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5 Centimeters Per Second Blu Ray [Blu-ray]
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At what speed must I live in order to see you again? 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. English dubbed, Japanese with English sub.
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"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.
I found this quote in a tiny booklet that came inside the disc case, along with more on 5 Centimeters Per Second from the director, Makoto Shinkai.
The case itself is pink, as shown in the picture, and since I order my movie collection alphabetically, this movie goes into the first spot, where it feels right at home standing out among the blue.
5 Centimeters per second is, as the cover clearly states, "a chain of short stories about their distance." They, in this instance, are Takaki Tohno and Akari Shinohara, two very close childhood friends who are separated when Akari moves away. The chain of short stories is three links long. The first part shows Akari and Takaki as children, and focuses mainly on setting up the story, and then their last meeting before being separated. Part two is shown through the eyes of a classmate of Takaki's, named Kanae, in the future, when he is in high school. This part focuses on Kanae's feelings for Takaki, and clearly shows how the distance between him and Akari has created more distance in the form of a void between him and the others surrounding him. The final part shows where Akari and Takaki are as adults an how their lives have formed since part one. Some people describe this movie as a tear-jerker, but, in a word, I would describe it as captivating. On another note, I must add that the soundtrack, background art, and animation are outstanding.
Included on the disc (besides 5 Centimeters), are two of Shinkai's other films: The Voices of A Distant Star, and She and Her Cat. 5 Centimeters and Voices have the options to be played in either Japanese or English audio. All the films have an option of English subtitles. Personally, I thought all of the voice acting was excellent, although I have not yet watched Voices with Japanese audio. Also included in the extras, is an interview with Shinkai, where he is asked about topics such as: the inspiration for the name, comparing to his others works, and the process of creating 5 Centimeters Per Second.
I do not regret this purchase, and I have a feeling I will be coming back to this movie often. If you are not strapped for money, I would highly recommend picking this up.
For starters, the animation itself is superb. Shinkai has a sense of realism that I haven't seen anywhere else. He knows how to capture everyday reality and yet somehow still imbue it with a magical quality all his own. Secondly, the story--divided into three parts--is simply a beautiful tale of love that most people will be able to relate to. No matter what your take on the ending, this is a subtle and emotional journey, driven by characters who are believable and for whom we feel empathy. Finally, I must say that the music for the end is perfect to the last note and delivers quite an emotional payoff.
So, while I can see how 5 Centimeters may not be everyone's cup of tea, I encourage you to check it out and spend some time getting to know this moving story. Since it's only an hour or so long, it actually invites repeated viewings. You may be surprised--and you may find that it rewards your patience, as it did mine.