5 Centimeters Per Second

5 Centimeters Per Second

Byôsoku 5 Senchimêtoru

DVD - 2015
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At what speed must I live in order to see you again? In this anime film, Takaki is a young man on a journey from Tokyo to reunite with his childhood best friend, Akari. This film travels through 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, is reminiscent of the pace of life as our lives intermingle.
Publisher: [San Francisco, CA] : Crunchyroll, [2015]
Branch Call Number: DVD 5 CENTI
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1
digital,optical,Dolby Digital,PCM
1 videodisc (63 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title (Original Script): 秒速5センチメートル


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Nov 21, 2017

This is a tragic romantic drama (possibly my favourite genre), the film chronicles the life of Takaki Tōno a teenager in the 1990s. It's separated into 3 different acts. The first one is about how he befriends the new girl and then over the years they grow apart, but still have feelings for each other. The 2nd act is about a girl who had a crush on Takaki but realizes he isn't the one for her, and the last part is when Takaki is severely depressed and still dwelling on the girl, when he walks on the same path he did when he was in elementary school and he and his long-time crush catch a glimpse of each-other, a train passes between them, and when it's gone so is the girl he's been reminiscing about all this time. He turns around and finally moves on. I loved this movie because I feel I too am stuck in the past and that I can't get over some people and just move on.
- @Florence of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 21, 2016

I cant believe how overrated this movie is. I was expecting a subtle but touching story but this was boring, terribly paced and pointless and the characters were generic and I simply could not care about any of them despite the directors attempts to get you involved in the story through parallels with nature.

owllover Jan 28, 2013

The art was beautiful but I ended up putting it on mute because the voice acting and writing was so bad.....I came into it with really high expectations and was disipointed.

Mar 19, 2012

A vivid, brief story of romance, told with every degree of authenticity and attention to detail. Anyone who has seen Makoto Shinkai’s famous work “Voices of a Distant Star” (a 20-minute anime he wrote, directed and animated entirely by himself) will recognize his storytelling capability and style in this 3-episode series. “5 cm per Second” is all about heart and the sensory experience. The characters narrate their thoughts, and through them and the environment, a poetic image is formed. During a blistering summer setting, you will hear the cicadas buzzing in the background, or feel the heat of the beautifully illustrated sunset, or the puttering of a moped cruising down a country road. Similarly in the winter scenes, the snow cascades down in fluid animation, or warm breath escapes the mouths of passer-byers. The characters describe the weather as a metaphor to their own emotions. All of it captures the story of young love in its grip and absorbs you in it. Perhaps the only flaw to this movie is that it remains open-ended, maybe disappointing, but realistic. A very enjoyable watch.


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Mar 19, 2012

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Oct 12, 2011

Tohno Takaki and Shinohara Akari, two very close friends and classmates, are torn apart when Akari's family is transferred to another region of Japan due to her family's job. Despite separation, they continue to keep in touch through mail. When Takaki finds out that his family is also moving, he decides to meet with Akari one last time.

As years pass by, they continue down their own paths, their distance slowly growing wider and their contact with one another fades. Yet, they keep remembering one another and the times they have shared together, wondering if they will have the chance to meet once again.


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