5 Centimeters per Second

Alt titles: Byousoku 5 Centimeter

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Millennium Actress

Millennium Actress

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 Temsik says...

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 Sangokagome says...

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 uberrig says...

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 fizrox says...

"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 Omurqi says...

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 Raspberries says...

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. 

Bokura ga Ita

Bokura ga Ita

Yano Motoharu is the most popular guy in class, the school’s basketball ace, and highly charismatic to boot! No wonder Nanami Takahashi can’t resist falling in love with him. When Yano returns Nana’s feelings, things seem too good to be true and the two begin a relationship; but Yano has a contradictory personality which confuses Nana most of the time. On top of that, tragic events in Yano’s past won’t stop haunting their relationship. Unable to halt their passionate feelings, are Yano and Nana heading for disaster or can they save each other from irreparable hurt?

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vahen vahen says...

These two anime pictured how beautiful love and life can be, at the same time, picturing how sad it could be. These two animes are for those who could appreciate anime to their full extent.

jampura jampura says...

These two series both have a good realistic view about life, people, love and relationships. Both are beautiful heartwarming and heartaching stories with believable characters.

fizrox fizrox says...

For people who are deeply in love with each other life should be easy - not for pairs from 5 cm/s and Bokura Ga Ita. These two anime show how difficult it is to maintain great realtionship despite from great feelings involved.

MDHTR MDHTR says...

Both stories has to do with love and separation from the loved one. While Byousoku 5 Centimeter is a lonely story and Bokura ga Ita is more like a normal couple story with being together and being separated, both has an powerful feeling of longing - if nothing ever going to be right.

wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

Bokura ga ita and 5 Centimeters per Second show the hard realities life portrays.  Even though there are good times life is not all filled with happy endings and relationships consist of a huge part of that.  Both of these stories show just how heartbreaking life can be at some points and how the characters in the story can survive past them.  Relationships are hard no matter what and separation from the one you love is even harder to deal with.

snivets snivets says...

In both stories, "ideal" high school romances ultimately are anything but ideal. Subject to the pressure of life events, will the characters be able to stay together, or will they just end up hurting each other?

Whisper of the Heart

Whisper of the Heart

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 Darkrystal says...

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 cassiesheepgirl says...

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 avedenik1 says...

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 babyeinstein12 says...

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 kiddtic says...

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 Sianeka says...

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.

Hotarubi no Mori e

Hotarubi no Mori e

While visiting her uncle for the summer, six year old Hotaru gets lost in the woods outside the village. Scared, the crying girl is eventually rescued by a gentle youkai named Gin, who is burdened with a curse that will cause him to disappear if ever touched by a human. Though they are barred from physical contact, the two become close friends. But after a few short years it becomes apparent that Gin ages more slowly than humans, so while Hotaru is growing up and changing, Gin remains in stasis. How will Hotaru adapt to the complicated emotions she develops as her and Gin's ages gradually converge?

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eitomakesmesmile eitomakesmesmile says...

Even though their contents aren't that similar, with Hotarubi no Mori e being more fantasy-like as compared to 5 Centimeters per Second, the themes that these two shorts have are the same.

Both revolve on theme of longing, on wanting to meet someone they like but have trouble doing so.

Also, both have easy-to-relate-to characters and a moving plot that will most likely move you to tears.

If you like one of them, you'll definitely love the other.

JohnWatchAnime JohnWatchAnime says...

Both anime are about romance and are slowpaced. They have a similar vibe and were both really enjoyable to watch. however 5 centimeters per second has a little more drama/sadness.

Fargo Fargo says...

These movies show the gradual process of relationships changing over time, focusing on both love and separation. A bittersweet atmosphere accompanies both titles and opens a perspective on how one cannot help life's circumstances at times.

Anudevil13 Anudevil13 says...

Both movies show us love between two individuals over long distance.

Whereas Hotarubi has supernatural touch to it, 5 Cm is based around normal humans.

Both feature high quality animation which describes movie feelings perfectly, Moreove both have likable MC and have little sad endings.

AngelBeatsYui AngelBeatsYui says...

Both of these anime are very slow-paced and are set around a boy and a girls long distance relationship. Both stories focus' on the hardships for these two to be together and so on. Anyway in the end they are both pretty similar, the only main difference is that Hotarubi is a more fantasy whereas 5cm per second is a more of a realilty based anime. Never-the-less both are really good anime you need to watch if you liked on you should like the other.

Ailly Ailly says...

While 5 Centimeters per Second and Hotarubi no Mori e are on opposite sides of the realism spectrum, the feel and themes of these two movies are very alike. They both also feature some stunning background visuals and a nice music track. If you like somewhat more slow-paced and bittersweet love stories, you should check these out.

Ocean Waves

Ocean Waves

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 abunai says...

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 cassiesheepgirl says...

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 eaper says...

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 NimirRa says...

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.