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Finding Takaki’s Answers in Five Centimeters per Second: One More Side, or, Insights From a New Perspective

“Reality is brimming over with beautiful things, brilliant feelings. How many of them have I been missing?” –Takaki Tohno

Until now, the final act of Makoto Shinkai’s Five Centimeters per Second remained a bit of an enigma, leaving viewers with questions about Takaki Tohno and his ultimate fate. The animated film, which premièred in 2007, had three acts that detail a different stage of Takaki’s life, from the moment that he met Akari Shinohara and their falling in love, to when he moves back to Tokyo as an adult. The existing misconception is that since meeting Akari, Takaki had never been able to truly let go of her when they separated, and this in turn negatively impacted his ability to connect with those around him in the present, whether it be the athletic and cheerful Kanae Sumida, or Risa Mizuno, a lady he meets through work. The claim that “Takaki still longs for Akari to the detriment of his lifestyle” and that he is “unable to cope with his feelings for Akari” persist even after a decade has passed since its premièred. Five Centimeters per Second‘s third act does indeed show Takaki as being downcast and depressed, but one spring day, when he decides to take a walk under the morning sun to clear his mind from his tasks, he has a seemingly chance encounter with Akari. As he turns around to look back, a train passes through; once the train passes, Akari has gone, but Takaki merely smiles and continues with his walk. This dramatic contrast appears to contradict the gloom and misery that Takaki had experienced earlier, leaving viewers to wonder why a glimpse of Akari would be enough to undo the loneliness Takaki was suffering. While the film left many aspects ambiguous, creating a highly poignant message amongst viewers who incorrectly counted the film where “that actually resolving things was never the point”, supplementary materials, taking the form of two novels and one manga, provided an answer to these otherwise forgotten questions, where analysts and reviewers had originally been forced to conclude that the story’s outcome was “ambiguous”.

In particular, the novel One More Side is of great worth in helping to determine what Five Centimeters per Second sought to accomplish with its story. Originally published in 2011, and receiving an English language publication only in 2019, One More Side presents the Five Centimeters per Second story from different perspectives. The first act is told from Akari’s point of view, painting her as being quite shy and finding solace in Takaki’s kind and reliable company. The second act shows that Takaki was actually quite directionless during his time as a high school student and, while the film may not have shown it, he found himself wishing to be closer to Kanae. The third act shows how his past regrets only occasionally haunt him, and his inability to connect with others stems more from his personality of wanting to push forwards no matter the cost. At work, Takaki thus suffered through difficult deadlines and unyielding product managers who were unsympathetic to what his suggestions were. This placed a great deal of stress on Takaki, and ultimately led him to break up with Risa. Reading through these new perspectives, it becomes clear that Takaki is not pining for Akari per se, but rather, the melancholy he has stems from being unable to properly find his footing at work. These are subtle details that the film conveys through its use of colour: by the time Takaki becomes a freelance developer, the blues and grays dominating the palette are replaced with the brighter hues of spring, indicating his improved well-being. This comes with him finding the freedom to work at his own pacing and take control of life; Takaki hints throughout One More Side that he dislikes losing control of his situation, stemming from the fact that he’d moved numerous times as a child. His dissatisfaction with his old job thus came from lacking the control to make decisions for the better, and by becoming a freelance developer, being able to set his own hours, pacing and clients afford him with the control that he sought from life.

Additional Remarks

  • I vaguely remember one reader asking me if I had read One More Side a ways back, but at the time, I did not have access to this. So, when I’d learnt that One More Side was actually available at a local bookstore, I hastened to pick my copy up. The book, classified as a light novel, offers insight into Five Centimeters per Second that even the novel adaptation of the movie and manga do not possess: it is an essential read for anyone who wishes to get more out of their experience with Five Centimeters per Second. Spanning 240 pages, I bought One More Side a few days before midsummer’s eve along with the first two volumes of Harukana Receive‘s manga, and read through it over the past few months.

  • The biggest takeaway from One More Side‘s first act is that Akari was very much drawn to Takaki for his kindness and fondness for books. As a transfer student, Akari found herself unable to fit in with other students, and found solace with Takaki, who similarly found it tricky to relate to others. Their common interest in the sciences brought them together, and both had envisioned spending their time as middle school students together, although this was cut short, and Akari felt as badly as Takaki did about their helplessness in the situation. With the newfound information, I hope that folks looking for something like “5 Centimeters Per Second ending explained” or similar will find this post useful.

  • Besides the myths that Anime News Network perpetuates about Five Centimeters per Second that have made their way to Wikipedia and other tertiary sources, speculation at places like Tango-victor-tango can leave folks with conflicting, contradictory information. For instance, some fans at tango-victor-tango speculate that Akari’s parents were completely disapproving of Takaki. One More Side gives no indicator to suggest that this is true whatsoever, and instead, the reason for their lack of contact once Takaki moved to Tanegashima was simply because their lives were becoming busier to the point where sending mail no longer was practical.

  • In One More Side‘s second act, Takaki’s perspective is given in great detail; while the film presented him as seemingly in control of his life, which impresses Kanae, it turns out he’s about as lost as she is, but has a different way of showing it. The novel also confirms that the girl in his dreams is not Akari, but rather, an abstraction of someone he wants to be with; Takaki entertains thoughts that it would be nice if this were Kanae. With this, a long-standing question is addressed, and there’s one fewer ambiguity for folks to deal with. Takaki’s thoughts on Kanae are also provided in greater detail, and it suggests that he was actually hoping to get to know her better.

  • With everything said and done, One More Side is an indispensable read for anyone who enjoyed Five Centimeters per Second but felt shafted by the ending. The fact that there’s an official English translation now means that the story is more accessible overall. It’s taken twelve years for all of the pieces to fit into place, and One More Side provides the insights that fans deserve. This short post is now in the books, and I expect the next time I will be writing about Makoto Shinkai will be for Tenki no Ko, which released in July and for which the home release still remains unknown.

While Five Centimeters per Second is largely counted as a love story, it is more appropriate to approach it as a drama about life in general, and specifically, about control (or lack thereof) of one’s situation. The speed at which cherry blossoms fall, then, becomes not merely a metaphor about falling in love and falling out of love, but about how people’s fates are as transient and fragile as the cherry blossom, whose downward trajectories are stochastic and dependent on things like wind, which the cherry blossom petal itself is powerless to influence, much less control. Makoto Shinkai mentions this in other materials, adding credence to the idea that Five Centimeters per Second‘s theme is more broad than that of a love story. The ending scene where Takaki reaches reaches the train crossing on that spring day and encounters Akari, has a simple and profound explanation: Takaki smiles because he feels contentment at being able to fulfil his original promise to Akari. Their original promise, to see the cherry blossoms together again, is to be taken in a literal sense; viewers analysing the scene have over-scrutinised everything in Five Centimeters per Second and somehow ended up with the conclusion that seeing the cherry blossoms together was a poetic metaphor for getting married and spending their futures together. However, One More Side shows that Takaki’s memory is quite keen, and his smile comes from having satisfied their original promise, whereupon Takaki realises that he’d always had the initiative to take charge of his situation. The additional insights offered by One More Side allows audiences of Five Centimeters per Second to gain closure regarding Takaki, who unambiguously leaves the novel feeling happier, more content and ready to take on the future. In other words, after more than twelve years since Five Centimeters per Second premièred in Japanese cinema, the answer to whether or not Takaki got a happy ending is a resounding, decisive and well-deserved yes.

28 responses to “Finding Takaki’s Answers in Five Centimeters per Second: One More Side, or, Insights From a New Perspective

  1. jsyschan November 16, 2019 at 19:17

    I have the novel myself, and I haven’t had much of a chance to read it, though I try to keep it in good condition. I’m glad to read about your thoughts on it. I was very curious about how other fans interpreted the ending.

    I think you might have mentioned it in a previous post, but have you looked at the manga of the film? It was a nice complement to the film, and the bonus chapter at the end doesn’t feel out of place.


    • infinitezenith November 16, 2019 at 19:38

      Likewise, it’s good to see your feedback, too. I hope you’ll have a chance to read One More Side, it’s very genuine and heartfelt.

      I have read the manga in full, it is indeed an excellent addition that adds to the story’s overall message 🙂


  2. Aumi November 30, 2019 at 19:37

    The novel helped answered a lot of questions I had, especially about Akari’s POV. Have you read/watch Voices of a Distant Star? I have yet to get my hands on that book. Once you mentioned falling cherry blossoms I immediately thought of the randomness and the natural world in Thomas Hardy’s novels. And good for Takaki.


    • infinitezenith November 30, 2019 at 21:47

      I’ve watched Voices of a Distant Star, and I think the novel’s English translation is a relatively recent release, only available since July 2019. I’ve not read the novel for myself yet, but if I had to guess, the novel will similarly offer insights that augment one’s enjoyment of the film.


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  4. ospreyshire February 2, 2020 at 08:57

    I didn’t even know such a thing like this existed for 5cm. Good job on this post!


  5. Alexandre Berthelot March 26, 2020 at 10:18

    I just finished reading your review and it filled the void in me (caused by 5 cm per second), I never thought such a good review could exist, your work is amazing !!!

    I searched for so long, a review who take into account the novel, the film and the manga, especially five centimeters per second : one more side. I didn’t find much review about it, but with your review, you answered all my questions, I’m feeling better now. I was feeling bad for Takaki and Kanae, they were the only persons who weren’t happy, and Akari was the only one who succesfully moved on. It feel nice to see someone sharing his point of view, with an amazing amount of arguments, it feel like you’re adding something else to the story, and this is exactly what I was looking for, more content about the story. I also want to ask you something, do you think Takaki and Kanae are together after the story ? If I recall correctly, you said something like Kanae was shocked in the end of the manga because she saw a person, but she know (normally) just Takaki in Tokyo, I am eager to know if you can confirm that. I want to confort myself with the idea that both of them are happy after the end of the anime/movie/novel.

    In conclusion, I just wanted to compliment you for your amazing work !!

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    • infinitezenith March 26, 2020 at 10:25

      Thank you for taking the time to come by, and I’m very happy to know I was helpful 🙂

      In the manga, I believe Kanae does end up visiting Tokyo to find Takaki. While things are left ambiguous there (their meeting is not shown), the Takaki at the end of the novel is content, happy and looking at the future with an open mind. At the very least, he will have a honest and long-awaited conversation with Kanae. I think that here, Makoto Shinkai intends for us, the readers, to fill the gaps in: no one really knows where life will take us, but it is what we make of it, and I’m inclined to say that both Kanae and Takaki will find their happiness, whatever form that may take.

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      • Alexandre Berthelot April 9, 2020 at 13:28

        I thought I would receive an email after your response but I have not been notified, so sorry for the late answer ! (I didn’t think you could answer in 10 minutes lol you do awesome content and you answer quickly, you are truly amazing)

        It was exactly the answer I was searching for, I can sleep well now that I know that Takaki isn’t depressed at all in the end, I didn’t read the novel so I couldn’t really tell. I’m so glad that they will surely find happiness even with all the problems they went through, they deserved nothing but joyfulness.

        Thanks for your reply and all your work, have a good day and good luck !

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        • infinitezenith April 9, 2020 at 13:30

          I’m very glad to have your feedback and are happy to hear you found your answer 🙂 On WordPress, I’ve never made use of the “email me on reply” feature before, but in experience, email servers can be a bit slower. I can reply almost instantaneously to comments since I’ve set up the mobile notifications, and at any rate, I like to ensure everyone is replied to as quickly as possible. All the best!


  6. Jay October 1, 2020 at 10:14

    Hello bro.. will really appreciate if you can share a PDF


  7. Stephanie October 10, 2020 at 04:28

    Wow. All I can say is thank you for this amazing review. I watched the movie a few days ago and was left broken. I thought it was obviously an amazing film with a deep meaning which was exactly the type of film I was looking for and although I loved it, there was a small part of me that wished I never watched it because of how sad it left me. Especially after reading reviews that had explained that the visions in his dreams were Akari and that he had never really moved on. The thought of Akari moving on and finding happiness while Takaki was left depressed and longing for her even after 10+ years of not speaking or seeing her played on my mind. I often found myself randomly thinking about the movie while going on walks or doing the dishes and as soon as I did an instant wave of sadness would overcome me. From what I had seen in other reviews, the last scene at the train was him finally realising he needed to move on and although that was his “happy ending” I couldn’t stop thinking about him wasting over 10 years of his life longing for Akari. But thanks to your review, I realise this was not really true and there is a lot more to it, especially that he wasn’t just depressed, thinking about her for over 10 years.

    After this review, the hole in my chest has been filled. I finally understand a lot more and misconceptions have been solved. I am so glad I came across this because if not, I think I would have spent the next 3 weeks thinking about the film. I will DEFINITELY be purchasing the novel so I can finally be at peace and thanks to your review I am so excited to start reading because after finishing the movie I was looking for something more that would give all 3 main characters a somewhat happy ending (when I say happy ending I don’t mean them ending up together because that would be unrealistic, but I mean for them to be content in their life and in control, excited for the future).

    Although I am just a 15 year old girl who hasn’t experienced much in life yet, I often find myself thinking if I will ever experience the type of love you find in anime and sometimes I get sad thinking that such things do not exist, and that if I ever were to find something like that, I would never let it go. This is mainly because of anime I watch where they find love at a young age and end up together/get married. After watching the film it made me realise that it is unrealistic to think/want to find love at a young age and be together forever (which is honestly great because I think it is unhealthy of me to have such high expectations, especially since I have so many other things I should experience as a teen). I realise people are there to teach lessons and leave happy memories and that I shouldn’t ponder on the future and live in every moment I can, because I never know when I will have to move on and continue with my life. Knowing that all three characters DO get a happy ending and find meaning in their life, makes me really happy and excited for my future because I now know that I can experience amazing things and not have to hold onto them forever. Honestly this film and novel (which I will soon read) has been a life lesson for me and I am so happy to come across it, especially this review.

    Once again, thank you and sorry for the life story! I don’t really know where else to express my feelings so I kind of just blurted things out. Although I am so young, I too find myself longing for something more and finding out meaning in life, so this kind of (sorta) hit home and I just had to leave my thoughts on it. I am so excited to purchase the novel! Have a good weekend and stay safe.

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    • infinitezenith October 11, 2020 at 22:45

      Thank you for taking the time to write such an insightful comment! I’m immensely happy to learn that this post was useful for you, and I do hope you’ll enjoy One More Side. If I may, I’ll share a small anecdote of my own. Like you experienced, Five Centimetres per Second left a considerable impact on me when I finished watching it for the first time some nine years ago, making me aware of a hole in my life that led me down the path of falling in love with someone, who became very dear to me, and whom I confessed my feelings for. However, things have a knack of going south at the worst times: right after I did so, they departed for a homestay in Japan and ended up meeting someone abroad.

      Romance is one of those things that are desperately tricky to get right, and can disintegrate in the blink of an eye if it is not well-cultivated and lovingly maintained. My experience in this department has been met with heartbreak and forgotten promises. I see a shadow of myself in Takaki: while romance has not been either of our strengths, what matters most is being able to take the initiative and affect positive in our lives, whether or not there’s a special someone around. This is the message that made One More side so compelling; the book shows that Takaki is so much more than his promise to Akari, and this is an encouraging thought.

      You’re still young, and there will be plenty of time to learn and explore. The world is also vast: keep an open mind, and you will find that special person to share your future with! In the meantime, One More side is something that is well worth the purchase, answering lingering questions that might’ve arisen from watching Five Centimeters per Second. I certainly wish I had been able to read this novel after finishing the movie. Finally, I similarly wish you the best 🙂


  8. Vitor February 28, 2021 at 15:57

    but why didn’t akari wait for tataki in the final scene?


    • infinitezenith March 2, 2021 at 22:20

      I believe that it was because she had moved on: while Akari hopes that Takaki is doing alright for himself, I don’t think she would’ve recognised Takaki.The spark when the two had been thirteen, was no longer there, and while Takaki had been her first love, it eventually became a memory.


      • Hendri Kurnia March 10, 2021 at 10:12

        Untill now,i bit curious about her sorrow expression on the train or the station after she found out her letter that she couldnt give it to takaki,i read it in the novel that she would be unfaithfull if thinking of another man while she already had fiance.

        perhaps,it just my imagination…after she found out that letter and going to tokyo to meet her fiance,she wished to see takaki once again in her way to tokyo, just like she catch a glimpse of takaki after she run down to the escalator.

        it just my imagination dont take it seriously,i guess i’ll read fanfic of this series later to satisfy my curiousity


    • hendri kurnia March 29, 2021 at 06:59

      Im done already read all of this work,and why akari didnt wait for him is,that because she is already married with yuichi (her cowoker in the departement store)

      What give me bad taste is,in the 1st page of one more side novel,she had lingering feeling for not giving the letter to takaki,even she imaginating herself could go back to her chilhood time to tell the young herself to give the letter to takaki,regret and cant forgive the young herself give me bad taste,but she cant do anything,she is already married


  9. Zia Shaikh March 26, 2022 at 16:32

    Sorry for bad grammar and shit spellings writing from mobile and very happy to find this.
    I had no idea this existed I read your previous reviews a long time ago. When I first watched the movie it was not that impactful for me. But it was a slow burn as I moved to a different city and my friends as well I realised how grounded in reality this movie was. I re read your old reviews again and again thinking he never moved on due to love but your thoughts were different on the topic. Thankyou for these reviews I do hope he finds what he wants. I am now moving to Canada for study and might possibly work there and going through old stuff on YouTube I came across one more time song that really reignited my old sad feelings. In the end I searched for you review again and I ended up here.
    I might get a digital copy later but knowing he is doing well just mentally is fine. That one image from movie where he watched a movie after work was so depressing it stuck with me and I still worry that will I become like this. I hope I will find my future better I will try to give it my all anyway.

    On another note did you by chance review movie “I want to eat your pancreas” you might find it interesting.

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    • infinitezenith March 30, 2022 at 21:42

      No worries at all! Your English is great, and I’m glad to have heard your thoughts on Five Centimeters per Second. Like you, when I first watched this film, I came out with a completely different set of feelings and thoughts than I did later. What was a tale of unrequited love became a story of agency, of taking control of one’s life and doing what one intends to do. The side novel really helped to clarify this for me, which is why I highly recommend reading it; it offers insights that remove ambiguity.

      It is with some irony that when I look back, my life has become a splitting image of Takaki’s: I am also a software developer whose life is littered with failed romances, but in spite of this, I am (at least, I believe I am) mostly happy; as much as I’d love to have someone special in my life, I’m at my happiest when doing right by others. There’s nothing particularly wrong with being alone or single, there’s still a lot of life one can live 🙂

      Finally, you’ve already found my talk for I Want to Eat Your Pancreas, and it was an enjoyable film t watch!

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      • Zia Shaikh March 31, 2022 at 07:55

        Can I ask in what technology you are working on. I am taking a postgraduate courses on computer Application Development (after 4 years in computer science) it’s kinda redundant. But I will take 1 more postgraduate diploma course on a specific field I am kind of lost. Most of people push me towards full stack web dev it’s fine I guess. But I want to know how other techs are doing and which is good. I get it might be a personal taste but it doesn’t hurt to know pros and cons. I also want to know If it is fun to work in embedded systems or low level programming.


        • infinitezenith April 6, 2022 at 16:48

          I’m a mobile developer with a specialisation in iOS and Swift, although I’ve also had the chance to dabble in Android. In university, I was enrolled in bioinformatics, and then went on to do a Master’s of Computer Science, where I built a 3D model of the cell to visualise its processes. It was here I became excited about iOS development, although nowadays, I also do things related to web dev, SQL and Java. A full stack web developer is a sought after skill, so the competition here is fierce. On the other hand, I’ve never particularly excelled with assembly and embedded systems, so I’ve got less experience in that domain. My general suggestion is to find a field that you particularly like and cultivate deeper knowledge here, while at the same time, remain open to learning about other technologies. It helps with the resume, and some of the problem-solving you get from other areas may help with your specialisation (and vise versa).

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          • shaikhzia53 April 8, 2022 at 03:29

            How to keep this consise..ok first of bioinformatics that sounds interesting!! There is not much diversity in fileds here. So if you don’t mind I have another thing I can use your outlook on.

            That is on solitude, I read you enjoy solitude I used to be same but for last 2-3 months it is getting to me. Seeing an amazing movie and then not being to be able to talk about it with anyone kinda hurts. It’s not that I don’t have friends they are just busy and they don’t sharey intrest in anime.

            Plus the fact I will move in July end is also eating away at me. My parents I have to say goodbye to them ( father is 70) … and he talks about death being near!!!!!

            Leaving every thing and starting anew with social skills of a stray cat is hard. Or maybe I am just over thinking about it.

            All these aside about this movie in novel they both write letters and don’t give it to each other. The letters (if I remember correctly) are almost good bye notes like they know distance will make them further apart and they promise to be better person.

            Just want input on solitude it might help me. Thanks again!!


            • infinitezenith April 12, 2022 at 20:26

              I originally took bioinformatics because it appeared to leave me open to pursuing either medicine or software, and as I went through my programme, it became clear that despite my belief that I was getting through my courses and summer research projects on virtue of luck, I came to enjoy sitting down and solving the puzzle-like problems of computer science. This, coupled with the fact that I spent more time on research than I did volunteering, meant my medical school application was unsuccessful, and I ended up transitioning over to software.

              It is the case that I enjoy my “me” time, but like you, the near-total absence of people can be very wearing indeed. I circumvent this by spending a lot of time with my family, and I go into the office from time to time to get a change of pace. It’s good to see people around the office (even if virtually everyone still works from home), and now that I’m back to taking the bus (driving down a main thoroughfare takes as long as taking the bus), it’s fun to see more people out and about. Regarding anime, while online communities can be a pain in the backside, there are also exceedingly open-minded and friendly communities, too. Being amongst such folks can yield excellent discussions of things, both for anime and outside of anime.

              While I’m still counted as “young”, I similarly feel being older than members of the community, too. This is, of course, nothing to what our parents think, but when I hear them talk about these sorts of things, there’s a sort of acceptance about things. They believe they’ve done their part for the world and have no qualms just making the most of the present. Having my parents so close means I can see them often, and it’s definitely not something to take for granted. Even when my mom travelled back in the day, we would always hop on a Skype or FaceTime call to catch up, so perhaps after your move, you might consider setting aside some time, even if it’s just 15-30 minutes, to call every so often.

              Similarly, you’re absolutely not alone in your concerns about moving somewhere new. The only suggestions I have (which have worked for me so far) are to maintain a consistent routine, do your best to eat, sleep and exercise well, and reach out to people, whether it be old friends to share your thoughts, or new people so you can learn more about them (people love talking about themselves, so if you take the initiative and let them talk, you can learn a lot about them and the culture of Canada, too). There isn’t an easy way to go about things, but take things one step at a time. I’m also around to talk if you’d like 🙂

              Finally, regarding Five Centimetres per Second, you’re right on point; I did feel like, leaving things unsaid allows both Akari and Takaki to step forwards without the past weighing them down. Had they successfully delivered their letters, it may have created a bond that made saying goodbye a lot more painful. This is why the end of the film is presented with such light and gentle colours; although it is assumed that Takaki and Akari still yearn to know how the other is doing, the reality is a little simpler. Both are at peace with themselves because they were able to take the initiative and use their agency to take that step forward. I see myself in Takaki a great deal (right down to the botched romances), but for me, happiness is being able to choose my own destiny and take responsibility for the choices I make.

              On solitude and being alone, it’s something I generally enjoy: while I have no qualms about going to social events (which always end up more fun than I expect), it is alone that I recharge and rejuvenate my spirits. Striking a balance between the two is something to strive towards, and if I may, I’d like to introduce you to Yuru Camp△, a camping slice-of-life anime that deals with the question of group versus solo activities, the merits of both and the fact that both approaches are enjoyable. I hope this helps!

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              • shaikhzia53 April 12, 2022 at 21:56

                Thanks that helped. I will watch yuru Camp when I can stil busy in preparations for moving. I actually have a list of anime I want to watch but I won’t specially bitter sweet one’s. I am not in the best state of mind… I realised that and I am working towards being better . Your input helped a lot I will keep reading about your interesting takes.

                You also game a lot I used to enjoy Division (first game) with friends come to think of it I have lot more gaming friends. But since I painfully discovered that gaming was leading me to a vicious cycle of ignoring my responsibilities. I decided to take a break from gaming.

                Maybe one day when I ammend my bad habits around it I will get back to it. For near future is uncertain and I plan to make the best of upcoming years.

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              • shaikhzia53 April 12, 2022 at 22:10

                On another unrelated note my take on the letters is a bit different. Reading them Tkaki wrote (my memory may fail me here) if we meet in future by coincidence I will be a man that you will be proud off. By mentioning coincidence he has accepted that he might never meet her again ( at least my take on it).

                Similarly Akari wrote no matter (again exact words escape me) that she is confident that Takai will become a kind person and now she will learn to stand on her own.

                They both mentioned love but to me these felt like goodbye notes+love letter both of them painfully aware that they might not see each other but promising each other to be better people.

                Had they shared those letters I believe it might have gave them some closer.

                Well that talk aside this movie is way to close to reality for certain people. Thanks to your insights I was able to gain some solace. I do wish to read one more side maybe after I move I guess !

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