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Being honest here..I’ve just finished watching all of Shinkai Makoto’s works….
I do not enjoy this 5 cen >_>”, mainly because its romance (I’m not a romance guy xD”), I enjoy its scenary CG and music as always though
Hoshi no Koe was a bit confusing for me at first (felt like watching something in the middle or watching its last ep), but the mecha battles was really good for a very old animation back then.
Beyond the Clouds was not much enjoyable yet again because of its romance-centered.. I was a bit confused at its ending though (and mainly for its quantum physics of the story).
I prefer the romance/story as in Kotonoha no Niwa, dunno, I felt it’s ok with this one.
I enjoyed Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo the most – its adventure and action added (and I actually cried a bit during its climax at the end…LOLs)
p.s. still waiting for your Coppelion review 😀 *have my eyes on your blog*
btw, have you watched Sword of the Stranger yet?
Five Centimeters per Second (and by extension, most of Makoto Shinkai’s works prior to 2007) tend to be stories where romances fall to time and space. They’re not for everyone, and that is perfectly okay. If I may be so bold, I personally think you found more enjoyment in Children who chase lost voices from deep below (2011) and The Garden of Words (2013) simply because by this point, Shinkai has refined his craft to produce stories with a much more decisive tone. This is most apparent in the latter, of course.
In response to the non-Five Centimeters per Second queries, I’ve finished Coppelion and will probably get around to posting a reflection within 24 hours: I’ll draft that one as soon as I finish porting the Gundam 00: A Wakening of the Trailblazer reflection here from my old site. As for Sword of the Stranger, I have not seen it yet. I don’t recall being recommended it, although a cursory glance suggests that I might very well enjoy it, so I will keep your suggestion in my mind for a rainy day.
Yes please do so (with everything you said there xD)
No need to rush… take time, I have my plans to update my blog in Dec.. and here I am sitting in Jan still watching anime/playing games and not finishing any of my blog plans…lol xD”
As for anime movies, I really highly recommend SotS, especially if you love fighting scenes (the story is good too). If there’s no 3D animation (FF7, .hack, RE, etc) this anime movie would have definitely be my most favorite xD
Very well done! I think I’ve read all your work on “5 Cm” and enjoyed all of it, especially your command of English, which as you know, is rare on the net.
However, as with all great art, “5 centimeters per Second” evokes a great variety of responses from viewers, and for me, Takaki’s last-seen expression does not signify personal advancement for him, or even resignation. He’s spent a lifetime regretting the loss of Akari, and refusing to put that regret on hold in order to connect spiritually with anyone else. Even with very lovable ladies like Kanae. Moreover, he DOES NOT pursue Akari at the end of the movie after the train passes, as any man would. I don’t see that as resignation. That’s just more of Takaki’s cowardly inability to act in the face of his fear of rejection, even though it was gloriously obvious, even to him, at the beginning of the story that Askari did love him. He never did tell her of his love! The lost letter at the train station is very significant. He never rewrites it. He never does get it that love can transcend time and space. He’s always been that way, and it’s Mr. Shinkai’s main theme: the inability to act courageously at the point of opportunity can be agonizingly tragic.
That’s why “5 Centimeters per Second” brands the viewer so deeply. It certainly has me, and though I’m an optimistic hunter genotype, I’ve never seriously doubted the tragedy of Takaki. And especially of Kanae. And Shinkai’s fabulous graphics carry that message so unbeatably well.
It’s good to hear you enjoyed both the film and the discussion, and it’s quite refreshing to hear alternative perspectives on a film. Different viewers will experience things differently, and indeed, I rather enjoy hearing what others have to say about a particular film.
Your perspective, that Takaki’s fear of rejection is ultimately costs him, is one I can increasingly relate to in light of recent events. The subsequent melancholy was quite unlike anything I’d ever experienced. Five Centimeters per Second had struck me as a good anime since I saw it back in 2010, but I was most naive in thinking that I would not experience such things so quickly. Perhaps it is callous of me to say so, but I now believe that the only way to really get over heartbreak is to take another chance and find someone else. These elements are perfectly captured in Five Centimeters per Second, although watching it now will probably reopen the wounds.
Love is something that transcends time and space, but only if it is reciprocated, and life is a ceaseless journey towards seeking this sort of understanding. I think that the themes explored in Five Centimeters per Second definitely merit further consideration, and again, I welcome alternative perspectives that provoke thought, especially when they’re thoughtfully written.
My first time on your site. Did my scrawl get there? I may have hit “log out” by mistake! Sorry for the bother. (WMC)
I got the comment: we’re good to go 🙂
Are “Yosuga No Sora” and Shinkai’s “The Park of Words” (?) available anywhere? I looked at Anime Rider and Barnes & Noble, but they don’t have them.
The Garden of Words and Yosuga no Sora can both be ordered online at Amazon or other places. I’m sure that larger video stores will also have them.
Hi! I’m new to your blog but I like your anime reviews! Since we’re on the subject of Makoto Shinkai’s works, I would just like to recommend a short – Dareka no Manazashi. It’s rather steeped in his usual nostalgia, but its more heartwarming than most of his works (in my opinion). You should check out the insert song “Sore de Ii yo”, it’s a really sweet song 🙂
Thanks for taking the time to read! I thoroughly enjoyed Dareka no Manazashi: I watched and wrote about it a fair ways back. The ending was a nice one 🙂