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
Feb 11, 2007 to Mar 3, 2007
22 min. per ep.
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisToono 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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Ending Theme"One more time, one more chance" by Masayoshi Yamazaki
Ok, this is a beautiful love story that is completed in one hour's time. The animation and cinematography is excellent to the point that you almost forget you're not watching a real live-action movie.
Having said that, the story itself is almost too painful to watch, for several reasons. It is basically the story of painful, dysfunctional teenage romances. Dysfunctional because in real life, I think there would be different outcomes with both of the romantic relationships explored by the film. The author/screenwriters chose to go the "Japanese Trainwreck" route, which is frustratingly common in Japanese story telling. Rarely is there ever a "happily ever after". Instead the audience suffers silently with an hour's worth of painful unrequited love. It is almost as if half the population of Japan has been traumatized in their teenage years by unrequited love or love lost by forced separation, and half again must relive this through some form of art or film. Beyond that, the film seems to end abruptly, with no real closure to either of the important story threads. Frustrating. read more
I totally recommend this OLD BUT GOLD anime.. I rather stay to the end other than watch other Crappy anime, (no, I not say the newer anime is not crap but not enjoyable like this)
Story: although its a Complex, but i know something, 3 different years, 13, 17 and 21, Each episode skip 4 year of Tohno-san with Akari-kun, no The episode 2 Kanae is not the one...
Art: OLD BUT GOLD GRAPHIC
Sound, Its Far Louder than Voice at Kissanime(Dot)to Sub
Character: Tohno is a guy who Moved 2 times and end-up Miss her Opputornity for second time,While Akari moved to somewhere where Tohno far 9 hours to akari, plus 2 hour Station(5 station) delay with 15 minutes while storm
Enjoyment?: Make me Deepressed for a week(i wrote this a week after watch
The overall is good, but what PC use that time? read more
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 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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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 with numbers for those who prefer it that way.
Oh, I am sitting here, after watching the movie, but it's not out of awe, it's out of bewilderment because despite all the reviews and recommendations from ,everyone that proclaim it the best movie ever, that the message of it is poignant and beautiful...I can't say that I fully agree. Maybe it's because I'm a heartless robot who has never felt love before, you would say, but no, I've cried and felt emotional at even the smallest hints of feeling, and I've most definitely been in love, known what it's like to feel heartbreak, desolation, the chill when you know the person you love will never share your feelings. But for some reason...I couldn't relate to this movie, try as I might.
Why did this movie completely fail my expectations? I'm still trying to make sense of it as I write this review. I'm a bit disappointed in myself, because it seems everyone else except for me was touched by this anime while I appear to be some stone-cold freak of nature. I had the tissues ready, the feels shield up, the family relocated to another room so that I could peacefully watch this and take all the dialogue in.
The most outstanding issue in 5 Centimeters per Second, for me, is that I don't feel that there was enough character development. I understand. Toko is in love with Akari, and in the first part, she reciprocates his feelings, but they can't be together. Yes, that is sad, but the way it was expressed just didn't seem to impact me. At the end of the movie, I don't know anything about them except that they're star-crossed lovers who, unfortunately, can't be with each other.
The movie does have wonderful messages in it. You have to move on from the past, learn to let go, and know when it's time to move on. However, I don't think that message is unique to this movie only. I've seen it expressed many times before. The story is interesting, but I think it needed a lot more plot and character development.
Yes. We can relate to the characters as they experience loss, heartbreak, falling in love for the first time. But for some reason, I didn't feel as though there was enough effort put into making the watchers really connect, to strengthen that link of empathy. I appreciate the symbolism used in this anime. The messages are indeed deep and something that many can relate to, but in my opinion they were not conveyed in the right way. I also think that some of the lines from the movie are elegant...Overall, this anime seemed to have all the elements to be wonderful, but for me, they didn't come together.
And for you data analysts out there, have a breakdown by numbers:
Story :: 7
It started out promising, but spiraled into something a bit boring and, at least for me, terribly predictable. The story is well-thought out and I liked how it was broken up into three parts, but it moved very quickly, and at the end I found myself shocked that there wasn't something more. It would have been much better if even half an hour was given to plot development. The way the story is played out is in soft hints of emotion, feelings that can be easily related to, and in a relatively tranquil way, but because of this, I felt that it was difficult to find the actual point of the plot. When the movie ended, I sat there and asked myself, "so what?". The answer was simply that "We have to learn when and how to move on". I was hoping that I would have been able to think of more. I appreciate, though, how it was portrayed realistically throughout, with nothing cheesy or sugar-coated.
Art :: 9
Ah, but I do have to say, the artwork in this movie is outstanding! The backgrounds, lighting, climate, everything. I was spellbound by the gorgeous landscapes that were concocted, with the perfect touch of surrealism and fantasy at every part. You see a routine town setting, and then look up at the sky...a nebulous wonderland, full of stars, conveying the idea that there really is no boundary to where we can go. I can't give this category a 10, however, because the people were somewhat disconcerting amongst all this scenery. I didn't feel as though as much effort was put into drawing them, and they looked a bit odd at times.
Sound :: 9
I play the piano, so all the piano songs in the background stood out and they really did provide a lovely backdrop for the movie, which is peaceful and not full of action or drama. The background music could most certainly put me at ease in any situation. I also appreciated the realistic sound effects, reminiscent of the sounds in a Miyazaki movie. It's clear that a lot of effort was put into this movie.
Character :: 6
These characters should be relatable. At times, I felt like I could relate to them. However, they were greatly lacking in personality development. Maybe, though, it's the point of the movie. As was noted in an article that I read some time ago, if the characters in a work of art are relatively simple, we use them as blank canvases on which to paint our own emotions. I think I would have appreciated a bit more character structuring, though.
Enjoyment :: 6
Like I said in the beginning of this review, I sat there the entire move trying very hard to like it. At some points, I did. I could appreciate the messages, clear or somewhat hidden, that were being given. However, for most of the movie, I was bored, as though I was waiting for something to happen. Maybe this is because I thought it would be a lot more sad than it turned out to be.
Overall :: 7
The messages in 5 Centimeters per Second are beautiful. I believe that they should have been conveyed more through character actions than through them having to tell a story to us using words. As I continue through my life, perhaps I will encounter scenarios that will make me think of this movie. I would still recommend that people watch this movie, because there are lessons to be learned and chances are that they'll enjoy it much more than I did, looking at the sheer amount of 10s that this movie has received. Until then, I'll continue pondering this movie, and why I, usually so quick to empathize with others and share emotions, was not moved by this piece. If my opinions change, I will be back to write another review. As was the message of Howl's Moving Castle, hearts can change, and people can too. read more
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.
Anime as exceptionally beautiful and insanely detailed as these two can show you a quality of the animation that's on a very high level. The atmospheres of both shows are very similar to each other and grab you without letting you go until it's over, leaving you almost speechless. If you want to check out the pinnacle (at the time) of animation quality, watch these two.
Again, the same director, both are about relationships of distance, and I thought they were both very moving, must watch IMO
Both are directed by Makoto Shinkai, and deal with long distance relationships.
They are both made by the same director, Makoto Shinkai. And I must say, they have incredibly similar themes. Not in subject matter but they both concern themselves with matters of the heart and the distance between humans. One is a force separation while the other is a gradual drifting apart. If you like anime that makes you think, watch these two.
These are both stories about time and distance. The beautiful story telling with the artwork shows us how time and distance affect people and relationships.
both shows how extremely depressing life and love is. it pulls on your heartstrings to the point of tears.
Both are similars in many ways. My preference goes for 5 cm per second but if you liked one i assume that you will like the other too then ;)
Two people in love separated by two things that will never close or come to an end. Time and distance. Both are beautifully done (as expected of Shinkai) and have that depth to them that makes you think of Miyazaki.
Both are movies depicting an impossible love through time and space.
Both center around how the main character deals with handling a long-distance relationship, with bittersweet results. They're even by the same guy!
both deal with love over huge distances.
They are both same director's work, if you liked the style of one, you'll likely enjoy the other. They have also similar stories, since they are both about separation of lovers who try to communicate with each other. However, the artwork of voices of a distant star is not as good as 5 cm per second's.
Same director. Beautiful art. Deep meaningful stories of a couple that couldn't be together.
Though these two movies of Shinkai Makoto present two different perspectives about the effects of distance and time in a relationship, they still give me the same melancholic feeling towards the end. Voices of a Distant Star is about two people who were separated by unfortunate situations, but their commitment to each other kept them close to each other emotionally. Despite their struggles, they held onto on maintaining their intimate connection.
On one hand, 5 Centimeters per Second shows more angles about the subject matter. Both physical distance (episode 1) and emotional gap (episode 2) are presented in the movie. Unlike VoaDS, the protagonist was the only one committed in the relationship. Overall, 5cm per second is much more mature, but seeing Voices of a distant star gives me an idea how Shinkai Makoto evolves.
They are made by the same director and are both visually stunning. The stories are both about a boy and a girl who like each other and get separated, but keep in touch by mail. In "Voices From A Distant Star" the girl goes into space to fight aliens and keeps in contact by sending text messages.The farther she gets the longer it takes to receive the messages. In "5 Centimeters Per Second" the boy moves and they keep in contact by sending letters to each other. But as time goes on they slowly start to separate. Both these movies are fantastic and are definitely worth watching.
I think Voice is better than 5cm because in voice he tried everything he could, both OVA have a lot in common with amazing OST & great art. Similar ending.........
Both have the same director and involve a young couple burdened by long distance.
Both have the same director. The art style is very similar, which is one of the things that i love most about Mokoto's work. The plot between 5 centimeters per second and Voices of a distant star are different, however they both follow the theme of young romance being separated due to distance.
>They are "similar" due they are by the same director.
>The art is kinda amazing in both the work, but personally I prefered the character art of Byousoku 5 Centimeter (5 cm per second).
>They are short (24 min and 60 min) so you can enjoy both in your free time.
>Both are sad, no way on how you look them ,they are sad.
>Both yells: "Carpe diem, don't waste your chances" and actually that was the thing I loved about them.
>Overall I prefered 5 cm per second, but they are both awesome anime.
-Same director, composer etc...
-Both shows share same themes - distance and speed.
-Both shows represent two people relationships after break for certain reasons.
-Both shows is pretty hard to fallow, since they both have dozens of symbols.
-As typical for Shinkai works, both represents ideas in scenery.
-Both shows has amazing soundtrack, however artwork in 5cm/s is more detailed, because it's newer.
-Both shows are very realistic, but 5cm/s hasn't whole sci-fi element.
Those who liked one show, will surely like other one.
The longing for a loved one to return is the main theme in both.
Both are amazingly unique. The emotional depth is very strong considering that most or all of the dialog is done by the two main characters. There is also a great deal of stunning animation.
The ending though is quite different. There is a manga to Hoshi no Koe which provides a bit more closure. I won't reveal it, but you might like the ending of one anime over the other.
Hoshi no Koe and Byousoku 5 Centimeters are both directed by Makoto Shinkai. Similar themes are present such as exchanging letters/messages between two people in a long distance relationship. Hoshi no Koe might be considered the spiritual prototype to Byousoku 5 Centimeter in many ways.
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 are both work done by Makoto Shinkai. Both have similarly beautiful animation styles. Both movies have similar stories in that both main characters are separated by an obstacle (either distance or time) that interferes with their love for each other. The two main characters in both movies also haven't been with each other since they were young.
As often said before this is by the same director and about friends being seperated over a period of time. It's drama and also a little sci-fi.
Both movies are similar in many aspects. Both are slice-of-life-ish (though The Place Promised strays from that path a few times), and the main characters are two childhood friends, a boy and a girl who have been separated for a long time. They have a distinct feeling of calmness to them, similar character designs as well as gorgeous art and animation. Both are directed by Makoto Shinkai, which is more than likely the reason for this similarity.
love story from the same director that you might like.
They both are rather short and has these 2 or 3 parts where the action goes to another point of view or to another time. The romance and drama is outstanding in oth of them, so if you're in for those genres, don't miss these two out ;)
Both movies explore the notion of overcoming the distance between lovers. They are both directed by Makoto Shinkai and expectedly have brilliant artwork and backgrounds. They both incorporate a slice-of-life genre into the film and would be enjoyable to anyone looking for a moving romantic movie.
Both are done by Makoto Shikai....and are both simply amazing
Like The Most Recommendations Say. Both Are Makoto Shinkais Work. If You Ever Seen One He's Works Before. You'll Understand it. Truly Both Are Really Beutiful Drama Romance Stories.
Though 5CM Per Second doesn't have that Sci-Fi element in it, both deal with similar development and animation throughout the series, of course, both are done by the same guy.
Same Director, Makoto Shinkai
It looks like one story from one studio. This same graphic. Colors. Everything.
Both have the same director and a similar art.
But Kimi no Mukou, Yakusoku no Basho have more science and technology.
A beautifull love strory of three friends. Same director, same wonderful artistic design, not as realistic as "5 cm per second", but excelent anyway .
Same drawing style and similar characters. Both are great and worth watching. Even thought "Place promised..." is a bit more apocalyptic they still match each other perfectly. If you liked animation, characters and landscapes of "5 cm/s" then you will definitely like "Place promised in our early days" .
Both are created and directed by Makoto Shinkai. The special effect shown in both animation are very detailed. Moreover, the love story is often wrapped with dreams and reality. Both story are very touching. Hope you will enjoy watching them.
Very similar anime, and both are masterpieces! Amazing animation and sound, and in both anime there is a touching and very emotional story, even though sadness is a common thing. Aside of that, the ideas of the stories are very nice, and the characters as well. In general, if you've watched one of them, you definetely have to watch the other one, but I'd say both are a "must" in everyone's "watched" or "want to watch" list!
Both of these films were directed by Makoto Shinkai, so they're bound to be similar.
Both involve people who were friends in childhood but have now grown apart.
5 Centimeters Per Second is, in my opinion, a far superior film however.
Made by the same people, with a great dramatic.. even slice of life story.
Great similar Art style, sounds is great. Although I think 5cm per second is more melancholic than Kumo no mukou.. I think if you like one you'll like the other
Made by the same director, beautiful animation and sound. If you enjoyed 5 centimeters per second, be sure to check out this great film as well.
The main focus on both is unrequited love. The importance of trains play in the imagery is also shared.
Similar and fantastic animation in both.
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.
Both are similar in the fact that the main characters in both movies have loved and eventually let each other go. And simply, both have excellent animation.
The whole love thing reminds me of each movie. It's great.
Both movies are amazing romance stories beetween two young people. Stories about separation, distance and leaving the one you love. In both is similar atmosphere.
The mood in both are very similar. If you liked this, you'd love 5cm/s
Watching 5 cm per second movie reminded me of toki wo kakeru shoujo a lot. Both are romance movies about separation of lovers. They both also have amazing artwork.
Somewhat similar artistic direction, both incorporate thematic elements of distance and letting go of an unreachable love(5 cm/s more so). Both also exhibit melancholic tones, though TokiKake is for the most part much more light-hearted and entertaining. If you liked one, definitely give the other one a shot.
Both are stories about love, about being young and about growing up. What is more important - they both are amazing; sweet, sad and full of feeling.
Both comprises of slickly executed take on high school, young-teenage drama compressed down to the most bittersweet messages to the most heartwarming ones. 5 centimeter per second, or otherwise Byousoku 5 centimeter, is particularly harsh in depicting the traditional Japanese's customs of "I like you, so I can't fall in love with you" and the shy, slick tension within male-female relationships; in showing a clearly visualized state of beautifully crafted & intricate backgrounds, it really sets the mood for its various themes containing the true harshness in realistic, matured romance relationships.
Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo or the Girl who leapt through time is a lot more vibrant and energetic in that it tries to bring at least some quirkiness with the main female lead. The romance develops and fades similar to 5cm per second, yet it's much less heavily emphasized. Through a supernatural confronting, the Girl who leapt through time illustrates the theme that we oftentimes only have one chance to work out a relationship correctly, though it may not be perfect. It's also beautiful, not in visuals, but with the devolvement of its initially pragmatic characters; eccentrically yet surprisingly well done character development in its short period of time.
I very much recommend both of these movies for fans of romance, drama, and bittersweet yet powerfully delivered stories. Both are compelling movies in their own respective aspects, 5cm with its mouth-dropping visuals, Toki wo Shoujo with its intricately done plot. I can't say which one is more superior, and they are not necessarily sophisticated concepts which require brains to create, but both movies are delivered in such a timeless manner which makes them classical romance tales, regardless of the medium.
Neither of the anime have extremely clear nor definite endings, but are very heartwarming. 5 Centimeters mostly revolves around love and relationships while Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo shows the effects the decisions that are made can affect others.
While the plots are different, the feeling in the story and the feeling the viewer gets will probably be similar.
Both of these movies deal with slightly different topics but offer a very good and similar moral lesson which is "time waits for no one", love and separation is another subject that's tackled on that these two movies have in common.
With great production values and a great plot, it's overall a great movie that you should definitely not miss out on.
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time has pleasing visuals, relatable main characters, and is yet another story of moving on, life, and love. The boy x girl relationship is focused on and the ending is also rather bitter sweet.
Both are magnificent romance films and incorporate intriguing tribulations encountered in maturity in a thrilling manner. Byousoku is more serious while Kakeru Shoujo contains some comedy, not to mention wacky time traveling shenanigans. Vital lessons can be learned from both.
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.
•both were created by the same director
•both are absolutely amazing in the animation are style wise, there is absolutely no flaw or any faults at all of the beautifully drawn animation which is spectacular
•both focus on particular relationship that is in our society today and break it down with absolute accuracy and awareness from which both feelings are understood from both counterparts
•both relationships have the meaning 'distance' in a sense and always congregates that distance isnt an issue.
•both are a beautifully stunning must watch, yet from my opinion the pace for each of the movies are completely different in a sense, i couldnt grasp/engage/attach myself to the characters from the Garden of Words like i could in 5cmps, so my judgment is cloudy, or i expected too much from the director for the movie to be better than 5cmps.
•they are both very similar with the animation/soundtracks/romance, just a sight for sore eyes, you will like one if you watched the other.
Two fantastic movies by the same author, extraordinary art and a story the revolves around love .
Bittersweet love stories accompanied by beautiful music and a visual feast. Can the main characters overcome the "distance", whether it be physical or psychological, between their love?
Both are visual beauties with bittersweet but enjoyable stories and deal with the theme of "distance".
An emotional love story by the same writer/director!
Love portrayed in beautiful manners through fantastic dialogue complimented by the best visuals today's anime has to offer.
I highly recommend both.
Both same director, both about a love who canno't be lived by the two lovers.
Beautiful art, beautiful soundtrack, all the emotions pass by these and some few words.
In others words, both are wonderful and similar
Both have "HOLY SHIT/10" art. They're both about distance. (like other Shinkai movies)
1. Both are love stories facing difficulties
2. Both have the same director Makoto Shinkai
3. Excellent scenarios, landscape, animation
-Both are visually stunning
-Both created by the same director
-Both are movies
-Both focus on a relationship in our society and break it down accurately to show both sides' feelings are understood
-Both have the concept of 'distance' which the characters have to overcome in the relationship (both physical and psychological)
-A similar atmosphere in both
-Both can be described as 'bittersweet'
-Both have beautiful music to compliment the mood and art
I personally enjoyed Kotonoha no Niwa more, but Byousoku 5 Centimeter is also amazing. I was captivated by the art in both.
The pace in each one is different, but if you liked one, you will definitely like the other. I highly recommend both.
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 tell a very sad and tender love story, and how the complexities realistic life throws at you affects those relationships.
if you like the beauty, reality and saddness of life like 5 Centimeters, Clannad ~After Story~ will be truely wonderful. (It's best if you watch the Clannad first, but not necessary)
Two lifelike series full of drama, watching them will make your eye on life more clear. The creators show us the ordeals anyone could have experienced or will experience: first love, disenchantment of one's life, death of one's dear people. I like these series for their kindness and warmth. If you happen to watch them, i suggest you start with "5cm" to enter "C:AS" in appropriate mood; after having a small depression ravine when you finish the first one you should feel clarification at the end of the second. Also, you'll have the possibility of enjoying two top notch drawing animes in a row.
Those searching for a bitersweet romance need not look further than these two animes. Both feature amazing animation, a superb soundtrack, and characters that will make your heart melt. Both can easily be considered among the best romance anime of all time.
If you enjoyed Clannad: After Story, then you'll enjoy Byousoku 5 Centimeter's similar heart-crushing (but still somehow beautiful) story that doesn't offer anything to make you feel better afterward. Both shows leave the viewer with that heavy, bitter "Why did it have to turn out this way; I desperately wish I could go back and do it over" feeling.
Be sure you have ice cream on hand.
Both start of with a boy like girl setting, then it takes a turn for the worse.
(You might face slight depression after completion of either of these series.)
Both are heartbreaking, tragic yet sentimental masterpieces of modern anime romance. Both are eccentric and innovative in their story with commendable characters. Primary protagonist in both experience nearly identical situations and experiences at some point, similar outcomes befall onto both as well.
Both revolve around a love relationship spanning over the course of years, along with the struggles the characters face, their interactions with other people, and a similar art style.
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.
Both have amazing visuals and a heartbreaking story. They both deal with concepts of love and distance.
If you liked 5 Centimeters Per Second then you will love Hotarubi no Mori e. They are very similar. I'd say 5 Centimeters Per Second is "happier" but I find that i liked Hotarubi no Mori e more for it's upfront sadness and the ending seemed to make more sense.
The theme of "distance" lies at the core of both short romance anime movies. The "distance" here can be both physical and psychological.
Both have a somewhat bittersweet, pretty sad ending. The focal point is moving on in life, especially when it comes to love. The focus is on the main characters and the boy x girl relationship between them. Both are very well done and have beautiful artistic values.
Both are beautiful yet tragic. Similar in terms of long distance relationships and the idea that it's better to have loved and get hurt than not to love at all.
Both shows have a focus on some short happiness one would find in life. However, as time passes, some things are let go due to people growing and changing over time. Sometimes hints of happiness are not meant to be kept, but to be remembered as a sweet, warm memory.
Hotarubi no Mori e have a story about love and distance, pretty similar with Byousoku 5 Centimeter. It also doesn't put much conflicts between the couple and thus, let the viewer to feel the same emotion as the main protagonist were.
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Some anime series are famous for being notorious tearjerkers. But what is it about these series that makes them so incredibly heartbreaking? Let's take a look at the elements of anime series that make them sad, as well as ten series that are known for bringing out the crybaby in all of us.