Cross Road

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Synonyms: Crossroad
Japanese: クロスロード


Type: Special
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 25, 2014
Producers: The Answer Studio
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: CoMix Wave Films
Source: Original
Genres: Slice of LifeSlice of Life, SchoolSchool
Duration: 2 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 7.371 (scored by 3057030,570 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #20432
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #2165
Members: 61,725
Favorites: 104

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As college entrance examinations draw near, two students living completely different lives decide to enroll in Z-Kai, a correspondence education service. Balancing their studies with their daily lives, the two diligently work towards their goal, unaware of how much they share in common. Will their hard work pay off and bring about the success they desire?

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Characters & Voice Actors


Sakura, Ayane


Ono, Kensho

Z-Kai Teacher

Tanaka, Masahiko


Shinkai, Makoto
Director, Episode Director, Script, Storyboard, Theme Song Lyrics, Editing
Yamada, Haru
Sound Director
Yanagi, Nagi
Theme Song Performance
Tada, Akifumi
Theme Song Arrangement


Opening Theme

"Cross Road (クロスロード)" by Nagi Yanagi

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Feb 26, 2014
Animaniablog (All reviews)
First let me disappoint most of you who only saw the trailer without any prior knowledge. The trailer is the whole series, this was just a commercial campaign by "Z-Kai". Granted with huge names like a Makoto Shinkai and Masayoshi Tanaka it is a bit disappointing that we only get 119 seconds of amazement and joy.

I put the story 6/10 only because it's essentially a commercial and not a story at all, if this project were to be adapted to a full blown storyline I think it could have a lot of potential, but alas this is all we have.

Per Shinkai's other work (Garden of read more
Mar 2, 2014
VClyfe (All reviews)
"This isn't a movie. It is a commercial. God damn it!" - anyone who saw it and hoped for a series AND then came to know about what it really is. I know that feel, bud. Trust me, I do.

Makoto Shinkai strikes again with another one of his visually stunning works - this time with a 2 minute commercial instead of a feature length film, however. And because it is *his* work, I'll actually skip commenting on the artwork in general. Because it is stunning, to say the least. And I don't know how else to describe it. I shall talk about character designs, though. read more
Feb 27, 2014
xbobx (All reviews)
"Woaah, what an amazing preview! When will it air?"
"Dude, it won't... that was a 2min one-shot."

Probably the most common reaction after watching these commercial cuts, and certainly the utter sadness for Shinkai fans.
Those who are already familiar with his projects, might have notice that from times to times companies from all kind of services come and asks him for short movies that will be used as commercials. All these movies have a optimistic and uplift forward-thinking look to them, caring some kind of moral or sense of ethics.

In this case, this could easily fit as a preview for a cute boy-meets-girl slice of life read more
Jun 7, 2014
WinstonWingZhang (All reviews)
Once upon a time, Shinkai Makoto made a name for himself overnight with a 25 minute independent short. Following his playful debut work "She and Her Cat, the poignantly existential "Voices of a Distant Star" cemented his place as a storyteller and opened the doors to the industry for the fresh young auteur.

Fast forward a decade or so, and now he has amusingly been hired to create a commercial for a cram school company. The result is surprisingly touching as a bite-size narrative, and reminds us why Shinkai Makoto is a master of the short form storytelling. The impact "Cross Road" achieves in two read more

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Animated CM 'Cross Road' for Z-Kai by Makoto Shinkai Revealed

Animated CM 'Cross Road' for Z-Kai by Makoto Shinkai Revealed

Makoto Shinkai has created another animated commercial titled Cross Road for Z-Kai, a correspondence education service. The CM and included song, which is sung by more

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Opening Song?
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