Byōsoku Go Senchimētoru (2007)

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Byōsoku Go Senchimētoru (5 Centimeters per Second) by Makoto Shinkai (Kotonoha no Niwa, Kimi no na wa). The short film is divided into 3 episodes and tells the story of Takaki Tōno and Akari Shinohara.

 

1st episode:

The two protagonists are going to the same elementary school. They get closer to each other and share the same interests. After the graduation, Takaki has to move away and so they start to write letters. This episode is about the planned meeting between both including a long way by train.

2nd episode:

Takaki is now a senior high school student. One of his classmates, Kanae Sumida, fells in love with him, but she never confesses to him. It looks like that he is somehow ignoring her feelings.

3rd episode:

Takaki has a job in Tokyo and Akari is about to marry another man. He seems very depressive and ignores the calls of his current girlfriend. He is still longing for Akari and has feelings for her.

 

The anime movie shows how harsh and hurtful a distance can be. In fact, the main topic is the love between two childhood friends. The subject of love is good depicted which can be especially seen in the second episode: Sumida’s feelings towards Takaki are very clear. Moreover, Takaki’s love for Akari is also well shown in the second episode as he does not notice Sumida’s feelings. He seems to be absent, probably because he is longing for Akari. The movie also shows that a combination of love and distance can have negative effects on your life (this can be seen in the third episode).

 

There is only one negative aspect: We think there was a bit too fast movement. The episodes were a bit too short and the ending too abrupt.

„5 Centimeters per Second“ is another good movie by Makoto Shinkai. It is an interesting movie which differs from others because it is divided into segments. We also like the art such as the illustration of the landscape and the cherry blossoms. We are impressed by the story and the art of the anime and therefore we recommend it.

 

Cheers,

MikaYuu Hyakuya

 

 

 

 

 

 

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