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Feb 7, 2018 10:30 AM

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Detailed animation.

The whole story knocked some sense into him, and he got to develop a calculating thinking system, overcoming his emotions.
And still, Bill will live on.
He will befriend the next inhabitants of the earth, beings of light who revere him as a god.
And Bill will outlive them all... for millions and millions of years...exploring, learning, living,
until the earth is swallowed beneath his feet.
Until the sun is long since gone.
Until time loses all meaning and the moment comes that he knows only the positions of the stars
and sees them whether his eyes are closed or open.
Until he forgets his name and the place where he'd once come from.
He lives and he lives until all of the lights go out.
Feb 15, 2018 2:18 AM

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I really liked this film. It was much better than 5cm per second IMO. I felt the two main characters in Garden of Words had really great chemistry, and the ending was very heart warming and touching as well.

Oh, and that animation was absolutely beautiful, as expected.
Mar 12, 2018 6:34 PM

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Visual Porn, that was an amazing movie. Takao x Yukino is happening or it will happen from those last line. love these kinda of stories with the age gap.

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Mar 19, 2018 4:51 PM

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One of the most beautiful animations I've seen, and a really sweet short story with a side of drama. Also, an amazing OST, amazing characters and a great message. A 45-minute masterpiece.
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May 12, 2018 4:08 PM

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finally got around to watching the movie that created all those beautiful gifs all over the internet. the story was pretty simple but it was worth watching just for the animation. i thought it would be longer as well, i'm not surprised they couldn't achieve much with such a short amount of time
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Sep 11, 2018 9:02 PM
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The execution and directing of the movie was incredibly well done. The director really did a great job in engaging you, enthralling you with the visuals, pacing, tense atmosphere, sense of intrigue; incredible sign of a master.

However, the story really wasn't great, especially as it went on. More and more flaws and dissonance would arise with how questionable and convenient the plot devices were. Forcing drama and the viewer to suspend their disbelief instead of telling a more relatable and believable story. Who keeps meeting up with people without asking their name, for instance? And other little instances. Aside from that, the story WAS very good when it was relatable and believable. And the flawed story really doesn't take away the masterful directing, masking even the flaws I mentioned earlier. Very, very impressed with this film. 9/10.
Oct 11, 2018 6:12 PM
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Honestly. I feel that I'm the only one who didn't really enjoy this short story. I mean dont get me wrong the visuals and audio were excellent but the story line not so much. I mean I understand the trend and why this anime is so popular but it was't realistic in a sense that a 15 year old and a 27 year old. Love? Isn't that like illegal tho. I think if the roles were swapped and the 15 year old was a girl and the 27 year old was a man, I think it would get a ton of shit for that. The meaning and simplicty of the movie was great but I just dont like the romance concept of it. It wasn't needed and honestly is kind of makes me feel uncomfortable if this was to happen in reality. Solid 5/10
Oct 15, 2018 6:29 PM
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Finally watched it. Well I guess I am disappointed. This nothing other than visual eyecandy. I imagine a lot of people rated this highly because of the quality in sound and visuals but really the story was just a boring melodramatic mess. It had a fairly interesting twist but being only 40 minutes long it had little impact and I didn't feel any attachment to the characters. There wasn't enough time to build up their relationship to make me.imvested and when it did climax it ended being an out of place emotional rant from the mc that seemed only to exist to stir something up. It was poorly done and made me uncomfortable not because it was distressing but because it was so ridiculous.

"But it's beautiful!" People will say but it's just to distract you from the fact that the story was crap.
Oct 31, 2018 8:14 PM

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Of course it would start raining as I watch this. Garden of Words is incredibly atmospheric and immeasurably gorgeous. For 45 minutes, I found myself drawn into each and every detail. It took all of 5 seconds to figure out I was watching a Makoto Shinkai work. Truly a master of aesthetics as his works always come to life in indescribable awe.

The story went well enough. Given the length of the movie, it was straightforward enough and did what it set out to do. There's a surprising amount of quiet throughout, but it's within those moments that the characters & their connection can be shown in ways that words will sometimes fall short of. Particularly the scene where Takao measures Yukino's feet in such a delicate manner. I liked watching as these two, who were initially united by rainy days, learned how to walk through each other. Takao was inspired by his love for Yukino as well as his desire to one day catch up to her. And Yukino, who saw how hard Takao was working to pursue his passion.

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Nov 22, 2018 1:08 PM

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God damn it another Shinkai work and he hits it out of the park again....but damn it I wish his stories had happier endings!

And this was just visual art heaven. An embarrassment of riches in that department.
Jan 11, 12:52 PM

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I love this animation so much. It's so gorgeous, certainly one of the most impressive I ever saw. I love everything about its setting with rain, and that park too.

I love how Takao was such an earnest boy, he had to grow up soon, taking care of the house, working, and stuff. But he had a goal, and he strived for it. His chance meeting with Yukino was beautiful too, she was going through a lot, and like she said herself: meeting him there saved her.

They both fell in love, but the circumstances weren't ideal. Her moving back to her hometown was something already decided, and she needed to go in order to heal. Fortunately both of them were able to tell each other how they felt, and they are in contact. It's sad to see it end with them apart, but it also ends with a very hopeful note.

Those third years were disgusting though, trying to ruin someone's career, and reputation over petty jealousy and not even feeling any sorry for what they did. I'm all against violence, but that slap was on point. I hope he was able to give the guy a punch or two too.
Apr 26, 2:01 AM
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the anime has incridible backround grapich, i think for the art is more than kimi no nawa,, and the detail and the texture is very soft,, i love this, the anime is enjoyable,, i can feel peace in the rain,, meet and talking in the garden under rain is very fresh for me,, but the plot is not that good,, in the end just telling what they feeling each other and confess it,, then after that they never meet again.. 7/10
Apr 30, 2:22 PM
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So slow... Boring af!!
May 2, 1:16 AM
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This might be an unpopular opinion but I liked this movie more than Kimi no na wa. The story and characters backstory were much better than Kimi no na wa. The soundtrack of this movie is not as good as Kimi no na wa's. The visuals were stunning as expected of Makoto Shinkai' movies.
Jun 1, 1:49 AM

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This movie has best visuals among all the animation I have ever seen. Simply great movie.

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Jun 1, 12:13 PM

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I gotta say she has a very nice foot lol
jokes aside I very much enjoyed this ova\movie.
the animation and art were breathtaking possibly the best I've ever seen, the story was ok!
the biggest problem in this ova is its length it is way too short I couldn't get invested in the story or characters, therefore, I couldn't really feel anything for them at the end!
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Jun 10, 4:06 PM

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Loved all of this, and I don't know why. Maybe it was the spectacular art and animation, or the music. Could have been longer, but it's fine just the way it is. 8.5/10.
Jun 11, 1:17 AM

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Pretty average at best.

I dont know why its very overrated but everyone has their opinion.
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Jun 27, 9:38 PM

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It's been raining here in my country for quite a few days and the gray sky won't seem to dissipate in a few more days. Rewatching this masterpiece, it literally set the mood.
Aug 17, 1:22 PM
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Beautiful animation. That rain was amazing.

Nice little story about a relationship between two people who could never be together
Aug 22, 1:13 PM

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Yeah that was good, a good way to spend your time. 7/10
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