Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Five Centimeters Per Second - A Japanese Animation Movie

Japan | 2007 | 65 minutes | Director : Makoto Shinkai

Since I've posted 5cm yesterday, I figure I'll continue with another movie with similar centimeter size:). It's not playing in the major cinema chain, but a full HD version is available on YouTube.

The same question applies here: Why 'five centimeters'? Why not 'twenty-five'?

Five centimeters per second is the speed of a cherry blossom falling to the ground as the movie is opened with two friends, Takaki Tohno and Akari Shinohara, watching the cherry blossom. The movie consists of three parts: Cherry Blossom, Cosmonaut and Five Centimeters Per Second, with each part centers on Takaki Tohno.

The first part tells about how Takaki and Akari met in elementary school. Both are transferred students and have allergies, so they spend time together in the library. Upon graduation, Akari moves to Tochigi, due to his parents' job. They still keep contact through letters (this part takes place when internet and cellphone have yet to become part of our lives).

Found at wallpaperbeautiful.com

But when Takaki learns that his family will move to Kagoshima, he decides to personally go see her. He also prepares a letter (most likely love letter) for her. Takaki has the train journey to Tochigi all planned down to the minutest detail. Unfortunately, a snowstorm delays his journey.

Tangent: State-owned commuter train operator in Jakarta and its greater areas (PT KAI Commuter Jabodetabek) buys the Japanese used cars. If you ever use the electric train (KRL) in Jakarta, you can see the same cars in this animation movie.

The second part is narrated by Kanae Sumida, a friend of Takaki in senior high. She has a crush on him, but unfortunately he is not aware of her feelings. She often finds Takaki typing emails in his cellphone and decides to keep her feelings to herself.

The final part shows Takaki on the verge of breakdown while Akari prepares for her wedding. One day, Takaki and Akari pass each other at a train crossing, where they used to watch cherry blossom. Do they recognize the other one? Will Takaki marry Akari? Will I be able to try the Japanese train system one day? #ehh? #galaupangkattujuh

If there is a lesson I learned from this movie, it is about moving on.

Have a terrific Tuesday, people!

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