
Kashiwa, Daisuke
Music, Recording Engineer

Opening Theme

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Ending Theme

"Rain" by Motohiro Hata

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3 hours ago
Kotonoha no Niwa, or The Garden of Words is a short anime movie depicting a troubled teenager, Takao Akizuki, and a young woman in an identity crisis, Yukari Yukino. In this movie both these character often skip their responsibilities to relax in a small gazebo in a lush garden. One day they happen to meet each other in this sanctuary and a beautiful, yet hidden bond starts to form between them.

Story: 9/10

One of the most amazing prospects of this film is its simplicity. Something I was not expecting considering that the writer, director, and producer of this film is Makoto Shinkai; famous for read more
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Nov 17, 2015
(Remember this is opinion and that I hate/suck at analysis and blue curtains)

A bit of Japanese context: Shinkai stated that he wanted this to be a romance based on the traditional Japanese word for love, which means "lonely sadness".

The characters in Makoto Shinkai's works are a peculiar thing to me. I, being a sucker for character development and love stories, was always confused as to why 5 centimetres per second hit me so hard in the feels even though I didn't really feel much for the characters. After rewatching, I found that it was the relationship they had - the things said and left unsaid, read more
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Jun 28, 2015
The greatest injustice that can be afflicted to “Kotonoha no Niwa” is to mistakenly label this 46-minute film a story of romance. Too often do you see people claim that this movie is one about a "forbidden love" created by an age difference. It is much more than that though it requires you to think and pay attention to realise it. Indeed, Makoto Shinkai himself stated that he wanted to write a tale of “lonely sadness” and whilst romance is definitely a prevalent theme, it is not portrayed nor explored in a traditional fashion.

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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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Anime: Byousoku 5 Centimeter
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.  
reportRecommended by Stark700
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Whilst the settings are rather different, both tales share the thread of a love which, although pure, innocent and routed for throughout by the viewer, there remains the sword of Damocles constantly hanging overhead, threatening to sever that thread at any moment.

Both are tear-jerking love stories, worthy of anyone's time. 
reportRecommended by iamthesunset
Anime: Hoshi no Koe
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. 
reportRecommended by Takkunn
Anime: Hal
Both movies are about love that u never imagine, when a couple love each other what can happend.. and then.. What can they do if they lose a dream with someone they love.. 
reportRecommended by rmadillah
Anime: Mimi wo Sumaseba
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.  
reportRecommended by EratiK
Anime: Aura: Maryuuinkouga Saigo no Tatakai
Both movies revolve around the subject of escapism, protagonists' desire of getting away from reality (although shown in completely different ways), and the hardships of those who try to help them. If you enjoyed Kotonoha no Niwa and would like to watch a bittersweet drama, try Aura. 
reportRecommended by J_418

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