By: Teddy Pamplin
They say a cherry blossom leaf falls five centimeters per second… Doesn’t it resemble snow? That phrase will hit a soft spot and send ripples down your spine after you see this movie. 5 Centimeters Per Second is a must-watch for all anime watchers. It is known by all otakus everywhere so if you talk to anyone who knows their stuff they have heard the title. This anime is well-known because it was directed by Makoto Shinkai who is famous for his heart-wrenching romance movies. He also directed the recent 2017 winter phenomenon Kimi no Wa. This movie is written beautifully, making you watch on the edge of your seat and think deeply about past scenes.
This movie has 3 chapters. In the first chapter, we meet a young couple in elementary and middle school. We witness them split apart and stay in touch over letters. We also get to see how a successful long distance relationship is supposed to work. In the second arc, we follow our main character and a different girl who falls in love with him. He is now in high school and stays in touch with his girlfriend via text, however, he seems really uneasy in this chapter. In the final chapter, we get to see our main character as a working adult. Is his relationship with his childhood girlfriend still intact? If you think you know the answer, trust me… you don’t.
This anime movie is truly genius, as it is written and directed by a man who is known for his use of symbolism and mystery. For example, if you look in the picture, that is a false reality created by our main character in the second chapter. It is the world where he and his girlfriend can live in peace and harmony despite being separated at the time. MAL rates this an 8.1 and I give it an 8, only because the art style isn’t my cup of tea. But man, this director’s genius makes up for it. I recommend it to all ages, genders, and personalities. Plus at the end of the movie pay close attention to the lyrics in the final scene; it will give you closure on the movie. It’s pretty confusing, so I had to google the ending lyrics to thoroughly understand the ending. Plus, I personally raided multiple forums to get closure.