Kotonoha no Niwa (2013)

 

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Kotonoha no Niwa, a shortfilm, by Makoto Shinkai. Takao, a 15-year-old highschool student, always skips classes on rainy days to sketch and draw designs of shoes. During these rainy days, he goes to a garden where he mostly meets a mysterious woman. She does not tell him anything about herself (not even her name) whereas Takao tells her everything about his life including his dreamjob as a shoemaker.

The movie is different because the dialogue is kept to the minimum resulting that the focus is more on the emotions between both characters. A developpment of a romantic relationship can be seen even with a big age difference (15 years and 27 years). However, the feelings are not explicitly depicted with the exception of the end. The rain plays an important role because it is a necessary element for both to meet. The rain is like a connection for them and the meetings seem to be an escape from their daily lives and struggles. Even though their struggles haven’t disappeared completely, they have a more positive view on their lives.

A further interesting fact is the choice of becoming a shoemaker because it is an eccentric dreamjob for a highschool student in this world. The depiction of shoes can have a symbolic meaning. In fact, shoes protect us from everything what’s on our path which can also be adapted to the movie. For example, Takao is defending and protecting the woman while other students are spreading bad rumours about her.

 

All in all, the anime movie is a bit too short but it contains a fascinating and thoughtful plot.

Cheers,

MikaYuu Hyakuya

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