5 Centimeters Per Second

animeThe title 5 Centimeters Per Second comes from the speed at which cherry blossoms 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.

The film is split into three acts that are major points in the life of Takaki Tono as he makes friends, falls in love, and yet, slowly drifts away or loses touch as we all do, by the forces of life working against us. It’s a heart-wrenching and believable tale of a common ordeal, something we all face, but because of Shinkai’s poignant and emotional direction combined with breathtaking artwork; these simple moments create an indelible impression and sweep us away in the deceptively simple story.

In short, 5 Centimeters Per Second is both a masterpiece visually as well a stunning achievement in storytelling and you really, really, REALLY need to see it.

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