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

by tsubasalover
Feb 25, 2014 11:05 PM | 22 Comments
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 Nagi Yanagi, was released in 15-, 30-, and 120-second versions on YouTube, NicoNico, and two selective TV channels (only on February 25 and 26, 2014 which only aired the 30-second version). The lyrics of the song were written by Shinkai himself. Masayoshi Tanaka (AnoHana, Toradora!) designed the characters.

Synopsis:
The story of Cross Road centers on high-school students Miho (Ayane Sakura) and Shouta (Kensho Ono) as they prepare for entrance exams for university in Tokyo. Miho comes from an island without even one cram school, while Shouta lives in Tokyo and works a part-time job. Both are striving to pass the exams so they can enter university. The pair enroll in Z-Kai's correspondence education courses, and their lives cross before they realize it. (Source: ANN, edited)

Source: Z-kai, Other Voices

Z-Kai: Cross Road on MAL

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I hope there will be anime/movie with as good quality as the trailer had :P
♥♥♥

Mar 7, 2014 5:57 AM by Statchana

Words can not describe how much I am pumped to see a movie of this ;_;'

Feb 28, 2014 12:57 PM by Kazeki

The animation in that CM might be the best that's ever made. It is unbelievably good.
Then again, it's not that long...

Feb 27, 2014 8:08 AM by cupc

seems interesting and I love the animation too, got high hopes for it

Feb 27, 2014 8:02 AM by Mr_Gutts

great animation .
i hope this will get a movie or series .

Feb 27, 2014 4:01 AM by mrNumb22

-Aku said:
why would we need another scenery porn anime without any redeeming value? a cm is enough


..

Feb 26, 2014 10:17 PM by kurotoshiro

I would love to see a movie out of this. I love that animation style :)

Feb 26, 2014 1:02 PM by Ando

I still haven't watched it yet but I am sure that the animation is wonderful!!!
The synopsis looks good, it can be a Movie or even TV series!!!
I shall watch many of Makoto Shinkai's works soon :3

Feb 26, 2014 11:35 AM by Tengai

kokone said:
Looks gorgeous. Did make me laugh tho when I realised the tune was 'Danny Boy'.


It also reminded me of You Raise me Up.

Feb 26, 2014 9:34 AM by moeichi

I remember seeing anohana being mentioned, reading the fairly interesting synopsis, and seeing some of the artwork. Without even having seen this commercial, I already want to see it made into a full-fledged movie.

Feb 26, 2014 8:54 AM by Rachmaninow

-Aku said:
why would we need another scenery porn anime without any redeeming value? a cm is enough
LOL

Feb 26, 2014 8:05 AM by Siva

why would we need another scenery porn anime without any redeeming value? a cm is enough

Feb 26, 2014 7:51 AM by Aku

Looks gorgeous. Did make me laugh tho when I realised the tune was 'Danny Boy'.

Feb 26, 2014 4:47 AM by kokone

Wish this was longer or turned into a movie.

Feb 26, 2014 4:10 AM by sim0n2170

julyan04 said:
If only those seasonal TV series has this animation of this caliber....


And a story of this caliber too.

Feb 26, 2014 3:14 AM by phoenixalia

Amazing animation as usual. If only those seasonal TV series has this animation of this caliber....

Time to wait for the movie adaptation.. *cross fingers*

Feb 26, 2014 2:35 AM by julyan

Now this is something that deserves a full fledged TV anime.

Feb 26, 2014 1:41 AM by phoenixalia

So long as i'm still able to eyegasm on Shinkai's amazing visual, honestly i couldn't careless whether or not he's going to expand the CM into full movie. That's all

Feb 26, 2014 12:45 AM by Amiluhur

Makoto Shinkai, Nagi Yanagi, Masayoshi Tanaka, Ayane Sakura, Kensho Ono......
Must I say more than this??
It's enough than any reason to watch this

Such a shame it's only a short CM.. right??

Feb 25, 2014 11:38 PM by Ray_Light

I'm always looking forward to Makoto Shinkai's next work, this short definitely didn't disappoint.

Feb 25, 2014 11:28 PM by LastChapter

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