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Have you ever seen something so pretty and so touching that it made you want to cry? I don’t usually label myself as the sentimental type, but the trailer for Byousoku 5 Centimeter (5 Centimeters Per Second) (mirror) evoked those emotions so easily. I think it’s a combination of the amazing art and a fantastic piano piece. A very similar piece (if not a different part of the same song) is also played in the teaser trailer, which is equally beautiful. I’ve got it playing in the background right now because it’s such a serene, almost sad song. If you haven’t yet seen these trailers, you must go download them right now.

For those of you unfamiliar with this film, it is acclaimed director Shinkai Makoto‘s latest work that features three short stories titled Oukashou, Cosmonaut, and Byousoku 5 Centimeter. They all revolve around a boy named Toono Takaki (voiced by Mizuhashi Kenji) and take place from the early 1990s to the present day. The first and third stories, Oukashou and Byousoku 5 Centimeter, will have two different voice actresses (Kondou Yoshimi and Onoue Ayaka) playing the part of a girl named Shinohara Akari. It seems that Takaki and Akari got separated at the same time they graduated from elementary school, and the Oukashou part is about his reunion with her. The second story Cosmonaut is about Takaki after that reunion told from the point of view of a classmate named Sumita Kanae (voiced by Hanamura Satomi) who has feelings for him. The third and final Byousoku 5 Centimeter is the title work that depicts the wandering of their souls once they’ve grown up. The movie’s theme song is going to be Yamazaki Masayoshi‘s One more time, One more chance from his 1997 single by the same name (Watch a live version on Youtube).

Byousoku 5 Centimeter, which has a running time of approximately an hour, will premiere in early spring of next year at the Shibuya Cinema Rise.

November 24, 2006 at 10:18 pm
60 comments »
  • November 24, 2006 at 10:27 pmGil

    Nice graphics.

  • November 24, 2006 at 10:32 pm[PRIME-LAB]

    Its looks really good. I’ll be waiting when it comes out ^_^

  • November 24, 2006 at 11:02 pmAvisch

    I been waiting for this film. The animation is incredible. The story seems okay. Shinkai’s
    work has mostly been science fiction, but I’ve never really enjoyed it. But I really love the overall look of this non-sci fi film.

  • November 24, 2006 at 11:09 pmkurotsuki

    OMG ! WTF is with the animation ? O_o
    it’s like..the most beautiful thing i ever saw ! O_O

  • November 24, 2006 at 11:38 pmWaHa

    I’ve watched Shinkai’s previous movie “The Place Promised in our Early Days” and i’ve got to say the animation team CoMix Wave keep getting better! Can’t wait to watch this when it premiers :3

  • November 24, 2006 at 11:45 pmdac

    man…Shinkai hasn’t disappointed me yet in his movies..and to have this kind of animation compared to Voices of a Distant Star i was like O_O…this is like…what ghilbi+Bones Kyoto would be

  • November 24, 2006 at 11:45 pmExile

  • November 24, 2006 at 11:54 pmDanny

    Yup, really good animation, but a little late on the post Omni

  • November 25, 2006 at 12:00 amhellionz

    looks good. maybe i’ll watch it and the graphics looks out of this world :D

  • November 25, 2006 at 12:09 amKnightmare213

    I’ve seen one of his past work, titled ‘Voices of a Distant Star’. It was a beautiful movie, a rare feat I’ve seen from a sci-fi/mecha movie, and I’m a bit dissapointed that I only got to see it with a Korean dub while I was still away.

    I can still remember that movie and crying at some parts. I’ll definately watch this one, just for the music and the animation at least.

  • November 25, 2006 at 12:10 amOmni

    In case you didn’t notice, I added two extra OVA entry into this week’s schedule, which took up all the free time I had up until today. Yes, I would have like to have written about this earlier, but that wasn’t physically possible.
    And just because other people have mentioned it before, doesn’t mean it’s not worth talking about here, especially since the trailer gave me such strong feelings. Based on what you two imply, I should only blog about things that no one else has already covered. What’s more – and this isn’t to insult Jeff’s, John Wong’s, or Imps’ entries – the only other blog that provided information about what the actual movie was about was Alafista.
    On top of that, not everyone reads every blog, and I know there are still people who haven’t been informed about this film. Heck, that’s why I said “For those of you unfamiliar with this film” to start the second paragraph.
    I’m sorry if this sounds rude, but what you two said was a slap in the face to what I do here.

  • November 25, 2006 at 12:13 amtensai13

    i cant wait! makoto shinkai’s works are really SUPERB!

  • November 25, 2006 at 12:13 amqwererty

    lol i asked google 5 cm/s in mph… 0.111846815mph i guess it’s the speed of falling sakura?

  • November 25, 2006 at 12:38 amhellionz

    does anybody know where i could get the piano piece? or the song? either way the background
    song sound very beautiful. Thanks omni

  • November 25, 2006 at 12:49 amBelle

    I’ve always been a fan of this guy ever since Beyond the Clouds: The Place Promised in our Early Days. This one looks absolutely beautiful, and I look forward to seeing it.

  • November 25, 2006 at 12:59 ampach

    nice
    and yeah Exile and Danny, if you’re gonna be comparing Omni to other bloggers, then shut up, even when he’s now dividing his time between college, life and blog, and even when he had to drop the page a while, he’s still ongoing with his page
    and thanks Omni for the info

  • November 25, 2006 at 1:13 amFairy

    i just watched the trailer, and damn! i was really impressed!, the animation is gorgeous! its like mixing disney with japan’s style :)

  • November 25, 2006 at 1:27 amwolfx

    Aww come on guys, you don’t have to bag him for posting it later than other anime bloggers. What’s with the elitism. He hasn’t blogged about it so let him. Its his blog.

    Anyway…i love shinkai’s work. Everytime i listen to Kumo No Mukou, Yakusoku No Basho’s OST, it makes my skin tingle. ;)

  • November 25, 2006 at 1:28 amBasilimux

    The animation simply looks breathtaking. The colours…lighting..and the smoothness, amazing combination.

    This is the first time I’ve heard of this, so I thank you for the entry…and now I have to wait patiently for this.

  • November 25, 2006 at 2:00 amkeith

    holy shit, this anime is beutifully drawn!

  • November 25, 2006 at 2:02 amKurogane

    Yes… 5cm/s is going to be goood… extremely good.I unashamedly shed a tear watching that tralier.

    And for god’s sake people… why are you bashing Omni for being late on the post. Since when did he had deadlines on his blogging to follow?

  • November 25, 2006 at 2:07 amSlade

    wow… pretty…

    song… wow…

    on the list on things to look forward to in 07…

  • November 25, 2006 at 2:29 ampsychohare

    omg, this is another one of those MUST-SEE anime, but will definitely leave a weird, empty feeling in me for a while after watching…
    I remember Voices of A Distant Star… that was pure sadness… omg… how could something like that ever happen… it is so cruel…

    geez, Shinkai Makoto is a master…

  • November 25, 2006 at 2:34 ampsychohare

    Omni u’re right, not everyone reads every blog, i certainly dont. I’m grateful that u blogged this, coz i saw a couple of this downloads floating around at chinese bt trackers, and i had absolutely no idea what it was… but now i know, and im grateful for that concise insight. Thanks!

  • November 25, 2006 at 3:13 amsi gila

    i already watch the trailer ..
    what can i say ..
    it superb beautifull!
    totally kirei~ ..
    really wait for this.

  • November 25, 2006 at 4:44 amAngel

    Whoa thanks for the info. I had no idea that Shinkai Makoto has other works besides Hoshi no Koe (Voices of a Distant Star). Now I’m interested in this new release or rather releases. Animation looks out of this world as usual, heck, dare I say it looks even better than Hoshi no Koe. BTW, thanks for the link to the trailer.

  • November 25, 2006 at 5:50 amNaakay

    Like everyone else said, the art is simply amazing. Quality and design just blows me away completely, never saw anything like it. The piece is really beautiful as well, I’m really looking forward to this.

  • November 25, 2006 at 6:50 amRasmiel

    This has a very creative title. The lines in the first trailer were just beautiful. I will be using it as a signature for forums…

    Beautiful. I just wish I could actually see it in the cinema.

  • November 25, 2006 at 7:15 amDani

    can please anybody tell me the musician and the song titel of the teaser. this piano version is so awesome.

  • November 25, 2006 at 7:40 amConnor

    Just Wow. O_O

  • November 25, 2006 at 8:10 amBlue-Kun

    @Omni: Yeah, it’s true. I just noticed the new trailer right now when I read your blog, otherwise, I wouldn’t even’ve noticed it. So thanks for the write-up.

    As for the trailer, as a fan os Shinkai works, I’m just really excited. The animation looks gorgeous, and some scenes featured in this trailer just left me speechless. It’s just *that* beautiful.

    Oh, and anyone checked ef’s op already? It’s also by Shinkai, and it’s pretty neat as well!

  • November 25, 2006 at 8:29 amArisu

    I’ve been a huge fan of Shinkai Makoto’s works.
    I surely do hope the movie will be out in spring and the release won’t drag on like Kumo no Mukou’s did. (@_@)

    I didn’t know about the second trailer’s release, so thanks for posting the info!

  • November 25, 2006 at 9:33 amtensai_otaku

    “Have you ever seen something so pretty and so touching that it made you want to cry”

    Yes!!

    Studio Ghibli´s Grave of the Fireflies(火垂るの墓) Made me cry!!

    watashi wa totemo Hazukashi!!with this confession but if someone here already saw this anime too you trully would know what I mean!!
    but hey THX I´ll try this one “Oukashou and Byousoku 5 Centimeter” too!! ;)

  • November 25, 2006 at 10:21 ammiharuyuki

    i get goosebumps watching the trailers… it’s so beautiful.
    And the music was provoking, the animation was mind-blowing, and seiyuu’s voices created the exact mood… i’m sooo looking forward to this one!!

  • November 25, 2006 at 1:26 pmDaveJS

    CAN’T WAIT!!! I just hope that this film isn’t as confusing as his last

  • November 25, 2006 at 2:03 pmShii

    Waiii, I wanna see it. *___*
    The animation and music are simply beautiful.

  • November 25, 2006 at 2:16 pmWaHa

    @Dani
    The song’s by Yamazaki Masayoshi, “One more time, One more chance”. I’m pretty sure Omni said it in the last line of the 2nd paragraph =w=; including a link to his live performance of the song @ the Kouhaku in 2005 :3

  • November 25, 2006 at 7:33 pmvexx

    I’ve been *hearing* and *reading* about 5cm for a while but I had no idea the *seeing* of scenes from it would be so stunning.

  • November 25, 2006 at 9:04 pmDanny

    Hey calm down Omni relax! ^^; Sorry if I offended you but I wasn’t implying what that guy before me said. It’s just that I’m used to you being the first to do everything.

  • November 25, 2006 at 11:49 pmGalaxiaceles

    Didn’t really care much for The Place Promised in Our Early Days, it was good, but no amount of amazing visuals can save that story when you start to compare it to Voices of a Distant Star which had a much shorter in length and equally as good visuals.

  • November 26, 2006 at 12:30 amkoto

    OMG….that was soooo bright! it was amazing! I cant wait to see it. =]

  • November 26, 2006 at 3:08 amAoDU

    any news on when it’s gonna be out and around how long it will take for groups to sub it?

  • November 26, 2006 at 11:36 ammuhi_kira

    really good animation and the songs was so romantic
    wanna know when this anime air
    and the title of song

  • November 26, 2006 at 11:51 amwahahaha

    Hoshi no Koe thats Shinkai’s most incredible work because he’s make it alone.All of work include voice of charactor.This works make him becomes famous animator.

  • November 26, 2006 at 1:17 pmTofu

    How do 66% of you not know who Hayao Miyazaki is (from today’s poll)?

    PATHETIC. Stop burying your faces in Makona plushes and learn a thing or two about your hobby already. Ignorant fans aren’t fans at all.

  • November 26, 2006 at 6:24 pmOri

    O.o Yeah holy crap, how can ppl not know who Miyazaki is?! He is the only japanese animator who got an oscar award for his anime.

    Personally though, I voted for Shinkai but that’s just personal preferences. I only like Miyazaki’s more recent work. I find his old stuff too slow. In any case Shinkai is absolutely amazing for doing Hoshi no Koe… I was so impressed by that one man anime that I thought it painful when waiting for Promised Place — which turned out to be beautifully animated but a bit slow plot wise.

    But this looks absolutely amazing. I totally can’t wait to see it.

  • November 26, 2006 at 6:28 pmOmni

    I’m actually quite surprised myself that so many people don’t know who either director is. Shinkai Makoto I might be able to understand people not knowing because he’s a relatively new, up and coming director. But to not know the famed Miyazaki…

  • November 27, 2006 at 8:39 amJane

    I guess most of the time, people just watch the show and don’t bother about the directors… hahahax :P as for me, I known neither X.x but this show is certainly a must-watch from the preview!!!

  • November 27, 2006 at 3:50 pmTofu

    For the love of… It isn’t a show and… How can you not… They are both so… *passes out*

  • November 27, 2006 at 3:56 pmtakanari

    OMFG!
    The most beautiful thing i ever saw! *-*~

  • November 27, 2006 at 5:43 pmShippoyasha

    I wouldn’t jump to conclusions about the shows and movies just because they look nice.

    Shinkai Makoto does a lot of visually impressive stuff, but I thought some of his works could’ve used a better narrative and writing. And even though everyone hails Miyazaki as an anime god, I have the same criticism of him. They’re both great, but I wouldn’t say that they reach any type of apex with their movies.

  • November 27, 2006 at 10:02 pmJane

    o.0 ok, i was wrong x__x hmmm, now i feel kinda gulity of not knowing who the director is x.x

  • November 28, 2006 at 1:44 pmHelene

    I really wanna see it but i can’t read japanese so I don’t know what to download of it..
    ^_^

  • November 28, 2006 at 4:03 pm41nano

    This the most beautiful teaser I have ever seen in my whole life, and the piece of music is is so smooth too.
    Thanks a lot Omni ^^

  • December 27, 2006 at 4:46 amMokay

    i absolutely love the music and the beautiful picture of the teaser, its about the best teaser i had ever seen. may i ask what is the name and the person who composed that piano song in the teaser?

  • August 19, 2007 at 11:29 pmWoooW

    I have watched this movie and it was heartfelt and melancholic. It leaves the audience with a realization of one’s own life. The story can be stronger as the movie focuses mainly of the male protagonist. I felt the story would’ve have been stronger if they emphasized the story a little more on the female protagonist, Akari. However, all in all, it’s a beautifully made movie, and the art is exquisite beyond words. There isn’t much of an music scenario, except the ending, but there are piano solos in the movie which I must say, match the atmosphere of the scene perfectly, providing an melancholic mood. With all that said, this movie deserves to be watch by everyone, but in order to truly appreciate the movie, one has to look deeper than presented movie itself and discover how Makoto Shinkai’s words impact us as an individual. The monologues of the characters, mainly the male protagonist, are truly emotionally impacting. Each phrase used is chosen with great care and the voice actors project the loneliness and the emotions of the characters well. I loved it, exquisite beyond words.

  • November 4, 2007 at 6:20 pmsilverwolf1492

    I watched the movie and i was absorbed in. I’ve watched the other movie of Makoto Shinkai but this one was just the Best one. The landscape was so beautiful they really did a great awesome job! the song by Tenmon like almost every makino movie was awesome as well. The ending song let me felt some dramatic, sadness and beautiful feeling. My gosh i have some tears in my eyes. I think the story in general is great, good “way” of thinking about life an all those events who happen randomly in everyone’s life. I think… Akari and Takaki were two great character even if we didn’t saw akari that much after the first chapter of the story…(that was a little things i didn’t like ). Konoe was also an important character in this story, she was one who think another point of view of the little world of Akari and Takaki lived in. Finally, in the end i was a little bit frustred that these two weren’t together… but it seem that is the way of thinking that mr Shinkai want to show to us.” Life isn’t perfect and time and space change our dream…we can live in the past… life “got to” goes on.”(life must goes on).

    I absolutly love this movie ^^

  • March 30, 2008 at 8:13 pmBalamb

    I watched the trailer one day, and I’m also not the sentimental type when it comes to animes/movies, I don’t really remember anything I’ve watched that made me cry. But the trailer already moved me enourmously, so I bought and watched the movie, and I had this tight feeling in my throat on multiple occasions (so, not the tears stage yet). I’ll NEVER deny it, this was a beautiful anime, and I’m very glad I watched it, but…

    (Spoilers down from here)

    The end, I sort of expected it to end it like this, because I noticed the sort of “tragic/dramatic” mood for the main couple, but I kept denying it, I wanted to see a good ending. Sadly, that wasn’t the case. The last few minutes “killed” me (not saying the rest of the movie didn’t, I was completly absorbed by the movie, and felt really sad on many ocasions compared to my standards) I wasn’t this sad even by watching Air TV, and other sad animes. The lyrics of the background song (sang by the a man) fit so perfectly what was shown, and I almost broke when you saw Kanae at the airport, watching Takaki leave. The second episode “Cosmonaut” really moved me (as did the other two, but I think I can relate the most to this one because they’re in the same age-span as I am right now), and I felt horrible for her.

    I could go on for hours about this. I think the fact that I watched it from 5am to 6am, then going to bed was a “bad” idea. Today (yup, I watched it yesterday), whenever I was bored and empty-minded, I would think about the movie right away. Whenever I listened to the trailer piano song, I could feel the tight feeling I had in my throat. I had to find what to do and also be really into it, to not be bothered by the nostalgia of this anime that continues to stalk me. (On a side and off-topic note, I just loved how Shinkai Makoto kept this at a non-fiction level, so that anyone could and can relate to it.)

    Funny thing is, I tried watching it two hours ago (around midnight), and just after 1 minute I had to stop. I didn’t want to be sad I guess. The first thing that came in mind was the Cosmonaut episode and the ending with Kanae seeing Takaki departing, and I started to feel… sad? Just typing this was sort of nostalgic, because I remembered the “painful” memories about it (painful as in, this moved me tremendously.) Oh well, I’ll get myself to watch it again tommorow (I just feel I have to, I loved it), and this time I won’t stop after 1 minute… yea, I won’t stop (:

    Ah, but typing this also felt wonderful.

  • August 4, 2008 at 4:32 amhersheys214

    does this anime have a part 2?…coz i want more and to know what will happen next Y_Y..
    this anime is totally great i love it so much ^_^

  • November 23, 2009 at 6:17 amFatal Cry

    Ill promise to my self that ill be a Great multimedia artist someday and follow the step of Shinkai.. thanks to this anime that ive been inspired by it.. Lol.. =P