Byousoku 5 Centimeter
5 Centimeters per Second
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Byousoku 5 Centimeter

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Synonyms: 5 Centimeters Per Second
Japanese: 秒速5センチメートル
English: 5 Centimeters per Second
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Type: Novel
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 3
Status: Finished
Published: Nov 16, 2007
Genres: Drama Drama, Romance Romance
Serialization: None
Authors: Shinkai, Makoto (Story)


Score: 8.041 (scored by 24302,430 users)
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Ranked: #6742
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Popularity: #3635
Members: 5,754
Favorites: 205


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Volumes: /1
Chapters: /3


Novel adaptation of Makoto Shinkai's Byousoku 5 Centimeter anime.

A tale of two people, Toono Takaki and Shinohara Akari, who were close friends but gradually grow farther and farther apart as time moves on. They become separated because of their families yet continue to exchange contact in the form of letters. Yet as time continues to trudge on, their contact with one another begins to cease. Years pass and the rift between them grows ever larger. However, Takaki remembers the times they have shared together, but as life continues to unfold for him, he wonders if he would be given the chance to meet Akari again as the tale embarks on Takaki's realization of the world and people around him.


Byousoku 5 Centimeter was published in English as 5 Centimeters per Second by Yen Press under the Yen On imprint in an omnibus volume with Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo on April 27, 2021. It was published in Spanish by Planeta Cómic.



May 21, 2021
Today is the 21st day of the 21st week of the 21st year of the 21st century.

So, when I watched the animated version, I was not too fond of the story. I have always felt that something is missing, or maybe the animated version didn't tug my heart.

So today, 21st May 2021, around 5.00 am, I have decided to read the Light Novel version. Believe me; I wasn't disappointed at all.

Somehow I felt like this story is closed to reality indeed at some point in our life when we used to go to school. Many of us promised to marry the boy/girl we ...
May 15, 2015
‘5 Centimeters Per Second’, a romance where if you’re looking for the stereotypical happy ending, you will not find…

Okay, so one thing that’s nice about this novel is the fact that it starts off with a beautifully written, short story before diving into the 3 main arcs. Think of it as an ‘Extra Feature’. This story is about a girl who wishes to leave a trace of her existence in this world so that she may never truly disappear once she is gone. It’s short and sincere, a nice add on.

-The 1st arc of the story seized my attention immediately as I found ...
Aug 20, 2013
"...they say that it's 5 centimeters per second."
"What is?"
"The speed at which cherry blossoms fall.
It's 5 centimeters per second."

(This is a review of the novel that also makes comparisons to the film and manga versions. Think of it as my feelings for all 3 versions.)

I began reading the novelized version of "5 Centimeters per Second" in order to have a different experience of one of my most loved stories in anime. Having already watched the film numerous times and reading the manga once, I already had a rough expectation of what to feel while reading this story. This expectation, however, prepared me little ...

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