|Byousoku 5 Centimeter – 5 Centimeters per Second
Summary: After her family relocate, Akari was missing her best friend, Takaki. When they meet up again after a long time, the feelings between them resurface and their love for each other is clear. However, another girl has her eyes on Takaki and he never sees Akari again. Eventually, she gets married and they appear to have forgotten about each other completely.
Part 1: 26 minutes
Part 2: 21 minutes
Part 3: 16 minutes
1 hour 3 minutes in total
Opinion: This anime has an absolutely gorgeous art style, especially in the background and scenery. However, this is à very emotional anime and had me in tears. Even though it is quite short, it displays several different relationships and unrequited love that is never resolved. The soundtrack to this anime is also beautiful and I had to get the sheet music to most of it, since it’s all played by piano, besides one guitar piece. These things all contribute to an amazing anime, pulling you in and messing up all your feelings. I loved it!
Recommendations: (From left to right)
Clannad: Both anime are very romantic and have similar ongoing themes. The art styles are quite different, but also similar in some ways, as the anime are set in similar locations and feature similar backgrounds, particularly the cherry blossoms that are seen as prominent in both anime.
Only Yesterday: Although not about romance, this movie is also about real life experiences and the way people think about things. It develops on ideas about youth and adulthood, much like 5 cm per Second.