5 centimeters per second

(the speed at which cherry blossoms fall)

I have had the US DVD for this sitting around for a while now but have only just gotten around to watching it.

It is three separate short stories around a boy named Takaki Tono at three different stages of his life, as a young man, as a teenager, and as an adult. The story focuses around the love of his life and the distance that comes between them and then the effect of that the relationship has on the rest of his life. Episode one is the story of Takaki and Akari (his first love) trying to getogether one snowy day as the weather and distance conspire against them and tells the story of how these two have fallen for each other. Episode Two has the now teenage Takaki in high school and on a small island, and tells the story of Kanae and how she both falls in love with Takaki and realizes that her love will always be unreturned. Episode three has a now adult Takaki working as a programmer and still looking for Akari in faces around him, which causes strife in relationships he has and keeps him from moving on.

This anime showcase’s Makato Shinkai’s flair for beautiful animation and poignant storytelling. The visuals are just gorgeous with the night scenes in Episode 2 and the snow covered countryside in episode 1 being strikingly beautiful. 

 

Cherry Blossoms fall at 5 cm per second

Cherry Blossoms fall at 5 cm per second

 

 

This is simply gorgeous even if not good astronomy

This is simply gorgeous even if not good astronomy

 

 

This has vaulted to one of my all time favorite animes. Grave of the Fireflies and 5 Centimeters Ser Second rank as the only two animes ever to make me cry. Takaki’s struggle to reach Akari moved me to tears. I love how it is open to interpretation at the end of the story, what happens next after Takaki walks away from the train crossing is your interpretation.

Watch this film, you’ll love it. Trust me.