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: 7.881 (scored by 521572521,572 users)
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Ranked: #8572
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Popularity: #201
Members: 866,094
Favorites: 7,057

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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


Shinkai, Makoto
Director, Script, Storyboard, Original Creator, Editing, Director of Photography, Color Design
Yamada, Haru
Sound Director


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Ending Theme

"Rain" by Motohiro Hata


Apr 26, 2024
I was completely bewitched by this movie. Sure, it's quite short so the story is rather simple and concise but for me it's like a signature of director. Makoto Shinkai once again proved that he is a genius of short forms.

Writing review for something that you love is fun, but may be not very interesting for a reader. I could just write "everything was perfect". Because for me it was. Of course not everyone might enjoy the show. Its completely normal. Each of us has different perception. But if you like slow pace, stories focused on conversations and nuances then you will love it, ...
Dec 11, 2023
Mixed Feelings
The garden of words is an anime with a beautifully animated environment which along with its sound can make watching it into quite the experience. The story however I liked less and is the reason is can't recommend it to everyone.

The story is a story is 40 minutes long and you experience along with the characters. There is no clearly defined goal or purpose but you just follow the characters and their interactions, simply experiencing where the story goes. The story is mostly about two people meeting in a garden on rainy mornings where they then interact. Initially you barely know anything about the ...
Jan 8, 2024
A vapid portrayal of forbidden love and loneliness, paired with hollow imagery and feet for some reason.

You've gotta love Shinkai and his obsession with establishing shots. If "Your Name" was any indication that he lacks the skill of directing meaningful imagery, then "Garden of Words" is a full on confession that he absolutely has no idea what he's doing. His writing in Your Name was completely absurd and out of touch, but here it's just non-existent.

There's a lingering feeling of chronic loneliness that follows our two main characters. The rain itself symbolizes loneliness. The irony of the film is that these characters only seem to ...

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