5 Centimeters per Second

A chain of short stories about their distance..


A story about Takaki Tono and his close friend Akari Shinohara. The film consists of three episodes: Cherry Blossom, Cosmonaut, Byosoku 5 Centimeter.



"The movie is named 5 Centimeters Per Second for the speed at which cherry blossom petals fall, petals being a metaphorical representation of humans, reminiscent of the slowness of life and how people often start together but slowly drift into their separate ways." 

Episode 1: Cherry Blossom


Takaki and Akari became close friends when Akari transfers from his school. They became inseparable; they have that same attitude, likes and interest. One day they just realized that they’ll no longer be able to see each other again. After graduating from Elementary school, Akari moves to Tochigi due to her parents’ job. Both keeps on communicating through letters, but Takaki knows that it will somehow end soon. Takaki have to move out to Kagoshima, so he decided to personally meet Akari, since he knows he might not able to see her again after moving. He writes a letter for Akari but during his journey he kinda losses the letter and the snowstorm delayed his trip for several hours. 


When he arrived he thought that Akari might not be waiting since he was very late, but he was surprised that Akari waited at the stations waiting area motionless.  They finally meet and they share their first kiss. Takaki realizes that he will never see Akari again but they promise to continue writing to each other. While Takaki regrets he lost the letter for Akari, she on the other hand has a letter addressed for Takaki but she never give it to him.

Episode 2: Cosmonaut


This story involves Takaki and Kanae. Takaki is now in the third year of senior high in Tanegashima. Takaki’s classmate Kanae fell in love with Takaki, the day she first met him in middle school. Kanae wants to confess to Takaki but she never had the courage to do it. That’s why she looks for ways on how to spend time with him. She waited for him after school since she wants to travel with him together. 


She passes by the gym where Takaki was practicing archery. But the sad thing was Takaki is unaware of Kanae’s feelings and treated her as a very good friend. One day when walking together back home, Kanae wanted to confess but she never said a word, she just cried. She realized that Takaki will never look at her the way she wants to and she observes that he is staring off into the distance, writing emails to someone, thinking something far beyond. Although it hurts a lot but she has no choice, but to keep the feelings to herself. That night she cried so hard until she had fallen asleep.

Episode 3: Byōsoku 5 Centimeter

Takaki is now a computer programmer in Tokyo while Akari was preparing to get married with someone.  Takaki still thought for Akari to the point where he wants to breakdown and quit his job.  Both still recalling the past and hopes for the day that they might be able to watch the cherry blossom together again. One day while Takaki walks down the street, Takaki and Akari appears to pass each other at the train crossing.  At the opposite sides of the track, they both stop and begin to look back but the train passes by and cut their views. Takaki waits for the train to pass but he sees that the woman was gone already. After that he smiles and continue walking.




I was actually like kinda relate to the love story of the movie that's why I decided to post this one. They have this long distance relationship, since they were kids they have that romantic feelings towards each other and the feeling is really mutual. As they say, long distance relationships aren't for everybody. In a long distance relationship there are of course lonely times, heartaches, tears and missing that someone so much syndrome.  

Keeping that relationship alive is really HARD. That's why this movie is a beautiful disaster. I believe it's beautiful cause it has the most superb animation scenes, you'll know if you have the chance to watch this. I was really in awe. The best scenes ever. It was disaster since it's not a happy ending. The relationship ends in failure. It shows that in time, one can move on and be happy.


Although it's not a happy ending I still recommend this movie, the animation is worth it. While watching this movie I felt like dreaming, the perfect environment scenes, the sunset and the stars absolutely amazing. I will post the environment scenes on my tumblr page so if you're interested just visit my tumblr.

21 comments:

  1. I sure can relate sis..but in my own movie it will have a happy ending..and it will be based on my true love story hehehe..

    miss you sis..oh yan ha and I have dedicated yung song na suggestion mo po kay quiet angel sa site ko..thank you sis mwahhhhh :)

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  2. OH ! i almost forgot about this anime >.<
    the summary's really interesting .

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  3. Hi sis, waaaaaaa sorry po talaga i thought yung dalawa hindi pedeng e publish..I deeply apologize sis...weeee, na misunderstood ko yun. Don't worry sis your comment is still there, I didn't delete them..hehe, kaya ikaw parin yung unang nag comment dito. muaah!

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  4. Hello April,

    Thanks for the comment ;) The story is indeed wonderful. I hope you could take some time to watch it again.

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  5. hehehe..kita ko na po..sis about your work pray sis..God will grant all the desires of our hearts in His perfect time and if it is His will..but then minsan we have to pray and believe *hugs*

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  6. @ Sie: Thank you so much sis, yes I'm still holding on hehe.. Thanks much. Natuwa ako sya pala yun. ayiii. muaaah! Stay happy :)

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  7. Kororo_1990@yahoo.com10/27/11, 7:44 AM

    yes it's a wonderful story,makoto shinkai's bitter sweet ending. The manga version had an extension to its ending. If you want the accurate story just visit this page http://5cm.lhyeung.net/ i've stumbled upon, theres a translation of the light novel 1 - 2, unfortunately the blogger probably wont translating 3. And "..Shinta Kanou, the author who wrote the novels for Voices of a Distant Star and The Place Promised in Our Early Days, has written a different version of the novel."

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  8. Truly the story is wonderful, makoto shinkai's bittersweet ending. The manga has an extension to its ending and the light novel version has a complete detail of the story. If you like you should visit http://5cm.lhyeung.net/ and read the translated version of the novel 1 - 2 though the blogger wont be translating 3 as of now. And "...Shinta Kanou, the author who wrote the novels for Voices of a Distant Star and The Place Promised in Our Early Days, has written a different version of the novel entitled 5 Centimetres Per Second One More Side Novel." I wish they make a remake of the movie with a complete ending on what happen to Takaki,Akari and Kanae whether happy or not.

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  9. Truly the story is wonderful, makoto shinkai's bittersweet ending. The manga has an extension to its ending and the light novel version has a complete detail of the story. If you like you should visit http://5cm.lhyeung.net/ and read the translated version of the novel 1 - 2 though the blogger wont be translating 3 as of now. And "...Shinta Kanou, the author who wrote the novels for Voices of a Distant Star and The Place Promised in Our Early Days, has written a different version of the novel entitled 5 Centimetres Per Second One More Side Novel." I wish they make a remake of the movie with a complete ending on what happen to Takaki,Akari and Kanae whether happy or not.

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  10. @Kororo_1990: really? wow! Thank you for sharing. I'd love to see a remake too. A bitter sweet ending it is.

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  11. You should try other shinkai's film namely Voices of a Distant Star, The Place Promised in Our Early Days, Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below (already shown in japan,not yet released on blue ray,so probably not yet available in net but the trailers great. Other films like Paprika, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Evangelion: 1.11 You Are (Not) Alone and Evangelion : 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance are also great.

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  12. kororo_1990: WOW! yah I've seen downloaded already Voices of a Distant Star and The Place Promised in Our Early Days. I've watched already The Place Promised in Our Early Days and I was like watching 5cm/sec. The animation is superb. I cannot wait to watch Voices of a Distant Star and other movies you recommend.

    Thank you very much and love to see your thoughts around here. I'm a fan of Japanese animated films. You make me smile because of this information. Thanks a lot!

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  13. I cant take the credit for those information (i just also watch the film a few months ago, february or march). if you wish to further review the about the film if you had time just visit these sites (credits to them) http://blog.lhyeung.net/
    http://daike.web.infoseek.co.jp/03_filmography/5cm/5cm_actualplace_1.html http://cneuropa.wordpress.com/2009/03/06/实景《秒速5厘米》/
    http://www.myreviewer.com/5_Centimetres_Per_Second_DVD_Review/a140123
    http://www.moeside.net/weblog/2007/09/30/byousoku-5cm-real-life-pictures/
    I was just looking for the translation of the Byousoku 5 Centimeter light novel (though i still cant find the 3rd part,until now) and it lead me to them (lol).
    And heres some fine wallpapers if you like (hopes the links still working):
    http://100tontofu.net/image/post/list/5_centimeters_per_second/1
    http://mjv-art.org/jvwall/view_posts/0?search_tag=5+centimeters+per+second&lang=en
    http://onlyhdwallpapers.com/tag/centimeters
    http://autaku.com/2010/04/27/wallpapers-5-centimetres-per-second/

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  14. I bookmarked the site you recommended. The wallpapers are sooo amazing. Thank you so much. Oh! I forgot, I've seen the The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, that was a nice story.

    I've read the 5cm/second novel already, I'm having a great time reading it. I bookmarked it since I do really like the story.

    I appreciate it lot! \m/

    PS. I hope you'll find the translation of the Byousoku 5 Centimeter light novel soonest. I know you're excited to read it *wink*

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  15. Im just new to this genre slice of life (im still exploring it, just got tired of the shinobi war, chasing and killing of hollows, and got seasick of grandline, i couldnt find Raftel, lol). Some of my past(worse, not only distance, things that cant be undone) can relate to this movie even until today there are still lingering thoughts in my head,im still trying to find my own ending though(lol). Ikoku Meiro no Croisee (13 episodes,non-shikai,tv series) have also kind of plot between claude and Camille.try to watch it if you have time.

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  16. really? xD

    Will I guess everybody has a story to tell. I watched a lot of tv series these days, so I will try to watch it.

    Thank you :)

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  17. kororo_199011/1/11, 1:44 PM

    check this out, i dig deep to his blog and found out this very interesting (very detailed) http://blog.lhyeung.net/lang/en-uk/2008/02/11/5-centimeters-per-second-novel-part-three-byosoku-5-centimeters/

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  18. I appreciate the link, I haven't look at it now. I will read it soonest. I had a great time watching the trailer Paprika. It was interesting.

    PS. I sent you an email, I hope you have read it. *wink*

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  19. kororo_199011/2/11, 4:48 PM

    Your welcome. (you send it last saturday right?.) pls just read the reply.

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  20. Just read your response! I replied back.. hehe * I hope I'm not disturbing you* weeeeeeeee

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  21. I love this, I can relate to Kanae :) (I think everyone does)

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