Byousoku 5 centimeters

I came across this fascinating anime movie via a banner ad of all things. It’s subtitled, “a chain of short stories about their distance” and is aboutfriends who grow apart over time, rather than closer. Here’s the summary from Anime News Network:

A tale of two people, Tono Takaki and Shinohara Akari, who were close friends but gradually grow farther and farther apart as time moves on. They become separated because of their families yet continue to exchange contact in the form of letters. Yet as time continues to trudge on, their contact with one another begins to cease. Years pass and the rift between them grows ever larger. However, Takaki remembers the times they have shared together, but as life continues to unfold for him, he wonders if he would be given the chance to meet Akari again as the tale embarks on Takaki’s realization of the world and people around him.

There’s also a trailer on YouTube:

I like the style, and also the sentiment of the plot. I think I will add this to my netflix queue if I can find it there.

10 thoughts on “Byousoku 5 centimeters”

  1. And I’ve only been talking about this for the past year… 🙂

    If you can, watch it on the biggest, best quality screen possible. Of course, it has to be Makoto Shinkai’s work that will make me break down and get a Blu-ray setup…

    In any case, I hope you enjoy!

    I also have a video to Shinkai’s latest short on my site, though it is different than anything else the man has created before, plot-wise.

  2. Nick, I thought it sounded familiar! I should always just cross reference your blog as you seem to always have found these cool anime before anyone else 🙂

    I am intrigued by this Makoto Shinkai. Hadnt heard of him before.

  3. Steven, the avatar actually is derived from a one-way hash on your email. Try introducing a typo or two and see what comes up 🙂

  4. Steven:
    Whoa, is it my turn to be jealous?

    I probably only have the same sources as everyone else. Maybe less of a life, too, though…

  5. Whoa, that is different. I guess that is from my wordpress account (back when you required registration to comment here). Logged out and it should be back.

  6. Steven that one is awesome.

    I am stuck with mine because I always am logged in. Until right this moment, however, i was content.

  7. Nick, your tastes are always a good fit with predictive value for my enjoyment. I’ll do a post this weekend on this…

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