Byousoku 5 Centimetre (5 Centimetre Per Second)

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  1. Termwood

    Termwood Ex-Helper-Member Forum Regular

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    Hey guys :D,

    I know it's been so long that I haven't been to the server for 3 months after my high school test, but now, here I am, and I don't know why I don't want to make another introduction (-_-"). For the new player, if you want to know about me, please search for my introduction and read them. :)
    Now, I'm an Otaku, yay! It took me 4 months watching more than a hundred different anime series, there was one time it took me more than 9 hours (8:00 p.m. --> 3:30 a.m.) to watch the hole season of Nagi no Asukara (柳のあすから). Lucky that I was fine. Hehe XD.

    Now, I would like to ask you guys (otakus) if you have heard about Byousoku 5 Centimetre (秒速5センチメートル) or 5 Centimetre per Second yet? If you do, so give your comment about the movie/light novel. If you don't, I'm going to give you some details about it.
    Byousoku 5 Centimetre (秒速5センチメートル) is a love story by Shinkai Makoto, first shown in Japan in 2007. The story is set in Japan beginning from the 1990s and ending in modern day, with each act centered on a boy named Takaki Toono. The first act takes place during a time when cell phones are uncommon and email has not yet reached the general population. It's divided into 3 chapters, which means 3 phrase of Takaki's age: secondary student,senior high school student, adult.

    Act 1: Cherry Blossom

    Takaki Toono quickly befriends Akari Shinohara when she transfers to his elementary school. They grow closer to each other due to similar interests and attitudes; for instance, they both prefer to stay inside during recess due to their seasonal allergies. As a result, they form a strong bond; they speak to each other using their given names without any form of honorifics, which is a sign of deep friendship and familiarity in Japan.
    Upon graduating from elementary school, Akari moves to Tochigi, due to her parents' jobs. The two keep in contact by writing letters but eventually begin to drift apart. When Takaki learns that his family will be moving to Kagoshima, he decides to personally go see Akari, since they will be too far apart to visit each other at all after moving. He also prepares a letter for Akari containing his feelings. However, Takaki loses the letter during the journey and a severe snowstorm continuously delays his train for several hours. As the two finally meet and share their first kiss, Takaki realizes they will never be together again. Stranded in a shed due to the snowstorm, they fall asleep after talking late into the night. Takaki departs the next morning, and the two promise to continue writing to each other. As the train rolls away, Takaki decides that the loss of his letter is not important anymore after the kiss, while Akari silently looks at her own letter addressed to Takaki.

    Act 2: Cosmonaut
    Takaki is now in the third year of senior high in Tanegashima, where the Tanegashima Space Center is located. Kanae Sumida, a classmate of Takaki, had fallen in love with him ever since meeting him in middle school but has never had the courage to confess her feelings. She tries to spend time with him, waiting long after school for the chance to travel home together. However, Takaki appears ignorant to Kanae's feelings and only treats her as a good friend. Kanae observes that Takaki is always writing emails to someone or staring off into the distance as if searching for something far away. It is later shown that Takaki's emails are not being sent to anyone, and that he has had recurring dreams which feature Akari. After a failed attempt to tell Takaki she loves him, Kanae eventually realizes that he is looking for something far beyond what she can offer and decides not to, though she acknowledges that she will always love him.

    Act 3: 5 Centimeters Per Second
    It is 2008. Takaki is now a computer programmer in Tokyo, while Akari is preparing to get married to another man. Takaki is still longing for Akari to the detriment of his lifestyle, which is acknowledged by an ex-girlfriend. A depressed Takaki later leaves his job, being unable to cope with his feelings for Akari. Akari goes through her old possessions and finds the letter addressed to Takaki. Takaki and Akari have a dual narration, both recalling a recent dream depicting the events of their last meeting in the snow and hoping to watch the cherry blossoms together again.

    One day while walking down a road, Takaki and Akari appear to pass and recognize each other at a train crossing, where they had decided to watch cherry blossoms together thirteen years ago, right before Akari's sudden moving to Tochigi. At opposite sides of the tracks, they stop and begin to look back, but the passing trains cut off their view. Takaki waits for the trains to pass and sees that Akari is gone. After a moment, he smiles to himself and continues walking.

    In my opinion, the movie is a sad picture of the old young generation in the 1900s in Japan, which we can see through Takaki and Akari. They were best friend since they were in primary school, and their friendship represents an unbreakable love. When I first read the book, I though it was going to have a happy ending, howerver it went different as what I expected. Akari once said in the movie :" Cherry tree's leaves fall down with the speed of 5cm/s". I also think that 5cm/s is the distance between Takaki and Akari, seems to be further and further. In the end, they crossed each other and it seemed like Akari didn't seem to notice Takaki. To me, if I had a friend like Akari, I would never, ever let her go, and I would never let our distance become further and further, and end with hopeless and heartbroken.(T_T)

    To conclude, I recommend this movie/book for those who love romantic story with a sad ending. This is the movie below. Hope you enjoy the movie, and Arigatou for spending time to read my thread.:D
    I will bring to you guys more and more great anime/manga in the next thread.:)
     
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