5 Centimeters Per Second

5 Centimeters Per Second

Hey. They say it’s five centimeters per second…the speed of falling cherry blossom petals is five centimeters per second…”- Akari [First Line in Movie]

This is the story of two close friends Takaki Tōno and Akari Shinohara. They became separated by space and time.  It is a story set in Japan beginning from the 1990s and ending in modern day.   The film consists of three segments: Cherry Blossom, Cosmonaut, and 5 Centimeters per Second.

 

 

 

 

Spoiler

 Act 1: Cherry Blossom (~26 Minutes)

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom

Takaki Tōno quickly befriends Akari Shinohara to a new transfers to his elementary school. They grew closer to each other due to similar interests and attitudes.  Akari need to moves to Tochigi due to her parents’ jobs. The two keep in contact by writing each other letters.  However, they eventually begin to drift apart.   He decides to use his one last chance to visit Akari by train.

 

Takaki Tōno & Akari Shinohara at Blossom Tree

Takaki Tōno & Akari Shinohara at Blossom Tree

Takaki Tōno & Akari Shinohara Classroom

Takaki Tōno & Akari Shinohara Classroom

Takaki Tōno travels Tochigi

Takaki Tōno travels Tochigi

 

Takaki Tōno and Akari Shinohara at Train Station

Takaki Tōno and Akari Shinohara at Train Station

Takaki Tōno & Akari Shino

Takaki Tōno & Akari Shino

 

Akari Shinohara watching Takaki Tōno  leaving

Akari Shinohara watching Takaki Tōno leaving

 

 

 Act 2: Cosmonaut (~21 Minutes)

Cosmonaut

Cosmonaut

 

Many years have passed, Takaki is now in the third year of senior high in Tanegashima.  Takaki still writes emails meant for Akari.  However, it only to never send them to her.   Meanwhile,  Kanae Sumida, a classmate of Takaki, she had fallen in love with him ever since meeting him in middle school Yet, she never has the courage to confess her love to him.

Takaki Tōno & Kanae Sumida

Takaki Tōno & Kanae Sumida

 

Takaki Tōno & Kanae Sumida

Kanae Sumida lack courage to confess her love

Takaki Tōno & Kanae Sumida witness rocket launch from Tanegashima Space Centre

Takaki Tōno & Kanae Sumida witness rocket launch from Tanegashima Space Centre

Act 3: 5 Centimeters Per Second (~16 Minutes & Music Clip)

Takaki is working as computer programmer now.  He sometimes remembering his former life. One day, Takaki and Akari appear to pass and recognize each other at a train crossing.  They both stop and begin to look back, but the passing trains cut off their view.

 

 

 Takaki Tōno and Akari Shinohara

Takaki Tōno and Akari Shinohara at Railway Crossing

 

Takaki Tōno at Railway Crossing

Takaki Tōno at Railway Crossing

 

Story – 3/5
Characters – 4/5
Animation – 5/5
Music – 3/5
Other – 5/5

Total – 20/25

 

 

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