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: 7.631 (scored by 60936,093 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #20922
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Popularity: #1481
Members: 13,129
Favorites: 223

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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, and in Brazilian Portuguese as O Jardim das Palavras by NewPOP Editora.

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Oct 27, 2020
This review contains minor spoilers.

The story was great. I watched the movie last year and I actually disliked it until I read the manga which completely changed my mind. I can't recall if the movie had the same ending as the manga but the manga definitely had more content than the movie.

The art was incredibly beautiful. I literally stared at some of the bigger pictures for minutes because it was so good. The character designs were really nice and I liked the way Midori Motohashi drew them when they were blushing and how she sometimes drew these big pictures of the park.

The garden of ...
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 ...
Jan 7, 2023
Mixed Feelings
As a manga, "Kotonoha no Niwa" is a completely harmless and even inferior work to the cinematic wrapper presented by Makoto Shinkai in the original anime. In attempting to adapt a 46 min animation that has consistency in its visuals, themes, and pacing, the manga fails to efficiently establish the dramatic aspects that the story demands, mainly due to Midori Motohashi's artistic insufficiency in conveying the essence of the material to the reader.

To a certain extent, the manga manages to maintain a slow narrative rhythm that prioritizes the subtlety of the relationship developed between Yukari and Takao, with a very intimate approach through frames and ...

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