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Byousoku 5 Centimeter

Byousoku 5 Centimeter

Alternative Titles

English: 5 Centimeters per Second
Synonyms: Five Centimeters Per Second, Byousoku 5 Centimeter - a chain of short stories about their distance, 5 Centimetres Per Second, 5 cm per second
Japanese: 秒速5センチメートル


Type: Movie
Episodes: 3
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 11, 2007 to Mar 3, 2007
Duration: 22 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 8.221 (scored by 141382 users)
Ranked: #2962
Popularity: #69
Members: 214,925
Favorites: 4,881
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Tohno Takaki and Shinohara Akari, two very close friends and classmates, are torn apart when Akari's family is transferred to another region of Japan due to her family's job. Despite separation, they continue to keep in touch through mail. When Takaki finds out that his family is also moving, he decides to meet with Akari one last time.

As years pass by, they continue down their own paths, their distance slowly growing wider and their contact with one another fades. Yet, they keep remembering one another and the times they have shared together, wondering if they will have the chance to meet once again.

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Aired  Feb 11, 2007 to Mar 3, 2007
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Adaptation: Byousoku 5 Centimeter, Byousoku 5 Centimeter
Summary: One More Time, One More Chance

Characters & Voice Actors

Shinohara, Akari
Shinohara, Akari
Onoue, Ayaka
Onoue, Ayaka
Kondo, Yoshimi
Kondo, Yoshimi
Sumida, Kanae
Sumida, Kanae
Hanamura, Satomi
Hanamura, Satomi
Toono, Takaki
Toono, Takaki
Mizuhashi, Kenji
Mizuhashi, Kenji
Kanae's Sister
Kanae's Sister
Mizuno, Risa
Mizuno, Risa


Shinkai, Makoto
Producer, Director, Sound Director, Script, Storyboard, Director of Photography, Original Character Design, Color Design, Art Director
Chung, Jin Ho
Foster, Steven
Script, ADR Director
Yamazaki, Masayoshi
Theme Song Performance

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Sep 13, 2008
From Makoto Shinkai (Voices of a Distant Star, The Place Promised in Our Early Days) comes 5 Centimetes per Second, a movie that tells the story of two childhood friends in love, and how they try to keep their relationship going through hardships that life throws at them. Throogh three small stories, or episodes as they're called, we're told the tale of how they grow up and farther away from each other.

The movie tells of a love that's slowly torn apart because the lovers move further away, both in heart and home. It's underlying themes are beautifully incorporated into the story; about growing up, letting read more
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Apr 13, 2008
I happened upon this anime in several anime fan sites as it was considered one of the higher rated animes even until today. Reading how some people said it rivaled works that of Miyazaki, I had high expectations for it. But unfortunately it was a total letdown.

The only thing I really enjoyed about the movie was the animation quality and detail that was put into the movie. The animation was just simply beautiful from the vividness of the background to the fluid motion of characters but then, sadly, the praise ends here.

The story and the characters were very anti-climactic as no real progress is met read more
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Jul 17, 2014
I'm...confused. I wanted so much to enjoy this movie. I was absolutely sure that this was going to be one of those works of art that leaves you breathless, sitting there for minutes, maybe even an hour after it finishes, just trying to take it all in.

If you love this movie, you will most likely hate me for this review. Call me someone with a heart of ice, whatever you will. I am simply expressing my thoughts on it.

I'll break this into a two-part review. The first part will be my thoughts, written as I think of them, the second part an analysis read more
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Aug 8, 2011
I am sure everyone is going to yell at me for what I am about to write, and put me on some hate list, so let me begin by apologizing to anyone I enfuriate with this review. Needless to say, this is one of my least favorite animes, and it just sort of rubbed me the wrong way. I believe it best to list the positives the anime has before I go into the negatives, it does an excellent job of setting up a sense of realism and a pretty good job of drawing you in. Additionally, it sets up a good read more
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They're from the same director, so you can expect the style to be quite similar. 5cm doesn't have the whole sci-fi element involved though... at least not as it stands after the first episode. 
They're from the same director, so you can expect the style to be quite similar. Voices of a Distant star is a bit short in comparison, but quite similar otherwise. 5cm doesn't have the whole sci-fi element involved though... at least not as it stands after the first episode. 
A great love story is what brings Toki wo and 5 cm together. Each involves love between people who are not yet adult but are not children, platonic love, and pure feelings between pure souls. You'll enjoy the romantic atmosphere that permeates through both titles. 
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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.  
Although at the beginning of CLANNAD ~After Story~, it starts off as mostly a comedy, it gets much more deeper. They both have the same pain of losing the person you love, have the same feelings and emotions. To be honest, Tomoya reminded me of Takaki in the way they dealed with everything. They also both have absolutely beautiful backgrounds, although 5 cm Per Second's was a bit more detailed. and the last thing, they both make you want to cry. 
Both are beautiful love stories with the same core theme: distance as a conflict. For 5 Centimeters per Second, this distance is a literal seperation, while in Hotarubi no Mori e, it is an emotional and psychological distance. 

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Ending Theme

"One more time, one more chance" by Masayoshi Yamazaki

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