Kotonoha no Niwa

The Garden of Words

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Synonyms: Koto no Ha no Niwa, The Garden of Kotonoha
Japanese: 言の葉の庭
English: The Garden of Words
German: The Garden of Words
Spanish: El Jardín de las Palabras
French: The Garden of Words
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: May 31, 2013
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: CoMix Wave Films
Source: Original
Genres: Award WinningAward Winning, DramaDrama, RomanceRomance
Theme: Visual ArtsVisual Arts
Duration: 46 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.891 (scored by 506437506,437 users)
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Ranked: #7572
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Popularity: #197
Members: 839,700
Favorites: 6,935

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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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Kotonoha no Niwa won the Feature Film Award in the 18th Animation Kobe Awards in 2013 and 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

Akizuki, Shouta

Maeda, Takeshi

Teramoto, Rika

Terasaki, Yuka


Han, Megumi

Akizuki, Satomi

Hirano, Fumi


Kawaguchi, Noritaka
Shinkai, Makoto
Director, Script, Storyboard, Editing, Original Creator, Director of Photography, Color Design
Yamada, Haru
Sound Director
Hata, Motohiro
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Ending Theme

"Rain" by Motohiro Hata


Aug 18, 2023
Expectation: 6
Reality: 8

Recently, so many films in cinema are beginning to overtake the 3 hour mark, and for what reason. Kotonoha no Niwa proves that you don't need a whole afternoon to tell a story and tell it well. Makoto Shinkai does it again with another brilliant masterpiece. This must be one of his most well animated films and the colouring is perfect. This is so much more than a simple love story and it really explores concept of chasing dreams. While Yukinowants to chase his dream of being a shoemaker, Teramoto looks at him and regrets not doing what she really enjoyed. The simple ...
Jul 22, 2023
Mixed Feelings
The opening scene shows such amazing color and depiction. It's not 3D detail, obviously, but the depth of it virtually screams "look at me." Then there is is everything else - the city and the trains all in the measure at which things pass.

And then, you add the characters. So much for maintaining any sort of positive balance. I feel it was ruined at that point.

First and foremost, their appearance is completely opposite of how amazing everything else is. The rain is supposed to be metaphorical and they play off of it with everything that can fix it. They are ugly characters. The color and ...
Apr 16, 2023
Oh my god. I’m so mad rn. I can’t believe Makoto-sama did his own manga dirty with this anime. After finishing the movie, I knew that something was missing from the story, because I remembered from the manga that the two main characters had much deeper conversations than portrayed in the short movie. I was sure of this after I reread the manga.

The only thing I liked from the anime that the manga couldn't provide was the atmosphere. It was pensive with the sound of rain and slow music.

Overall, a huge disappointment and injustice to the manga. For the record the manga was ...

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