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dombrewer's avatar


For anyone familiar with Studio Ghibli's 'Only Yesterday', 'Whisper of the Heart' or 'Ocean Waves' this is a very familiar story of school days, first love and growing up, but told in a three part structure featuring some exceptional animation. Although the story is mostly involving and it all looks wonderful the images aren't given time enough to breathe - for the first 30 minutes you're barely given a second to take in one gorgeous shot before it's replaced by another - a mistake when you're depending on imagery over plot. But that's forgivable - until the end - when 55 minutes of lovely work is destroyed in a hideous five minute music-video conclusion, featuring a terrible Japanese pop ballad, that smells of either money or ideas running out. A real shame.
8 years 3 months ago
WinterInJapan's avatar


One of the finest animated films in recent years.
8 years 11 months ago
Vinnypassy's avatar


Slightly touching story, beautifully animated. Could become a personal fav' after another watch.
9 years 2 months ago
Siskoid's avatar


5 Centimeters Per Second is a short, one-hour anime subtitled "A Chain of Short Stories About Their Distance" is a meditative piece about young love stymied by just that - distance. Spatial distance, emotional distance, temporal distance, in its various segments. All look beautiful and are almost made up of stills, or brief moments, impressions, that have lingered with the characters. Their inability to reach out and go the full distance isolates them in each of their realities, preventing real contact and intimacy, except in the most furtive of manner. The title is about a speed that can either seem slow or fast, it's not clear and within the stories, is relative. For the characters and thus for the audience, time seems to distend or contract according to the point of view. It's either going to take forever to get the lovers together (the first 20 minutes feel like an hour, truly), or there is never enough time to make them have their moment together. A brilliant piece of film-making that justifies the one-hour format we never see as a feature on this side of the world.
4 years ago
nrmnp's avatar


Poetic, tearjerking, killing. What should I add? Scintillating? This movie is fuckin' stunning. Well, compared to another romance movie, it doesn't have much super dialog. But its exceptional graphic and scene shine and will fascinate you. I look forward to see another Makoto Shinkai movies.
8 years 3 months ago
hilh's avatar


Beautiful animation. I thought the story might not be interesting enough but stayed invested the whole time through. Thought provoking.
9 years 4 months ago
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6 years 10 months ago
palefire's avatar


Worth a watch if you're 12-15 years old and have a crush. I was too cynical to appreciate it.
7 years 10 months ago
NightGypsy's avatar


One of the saddest films I've ever seen. I remember crying for almost the entire movie and I was still going once it ended. If you want to have a fun, relaxing movie night, do not choose this film. It's gorgeous and obviously moving, and I wish I could happily recommend it because it's so gorgeous, but honestly if you're depressed or anything, you should probably just stay away...
5 years 11 months ago
galactic_mice's avatar


the story is sad
9 years 6 months ago
audiopile's avatar


As all foreign films you need to watch it in original language. I'm over 16 and still enjoyed it.
9 years 7 months ago
jon's avatar


I found it very touching and heart-warming. Very glad I stopped to watch it.
9 years 10 months ago
lolita_mistrix's avatar


It was too fake. It didn't seem real or believable to me, all the emotions seemed really empty. Though, I am one of the only few that feel that way about this movie.
10 years 7 months ago
tomsalad's avatar


What a beautiful, beautiful movie...a great reminder of how lucky we are to be alive!
10 years 11 months ago
Windill's avatar


I was disappointed. There are 3 episodes. In the first one, the nostalgic mournings about a love story you haven't really seen didn't work with me. I found the second episode excellent. The third one ridiculously bad.
The most regrettable aspect of it was the sudden upsurge of an ad for McDonald's in the middle of the romance. Horrible.
2 years 11 months ago

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