Kotonoha no Niwa
The Garden of Words
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Kotonoha no Niwa

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Synonyms: Koto no Ha no Niwa
Japanese: 言の葉の庭
English: The Garden of Words
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 7
Status: Finished
Published: Apr 25, 2013 to Oct 25, 2013
Genres: Drama Drama, Romance Romance, Slice of Life Slice of Life
Theme: Visual Arts Visual Arts
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Afternoon
Authors: Shinkai, Makoto (Story), Motohashi, Midori (Art)


Score: 7.681 (scored by 54965,496 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #16762
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1426
Members: 11,908
Favorites: 219

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The Garden of Words
Volume 1


On rainy mornings, high school student Takao Akizuki skips class and travels to an enchanting garden nestled in the bustle of Tokyo. Aspiring to become a shoemaker, he spends his time sketching and studying designs. During one visit amid the verdant scenery, Akizuki encounters Yakari Yukino—a mystifying woman whose melancholic appearance captures the young boy's eye.

Despite not introducing themselves, the two continue to meet at the same spot, gradually finding comfort in each other's presence. However, with the end of the rainy season approaching, Akizuki and Yukino must confront the uncertainties in their hearts as they find the courage to walk their own paths.

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Kotonoha no Niwa was published in English as The Garden of Words by Vertical Inc. under the Vertical Comics imprint on October 28, 2014. The series has also been published in Polish as Ogród słów by Studio JG on February 13, 2019.

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Apr 30, 2017
This is my first time reviewing a series with a full 10/10 in every aspect.

Story: The story is the same as the movie it is based on. Extra moments were added to develop Takao and Yukino's relationship more, and the ending as well was not in the movie - it gave an overall, hopeful and positive feeling.

Art: The art was very pleasing to the eyes. I love seeing the blushes on our protagonists' faces, and their gentle gestures. The tone the movie displayed was very apparent in this manga adaption. I love the way the postures were drawn, and the drips of water on the ...
Dec 17, 2018
It contains spoilers.

Ah, love... What would it be of our lifes without love? It moves the world, it makes us feel things, it makes us happy or destroy our heart... A strong feeling, motivation of hundred of people every day to fullfil their routine. You can love a person, an animal, the music you listen, anime and manga... I hope you agree in it, because Kotonoha no Niwa brings us some cups of sweet sweet love.

This manga is an adaptation of the well known movie made by Makoto Shinkai (the best he's made in my opinion) in 2013. In it, it tells the exact same ...
Jun 12, 2020
Before I get into this review, I want to issue a warning that I will be discussing spoilers for this manga, as I don't see how I can review this without talking about the execution of certain key scenes without spoiling them.

Kotonoha no Niwa is a manga that started serializing before the movie version came out in 2013. It's a short, one volume long manga, which makes it an easy read, like the movie, which is only 40 minutes long, making for an easy watch. In this review, i'll try to not compare it to the movie too much, as i'm planning to rewatch it ...

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