5 Centimeters Per Second is an anime movie consisting of 3 parts and was released in Japan on July 19th and will be released in the US in December. The “episodes” takes place from sometime in the 90s to 2008.
Here’s a little bit about each episode taken from good ol’ Wikipedia.
Episode 1: Ōkashō
Ōkashō (Cherry Blossom Extract): Upon graduating from elementary school, Takaki Tōno and his close friend Akari Shinohara drifted apart. Akari moved to Tochigi Prefecture due to her parents’ jobs, while Takaki attended a junior high in Tokyo. The two kept in contact by writing letters, but despite the special feelings that existed between them, the only thing that persisted was time. When Takaki became aware that his family would move to Kagoshima, he decided to go see Akari since they would be too far apart to visit each other after he moved. However, when the day came, a severe snowstorm delayed Takaki’s trip, and it would be hours before he reached Iwafune, where they promised to meet.
Episode 2: Cosmonaut
Takaki is now in the third year of senior high in Tanegashima, where the Tanegashima Space Center is located. Kanae Sumita, a classmate of Takaki, has special feelings for Takaki, but she does not have the courage to express her love to him. She later observes that Takaki is always staring off into the distance, as if searching for something far far away.
Episode 3: Byōsoku 5 Centimeters
It is now 2008, and all three characters have gone their separate ways. Takaki is now a computer programmer in Tokyo, and Akari is preparing to get married. One day, Takaki goes out and sees the face of a familiar-looking woman at a railroad-crossing. Puzzled by the encounter, he tries to look back, but a train comes and cuts off his view.
Even though I haven’t watched the movie yet, I’m still in love with the artwork. It simply looks stunning!
Check out the wonderful 1280×1024 pictures on my Flickr profile.
Is the whole movie available anywhere? i remember a while back when only the first part was released and when i watched i was amazed. The other movie made by the same person is also one of my favorite movies, Voices of a Distant Star (Hoshi no Koe).Dennis:
Hmm I’ve heard that it exists out there somewhere, but unfortunately I can only find the first part. Oh yeah I’ve heard of Voices of a Distant Star and it should be great… I’ve always meant to watch that sometime. I guess I should’ve seen that coming, that they are made by the same people, since they have very similar themes… love and distance. I’m not sure if I want to watch either though, it might be too sad. :-PJustin:
Wow the third picture looks sooo nice i wonder does Tokyo actually looks like that and iv seen the first and second one but im looking for the third oneDara Burch: