English: 5 Centimeters per Second
Synonyms: Five Centimeters Per Second, Byousoku 5 Centimeter - a chain of short stories about their distance, 5 cm per second
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 11, 2007 to Mar 3, 2007
Duration: 22 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 8.311 (scored by 96483 users)
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2 based on the top anime page.
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Sep 13, 2008
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 go of an unreachable past, and taking control of one's own life. Though they're not necessarily very obvious throughout the movie, the final scene symbolizes these themes, and what the main characters decided on in the end.
The character we follow through the movie is Takaki Tohno, and we get to see how he looks on the events that unfold as a child, a teenager and finally, and adult. We see how he develops through these stages of life, and how it all relates to his childhood friend and love, Akari Shinohara.
The emotions are protrayed in an incredibly beautiful and realistic way; how they portray the love between Akari and Takaki, how they portray the girl who has a crush on Tohno during his high school years, Kanae Sumida, and finally, how they portray their development from children to adults all makes them characters you'll place your heart with. They're characters you'll love, feel sad with, and you'll wish for them to live happily.
The animation quality is astounding, from the detail in backgrounds to the astounding ligthing effects and camera angles that help bring the mood of the scenes to a level different from mostly anything else. The only beef I have is that the characters' faces lost a bit of detail from time to time, but aside that the movie is a visual pleasure that goes beyond pretty much everything I've ever experienced.
Tenmon, who's made the soundtrack to other Shinaki films, does an astounding job on the soundtrack for the movie, with piano pieces that effectively and beautifully amplifies the mood of the movie, be it melancholy, calmness or nostalgia. However, if you don't like piano soundtracks, chances are you'll not like it, since it's mostly the piano that's used throughout the movie (I love them though, and that's what made me give it a 10).
The seiyuu also do a marvelous job of portraying the characters, their emotions and age. I've only watched the Japanese version of the movie, so I can't say anything about the quality of the English voice acting. But I'd recommend it in Japanese anyways =)
5 cm per Second is a movie that takes a story of growing up and makes it into something that cannot be described as anything less than a masterpiece, with astounding themes, storytelling, art and sound. If someone told me I could watch one movie before I died, I'd undoubtedly choose this one.
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Apr 26, 2013
The fundamental plot itself covers a vast, almost tremendous duration of time ranging from the protagonists childhood to adulthood. One would expediently deem that such a broad time scale couldn’t be utilized properly within a mere hour long film. Fortunately no such apprehension or skepticism is required, the story neither sacrifices nor renounces crucial plot elements whatsoever. The romance is both passionate and compelling, yet phenomenally extensive with a well executed, subtle and nonchalant ambiance.
Story: In the beginning we are introduced to two elementary students residing in Tokyo, Takaki and Akari, who have held an enduring bond of friendship till recently. However subsequent graduation Akari moved and was forced to part ways with Takaki. Throughout the next seven long years, they desperately strived to maintain their fragile relationship. After discerning the dreadful news that Akira would be unwillingly moving again, significantly further away he felt resolute to reconcile their dismantling bond, while the opportunity was still attainable. They successfully meet after 7 years and reconcile and eagerly advance the bond to a romantic level understandably, yet much to their dismay this will be their final encounter.
As time relentlessly passes Takaki has become astray, surmising life itself to be trivial and null. The present is insignificant to him, constantly pondering and dwelling obsessively over the past with great resolve. Meanwhile Takakis senior high classmate Kanae has carried an enduring love for him and is wholly cognizant of his internal strife. However despite her determination, yearning and avidity to alleviate him of his despondency with embrace, she realizes her aspirations are futile and fruitless. Astoundingly our protagonist has become a mature sophisticated businessman, yet is more dismal than ever, now cynical and misanthropic to everything residing in his surroundings. Now unemployed and by an extraordinary not to mention bizarre twist of chance Takaki irrevocably accepts the notion to relinquish all of his past and look towards the prospective future.
Characters: Incontestably one can’t execute a romance film without them so it’s indubitably where Byousoku compromises its true dignity and virtue. The individual protagonists themselves ostensibly and forthright seem to all carry dearth and deficient personalities along with subtle reactions to dramatic phenomenon and events. However there is absolutely no exigent urgency for concern, since this outlandish characterization style was applied in this manner for a legitimate reason on which it executed eminently as well as prudently.
This outlandish characterization style has been utilized in director Shinkai Mokotos past works as well. The intendment and purpose behind this is to depict them as not mere characters, but genuine authentic people with drastically differing traits. Another predominant purpose was to abstain from overdramatizing. The voice acting too was utilized along the same premise and was executed fantastically.
Visuals: I was overwhelmed by the breathtaking and awe-inspiring quality of the lighting effects put into Byousoku, and this film is 6 years old. It’s the most stunning lighting I’ve undoubtedly ever seen. Landscape effects were vibrant and very dynamic, movement animations emanated an engaging surreal ambiance. Characters designs wistfully were a bit bland and slightly monotonous, though not enough to criticize and denounce over. At least they contravene typical cliché designs and styles.
Sound: The environmental sound effects were flawless and authentic. In addition nothing sounded duplicated from somewhere else, everything likely was original and designed for Byousoku. Whether it be the abundant variety of elegant yet subtle classical style background music or passionate yet powerful ending song, they all were executed superbly.
Enjoyment: I’d never imagined that a romance film could present itself in such a systematic and uniform manner yet simultaneously retain its vital sentimentality. It’s incredibly ironic how Byousoku is the most unemotional and reserved romance anime I’ve ever watched yet it’s certainly the most passionate, sentimental, and gratifying I’ve seen to date. Though, as much as I detest criticizing, there are issues with the conclusion, albeit a minute amount. The issues particularly pertaining to Takaki and how attains his life altering revelation, it’s rather erratic, perhaps too erratic. In addition it’s dubious and incogitable based on the sequence of events that transpired up that point. Overall, Byousoku can still proudly stand firm as a very admirable, innovative and distinguished romance film that’s magnificent to look at.
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated, will readily and eagerly listen to any opinions or comments of the quality of my review as to better future reviews.These reviews are designed to assist the viewer, not to simply state my opinions of it for fun, thanks!
Aug 9, 2007
The story of the movie's three episodes is absolutely nothing to write home about, as there is no exciting plot with twists and turns. Rather than focusing on epic storylines and grandiose plots, 5 Centimeters per Second, like the rest of Shinkai's creations, focuses on a small core set of characters and their relations to each other. The main selling point is how the characters interact, and how precisely and skillfully their emotions is portrayed.
The art is as one would expect from Shinkai. The backgrounds and the various scenes are depicted in a more beautiful way than in any other anime I have ever seen, and many great works of art pale in comparison to the beautiful, living scenes Shinkai delivers. All the little details from the magazines in the shops to the rime on the windows and the clouds in the sky blend perfectly, and is in my opinion, the thing that defines this movie as the masterpiece it is. Especially the skies look unbelievably beautiful, and really creates the atmosphere in the movie. The characters on the other hand, are far more sketchy, at least compared to the environments, yet the whole thing meshes perfectly together once you get used to it. And that shouldn't take long.
The sound does not stand out too much, except for the insert song right at the end, but rather blends into the wholeness of the movie, and becomes a part of it. If you do try to simply listen to the music, it is rather good, but the truly wonderful thing about it is how it becomes one with the scenery, the characters and everything, and does just what it is supposed to do: help create the feeling and the atmosphere of the movie.
As with the story, the characters are not the usual kind of characters I would give top ratings to. They are not especially exciting individuals with dark mysterious pasts or epic quests, but rather normal people just like (most of) us.
Yet, it is this normality that is the winning factor of the characters, they are normal people with feelings, hopes and dreams, and it is these hopes, dreams and feelings that bears the entire movie. And the most important thing, the characters are presented in such a way that you truly feel you know them, that you can understand them and sympathize with their cause.
With the beautiful art, the atmospheric sound and the simple, yet complex characters and their all too familiar emotions, 5 Centimeters per Second portrays the melancholic feelings of loneliness and uncertainty, the empowering fire of hope and love, and the harsh ceaseless march of reality in such a way that one can truly feel it and recognize it. It is a beautiful and simple, yet complex story of emotions, hope, sadness and distance between people.
This inevitably tragic story portrays perfectly how reality marches ever onward, heedless of peoples hopes and dreams, and how happiness is always just out of reach.
A masterpiece indeed. read more
Nov 22, 2013
Let’s countdown! 1…2...3...4…5 Centimeters Per Second.
This is a tale of two people, Takaki Tono and Akari Shinohara, who were close friends but gradually grow farther and farther apart as time moves on. They become separated because of their families yet continue to exchange contact in the form of letters. Yet as time continues to go on, their contact with one another begins to diminish. Years pass and the rift between them grows ever larger. However, Takaki remembers the times they have shared together, but as life continues to unfold for him, he wonders if he would be given the opportunity to meet Akari again as the tale embarks on Takaki's realization of the world and people around him.
To be technical, this is a CoMix Wave Inc. production and there is a high chance you have never heard of this studio before, just maybe. I can say that CoMix Wave is a studio that can potentially rival Studio Madhouse. Why? Because the animation in this film is unbelievable. The backgrounds, the movements, the visuals, and the designs are astounding and very appealing to look at. This is a movie that can be animated beautifully without throwing in action scenes of any level. I will say that the character designs can be seen as hit and miss, but this is not something I think is worth being picky about I guess. I actually was okay with the character designs. Regardless of the design of characters, The movie still looks amazing.
The music by Tenmon compliments the movie very well. The piano pieces fit with the soothing imagery in the movie, even though the story isn’t as “soothing” as the visuals and music, but none the less it does compliment the movie. Tenmon might be known for his involvement in Ef: A Tale of Memories, and Ef: a Tale of Melodies (for those that have seen it) Tenmon is usually picked by Makoto Shinkai when it comes to his movies, so I can see why he was picked. The soundtrack may sound generic, but it fits. The ending theme song “One More Time, One More Chance” by Masayoshi Yamazaki is a nice song but might not be memorable for some. Take it or leave it on that particular song I guess. The music is pretty good if you want it to fit in with the movie, as far as outside of it. It’s not too listenable to some people.
When voice acting is concerned, The Japanese cast sounds natural. This is something to be expected with this kind of film. I am totally fine if there are no big name seiyus in an anime. I do like to hear some new talent from time to time. However, the casting isn’t phenomenal on their part, but I still think it’s fitting. As with the dub, well… There are two dubs to this movie. First was the ADV dub and then the Bang Zoom! dub (which I’ll call it the “Bandai Version”). I’ll start with the ADV dub… It’s Terrible! David Matranga sounds off, Hilary Haag has had better roles, and Serena Varghese is… gee, I don’t know… maybe not worth noting about!!! This is not a good dub and I think there could be a potential reason as to why. It turns out the ADR director for this dub is Steven Foster. When I reviewed Highschool of the Dead and thought the dub was terrible not only because of the casting but because of how irrationally different it is to the original Japanese script in terms of adapting it to the English Version. Surprisingly, the dub stays true to the original Japanese script, but the major problem is the casting. This dub is terrible and sometimes English Dubs tend to get mixed for me whenever ADV was involved in it. Princess Tutu was one of the ADV dubs I thought was a good dub. For some reason, ADV Films’ license of this movie expired and Bandai rescued it at that time. They decided to re-dub the movie, probably because ADV’s dub was a total FAIL! and the Bang Zoom! dub is a hit and miss. Johnny Yong Bosch plays Takaki Tono and is a much more better choice than David Matranga, but he could have been better in this one. Don’t get me wrong, I think Johnny Yong Bosch is a wonderful voice actor, but I think there are a few roles where I think he really shines at. Kira Buckland is decent in this movie and that’s pretty much it. Alex Von David does do a decent job for ADR direction and he does give a far more tolerable dub than the ADV dub. But if you want better casting, stick with the Subtitled Version on this one if that’s the case.
If there is one thing I should point out about the movie, It is that there isn’t too much going on with the characters, but there was a reason for it. This movie is actually has 3 parts and they all feel like short films, but it still has a linear narrative. These 3 segments are actually showing the specific stages of the main characters’ lives. The first segment during their elementary school days, the second in their high school days, the third in their adult life. There isn’t much character development except that you will have to fill in the blanks. The characters aren’t really the weakest factor in this movie, This is actually acceptable because even though the characters are generic and normal. The characters are relatable and a viewer could find that they’ve been in a similar scenario before. The characters aren’t really interesting, but they are portrayed realistically in a sense, which leads me to the story…
The story is told in 3 parts, Cherry Blossoms is a strong segment and in my opinion, it is the best segment of the entire movie. The visuals, and even the love story is pretty good. Cosmonaut is almost a mixed bag, but I can see where this one was going. I won’t go into detail much on this one, I think you should see it for yourself. As for 5 Centimeters Per Second which really is what the 3rd segment is called, It is a bit questionable but it has a fitting end for what it was going for. This film lasts only an hour and It is one of the finest modern achievements in animation. What I won’t understand is why people say that he is “The Next Miyazaki”. *Sigh* Do I even need to tell you about Miyazaki-san? Hayao Miyazaki is a beloved animator and he has made charming, magical, and even thought-provoking animated films. I am one of the many that loves his movies. He is a very special name when it comes to anime. Makoto Shinkai is a great visionary when it comes to his feature films. But I don’t think his storytelling is of the same caliber as Hayao Miyazaki, but I will say that this was a touching movie. If you want to see great modern animation, I strongly suggest you see this.
5 Centimeters Per Second was available by ADV Films, obviously that was out of print until Bandai Entertainment rescued it, and...it is out of print again. However, it is available on Crunchyroll with both the Subtitled Version and the English Dub. However, it only has the Bang Zoom! Dub. The Novel written by Makoto Shinkai never made it overseas, but the manga written by Makoto Shinkai and illustrated by Seike Yukiko is available by Vertical Inc.
With all that said, 5 Centimeters Per Second is a very astounding animated film. It has beautiful animation, complimentary soothing music, realistically portrayed characters, and a story that may have not sit well for some but with a movie about relationships (which I won’t go into detail for the sake of this review), at least it was portrayed on a realistic sense. This movie is a must-see. If the first 5 seconds of animation appeal to you, then the rest won’t disappoint.
I give 5 Centimeters Per Second a 9.2 out of 10, it is EXCELLENT!
Oct 30, 2013
Makoto Shinkai is a fairly big name in the anime industry, and is known for anime like The Place Promised In Our Early Days, Voices Of A Distant Star and Children Who Chase Lost Voices. If there is one thing that all of Makoto Shinkai's work keep in common, it would be the distance between two persons. And this is also what this movie is all about. Let me share my opinion about 5 Centimeters Per Second, a chain of short stories about their distance ~
This movie is about the relationship between two very close friends, Takaki and Akari. But sadly, Akari will be moving with her familiy to another region of Japan. Still, they manage to stay in touch with each other by using mail. Until Takaki finds out his family will also be moving away. Akari and Takaki decide to meet each other for one last time...
A very heartwarming, yet very sad story. The whole movie is parted in 3 chapters, and revolves mostly around Takaki. In the first chapter of the movie it's about his childhood, the second about his school life and the third in his adulthood. The story telling was very well done and the pacing is perfect. It didn't move too slow, but also not too fast. Still, it's a very simple story. Nothing's really complex about it but that doesn't mean it has to be bad. It's realistic. This is stuff that truly happens in real life. It's just meant to be painfully realistic and that's also the thing about this movie that touched me and a lot of other people to the very core.
To be expected from Makoto Shinkai. The art... Flawless and absolutely beautiful. I've never, ever experienced animation quality in an anime that was this good. The background animation was truly superb. It was rich of colors and had a lot of detail to it. Unique and very realistic. The mountains, the sky, the cherryblossoms.. everything. The character designs were also perfectly done. They look all very realistic and have a natural haircolor. But sometimes, some characters had really oversized eyes, but in my opinion that is only a good thing. It is very fitting for the story and the atmosphere around it. And of course, because this is a drama/romance anime, emotions are really important. And so, they did a perfect job with showing the face expressions of the character. You could immediatly see when a character felt happy, depressed or angry. There's nothing to complain about the quality of animation in 5 CM/S. I just can't describe in words how breathtaking the art is in this movie. This movie bust be watched in 1080p. Just search on Google images for "5 Centimeters Per Second gif" and you can see for yourself what I'm actually talking about.
The soundtracks were simply all awesome and unforgettable. All of them are very fitting for the story and sad atmosphere. Especially the song "One more time, one more chance" (Performed by Masayoshi Yamazaki, who also wrote this song because his lover died in an earthquake in the 90's) is one of the saddest songs I've ever heard in my whole life. It suits the anime perfectly, because Takaki and Akari both want One more time, and one more chance to meet each other again.
The voice acting also, couldn't have been done any better. The voice actors all suited the characters they portrayed.
One of the weaker points of this movie, the characters. But still very good. Remember, this is only a movie of 60 minutes. So it's pretty obvious the characters don't get much development. So if you're a big fan of very complex character development, please don't put the whole movie down just because you didn't like the characters. But still like I said, the characters have some very good things about them as well. As the story progresses in this movie, some characters really did get some development. Especially Takaki, you can feel really bonded with him. You'll feel the exact pain that he is feeling, it could really get you far enough to make you cry. About the supporting cast of this movie, it wasn't that important actually. They were just there, and didn't get any development at all and had flat personalities. But there were none I actually disliked. You will only feel bonded with the main characters in this movie and I won't forget them in the future for sure.
This movie really has to be your thing. I know a lot of people who watched this, but weren't impressed because they aren't that much of a slice of life fan. Personally I enjoyed watching this movie a lot. As long as you like heartbreaking slice of life romance anime, with a calm and yet sad atmosphere, you would enjoy watching this anime just as much as I did.
Overall (9,4 out of 10)
5 Tears per second, 5 feels per second, 5 suicidal thoughts per second, 5 Centimeters per Second.
A heartbreaking story about two very close friends getting torn apart from each other. Simple, but beautiful and painfully realistic. With an art style that is out of this world. Enormous sad and beautiful soundtrack which is very fitting for this anime and very realistic main characters. This movie, really managed to touch me to the very core and will always have a special place in my heart. I truly hope you will feel the same way about this movie. Definitely rewatchable! Makoto Shinkai really delivers some great work and I'm looking forward to his newest project.
I would recommend this anime movie to almost anybody. (In 1080p of course!!!!) Even if slice of life isn't really your thing, you can always try this movie out. It's only 60 minutes, what have you got to lose?
Please, all of you 'helpful' voters, but especially the 'not helpful voters a feedback is highly appreciated!! read more
Aug 22, 2010
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 with absolute perfection, bringing out all the most beautiful aspects of Spring, Summer and Winter (Fall is not pictured in this movie), making an incredibly immersive experience. Coupled with some of the highest-end animation I've ever witnessed, the visuals are probably the single biggest draw of the film, and I seriously recommend that you watch this in the highest quality that you possibly can.
The story is separated into 3 acts, the first being about two childhood friends, Takaki and Akari, who were separated by distance. They keep in contact, but as one of them is about to move elsewhere, the other makes a journey to see them one last time. The second shows Takaki in high school, and is told from the perspective of another girl who is desperately in love with him. The final act shows Takaki and Akari as adults, showing the epilogue to their love separated by distance.
The story, in all honesty, is very lacking. The actual plot of them is pretty much summed up in the above paragraph, with the rest of it simply being character interaction and focus on the scenery. This could actually have been the formula for a brilliant movie, but the problem is that the characters all fall completely flat. Not a single one gets any development, and we barely get any feel whatsoever for their personalities. Rather than putting any focus on the characters, the movie only really cares to use landscapes to convey emotion rather than giving us anything remotely human.
Now, this may make it sound like this movie is bad, but to tell the truth I can't really bring myself to say it is. The story and characters may be completely 2-dimensional, but the story overcompensates with enormous production values, and it actually works. Hell, if you're the kind of person who generally likes love stories then you'll probably really enjoy that side of it as well. In essence, it's good if you're into that sort of thing. Even if you aren't, I'd still recommend watching this just for the amazing depth of the environment Shinkai builds.
However, one thing that should not go unmentioned is the song at the end of the movie, "One More Time, One More Chance" by Masayoshi Yamazaki, which is quite possibly the largest concentration of pure, unbridled tearjerker ever compressed into a single song since Johnny Cash performed Hurt. The soulful voice, combined with the beautiful imagery and shots of the couple in their young adulthood bring home the entire plot perfectly in a way that will have you crying your eyes out in no time.
Overall, 5 Cm Per Second is overrated, but generally entertaining and far from the worst way to kill an hour or so, and if you're a fan of romantic stories then you'll absolutely love it.
Final Words: A must-see for fans of romance, and a great example of scenery porn for everyone else.
Overall: 7/10 read more
Apr 13, 2008
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 by the characters with one another. This is however how the creator of the story wished for it to be i think as the title is named "5 centimeters per second". It was a collection of short stories about human distance. I'll say though that the concept and execution were nice but the story itself was lacks proper closure as it presents the audience with the concept but then leaves it at the presentation with no real conclusion. The story began as a cultured glass of wine then slowly transforming into wine in a box. The depth slowly filled in as the stories progressed. They were written just so that a concept could be brought to stage and left there to be a static attraction for the audience.
So if you're looking for a totally artistic and visually pleasing feature with no real concern for a happy ending with much depth in the end then give this one a looksy. read more
Jul 28, 2007
5 Centimeters per Second is Makoto Shinkai's latest work, and this one doesn't disappoint.
Story: Much like his other works, Voices of a Distant Star and The Place Promised in Our Early Days, the theme for this anime is "distance". Shinkai perhaps, have mastered story-telling of this theme. He crafted each episode so well with this theme that you can't help but be moved. Each episode uses the theme but each potrayed in a different way. The first episode being the physical distance between our characters. The second being the distance in feelings. And the third being the distance in time. This movie will bring you to tears or close to it because of how well its told.
Art/Animation: Be warned, the animation of this movie along with an hd encode may cause blindness, so come in with high expectations.
This movie has probably the most beautiful animation ever. The art direction and scenery in this movie will just blow you away. I have never been so impressed like this.
Sound: Tenmon never ceases to amaze. I never thought his work in The Place Promised in Our Early Days could be surpassed, but I was wrong. This movie would not be what it is if it wasnt for this awesome soundtrack. Each bgm is beautifully composed and works so well with the scenes. The theme song is just as good and fits the theme of this movie so well. Shinkai and Tenmon makes a great team.
Character: Don't be fooled by the score. The characters in this movie are great but everything else is the cause. Takaki, Akari, and the others don't have the appeal like other characters do but the story-telling is done so well that you will get attached.
Overall, this is, without a doubt, Shinkai's best work. He keeps getting better and better. I am so looking forward to his next work.
If you wish to see my spoilerish thoughts on this movie, check out this board in the forums. read more
Jul 26, 2013
In regards to story, i'm glad that the film was split into three different scenarios as it was able to fully flesh out and capture the theme of "distance." Whether it be a distance of Physical length in "The Tales Of The Cherry Blossoms" or a distance of feelings in "Cosmonaut," I came into this film only believing it was about a boy and a girl who loved each other but the distance between them was the one thing that stopped them. Instead, what I got was only 1/3 of this emotional packed roller coaster! Additionally, The presentation and execution was amazing thanks to the phenomenal works of Makoto Shinkai. I felt as if each scene carried a deeper meaning and required you to think critically to fully understand just how the Characters felt at each moment.
Ironically however, what may turn off many people is indeed the different scenarios, as the situations the characters are placed in are not considered original. Physical Distance between two lovers can be found in your typical romance movie, or suffering from unrequited love is almost frequent in your Slice Of Life/Drama anime. As well, the last story can be considered more of an epilogue to the film which doesn't have much of a plot line in it. The pacing of the film also slows down in the second part and abruptly concludes at the end. Even though it does fit the whole tone of the film, it's a bit anticlimactic and leaves you wanting more. Because of this, it leaves a bad impression on the viewer; questioning their enjoyment of the film. Still, I believe for what the universe Makoto Shinkai was trying to portray these characters in, it was very fitting and great for what it set out to be.
Anyone who knows who Makoto Shinkai is will know that he has a reputation of creating the most beautiful animations in his films and OVA. In 5 Centimeters Per Second, once again Makoto Shinkai creates set pieces and scenes that are immaculate and can even be considered works of art. Attention to detail was indeed present as even simple things like a person's shadow was amazingly well crafted. For an anime that released six years ago, it still competes with anime titles released even today.
A slight flaw I found with the animation was in some scenes, a person's face would be completely blank which may take you out of the experience a bit, but it's still not enough to degrade the art style at all.
The Sound of 5 Centimeters per Second, helps immerse you in the emotion that surrounds the film. The sounds of Cicadas in the summer or the crunch of footsteps in the snow are present which helps further brings alive the environment. As for the the background music for 5 Centimeters Per Second, it is mostly just different, slower and instrumental renditions of the ending theme, One More Time, One More Chance which is a beautifully nostalgic piece that fits the melancholic mood perfectly. Even though it is really only one track, this song literally fit every scene it played in.
As of this moment, I have only seen the english RE-dub of the film which I can say the voice actors played their roles extremely well! Johnny Yong Bosch (Lelouch, Vash, Koizumi) played our main character, Takaki Tohno which I believed gave the greatest preformance! I could easily feel Takaki's emotions through his narrations. This is easily in my opinion, one of Johnny Yong Bosch's greatest performances! Tara Platt and Serena Varghese also gave phenomenal performances as Akari Shinohara and Kanae Sumida!
The thing about Makoto Shinkai's work is that, he likes to to create his stories based on a specific moment in his character's life and just drop you right in the middle of it and build off from there. No more is it present in 5 Centimeters per second. Makoto Shinkai once again gives you the smallest knowledge of who each character is and their relation to each other, yet as the story progresses their emotions are able to reach easily with the audience. This is due to the amazing narrations and dialogue that literally have the words hit hard. The Characters in my opinion are what truly makes this film the Masterpiece that it is. They're relatable, and you truly feel heartbroken for these characters when they're put in such dire situations. Even though some moments seemed predictable, I still hoped that the characters would end up for the best. Despite a lack of Character development due to great time jumps between scenarios, i'm still shocked that even in a one hour short featuring three different stories that I found myself incredibly invested with each character it focused on.
If you've been reading up thus far (Which i'm honestly shocked!) then you must know that I highly enjoyed the heck out of this show! I've been giving nothing but praise for this show, and for good reason! On an emotional stand point, it raises the bar. With characters so amazing, artwork so fantastically crafted, topped off with a fitting ending song (Which will indeed be making it's way to the most played on my itunes soon!) i'm sure that this film will be remembered even after another six years from now plus more! True, the different plot points might be cliche, the pacing might be a bit off and the ending might not be for everyone, but it's the characters that well make up for it and makes you forget about the negatives since you're constantly eager to see what will happen to these characters next. Of course, 5 Centimeters per Second isn't for everyone. It's not nothing that's revolutionary or ground breaking, and if you're not into slowish paced, Slice of Lifes, than this won't change your opinion on the genre. However, even not, I think everyone should give this anime a try, for this anime centrals around distance and the struggles of being apart from something close to you, which I believe is a universal topic encountered by almost everyone, myself included!
So that's the end of the review! Thank you so much for checking out my review, as this is my first one! Let me know what you guys think and also maybe how I can do better in my reviews next time! xD Also, if you seen 5 Centimeters per second! Let me know what you guys thought of the film! I would love what to hear what you guys liked/Disliked about it! Ja ne! read more
Dec 12, 2008
STORY - It's simple and quaint. It's a story about time and distance that most people could probably relate to on some level. It's cute and poignant, but I did feel that it was a little over-dramatic. The movie is split into three segments set years apart, though there are several flashbacks sequences contained within each segment. As a result, the storytelling felt a bit choppy -- especially in the first segment, I had a really hard time figuring out just how much time had passed between the characters meeting and the characters parting. And when I did figure it out... six months isn't that long, guys. Get over it. Letter writing is cute, but I have to wonder whether they had cell phones or email. Drifting can be avoided if you try hard enough.
Okay, so drifting because of distance is an inevitable occurrence for a lot of people. I can definitely relate to that, and I can definitely understand that, but it felt a little contrived for such strong feelings to be affecting elementary-age students and even middle school-age students. Nostalgia comes much later than that. The finality of departure doesn't hit home as you're saying goodbye; it comes much, much later. (And again, I feel like I can say this because I've been through it.) Maybe 5 Centimeters per Second is supposed to illustrate the most severe scenario, but I think it would have been a bit more believable if the story hadn't started them so young.
Still, if that's my only complaint, then I guess it isn't much. The themes of the movie are powerful, and the storytelling is very effective in helping to convey the message. It's very bittersweet.
CHARACTERS - Most of the characters were just a tad on the obsessive side, and they all thought on too high and deep a level for their age. I think it would have helped the audience relate to them more if they had been a little less serious, a little more playful, and had a little less tunnel-vision, but for a short movie, I guess a narrow focus on the themes at hand was important. Akari was probably the most normal character, but Takaki and Kanae were almost to the point where I wouldn't have been surprised if someone had recommended them psychological counsel. (Also, what's up with these characters' parents? Who lets their elementary-age kid take a train four or five hours away, alone, during a blizzard?)
Realism points are a little lacking, but I don't really think individual personalities were all that important to the overall movie. The story's focus was time and distance, so it's beneficial for the characters to be more generic and anonymous. That allows the viewer to project whatever personal feelings they have on the subject onto the characters. 5 Centimeters per Second feels like a pretty personal piece in general -- every viewer walks away from it with something different, depending on their own experiences.
ARTSTYLE & ANIMATION - The art in this movie is ridiculous. It was so beautiful, I had a terrible time remembering to read subtitles, though I almost think that if I had seen this dubbed, I would have forgotten to pay attention to the dialogue anyway. It was just that mesmerizing. Every little detail you could possibly imagine -- it was there. The labels on soft drinks, the posters on the walls, the reflections on desks, the dew on leaves, the dappled sunlight under trees, the inscriptions on subway turnstiles! I always wonder whether background artists are bitter that their grand masterpieces are only shown for all of a second in most cases. I wanted to keep pausing to stare at the details. And the clouds. Oh, god, the clouds, the sky. I could have watched those skies forever. It was actually really disorienting to see such epic skies because they were too amazing to be realistic, and my brother was making jokes about whether or not such skies existed only in Japan because we sure as hell have never seen anything that breathtaking over here! Still, the grandeur nature of the skies really helped to illustrate distance and isolation. If the scoring for the art is based on the backgrounds alone, I'd give it an 11.
The characters are strikingly plain against such incredible backgrounds, but that's not a surprise. There is nothing particularly notable about any of them, which works well enough -- they're anonymous people in a way. Their story could be anyone's. Still, there are some inconsistencies in the character design that's worth noting. Especially for Kanae of the second "episode," it seemed like her relative age changed in every scene because her proportions would be different and her face would be slightly off. In her school uniform, she looked thirteen. In her bathing suit, she looked seventeen or older. I can deal with simple character designs against backgrounds of such amazing caliber, but come on.
MUSIC - There's pretty minimal music for most of this movie, which makes many of its scenes all the more thoughtful and poignant. Most of the time, there are only soft piano tunes creeping in quietly behind the dialogue, which is really nice. Unfortunately, the movie ends with the most obnoxious and random song imaginable. Okay, actually, the song isn't actually that bad, but the fact is that its beat, tempo, and general mood clash horribly with everything in the movie. The montage of scenes it accompanies would have done just immeasurably better with the piano from the rest of the film, or even silence or sound effects, but no. We get a random pop song that doesn't fit. Do not want.
VOICE ACTING - Saw this subbed, and all the voices felt pretty plain and generic, but nothing really sophisticated was required anyway. I think it would have been hard to do a bad job with this. It's almost all introspection, and the voices were appropriately thoughtful, so that's that.
OVERALL - Despite the fact that the subject and themes of 5 Centimeters per Second are actually pretty relevant to me, a lot of things distracted me from the main point. The art was arguably too beautiful, and all the little inconsistencies and lack of realism in the characters bothered me more than it probably should have. Honestly though, it's a really nice and concise story, and I'd definitely say that this movie is worth sacrificing an hour of your life for. As a final note, I think it's worth mentioning that I really like the name of this film. Depending on your perspective, that speed can seem too slow or too fast for falling cherry blossoms. It's a distant metaphor, but it's a fitting one. read more
Nov 25, 2013
5 Centimeters per Second is a 3 parts, or episodes, movie directed by Makoto Shinkai. It tells the story of a childhood love torn apart by life's unexpected and twisted turns. Through these 3 episodes, Makoto Shinkai managed to tell us the story of growing up and moving on from the regrettable, yet unchangeable, past; no matter how big or small the mistake you've done is, you just have to find a way to move on.
In the beginning we are introduced to Takaki and Akari, 2 elementary school kids who are very close friends due to them preferring to stay inside and read books, rather than going outside and basically be kids. After graduation, Akari is forced to move away, and throughout 7 long years, both of them try to hold onto this fragile and weak relationship. Their attempts are proven futile after Takaki received news that he will moving to a remote island, somewhere that will both widen the gap between them, not only physically, but the distance between their hearts - knowing this, the two of them agree to meet for the first, and most likely last time for many years.
Shinkai did a spectacular job of telling a story, like how he handled the 3 episodes for example: Akari is shown less and less as each episode conclude, roughly 1/3 of the first episode, about 4-5 minutes in the second, and only 2 scenes in the last. A subtle but very effective way to emphasize their relationship growing apart. 5 Centimeters per Second is full of these small but powerful hints of character development and story telling.
You can't have a romance without good characters, and this anime certainly delivers in that aspect; every emotion felt meaningful, every action had a purpose. The love shared between Akari and Takaki is something beautiful, yet sad at the same time, where you know the worst is to happen - yet you hope for the outcome to differ.
Anyone who has seen even a clip of this anime will instantly take notice of the amazing backdrops and animation in this movie. This anime is 6 (almost 7) years old and it still has better animation than some of the anime that are coming out today. The best part of this animation is probably the scenes involving some sort of sky in the background, dark scenes with little hints of light, and scenes of snow. I have nothing to complain about this at all, it is simply astonishing.
Tenmon, also responsible for some others of Shinkai's movie sound tracks, did an amazing job for this movie, light piano sometime backed by a gentle string accompaniment did an amazing job at supporting the anime's calm, gentle and nostalgic nature, simple but something that reflects the anime's theme completely.
All in all, 5 Centimeters per Second is a marvel of an anime to watch, a true story about childhood romance, and how sometimes - it just doesn't always work out, and takes the turn for the worst. It also teaches simple life lessons, like how time seems to fly when you are enjoying yourselves, and seems to drags on when you're awaiting for something or someone; how when we are kids, we neither know or cares of what happens in the future, and all we care about is right now. It shows the ups and downs of a life that had you crying tears of happiness, not only when something good happens, but when the characters move on and finally find true love. This anime contains something wonderful, something aspiring that I cannot describe. An anime like this cannot be described as anything but a masterpiece.
Oct 6, 2013
Story: 10/10 (Spoilers Warning. Yes, you HAVE been warned) The storyline is simple, but strong and moving. It starts off with (assumed) Akari and Takaki and a dialogue relating to the title. Not even a minute into the movie, Akari runs and a barrier falls between them. After that, a train runs past and the time leaps.
Then, Akari talks even though we are only seeing Takaki. This creates the thought of Takaki still feeling Akari's presence even if she's not there. A bird flies through the sky and THEN we see Akari. This could imply the distance they'll have to travel in order to see each other. After that, Akari no longer talks when we're only seeing Takaki showing the distance overtime. The first time they see each other after a year, flashbacks of their childhood were shown. It shows the good moments between Akari and Takaki, also showing nostalgia.
The train delays after delaying and Takaki had nothing to do other than to feel sentimental or think about his relationship with Akari or worrying about the train. After that very long train ride, Takaki goes to the waiting room and finds Akari still waiting for him, and music plays.
The start of the second episode drifts away from Takaki and Akari and focuses on Kanae, and Kanae's love and experiences with Takaki. Even other people think/joke that Takaki is dating Kanae, also implying that Akari isn't in his life any more. Plus, Akari didn't appear until far into the episode, besides the beginning.
At the beginning, Akari and Takaki promised to see the cherry blossoms again. When Takaki first met Akari after not seeing each other again, the snow turned into the petals of cherry blossoms. This gives an impression that the promise is met because the two have finally met each other.
This is only SOME of the scenes in the movie. There are lots more, but it'll take forever to analyse them all.
Art: 10/10 The art is outstanding. In most anime, the focus will be on the character art. But in 5 Centimeters per second, the focus is in the scenery and background, that's what makes this anime more unique. If you look at the character art, you'll see that the character art itself isn't that great. But that doesn't affect much because the focus is on the scenery.
Sound: 10/10 The background music is emotive and moving, just like the art and storyline. The music is mainly piano soundtracks and I know it's not liked by everyone. But the music in 5cm/s is done and played well. I don't know if the music is a live piano player and a live orchestra or it's electronically made. But if it's live, then... I can't find a word to describe it. Playing an instrument might be easy, but playing an instrument well is actually really hard. Even if it's electronically made, it's still outstanding, the emotion in the tunes. Listening to the music, I'm 99.9% sure the music is played by real people, not using a computer software. In addition, the lyrics and feeling you get in the songs are highly relevant to the story.
At times when the background music aren't playing, the sound you hear will be birds singing, trains, opening an umbrella, paper rustling, wind blowing etc. This creates a realistic atmosphere and feeling. By just using that technique, 5cm/s can create a scenery you will expect just by the sounds you hear. In a lot of anime, you won't expect much detail to be put into the sound.
Furthermore, you'll also hear a few lines of other's conversations even if they are absolutely unrelated to the storyline or the characters, just like you might do in real life.
I can also give credit for the voice acting. The voices are neither too high or too low. In some anime, the female voices can be too high and squeaky. That's what makes me turn the volume down and read the subtitles instead.
Character: 9/10 I don't see much in their character and personalities. Their personalities portrayed throughout the movie is quite simple. The movie mostly shows their personalities in their love life and rarely shows their personalities outside their love life. Since the focus is a romance movie, that doesn't really affect much. Even so, we can still judge what type of person they might be considering the characters' thoughts and actions. And we can see that Kanae is a girl who loves to surf. I personally think the character development is a lot better than a lot of other anime though.
Enjoyment: 10/10 I don't usually like romance anime. But I have really enjoyed this movie. This is by far the best romance I've watched so far in my life (in my opinion). I've watched 5cm/s at least 3 times now and still not bored of it. That story, that art, that music...
Overall: 10/10 I think this is an outstanding anime. I'm amazing by the clever amount of thought and effort that had been applied to this anime movie. A good emotive storyline, astounding artwork, moving background music, epic combo.
One more time, one more chance read more
Mar 5, 2010
*warning slight spoilers*
This anime is actually a 3 part movie, with each part concentrating on different times of the characters’ lives. In part one “Okasho” we are introduced to the two young protagonists, Takaki and Akari and get to see how their friendship develops into love and then see how cruel life can be by splitting them apart. The bond that forms between them isn’t forced, but is subtle yet extremely powerful. Not many animes can portray a relationship as moving and touching as shown here. This first part depicts the joy, happiness yet naiveté and struggle of young first love. As more and more obstacles get in between these two love struck couples, we really get a sense of and are able to relate to what they are going through. Their inability to actually confess their love for each other, and whether even declaring their love would bring them closer is shown through Shinkai’s use of distance, both in the physical and emotional sense.
Distance as well as silence is a huge theme in this anime. Physical distance of being apart is shown intensely in scenes like when Takaki treks through a blizzard to get to Akari. Going on this journey with him, as his train gets delayed or even cancelled, is heart wrenching to say the least. Will he make it? Will Akari still be there even if he does get there? Not only does this scene portray physical distance, but it delves into the emotional distance between Takaki and Akari. The diminishing frequency of letters sent to each other or the silence between them once they meet strengthens this point. The letters that they send eachother also reflect this distance and the change that is occurring in their relationship. They talk about how the seasons change and how their routine/friends have changed in the letters…and this also strikes painfully how vast the distance between them actually is. Silence is another huge emotion evoking element used in this anime. The dialogues are simple, yet overarching and powerfully felt. There is minimal use of music, and there are scenes where you are just drawn into the scene unfolding with nothing but silence. This is brilliant, because emotions can be felt clearly through the characters actions and expressions. When you can understand what the characters are going through, even when there is no dialogue, that is the pinnacle of great character development. And sometimes you don’t need to say anything to show love between two people. However, there is a flip side to the silence which Shinkai explores. These two young characters never truly confessed their love for eachother in words, and then left Takaki wondering “what if?” for the duration of the anime. Perhaps sometimes it’s best to just out right say what you’re feeling…but would the confession have brought them any closer or distanced them further?
The 2nd part is called Cosmonaut and further explores the theme of distance and develops further Takaki as well as a new character named Kanae. Here we have changed the love story from the exciting first love to a more bitter love. Distance is further represented through Takaki’s dream which he constantly has about Akari. They are so close to each other in his dream, yet so far as to a point where he can’t even imagine her face. The cosmic reference is used to say how beautiful yet far, remote and unexplored love can be. This part can be described by the quote used in this anime, “to absolutely and wholeheartedly believe that somewhere in the abyss, you are getting closer to the secrets of the universe.” Takaki is still dreaming of the “what could have been” while Kanae is trying to get closer to Takaki but noticing that Takaki is in a far off place, unreachable by Kanae. Again silence comes into play here as well. Takaki’s silence towards Akari, by never being able to send her letter or even text messages…Akari never being able to declare her feeling towards Takaki; the silence shown in these scenes are again potent to say the least.
The 3rd part is called “Byousoku 5cm” or “5cm per Second” and here we are exploring the more mature yet ever changing relationships between people. 5cm per second or the falling of the sakura reflects the fleeting beauty in our relationship and lives. Was their meeting and love destined to happen? Was their love or there lack of determined by fate? Both sides of the coin are explored even more in this chapter and shows how if there is fate, that it can be both beautiful and cruel.
Hopefully, you can get a sense of how deep the characters truly are in this anime. They are drawn simply, and many of the scenes are enveloped in silence. But the development that occurs in all the characters is truly remarkable and relatable. The characters are simple yet not the stereotypical anime characters. You would be hard pressed to find any other anime which develops the characters like this anime does. Anime is notorious for using over expression in their characters to get their points and feeling across. Not so in this anime…none of the growth, emotions, actions seem forced, but are natural and relatable. The music, like I said before is simple as well, but definitely fits the mood when it comes into play. The theme “One More Time” is heart wrenching and wraps up the sentiment of the anime very well.
In terms of animation quality…OMG this is hands down the most gorgeous anime I have ever seen. Everything is detailed to the very minute and the scenes created cast the perfect mood for the viewers. Nothing seems out of place or artificial. The bitter sweetness of this anime comes across as realistic as can be because of the superb animation quality. Voice acting is top notch as well. In such a character driven anime, excellent voice acting is required to get the point across and feel what the characters are feeling. And in this regard, this anime does not disappoint. The subtle nuances in the characters’ speech can be heard to pull you into the story and atmosphere.
An overshadowed master piece, this anime is a must watch for all, whether you are an action, drama, or comedy fan. Hell even non-anime watchers will appreciate what this anime does. A superb masterpiece from a director named the next Miyazaki.
Oct 18, 2007
Broken down into three parts, 5 Centimetres Per Second presents the evolution of Takaki TÃ�ï¿½no, as he grows through his early teenage years into adulthood. With him is his childhood friend and love, Akari Shinohara. In breaking the story down, Shinkai achieves a masterful generalization of the the process of growing apart, first through the idealistic lens of a child, to the yearning pathos of a teenager, and finally to the reality of life as an adult. The stories are told in a way such that all viewers can easily see the evolution and growth of humanity's outlook on the development process, while still retaining the human touch of a story, rather than sounding like a dissertation. From this, it is the story that is the true masterpiece of 5 Centimetres Per Second - without it, the themes of the piece are merely abstract concepts without a human face. The emphasis is clearly on the lives of the individual characters, and the events that, while out of our direct control, are constantly pressuring our existence down a specific path, perhaps one that we do not wish to follow. While the movie treats the gap of human interaction as a sadness endemic to the human condition, it also ends on a positive note of humanity's constant desire to reach out to those around us, encapsulated beautifully in the metaphor emphasized in the second part.
From a technical perspective, the animation qualities of 5 Centimetres Per Second eclipse previous animes that I have seen by a long-shot. The backdrops are absolutely stunning, with a fluid of motion between frames that make it look less like an animated feature on a screen and more like the motion of objects directly in front of us. Juxtaposed with this is the quality of the hand-drawn characters, who, despite being obviously of a different animation style, still melds in perfectly with the environment around them. What results is that it appears that the world is actually crafted for the characters - a living, breathing world that will continue to exist even after we turn off the screen, ongoing in its artistic eternity.
My recommendation? Watch this movie - it is the epitome of what is achievable in art. It is a must see for anyone who desires a deeper, richer experience from the stories that they encounter. read more
Dec 22, 2007
The main theme in 5cm is distant love; the story in 5cm is typical in most animes. However, Shinkai Makoto has not only created something with deeper meaning but has also transformed how we watch anime.
The story is divided into three arcs, each telling a different story at a different time. The story mainly revolves around a boy/man name Takaki and his long time childhood friend, Akira. The story is beautiful, with a great ending.
What can I say? Shinkai Makoto has done it again! The art in 5cm isn't just intruding, but it is also realistic. From the flickering reflections in the train to the detailed buildings and characters. The art just blends in with the story beautifully, just seeing the art just makes me want to watch this over and over again.
The music in 5cm perfectly blends in with the atmosphere of the anime, you feel as if you are in the movie. The music somehow manages to smoothly merge the viewer and the anime together. The sound effects fulfills its purpose by providing realistic sounds such as the perfectly executed train noises. Although the music does not play a major role in the first two episodes, the ending music is just amazing; it really makes you synthesis for the characters.
As you continue to watch 5cm, you are immediately drawn into the characters, as mentioned above; the story is divided into three arcs. One in his childhood days, one in his high school days and the last in his adulthood days. Each arc all contain the main character, Takaki and as the story continues characters revolve around him.
Although I have only watched this once, it has already left an impact on me. The art, sound and the overall story pulled me into the movie. I really enjoyed this movie to a point that I wrote a review on it. ^^
Shinkai Makoto has not only created a movie with outstanding art and music but also combined the elements of Romance and Drama into one heck of a movie.
Aug 8, 2011
There are two problems I have with this story. The first is even though each episode is seperate, they should have some sense of overarching story, and unless it's force-fed to you that is almost non-existant in this anime. As a matter of fact, it wasn't until about half-way through the second story that I was given confirmation that I was even watching the same character as in the first episode. Now my largest problem is one which is probably exclusively my own is the fact that it's just a depressing anime. Yeah, I can already feel the hate posts, but I feel that the characters are flat and to be fair too real for me to enjoy. What I mean is that you never really witness the characters evolve throughout the story, they evolve in the space between each episode but you never really witness it. As to the realism part to avoid spoilers let's just say that they give up and I'm torn between whether your supposed to feel bad for the main character or just accept him.
So I apologize to whoever I just offended, please hit helpful or not helpful and drop me a comment to let me know what I'm doing right, and what I'm doing wrong. Thanks for reading. read more
Nov 7, 2013
Through the story, we follow Takaki as he proceeds through his life. The movie is set into 3 acts, each presenting a different time. Act 1 shows us Takaki when he was in elementary school, act 2 when he was a few years older and in high school, and act 3 when he was already employed, so approximately a decade after the 2nd act.
The movie focuses on three genres alone, and emphasizes them to the maximum: Romance, Drama, and Slice of Life. All I can say is that the presentation of the three, as well as all of them connecting was simply amazing. Although only 1 hour long, we quickly get to sympathize with the lead characters, as we are shown their feelings and pain down to detail. Adding the amazing animation for a 2007 movie, it simply tops the overall sensation, like being shot towards us with no holding back.
It would be quite hard to review all the three acts without including spoilers as well, so keep in mind that the following text includes them. Regardless whether you read them or not, it is the watching itself that matters, not how much story you know, as far as it goes for Byousoku 5 Centimeter that is. However, if you really wouldn't want to read any, I suggest you to skip to the Overall part in the end.
In the 1st act, we are basically presented to our main male and female leads, Takaki and Akari, and are shown their dedication and love towards each other when they were younger. In other words, when they were children. The dedication is shown by seeing that not time nor space would hold the two down from waiting for each other, even if they are far apart and even if there are other random obstacles in the way... like trains and their issues.
Due to a certain important factor, the distance between the two becomes even greater in the 2nd act. As Takaki starts visiting high school now and is ever farther away from Akari, the pain from not seeing each other increases. We are introduced to a new, quickly lovable character that falls for Takaki on the first sight. After many dedications to confess to him, she in the end realizes that he himself is not looking at her, although they are together a lot, but at something far away. Something he cannot appear to reach. Smart as she is, she more or less figures the situation out, and here is the first turn where love turns extremely painful. She doesn't confess, but still feels the pain of loving Takaki, and falls asleep in tears that night. With that scene, the 2nd act ends, with the drama flowing through our bodies, and us sympathizing with this girl named Kanae.
The 3rd act shows us adulthood and brings Akari besides Takaki back to the screen. As it is the final act, it of course has to be the harshest and include the hardest drama as well. Takaki, still having feelings for Akari, lives a lame and painful everyday life, with himself realizing that he is fading in feelings. After some time of being employed as a computer programmer, he decides to quit the job, as he is lost in thought and beer cans that are spread all over his room. What decides the final hit is the message he gets from the one he loves, saying how she will get married to one random man. Although he is seen paralyzed at first, that quickly changes. Both him and Akari are shown to remember that day when they were 13, and how this was their love as kids. In the end, they are shown crossing each other, and just when noticing that, they both turn, and... bang! The train blocks the way again. Takaki waits for the train to pass, only to find out that Akari is not there anymore once is goes by. He turns and smiles, most likely thinking to himself that life does go on, and so must he.
Overall, it is a truly emotional movie with a realistic, have-to-move-on ending. It is not a fairy tale, so if you are not a fan of those types, then the ending might not please you much. However, I still extremely advise the watch, regardless of the general preferring. It is a 1 hour long experience that simply mustn't be missed. Do take your time for it, you will not regret it. read more
Aug 21, 2008
I was skeptical about the assertion that Makoto Shinkai was the next Miyazaki, and although I really liked he two previous works, Voices of a Distant Star and The Place Promised in Our Early Days, I could not bring myself to lavish him with such high praise until he made a movie that blew me away and that would become an instant favorite. It would seem that I made a wise decision. Miyazaki is undoubtedly one of the greatest anime directors to ever live, and his films (Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke) rival those of any genera, animation or otherwise. He's been said to be on par with Disney, but that is a lie. Miyazaki is BETTER then Disney. So obviously I'm always skeptical to people comparing an up and coming director to Miyazaki.
I watched Shinkai's carrier with great interest from his debut film Voices of a Distant Star to this new film. His strong suits have always been animation and music. No anime director I've ever seen can create such beautiful animation as he, and few can combine such stunning and magnificent animation with just the right music to set the tone and take his viewers far away to walk the snow covered streets along side the characters. He's great at this, but for all that talent he also has a critical flaw to his style which makes his movies miss their full potential; he has no idea what pacing means. Being only 23 minutes long, Voices was paced very well and never had a dull moment, but the follow up Places, being full length, was paced so badly it made me want to skip large portions of the film so I could see some more beautiful landscaping. If the animation and music weren't so great, I doubt so many people would love that movie so much, even though I personally gave it 4 stars.
But now, with his third film, I expected him to have found away around that weakness and create a film that wasn't just visually beautiful, but also well paced as well. Well sorry, but he hasn't done it, and my patience with him is wearing thin. In this three part film Tonoo and Akari are best friends in grade school who spend all their free time with one another, but as they grow up they slowly drift apart, contacting one another at first through letters and then falling out of contact altogether. It is, surprise, surprise, another romance. This would not have been a problem if this new film didn't seem like a carbon copy of Voices and Places, especially places. Guy and girl fall in love at an early age, guy and girl drift apart as life goes on and they grow up, guy and girl never get over each other and miss the other, guy and girl sit awake in their rooms all night thinking about the other, guy and girl never see each other again. If you've seen Places you can pretty much see everything that’s coming. There are no surprises here, just gooey romance.
It’s a real disappointment to see an animator with so much promise get bogged down in these silly romances again and again and again. Voices was good, Places was as well, but Shinkai always tells the same exact story. Its not that he likes telling a certain kind of story, it’s that he likes telling only ONE kind of story, every single time. Get a grip man; make something a little more original. Its bad enough that his pacing is so bad but why even bother making new movies when you’re just going to tell old stories again and again and again? If this is all Shinkai has to offer then it’s not worth my time seeing every film he comes up with.
The animation, as always, is brilliant. I just don't know how much more I can gush over his amazing art. I've been saying this since Voices, but his three films are THE BEST animated films I've ever seen, and I've seen my fair share. Unfortunately this film is missing something; the music. Both his previous films have amazing musical scores that made the film just that much better. I never fail to catch myself humming their main themes after watching them without even noticing. Well I'm not going to end up humming these tunes, that’s for sure. For one thing there wasn't enough BGM to begin with, and what little there is was just a remix of old themes. But the biggest disappointment was the ending song. It’s just not pretty; I'm sorry, but Japanese isn't the most beautiful language to listen to. The ending song was nowhere near beautiful, in fact I found myself turning the volume down and playing a song of my own instead. If they had only play "Don't Say Goodbye" from Skillets album Comatose then it would have been the greatest scene ever (trust me, listen to the song and watch the scene and you'll see what I mean).
So no, this is not the next Miyazaki, not even close if this film is any indication. I don't think I've ever given a Miyazaki film less then 4 stars, he is far and away the most consistent director I've ever watched, so if Shinkai can't pull it off after three tries I think its an unfair comparison.
Replay value; low.
Apr 13, 2013
- 'Byousoku 5 Centimeter' is one of those animes that appear, only for a short moment in your life, to tell you a story of two simple lovers; about the time they have together. They rip and tear your heart out causing you to collapse in tears as you watch them struggle to be happy. It's a basic plot and yet it can bring a grown man to tears. (I had my 19 year old male friend watch it with me. He was in tears which is RARE.)
There are 3 parts to the movie, each 20 minutes long making the movie a little over an hour. The first part is 'Ōkashō (Cherry Blossom)' which is the intro to the story. Tohno and Shinohara quickly become friends before Shinohara moves away to Tochigi. They start writing letters to each other, but ultimately began to drift apart. Part 2 is 'Cosmonaut.' This part is from Sumida's perspective. She's in love with Tohna, but he obviously is still longing for Shinohara. She eventually gets heart broken in their last year of high school. Part 3 is 'Byousoku 5 Centimeter.' This part shows us Tohno in his adult years (2007). He's gotten nowhere in life. He drinks and he plans on quitting his job. His ex-girlfriend is included in this part. if you pay attention to how she acts and what she says, you can pretty much understand how Tohno feels. The ending was... very... simplistic yet it gave us (my friend and I)... closure (I have a limited vocab.)
As you can see, that's basically it. A very basic plot with a fairly complex moral. I really loved this movie. There's not a lot of romance so there isn't cheesy, lovey-dovey shtick happening in this. Life is too complex so having a simplistic anime that makes you look at reality differently really... makes life more enjoyable. -
= Art =
- This movie has OUTSTANDING art. However, I gave it a 9 due to that fact that I can't give it all a 10 and that the character's animations were rough in some places which made everything else in the anime... shaky. If you go to ZeroChan.net and type 'Byousoku 5 Centimeter', you will see why the art is breathtaking. -
= Sound =
- The music in this anime is absolutely astounding. The theme of the movie is 'One More Time, One More Chance' by Masayoshi Yamazaki. This song represents the whole movie, esp. Tohno Takaki. It explains his emotions and at times it seems that the movie revolves around that one song. The soundtrack is also spectacular. Words really can't describe it.
The voices of the characters fit them REALLY well. They're voices voice the characters thoughts and it puts more into the characters themselves. (I'm talking subbed guys. Never dubbed in my anime review). -
= Character =
- You really connect to each and every character [of significance] in this movie. When Sumida cries, you cry with her. When Tohno and Shinohara part, you may be literally yelling "Tohno-kun!" I tend to not get this... emotional towards anime b/c a) I rarely watch it and b) it's an escape from reality and yet this movie really represented how cruel/harsh reality is. The characters are just there to show us how bad things can get. And yet they also represent the change in how you perceive it. -
= Enjoyment/Overall =
- It's obvious that I enjoyed this series. The ratings and my blabbering say it all. What more needs to be said? Nothing. - read more
Apr 8, 2013
Story: It follows the life of a Tohno Takaki and his friend Akari Shinohara. Its not the usual daily school life with loved gained and lost. It spans from the vibrant years of youth to the mundane life of an adult. Through the series we watch as Tohno and Akari are split further and further apart for reasons that they cannot control. As time would pass they become further not only in physical distance, but emotional distance as well. All in all its a very worth while story, it must be seen, or in my case, experienced.
Art: Art was amazing, each animation added to the mood and feel of the series and made it one to be remembered
Sound: The sound was just as the score dictates. It fit amazingly into all aspects of the series.
Character: Because of the length of the series, the development of each character leaves a lot to be desired. On the bright side however, the way each character is portrayed, you feel as if you've known the character for the duration of a standard anime, which to me meant a lot considering character development is necessary for me
Enjoyment: When you sit and watch this, you feel. No joke. Feel. The mood, the emotion, the shear realism, it hits hard. After you start to realize that all these things are possible, and that one or more of these things has probably happened to you, makes it that much easier to take in. I caught myself almost tearing in many situations (mainly the last segment). You will love it. If you liked the sad portion of Clannad, I guarantee that this will not disappoint.
Overall: An amazing series all around, thus its somewhat perfect score. The only thing that bothered me was the fact that I wanted more. But this only indicates that it was good enough to keep you coming back. A definite yes read more