Byousoku 5 Centimeter

5 Centimeters per Second

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Synonyms: Five Centimeters Per Second, Byousoku 5 Centimeter - a chain of short stories about their distance, 5 Centimetres Per Second, 5 cm per second
Japanese: 秒速5センチメートル
English: 5 Centimeters per Second
German: 5 Centimeter per Second
Spanish: 5 Centímetros por Segundo
French: 5 Centimeters Per Second
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 3
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 3, 2007
Producers: None found, add some
Studios: CoMix Wave Films
Source: Original
Genres: DramaDrama, RomanceRomance
Duration: 22 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.571 (scored by 563856563,856 users)
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Ranked: #17312
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Popularity: #169
Members: 945,529
Favorites: 11,090

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What happens when two people love each other but just aren't meant to be together? Takaki Toono and Akari Shinohara are childhood friends, but circumstances beyond their control tear them apart. They promise to stay in contact, and although the progression of time widens the distance between them, the chain of memories remains ever-present.

Byousoku 5 Centimeter is a romantic drama that focuses on the mundane and harsh reality of long-distance relationships. Stuck in the past and unable to make any new memories, Takaki and Akari cling to the hope of seeing each other again. They live their everyday lives half-heartedly, both hurting themselves and the people around them.

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Byousoku 5 Centimeter was completed on January 22, 2007. The first of three parts was available for streaming on Yahoo! Japan exclusively for its premium users between February 16 and 19. The complete film was released on March 3, 2007.

The film won the 2007 Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Animated Feature Film.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Shinkai, Makoto
Director, Sound Director, Episode Director, Script, Storyboard, Original Creator, Editing, Original Character Design, Art Director, Director of Photography, Color Design
Foster, Steven
Script, ADR Director


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Ending Theme

"One more time, one more chance" by Masayoshi Yamazaki


Sep 13, 2008
From Makoto Shinkai (Voices of a Distant Star, The Place Promised in Our Early Days) comes 5 Centimetes per Second, a movie that tells the story of two childhood friends in love, and how they try to keep their relationship going through hardships that life throws at them. Throogh three small stories, or episodes as they're called, we're told the tale of how they grow up and farther away from each other.

The movie tells of a love that's slowly torn apart because the lovers move further away, both in heart and home. It's underlying themes are beautifully incorporated into the story; about growing up, letting ...
Apr 13, 2008
Mixed Feelings
I happened upon this anime in several anime fan sites as it was considered one of the higher rated animes even until today. Reading how some people said it rivaled works that of Miyazaki, I had high expectations for it. But unfortunately it was a total letdown.

The only thing I really enjoyed about the movie was the animation quality and detail that was put into the movie. The animation was just simply beautiful from the vividness of the background to the fluid motion of characters but then, sadly, the praise ends here.

The story and the characters were very anti-climactic as no real progress is met ...
Aug 21, 2008
A major letdown from the supposed 'Next Miyazaki'

I was skeptical about the assertion that Makoto Shinkai was the next Miyazaki, and although I really liked he two previous works, Voices of a Distant Star and The Place Promised in Our Early Days, I could not bring myself to lavish him with such high praise until he made a movie that blew me away and that would become an instant favorite. It would seem that I made a wise decision. Miyazaki is undoubtedly one of the greatest anime directors to ever live, and his films (Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke) rival those of any genera, animation or ...

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