Ranked #1195

Cross Road

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Crossroad
Japanese: クロスロード


Type: Special
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 25, 2014
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: None found, add some
Source: Original
Duration: 2 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 7.621 (scored by 8,783 users)
Ranked: #11952
Popularity: #2079
Members: 15,227
Favorites: 30
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High school students Miho and Shouta are preparing for college entrance examinations. Miho comes from an island without even one cram school, while Shouta lives in Tokyo and works a part-time job. Both are striving to pass exams so they can enter college. The pair enroll in Z-Kai's correspondence education courses, and their lives cross before they realize it.

(Source: ANN)


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Promotional Videos

Characters & Voice Actors

Sakura, Ayane
Sakura, Ayane
Ono, Kensho
Ono, Kensho
Z-Kai Teacher
Z-Kai Teacher
Tanaka, Masahiko
Tanaka, Masahiko


Shinkai, Makoto
Shinkai, Makoto
Director, Episode Director, Script, Storyboard, Theme Song Lyrics, Editing
Yamada, You
Yamada, You
Sound Director
Yanagi, Nagi
Yanagi, Nagi
Theme Song Performance
Tada, Akifumi
Tada, Akifumi
Theme Song Arrangement

Opening Theme

"Cross Road (クロスロード)" by Nagi Yanagi

Ending Theme

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Feb 26, 2014
First let me disappoint most of you who only saw the trailer without any prior knowledge. The trailer is the whole series, this was just a commercial campaign by "Z-Kai". Granted with huge names like a Makoto Shinkai and Masayoshi Tanaka it is a bit disappointing that we only get 119 seconds of amazement and joy.

I put the story 6/10 only because it's essentially a commercial and not a story at all, if this project were to be adapted to a full blown storyline I think it could have a lot of potential, but alas this is all we have.

Per Shinkai's other work (Garden of read more
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Mar 2, 2014
"This isn't a movie. It is a commercial. God damn it!" - anyone who saw it and hoped for a series AND then came to know about what it really is. I know that feel, bud. Trust me, I do.

Makoto Shinkai strikes again with another one of his visually stunning works - this time with a 2 minute commercial instead of a feature length film, however. And because it is *his* work, I'll actually skip commenting on the artwork in general. Because it is stunning, to say the least. And I don't know how else to describe it. I shall talk about character designs, though. read more
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Feb 27, 2014
"Woaah, what an amazing preview! When will it air?"
"Dude, it won't... that was a 2min one-shot."

Probably the most common reaction after watching these commercial cuts, and certainly the utter sadness for Shinkai fans.
Those who are already familiar with his projects, might have notice that from times to times companies from all kind of services come and asks him for short movies that will be used as commercials. All these movies have a optimistic and uplift forward-thinking look to them, caring some kind of moral or sense of ethics.

In this case, this could easily fit as a preview for a cute boy-meets-girl slice of life read more
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Jun 7, 2014
Once upon a time, Shinkai Makoto made a name for himself overnight with a 25 minute independent short. Following his playful debut work "She and Her Cat, the poignantly existential "Voices of a Distant Star" cemented his place as a storyteller and opened the doors to the industry for the fresh young auteur.

Fast forward a decade or so, and now he has amusingly been hired to create a commercial for a cram school company. The result is surprisingly touching as a bite-size narrative, and reminds us why Shinkai Makoto is a master of the short form storytelling. The impact "Cross Road" achieves in two read more
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Similar short work utilizing the advertisement-type element as part of the story's backdrop. From the makers of "Byousoku 5cm," so the artwork is amazing.  
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Anime: Dareka no Manazashi
The main similarity is that both are commercials. "Dareka no Manazashi" is for real estate company and "Cross Road" is for correspondence education service.

After watching them you would want to see full movie/series. 
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Anime: Ansatsu Kyoushitsu (TV)
"Assassination Classroom" and "Cross Road" are both anime that involve a school setting and was sponsored by Z-KAI - a Japanese company running cram schools and correspondence courses for students.

These two works teach the importance behind a good education as well as how efforts must be put in by both the educator and the student for a good learning experience. 
reportRecommended by StevenHu
Anime: Persona 2: Another Self
Both are essentially trailers that will never be made into full anime, which is kind of disappointing.  
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Anime: Byousoku 5 Centimeter
•both are an amazing watch that will forever be worthwhile
•both display the perfection of music accompanied by beautiful animation into a story that will leave the viewer wanting more
•both anime are COMPLETELY DIFFERENT IN LENGTH for a 119 second clip to a 1hr + 30mins
•both visibly show the protagonists of the story wanting more out of life, but then both of the animes part way in their decisions, one working hard towards there own goal, while the other stops short and just slowly becomes a sad story
•they are very similar in the way of beautiful music/animation and will want to  read more 
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Animated CM 'Cross Road' for Z-Kai by Makoto Shinkai Revealed

Makoto Shinkai has created another animated commercial titled Cross Road for Z-Kai, a correspondence education service. The CM and included song, which is sung by Na...read more

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