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Kotonoha no Niwa


Alternative Titles

English: The Garden of Words
Synonyms: Koto no Ha no Niwa, The Garden of Kotonoha
Japanese: 言の葉の庭

Information

Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: May 31, 2013
Producers: TOHO animation
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Source: Original
Duration: 46 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

Statistics

Score: 8.351 (scored by 100,811 users)
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet aired' titles are excluded.
Ranked: #1862
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #254
Members: 171,628
Favorites: 2,240
8.35
Ranked #186Popularity #254Members 171,628
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Episodes: /1

Synopsis

On a rainy morning in Tokyo, Takao Akizuki, an aspiring shoemaker, decides to skip class to sketch designs in a beautiful garden. This is where he meets Yukari Yukino, a beautiful yet mysterious woman, for the very first time. Offering to make her new shoes, Takao continues to meet with Yukari throughout the rainy season, and without even realizing it, the two are able to alleviate the worries hidden in their hearts just by being with each other. However, their personal struggles have not disappeared completely, and as the end of the rainy season approaches, their relationship will be put to the test.

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Background

In 2013, Kotonoha no Niwa won the Kobe Theatrical Film Award, shared the Satoshi Kon Award for Achievement in Animation with Berserk: Ougon Jidaihen III - Kourin. In 2014, the movie won the AniMovie Award for best feature film.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Yukino, Yukari
Yukino, Yukari
Main
Hanazawa, Kana
Japanese
Hanazawa, Kana
Akizuki, Takao
Akizuki, Takao
Main
Irino, Miyu
Japanese
Irino, Miyu
Sekine, Wataru
Japanese
Sekine, Wataru
...
Teramoto, Rika
Teramoto, Rika
Supporting
Terasaki, Yuka
Japanese
Terasaki, Yuka
Itou, Souichirou
Itou, Souichirou
Supporting
Hoshino, Takanori
Japanese
Hoshino, Takanori

Staff

Kawaguchi, Noritaka
Kawaguchi, Noritaka
Producer
Shinkai, Makoto
Shinkai, Makoto
Director, Script
Yamada, You
Yamada, You
Sound Director
Hata, Motohiro
Hata, Motohiro
Theme Song Performance


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"Rain" by Motohiro Hata



More reviewsReviews

Veronin
Jun 2, 2013
Makoto Shinkai is a name that has become increasingly prevalent over the years. And for good reason, too. After hitting the anime industry in 2007 with his opus magnum "5 Centimeters Per Second", he quickly established himself as a director with the ability to combine masterful artistic talent with emotional, bittersweet storytelling.

Does his latest animation achieve that same ideal? In some ways, it does. But if you are awaiting another great story, this is not what you are looking for.

"The Garden of Words" is a short film depicting the romance and relationship between a 15-year-old boy and 27-year-old woman. Takao, the boy, feels read more
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Kirik0h
Jun 28, 2015
The greatest injustice that can be inflicted upon “Kotonoha no Niwa” is to falsely and narrowly label this 46-minute film a simple story of love. Too often do you see people claim that this movie is one about a "forbidden love" created by an age difference and it is through these lens that unwarranted and confused criticisms of the show sometimes emerge. The Garden of Words has a level of nuanced complexity that is concealed for the presumptuous as it requires you to think and pay attention to its use of visuals as well as its dialogue to read more
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Stark700
May 31, 2013
“Oh lord my eyes!” Well, that's the first four words that I thought when I watched this 46 minute film. I mean it in a good way though because this movie is something of a beauty. A few words to describe them from my mind are: alluring, charming, bewitching, glorious, and elegant. But beyond just the visuals lies a story about a young man (shoemaker to be exact) and a woman named Yukino. Together, they formulate this movie that is expressed in the Garden of Words.

Garden of Words (also known as Kotonoha no Niwa) is a 2013 film and the latest installation of Makoto read more
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riots
Jun 5, 2013
If there’s one, obvious theme that connects all of Makoto Shinkai’s works, it would be “distance”. As a bittersweet love story, The Garden of Words carries similar expectations to Shinkai’s other popularized works, Five cm per Second, The Place Promised in Our Early Days, and Voices of a Distant Star. Shinkai uses beyond-gorgeous animation to tell a modest yet believable story, and The Garden of Words is as bare-boned as a love story comes.

The movie takes place over a summer, where a 15 year-old aspiring shoemaker meets an eccentric and mysterious 27-year old woman. Their backstories are hardly touched on, but the boy read more
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