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5 Centimeters per Second Paperback – June 26, 2012
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Praise for the animated film by Makoto Shinkai:
[Makoto] Shinkai has been hailed as the next Hayao Miyazaki, and his dreamy mindscapes often equal or surpass the anime maestro in breadth of detail and depth of emotion." - Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"In 5 Centimeters [Shinkai's] imagination may not leap to Hayao Miyazaki's strange and wonderful heights, but he is better (blasphemy!) at piercing the veil of the everyday to reveal a poignant, evanescent beauty most of us notice only in rare moments...Is he really the "new Miyazaki?" He won't become one by imitating the master, but at 34 he is the anime world's bright new hope. That and a brilliant minor gem like "5 Centimeters per Second" are enough, for now." - Japan Times
About the Author
Makoto Shinkai is a Japanese film director, animator, and writer. A native of the Nagano prefecture in Japan, he studied Japanese literature at Chuo University. He traces his passion for creation to the manga, anime, and novels he was exposed to while in middle school. Considered one of the best animators in the world today, he is often called the "next-Miyazaki". Shinkai developed his abilities as a video game designer for FalCom, where he worked on the cult-classic role-playing game Y"S. Shinkai is unique as an animator as he cut his teeth by producing almost all elements many of his works - from animation to music composition to voice acting. He has won numerous awards: 12th DoGA CG Animation Award; 1st New Tokyo International Animation FestivalGrand Prize; 7th Kobe Animation Prize; 6th Japanese Media Art; Awardfor Digital Media; 34th Nebula Award(World Con); 59th Mainichi Films Animation Prize; 2007 Asia Pacific Film Award; and theLancia Platinum Grand Prize (Italy).
His film credits include: Voices of a Distant Star, The Place Promised in Our Early Days, 5 Centimeters Per Second, and Children who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below
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While the book—in my humble opinion—can never reach the heights of the movie itself, it’s still a very pleasant read and it does indeed fill out some additional details of the characters and events from the film. Actually, I was surprised that some of these details were left out of the movie because it seems they would have fit in nicely and not necessarily have bogged down the story. But, apparently that’s what the book is here for—you could even consider it a kind of director’s cut of the film, whereby you get to enjoy a somewhat expanded version of what is already a beautiful and touching story.
This book has four colored pages, very detailed scenes, accurately drawn characters with very few flaws, and a unique kind of font for the words which I enjoyed. The story doesn't have any bad or annoying characters, and compared to most manga you can really see their emotions at play. Now there were a few point's where it was confusing to tell who is talking in certain scenes, but other than that, no real complaints. I love this book!
The Translation was great and to the point it was easy to understand get how the world was and how the characters felt.
If you love an emotional love story that might change how you see the world, this one is for you and you will love it as much as the characters love each other.
When I first started reading this I didn't think it was anything special. Just a manga version of the movie, with less colors and sounds. But there are a lot of parts (especially towards the end) that the manga fills in that the movie left out. If you're a fan of the movie and want a bit more out of the series, definitely get this manga. The parts added in at the end made it all worth it. Be prepared to feel sad all over again. The only thing I could've wished more for were a table of contents, arrows on the speech bubbles (sometimes it's hard to tell who's talking), and more bonus color pages.
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Its so painfully beautiful and i really want to hate this book but i can't because it so real.Read more