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Byousoku 5 Centimeter (Manga)

Byousoku 5 Centimeter

Alternative Titles

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


Type: Manga
Volumes: 2
Chapters: 11
Status: Finished
Published: May 25, 2010 to Mar 25, 2011
Genres: Drama, Romance, Seinen
Authors: Shinkai, Makoto (Story), Seike, Yukiko (Art)
Serialization: Afternoon


Score: 8.411 (scored by 4255 users)
Ranked: #2112
Popularity: #491
Members: 8,402
Favorites: 333
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Remember a time before cell phones could be found in every pocket? Or when even accessing the world wide web was something only readily available in a library? Back then letters still filled up postboxes and moments just felt so much more precious when captured on Polaroid film. Now life seems to move at the speed of light. Our memories are captured and shared with the world on social media platforms. And love, which is already capricious, can feel like it is moving at terminal velocity.

In Makoto Shinkai's defining work, the internationally renowned director and animator unfolds a love story that is as timeless as it is fleeting. Yukiko Seike's rendition of this modern classic adds a new level of emotion and intimacy that is unique to its source material.

(Source: Vertical)


Byousoku 5 Centimeter was published in English as 5 Centimeters Per Second in an omnibus by Vertical Inc. on June 26, 2012.

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Aug 1, 2011 1:45 PM
Like others, I saw the anime first. I thought it was quite good and started to look for the manga for alternative ending. Well, I found a lot more.

First, I don't cry, ever. My eyes get little wet sometimes but that's all. Well, that was before I started reading Byousoku 5 Centimeter. After the first 2 chapters I had no choice but to take a break. My eyes were something similar to waterfall during the first reading session.

After reading more chapters (and taking some more breaks) I found feelings I didn't know to exist. Romance is so dramatic, beautiful and pure that it makes read more
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Nov 28, 2011 5:56 PM
"Every minute felt like an eternity time, clearly as if it had a malicious intent, slowly ebbing away from me. I clenched my teeth and keeping myself from crying was the only thing I could do"

It all started when I was discussing the anime with a friend. It turned into a sort of debate on whether the ending to the anime was depressing or happy. Did he move on or just “chicken out.” Did Takaki get the short of the stick or was it really a good thing that it turned out the way it did. It kept going on or a while, in read more
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Dec 23, 2012 4:32 AM
I was 14 when I saw the first part of the anime on TV. It was melancholy and beautiful, and I loved it immediately. I didn't know there was more to it until five years later, when I watched it again. After watching part 2 and hearing Kanae's story, I cried harder than I had ever cried since I was a child.

After that I had to read the manga. The art is AMAZING, much more satisfying than Shinkai's anime, and there is a lot more development to the characters that allows you to understand where they are coming from better.

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Dec 8, 2011 12:30 AM
After I had watched the movie "5 Centimeters Per Second: a chain of short stories about their distance", directed by Makoto Shinkai, one of the biggest problems with the movie I had was the lack of depth in the relationship between Kanae and Takaki.

In the manga, however, I feel like this relationship was explored more in depth, which left me with a more complete feeling after reading the manga. This also helped build both Kanae, Takaki, and Akari as characters, because narration from Kanae about her feelings revealed more dimensions to each character than what was depicted in the movie.

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