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5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)

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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Animated, Color, Dubbed, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Bandai / Crunchyroll Inc. / Bang Zoom Entetainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 26, 2011
  • Run Time: 65 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004O05NN6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,901 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The modern-day anime classic and brainchild of rising star Makoto Shinkai, 5 Centimeters Per Second, presented to you as never before. Witness the story of Takaki, a young man on a journey from Tokyo to reunite with his childhood best friend, Akari. Feel his emotions superimposed on the gorgeous, heavily researched and impressively animated backdrops of Japan, as he travels by train to see her. Join Takaki on a voyage into three interconnected tales of love and lost innocence that span the minutes and months of their lives. 5 Centimeters Per Second, the speed at which cherry blossoms fall from the trees, reminiscent of the pace of life as our lives intermingle.

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88 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Centimeters Per Second: Quick Review March 9, 2011
Honest; Relatable; Poignant; Heart-wrenching; Wondrous; The most lonely of a film I've ever seen. Almost too brutal too handle in its honest portrayal of modern day relationships. The extemporaneous detail of animation into even the most mundane of things is astounding. Everyday events are brought to life in ways I never imagined. Open your heart, and let it be broken by this amazing film.
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5cm per second... February 13, 2008
"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."

I've watched many anime movies, Hayao Miyazaki rating amongst my favorites, but Shinkai absolutely beat Miyazaki with this one, if you ask me.

5cm per second is the perfect portrayal of every day life. How many of us has had friends, even first loves, and thought they'd be together forever, only to have time pass by until we can barely remember their faces? How many times have we passed by someone and thought it might be someone we recognize?

The story is absolutely magnificent. Takaki and Akari, both children used to transfering, find each other after Akari transfers to the school that Takaki attends. Because they both prefer being inside, spending time in the library, they grow closer and closer, until even their classmates make fun of their supposed relationship.

But unfortunately, what could have been comes to an abrupt ending when life intervenes and Akari is forced to move all the way to Iwafune. And the story continues with Takaki's point of view, how time and distance rips him up from the inside. Because he'll always be looking towards some far distance place, having dreams about Akari.

She's the one for him and the fact that they're not together places him into a position where he's always troubled and where he doesn't even notice the other girls that do love him and are closeby.

It's breathtaking. The animation is magnificent and fantastically executed. The lighting and the backgrounds were just breathtaking, while the soft piano music that played in the background wasn't distracting and only added to the entire effect of the movie.

Trust me when I say that this is one worth to watch. And if you've downloaded it, it's definitely worth the 22 bucks to have the actual DVD.

Superb. And that's something I don't say often.
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50 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars profound anime! January 19, 2008
By M. Yang
I never thought that this anime would move me the way it did. I guess I watched it not really expecting much, but it really helped me reflect on my life and how my interactions with everyone has had an affect on who I am.

The title refers to the speed at which Sakura flower petals fall from the the tree. The petals are like us, falling from the tree of life. As we fall, we encounter all sorts of people. There will be people who we will fall in love with, however by the time the petals(us) reach the ground we don't know who will be beside us.

Its done rather well. I've never bought an expensive collectors version of any movie, but I went out right away and bought the collectors version. Hopefully, the dub is done well and the special features will also be included.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Shinkai Makoto has been someone of a hero for me. Back in 2002, when he won the award as "Most Valuable Newcomer" at the Tokyo Anime Fair 21 for "Voices of a Distant Star", I was blown away by his work for creating a short animated film by himself using only a Power Mac 7600/120 computer and various consumer and professional design and animation software.

In 2005, he returned with another award winning film titled "The Place Promised in Our Early Days" and his third film "5 CENTIMETERS PER SECOND" which hit theaters back in March 2007 was another award winner for "Best Animated Film" at the Asian Pacific Film Awards.

But what makes this film different from his previous work is simply amazing. The previous films were very good but "5 CENTIMETERS PER SECOND" is just perfect!

From the screenplay, the animation, the music - everything in this film is just perfectly done, well-planned and there is no doubt about it, Shinkai Makoto is one of the most brilliant animators in the world. There is something about his way of thinking, his way of animation that people just fall in love with.

With this particular film, "5 CENTIMETERS PER SECOND" is a film divided into three parts.

The first part titled "EXTRACT" features two friends, Toono Takaki and Shinohara Akari, both attend a new school (fourth grade) with each other. They have the same class and they enjoy the same things. As they grow older, both are very fond of each other but in many ways, have difficulty expressing their true feelings for each other. During junior high, Akari moved away and transferred to a new school in a town in the Tochigi Prefecture. The two kept in contact ala penpals through letters sent to each other quite often.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars tragically beautiful April 8, 2011
Makoto Shinkai's third film is a tour de force that shows off his growing mastery of beautiful scenery, pristinely depicted emotions, and heart wrenching story telling. 5 Centimeters plays off the ephemeral nature of beauty and joy - the speed at which a cherry blossom petal falls - to say profound things about the nature of love, human relationships, and the strain that the passage of time and the demands of modern life create. I was utterly caught up in the beauty and tragedy of the story and count it among one of the very best anime i have ever seen.

Shinkai has often been compared to Hayao Miyazaki as master of the anime medium. If referring to skill of presentation and artistry, the comparison is certainly apt. But the stories that Makoto Shinkai tells evoke the aesthetic quality of Yasunari Kawabata's novels - beauty that is at once delicately nuanced but that reaches deep down into the heart of human experience.

With this third installment, fans of Skinkai's earlier works (The Place Promised in our Early Days and Voices of a Distant Star) will see similar themes evoked in 5 Centimeters that have been polished by Shinkai's continue progress as an artist.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Why is nobody talking about how crazy expensive this thing is?
Seriously, I love it, but how come nobody else is wondering why it's so ridiculously expensive? I mean it's almost $100 for an hour-long movie.
Published 2 months ago by Jose Jaime Garcia
2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better.
I watched this movie hoping that it will have the same effect on me as when I saw Voices of a Distant Star. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tuklaw
4.0 out of 5 stars Great visual, weak immersion, weak story.
I loved the visuals and sound effects of this movie, they were absolutely OUTSTANDING. The movie is only 1hr long, and overall it felt rushed. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jonathan
5.0 out of 5 stars Own the manga.
So I haven't actually seen this movie (waiting for it to be dubbed in english) but, I have read the manga and if this movie is anything like it, I WILL tell you how amazingly well... Read more
Published 4 months ago by AOD23
1.0 out of 5 stars Pathetic
Stupid. Just two whiney characters. I usually like depressing and tragic stories, but in my opinion these two character have nothing to whine about because they never even really... Read more
Published 5 months ago by twilightschism
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning work, more along the lines of Yasujiro Ozu or Kawabata
5 Centimetres Per Second is a excellent work of art. It is reminiscent of the movies Yasujiro Ozu in it's pace, storyline and emotion, or like a novel from Yasunari Kawabata. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sye Sye
5.0 out of 5 stars i would probably love it
i have not received this product yet, so can NOT HONESTLY RATED FROM personally veiw it however knowing that it comes from MAKOTO SHINKAI i know that it has to be 5 stars as i... Read more
Published 10 months ago by david s t saucedo David T. Saucedo
2.0 out of 5 stars The "ADV" version has a superior Eng. dub
I didn't realize there were 2 different versions of this movie. The one pictured here, which Bang Zoom did a new English dub for. And the original, dubbed by ADV. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Joan Altland
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Centimeters Per Second is a classic
This is one of the best movies anyone will ever see. It's a makoto shinkai film so of course it's amazing. It's a must see whether you like anime or not.
Published 12 months ago by felisha
5.0 out of 5 stars Rewards Patience
This is a beautiful story. Strangely enough, the first time I watched it I must admit I felt a tad disappointed. I found the tale a bit depressing and slow, and surprisingly short. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Blue Wand
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Why not Blu-ray?
I completely agree. I'm very hesitant to buy this on DVD, given how much better the whole thing would look in HD. It seems like a great disservice to the material to not release it on Blu-ray.
Jun 8, 2011 by Fletcher Christensen |  See all 6 posts
Q: About The DVD's Language
Yes. This should be apparent.
Sep 11, 2012 by Curio |  See all 2 posts
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