“Hey… They say it’s five centimeters per second.”
“What do you mean?”
“The speed at which the sakura blossom petals fall… Five centimeters per second.”
Time is the longest distance between two places. It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important. Time may at moments of your life be a wonderful thing, as well as a terrible thing. Time is everything. Makoto Shinkai presents wonderfully in his masterpiece movie as time and distance being the barrier between two lovers. As it slowly passes, it gets harder and harder to reach each other as they move away and live different lives.
The movie is set in Japan in 1990 and gradually ending in modern day times. It is quite a unique movie because the film is split into three separate “episodes:” ‘The Cherry Blossom episode,’ ‘Cosmonaut’ and ‘5 Centimeters per Second,’ all linked in some way as the film transitions between them.
Takaki Tōno has always lived a simple life as a regular student, until the arrival of a new student in his elementary school. Takaki and Akari Shinohara discover that they are very much alike. They stay inside while everyone plays outside, they enjoy doing the same things, and as they spend more and more time with each other they eventually develop feelings for each other. After some years Akari has to move to Tochigi because of her parents work. The two try to keep in touch by writing letters to each other, until the letters gradually slow down as their lives become more busy every day. When a turn of events bring Takaki to move to Kagoshima, they realise that they are no longer able to keep in touch as distance becomes the overwhelming barrier. Takaki decides to visit Akari one last time and writes a confession letter of his feelings and brings it with him. As the wind blows on the train station, his letter is swept away into the blackness of the night. The two of them finally meet and share their first kiss, and as they kiss Takaki realizes they will never be together again. As Takaki departs on the train he decides that the loss of his letter is not important anymore after the kiss, while Akari in the disappearing distance, silently looks at her own letter addressed to Takaki.
That was just a plot teaser to what the story is going to be like. Love from long distance. Can it be achieved? The film is a sad romantic drama with an excellent plot line in my opinion. The art work of the film is truly magnificent and can be considered a masterpiece just by the artwork alone.
If you like sad films, then this is the perfect match for you. I would actually recommend it to anyone, even if they don’t like anime because I’m confident that this will impact them to the very core. So if you have the time, why not sit back and relax and enjoy the film. If you liked this film and would like more reviews about similar anime, why not subscribe via email or RSS feed to get the latest posts instantly. See ya round!