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When Takao, a young high school student who dreams of becoming a shoe designer, decides to skip school one day in favor of sketching in a rainy garden, he has no idea how much his life will change when he encounters Yukino. Older, but perhaps not as much wiser, she seems adrift in the world. Despite the difference in their ages, they strike up an unusual relationship that unexpectedly continues and evolves, without planning, with random meetings that always occur in the same garden on each rainy day. But the rainy season is coming to a close, and there are so many things still left unsaid and undone between them. Will there be time left for Takao to put his feelings into actions and words? Between the raindrops, between the calms in the storm, what will blossom in THE GARDEN OF WORDS?

Product Details

  • Directors: Makoto Shinkai
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: August 6, 2013
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CJ7Y0US
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,648 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

The movie has great animation and the story is very good.
Tripple J
Skinkai has a way of highlighting the real life problems, dreams, and heartbreaks of everyday people.
Thinking there is so much story to tell here and I want to see them fall in love.

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71 of 75 people found the following review helpful By TyGuy1882 on June 26, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
This movie is only 46 minutes, but this movie offers more in that short amount of time than most 90 minute films. First, the visuals are absolutely stunning. This is a true visual feat, although there is no fantasy in this film, obviously, just the simple look of the outdoors is done very tastefully and artistically.

The movie itself is a love story, its short, sweet, and enjoyable. The problem is that its really short, and although its all character development, you could use more time to care about the characters. The story is great, especially the conclusion, the ending scenes are executed perfectly, but again, its WAY too short.

I suggest you watch it before you buy it, if you love it, you'll want it in your collection.
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful By D. Davie on August 2, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
**Some mild-ish spoiler info**

There is quite literally nothing negative to be said about "Garden of Words" save for its run time. As emotional and dramatic as it is, I could have easily watched it - at its existing caliber - for several hours. I may have run out of tears, but I would have done it.

The match between this 15 year old boy (Akizuki) and a woman he meets in the park (but only when it's raining) grows from barely a nod and a random tanka as she walks away from their first meeting, into what can only be described as something quite possibly more powerful than love. If there is such a thing. Yukino's need for someone to listen, to understand and accept her isn't something I saw as "tragic" per se...more so something that she simply hadn't found yet even when she thought she had. Through a quick series of "bad luck actions / reactions" Yukino is thrown under the proverbial bus by some of her students and can't remain in the school where she is a teacher.

In an ironic spin, the one person who DOES understand her - and cares for her even before he realizes it himself - is a student from her school...though neither has ever seen the other at school. He is a self-trained cobbler, though he admits not a good one. He finally decides he wants to make shoes FOR HER; but shoes that will make her *want* to walk in them. And while the events aren't necessarily rushed in the 45 minutes of run time, we see the events unfold where she allows him to do just that, including being a foot model as they sit in "their garden".

Because I hate to say more than I have already, I will wrap it with: watching the ending is worth EVERY, SINGLE MOMENT spent to reach it. And by this point I was a blubbering mess!
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39 of 47 people found the following review helpful By LA2019 on September 1, 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
...I wasn't quite enamored with it. As usual, Shinkai's animation is breathtaking. Some of the shots had a palpable reality; quite breathtaking actually.

The story line, to me, felt contrived. It didn't grab me and pull me along. More importantly, I never felt empathy for the main protagonists. I'm hoping that future viewings will soften my opinion of the characters.

Concerning the soundtrack by Kashiwa Daisuke; some of the tracks in the film felt incongruent to me. The music didn't quite click with me the way Tenmon's music did with prior Shinkai works. To me, it felt like the music was written just to fill space while the film moved along. The beautifully heart breaking and melancholy music needed in this film was not there; it needed Tenmon.

Let me say that I do not regret buying this disc but my preconceived (and probably prejudiced) expectations of this film weren't quite meet. Maybe next time?

It's probably just me but I have this sinking suspicion that "5cm per second" may be Shinkai's magnum opus. Time will tell....
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Shocking!! on June 26, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Having just received the Japanese release of Makoto Shinkai's latest work, The Garden of Words, in the mail and having viewed it twice as of now, I am certain that this film can be called the latest masterpiece in recent anime films. The animation is visually stunning and a huge treat to the eyes, from rain drops to the details of the garden, the city, and characters, everything is very crisp, clean, and beautiful. Unlike most reviews, I think the 46 minute length of the film is perfect, it isn't short nor does it need to be longer. I believe its more of people "wanting more" since it is Makoto Shinkai's latest masterpiece. It would be a treat to be immersed in Shinkai's new world for a bit longer but it isn't necessary.

Especially loved the Tanka used in the story. Very beautiful and touching.

Not going to dive into the story, as the synopsis should pretty much cover what the story is about anyways.

The voice acting is superbly done. Another film starring Miyu Irino and Kana Hanazawa as the two main leads. Both of them have done another amazing job, from the perspective narration of the characters, interactions between them, to the film's beautiful conclusion, both of them did spectacularly in conveying how the characters felt and the atmosphere of the scenes.

Although the Japanese version has English subtitles, the Makoto Shinkai and cast interview remains untranslated which is a huge shame, but is still good to have since I'm not a huge fan of English VA commentaries anyways which is what the English release will be getting.

The soundtrack CD is also nice, don't think the English release will be getting the same treatment though.

All in all, The Garden of Words is an anime film that deserves to be in anyone's collection(one who watches and can appreciate them).
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