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5 Centimeters Per Second (2007) 65 Minutes

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5 Centimeters Per Second is a 2007 anime film Written, Produced, and Directed by Makoto Shinkai. Shinkai established himself rather well, 3 years prior to '07 with his film The Place Promised in Our Early Days and then, 2 years before that, he burst onto the scene with Voices of a Distant Star. That having been said, Makoto Shinkai already had many years of due diligence in the animated world which he brought to this masterpiece 5 Centimeters Per Second.

What makes 5 Centimeters so uniques right out of the gate, is its episodic format. It consists of three stories about the same characters at different times in their life. For the sake of genuinity, I am not going to hit up wikipedia or anything for titles and details. Also, my goal here is not to rehash the whole film, but to give my thoughts and critical take on the execution.

Shinkai delves into some very real, and very deep themes with this film. The first story is about a boy and girl who meet in school and become very close. The girl moves away, but they keep in touch through letters. This is a very important time in our lives. When the decision to act or not act can follow us for the rest of our lives.

Can anime teaches us anything new?

On Brian Hermelijn - Personal Development.

Every time when you tell someone that you watch anime, you get the reaction, what really? You watch anime? Anime of all things? It’s like they do not expect you to watch anime or you’re doing something bad for watching anime. Is it really wrong to watch? That’s the question I came to every time when someone reacts that way.

After all, anime is the same way as novels. Some of the shows even go as far to show history of mankind. And from what I have seen, there are many advices we can take from anime alone. Here is a list of what I learned from anime.

1. Motivation

One of the main shows that boosted my confidence was Hajime no Ippo. Without spoiling the story too much, it was about a teenage boy that was getting bullied. And then later on he learned boxing, and started boxing. He didn’t know he had such talent.

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