Ranked #312
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
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.211 (scored by 144765 users)
Ranked: #3122
Popularity: #69
Members: 220,459
Favorites: 4,947
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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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Related Anime

Adaptation: Byousoku 5 Centimeter, Byousoku 5 Centimeter
Summary: One More Time, One More Chance

Characters & Voice Actors

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


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

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Episodes  0 / 3
Aired  Feb 11, 2007 to Mar 3, 2007
Status  Finished Airing
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Sep 13, 2008 5:30 AM
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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Jun 26, 11:19 PM
A masterpiece, my personal best choice for Makoto Shinkai works, 5 Centimeter per second, is the best romantic movie I watched.

Coming from Makoto Shinkai, director of numerous romantic movies, expert at making such bitter love stories, 5 Centimeter per Second isn't an exception.

The movie itself has 3 episodes, all are set in same world, but different setting. The plot has a very realistic setting, depicting a normal person's love life. Romance isn't just your typical cheesy ending, nor a Deus ex Machina type of resolution. Not all romance ends up happily, we should think realistic sometimes and reflect on some 'wasted' romance. That is what read more
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Jul 17, 2014 11:06 PM
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 22, 2010 8:04 AM
Makoto Shinkai is a fairly big name in the industry of anime films. The mind responsible for Voices Of A Distant Star and The Place Promised In Our Early Days among others, he has made his name for creating absolutely stunning landscapes, coupled with beautiful animation, set to simple stories of romance. And amongst his movies, 5 Cm Per Second is often hyped up to be the best.

Now, let me get this out of the way now: The visuals in 5 Cm Per Second are nothing short of amazing. Shinkai creates some of the most brilliant landscapes I have ever seen. He emphasises the seasons 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. 
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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. 
reportRecommended by Krelian
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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. 
reportRecommended by Iahel
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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.  
reportRecommended by Stark700
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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. 
reportRecommended by TheFukoMaster
Anime: Hotarubi no Mori e
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. 
reportRecommended by TheArchangel

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Ending Theme

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

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