Byousoku 5 Centimeter, ef: A Tale of Memories. Recommendations
These anime are examples of very beautiful animation with a lot of attention to details without trade-offs between animation quality and story. If you can appreciate spectacular animation and gripping storytelling, you'll enjoy these two.
The dramatic story and the wonderful art of Makoto Shinkai are in bouth animes. Even though in Ef he did only the backgrounds he still did a wonderfull job. The breathtaking views make bout animes very enjoyable. Even though the drama is wonderful made in bouth of them, the ending is not so dramatic for ef- a tale of memories. The characters suffer because of love and mature because of the same rason. The story is very good developed and the sad parts are so deep that it could make anybody cry.
The OST is something you won't miss after you watch them. I especualy love
both show the story in the same unique way: instead of focusing on the character, it focuses much more on the scenery and aspects present there. there is also a lot of storytelling by the characters. both show the harshness of life and love, though 5 cm per second is more realistic and therefore more sad. both are excellent watches though
Both have a lot of drama.
The main characters suffer and struggle because of their 'unspoken' emotions -Love <3 They also regret things in the future because of their actions in the past. Either they take action or learn to deal with it.
Makoto Shinkai played a big part in both, so that's a guarantee of at least artistic quality. Beyond that, both these animes are very simple and poignant dramas that deal with adolescent romance, and also heavily explore the theme of distance--Ef in the form of memory loss for one, and 5 cm/s with physical and temporal distance. Both exhibit a rather cold and melancholic atmosphere, and are rather tragic--though Ef delivers a happy ending in the vein of Clannad whereas 5 cm/s does not. If you liked one of them, you'll certainly enjoy the other.
Great romance, artistically beautiful, a lot of melodramatic moments, and suffering.
The overall feeling of sadness, happiness and self satisfaction that I got from these two works of art are dangerously similar. It was of no surprise that after looking up the ones responsible for writing Tale of Memories that I ran into Makoto Shinkai (He helped with the storyboad) He is also the writer of 5 Centimeters Per Second