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The Garden of Words (2013)

Directed by Makoto Shinkai

Drama | Animation

Most recently watched by sleestakk

Overview

Takao, who is training to become a shoemaker, skipped school and is sketching shoes in a Japanese-style garden. He meets a mysterious woman, Yukino, who is older than him. Then, without arranging the times, the two start to see each other again and again, but only on rainy days. They deepen their relationship and open up to each other. But the end of the rainy season soon approaches…

Rated PG-13 | Length 46 minutes

Actors

Miyu Irino | Kana Hanazawa | Fumi Hirano | Takeshi Maeda | Yuka Terasaki | Takanori Hoshino | Suguru Inoue | Megumi Han | Mikako Komatsu | YĆ«ki Hayashi | Wataru Sekine | Risa Mizuno | Hiroshi Shimozaki | Kuniko Ishijima | Taishi Murata | Azusa Tadokoro

Viewing Notes

This is so good. Of course I drew comparisons to YOUR NAME and more recently viewed 5 Centimeters per Second so it was no surprise this is another Makoto Shinkai film. He really knows how to nail a poignant and emotional fragile time in the lives of teenagers. Plus the animation is really good (unlike the previous Japanese animated film I just watched, Flavors of Youth, which has just so-so yet adequate animation). Visually this is stunning. Also love that it’s set specifically in Shinjuku. Definitely had me reminiscing about that area.

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