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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
L represents licensing company


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Popularity: #323
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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
Tsuchiya, Kenichi
Animation Director, Key Animation, Character Design

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Apr 21, 2015
One more amazing works of Makoto Shinkai. In the beginning, I was confused by the incredible artwork seen from any side. I wonder, whether it is a photograph, or a handmade picture? The storyline is not mainstream always I was waiting for. And this year is about two couples of different ages, who met in a place rain shelter in the park.

This spectacle was closed with a touching scene heartbreaking, the camera viewpoint extraordinary unpredictable. The combination of colors as well as the selection of the right place, and don't forget, the cover song that always raises adrenaline in line with the heartbeat that pumped read more
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Apr 16, 2015
The saying "age is but a number" seems to apply to almost anything, but it can be a bittersweet feeling when speaking about certain topics. A boy waking up to explore a surreal world through the power of language with a stranger who talks about anything, but herself. The world seemingly begins with the entrance of rain caressing nature, exposing the inconceivable beauty of Earth, while ending with the sun tainting the sacred place to free oneself from reality. Two individuals from different circumstances coming together by a connection of rain to make a relationship that can only be described as "sweet and sour".

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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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Apr 18, 2015

The Garden of Words is, without a doubt, one of the most beautifully animated slices of life in over half a decade.

Makoto Shinkai's short story is as simple and fleeting as the rain that brings its main characters together. It doesn't try to introduce any degree of drama that can only be found in fiction, nor are the characters particularly remarkable. At least, they're no different than you or I. Instead of demanding our attention, it captivates us with a charming scenario, stunning artwork, and music so perfect that it feels like it's being played on heartstrings. The movie's reminiscent of a bedtime story: a 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.
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..
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
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.

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Ending Theme

"Rain" by Motohiro Hata

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