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Millennium Actress

Millennium Actress
  • Movie (1 ep x 90 min)
  • 2001

What starts as a simple interview of a legendary actress becomes a journey through the history of Japan. But this is no ordinary lesson; from the perspective of this actress, we learn of the beauty and sadness of love, the pain and regret and joy of the Japanese people and their film, through this film: Millennium Actress.

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Temsik

I found Millennium Actress and 5 CM to be very similar. Each is about the pursuit of love - the characters "love to love" a unique person, ignoring even time as it passes by. Both main characters refuse to give the present a chance, and ignore all of the options that life and love offer to them because they are stuck in the past.

Sangokagome

In both of these series, while there is a romance going on, neither of the couples come into contact for much of the film. The romances are the centers of the films, and in the end, they conclude smiliarly. Their artwork is not to be overlooked, and are amazing pleasures to view. Enjoy!

uberrig

In Millenium Actress we have our protagonist, Chiyoko Fujiwara, chasing after a vision of a man she met once. In 5 CM we have Shinohara Akari chasing his memory of a promise that may or may not have been made with a childhood sweetheart. The chase, the dream, the vision ... the ending. Both bittersweet and both unrequited. I think you'll greatly appreciate the stretches of reality both protagonists put upon themselves in each film.

fizrox

"Where you lead, I will follow" - whether it means long train journey, waitng for years, or chasing after throughout the country... These two series show how strong love can be and how many problems it can overcome with its power, so in this matter they are much alike.

Omurqi

Both Millennium Actress and 5 Centimeters tell the story of the pursuit of an unobtainable love. They both do so in a style unique to their director (Kon and Shinkai, two masters in their genre) and thus present their story in a different way. At their core though, they are about the same thing. If you loved one of these movies, make sure to check out the other as well.

Raspberries

Did you ever see that movie Serendipity with John Cusack? I seriously think the writers watched these two shows and decided Hollywood needed a movie that followed the same basic plot. Both 5cm/sec and Millennium Actress are FANTASTIC, and though a bit slow-paced are sure to hold your attention till the end, where you finally get the conclusion you've been waiting for. 

Whisper of the Heart

Whisper of the Heart
  • Movie (1 ep x 111 min)
  • 1995

Whisper of the Heart is a touching Ghibli slice-of-life story, about a young girl named Shizuku. While riding the train, she notices a fat cat riding alongside her. Following the cat, she finds a shop where she is told an enchanting story of a gold statue named "The Baron". WotH follows Shizuku in her struggles to grow, and her budding love with the shopkeeper's son.

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Darkrystal

Both movies focus on a young couple who are seperated by distance, and their attempts to cope with this seperation. The relationships in both films are depicted with beatiful subtlety, complimented by some trully dazzling animation. If you liked the understated emotion of one then you'll more than likely be able to appreciate the other.

cassiesheepgirl

Both of these films deal with seperation and romance. While 5cm per second is more melancholic than Whisper of the heart, if you liked the human interaction of one then you may enjoy the other.

avedenik1

Love, love, and love. This two are about just that. Also, a life story of two different couples of teenagers trying to find meaning of love. Enjoy.

babyeinstein12

Not only do both titles feature the innocence and sweetness of young love, but the tone of both are I think quite similar. Granted, Whisper of the Heart is more carefree and lighthearted, but it, like 5 Centimeters per Second, captures the ineffable ideal "Japanese school life" very similarly.

kiddtic

These two movies though differently paced and have diffrent art styles have the same sort of romantic feel towards them. It starts off innocent and builds into something a little bit mre deep. Definetly would recommend this one

Sianeka

If you saw and enjoyed either 5 Centimeters Per Second or Whisper of the Heart, you should watch the other one. Although both anime FEEL different from one another (each anime has a very distinctive feel to it, and each evokes an entirely different atmosphere), they share a similar enough storyline that the adventure of watching the other one will round out your total anime experience.  Both movies explore the emotions of two characters developing feelings for each other and then undergoing a separation.

Watch Whisper of the Heart to feel the development and growth of burgeoning young love and watch 5 Centimeters Per Second to feel the pangs of yearning and longing. Seeing both really does help give a feeling of having experienced both sides of the same coin. Both movies will really touch you! If you enjoyed either one, do yourself a favor and check out the other.

Clannad

Clannad

Tomoya Okazaki is a third-year high school student who is generally bored with life and doesn't take his studies, future, or anything else seriously. One day, however, he meets a lonely-looking girl in the school courtyard, Nagisa Furukawa. She explains to him the source of her loneliness: she had missed a lot of the previous school year and thus is repeating her third year; everybody that she knew has already graduated, and she is lonely. Tomoya is rather indifferent at first, but decides that he has nothing better to do and spends increasingly more time helping Nagisa restore the school drama club. As his relationship with Nagisa grows, Tomoya begins to open up to various other people around the school as well...

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RaptorClaw

5 CM and Clannad have a distinct feeling of romance, and take place in high school. They are slow-paced with beautiful scenery and intricate dialogues and monologues that keep the story going without giving too much to the viewer.

awpaperwings

5 Centimeters per Second and Clannad are very different animes with very different feels, yet both set out to say something about love and relationships. Some of the similarities are their school-life setting and scenery and a chapter by chapter pacing. Their differences are that in Clannad comedy is a focal point in the show, there are 5 or more well developed characters and a more light-hearted feel. In 5 Centimeters per Second however, there is intentionally little or no character development, creating more universally understandable characters. The mood of 5 Cm is much more melancholy than Clannad, but over all both are highly recommended. If you liked one, I'm sure you will like the other.

eaper

Clannad and 5 cm share a strong sense of love, while having a lot of the sorrowful parts of it intact. Also, each of the series are slow paced and, (at least for a lot of 5 cm and all of Clannad) centered in high school. If you like the romance or pace in either of these, you'll likely enjoy the other.

ishmael1991

There are major differences to the feel, mainly because one is a feauture length movie and the other is a series. However, they share the same good points,as they are both beautifully produced, and emotional. Mainly though, if you like visually beautiful animes, both of these are must sees.

theazariah

I should probably recomment 5 cm per second to Clannad After Story, but regardless it's the same sort of classic longing-love story.

Both stories follow the characters through a long period of time too. There is a lot of focus on the "growing up" process and what it's like to be a young adult in different situations.

5cm ranges from grade school to age ~25 and Clannad with the after story ranges from 15 to ~25.

Both have very different endings I suppose but stylistically they're presented in a similar way.

Also, sakura are pretty prominent in both i guess.

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ef - a tale of memories

ef - a tale of memories

In a high school setting, there are many people whose stories must be told: Hiro, an aspiring manga artist whose view of the world is "missing a certain color," according to himself; his childhood friend Kei, who is vying for his attention; Kyosuke, a photographer and cameraman who seeks to capture true emotion in his work; the ever-cheerful Miyako, who meets Hiro by chance and immediately becomes attached to him; the gentle Renji, unsure of his aspirations to become a novelist; and Kei's mysterious and quiet sister Chihiro, who seems to be a different person every day. As time passes and they interact with one another more, their paths increasingly intertwine as shades of regrettable pasts emerge.

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Tessa

The dramatic story and the wonderful art of Makoto Shinkai are in bouth animes. Even though in Ef he did only the backgrounds he still did a wonderfull job. The breathtaking views make bout animes very enjoyable. Even though the drama is wonderful made in bouth of them, the ending is not so dramatic for ef- a tale of memories. The characters suffer because of love and mature because of the same rason. The story is very good developed and the sad parts are so deep that it could make anybody cry.

The OST is something you won't miss after you watch them. I especualy love ef opening of ef- a tale of memories

I personaly love this 2 animes and I think that they are very similar: short but deep. They are stories that deserv to be rememberd.

Niw

Even though the shows might not directly share anything else except the elements of romance and drama, there’s still a strong connection between the two. 'Ef' and ‘5 centimeters per second’ both tell a story of their character’s relationships and the difficulties that arise, creating a bittersweet atmosphere full of love and loss.

eaper

Each of these contain a strong sense of romance and drama in it, which is the main connection between them on the surface, but, underneath, they both have a strong sense of loss and melancholy within the main characters that bring these works closer together.

wolfangel87

The dramatic effects of 5 Centimeters per Second and Ef ~ Tale of Memories ~ make the captivating romantic stories come alive through the characters genuine problems and striving solutions in trying to get through them.  Situations around every turn change their lives forever but make what they have that much more valuable.  The relationships between the characters are exciting and suspenseful with characters trying to mature right before the viewers eyes.

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Ocean Waves

Ocean Waves
  • TV Special (1 ep x 72 min)
  • 1993

Ocean Waves is a coming of age tale centered around Taku, an ordinary high school student, his best friend Matsuno, and Rukiko, a reserved outcast who has caught Matsuno's eye. While bounds of friendship are tested, unlikely relationships grow and flourish in this made for television movie.

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abunai

Byousoku 5 Centimeter and Umi ga Kikoeru/Ocean Waves are mirror images of each other. Both tales tell of couples separated by distance either real or emotional (as symbolically represented by trains, that icon of distance so beloved of the Japanese), but with a wholly different development of the separation. The romance is palpable and the tension great in both anime, yet overlaid on both tales is a gentle, wavelike ebb and flow of the storyline.

Surely, if you like one of these, you'll like the other.

cassiesheepgirl

With a melancholic and nostalgic take on the interaction betweeen two high school students, both of these films have a different take on human relationships. If you found the more troubled aspects of these relationships interesting in one, then give the other a watch.

eaper

Each of these are well told love stories and show the melancholy of aging and moving away for family and colleges quite well. If you enjoy one, there is a good change you'd like the other.

NimirRa

Both these shows are slow paced, and somewhat unsatisfying romances. If you liked the melancholy setting and pace of one then give the other a try.