Although today Tono Takaki and Shinohara Akari live far apart due to a family move shortly after elementary school, they were once two shy young students brought together by their shared differences from their peers. It is because of this that the two built a bond of closeness between them that still survives through their continued correspondence, even over such a distance. Secretly they both fear the loss of this bond over time, and for this reason they arrange a meeting between just the two of them. The journeys both of them take in their minds and in their lives create an atmosphere of intense emotional upheaval, but also a sense of peace. It is a twist of fate and a series of decisions that put the two in place to carry what they choose of their pasts into the future they will create for themselves.
Summer break is now over; the second semester has started for Tomoya, Nagisa and the others, and little has changed. Since Tomoya's relationship with his father is still troubled, he continues to live with Nagisa and her family, even if it means getting roped into organizing a baseball team for the family bakery. Life at school continues as normal with Sunohara as carefree as ever; however, when his sister Mei voices her concerns about him, the series of events that follow place a strain on Sunohara and Tomoya’s friendship. Whether it's saving a person from themselves or passing on a message from the past, one thing’s for sure: no matter how tough things get, good friends will always be there to help out.
There is loving shining in the air in both 5 Centimeters per Second and Clannad the After Story. The high school setting mixed with trying to cope with budding relationships set these two stories apart from others. While Clannad is more comedic based than 5cm, the same feelings are still portrayed between the main characters.
Those searching for a bitersweet romance need not look further than these two animes. Both feature amazing animation, a superb soundtrack, and characters that will make your heart melt. Both can easily be considered among the best romance anime of all time.
A young woman quietly falls to the earth, escorted by a solitary crow. This sort of dream, as many other before have dreamed, comes just before being reborn as a Haibane, a charcoal-winged angel. On the outskirts of the walled-in city lies Old Home, a haven for Haibane to study, live, and learn, while waiting for their chance to ascend to the heavens and escape the confines of their new world. Rakka is the newest inhabitant of Old Home who wants nothing more than to remember her past and discover the secrets of her kind. Together with Reki, Kuu and plenty of other new friends, Rakka will laugh, explore, and search for the meaning of their existence in the process.
Solemn, calm, peaceful, beautiful, poetic; these are the best words to describe Haibane Renmei and 5 Centimeters per Second. You also get the same feeling when watching them. I highly recommend both anime
Both anime are slow paced, light hearted, with a touch of tragedy and dwell on the theme of self discovery. Even though Haibane deals more with friendship and 5CPS deals more with love, they still complement each other well.
Do you want to fly through the sky? For many, life can be scary and overwhelming place, until you find your other half. One man and one woman have found each other at last, and ponder their thoughts and dreams amidst a montage of memories and serene moments. Though the world continues to move on, the duo have the only thing that matters: each other.
Shinkai Makoto produced both Other Worlds and 5 CM, and each offers a vision of love - of the fear to lose the one you love, of the fear that your partner doesn't see you as his other half. Other Worlds is very short, so you can give it a try without losing much.
If you enjoyed 5 Centimeters Per Second, you surely did so for the melancholic and romantic beauty of certain moments of quietude; the visual motifs of young lovers, trains and the city, and the splendidly detailed animation. Plot, character, and other incidental concerns are scarcely relevant.
The same is true of Other Worlds, perhaps the most underrated short by Makoto Shinkai. Only a minute long and featuring no plot or characters to speak of, it transports you into a beautiful, solitary moment of joy. Even if you wanted to like 5 centimeters and didn't this is worth checking out - at a mere two minutes I think it nicely avoids the serious pacing problems that crop up in Shinkai's longer works, as well as their inconveinent need for plot, story, and other things he's simply no good at. Other Worlds is quintessential Shinkai and simply a must for any fan of his work.
Several years ago, Noriko married and moved to the United States from Japan along with her husband, giving birth to a child soon after. Now, she has returned to her hometown with her young son, Motoki, and must learn to become at peace with her past and present. Noriko fondly reminisces about the bittersweet memories of her teenaged years, her decisions, and how she will move forward in the future.
These two pretty titles display an understated romance that not only captures your attention but also comes across as more geniune compared to other depictions in anime. The bittersweet feeling you are left with after enjoying one could also be recaptured in watching the other.
Otona Joshi and 5cm/s are two anime which, in my opinion, function primarily as reflections on the possibilities of love in the treasured past of adults. The same sorts of feelings permeate the atmosphere in both shows: melancholy, loneliness, nostalgia for the innocence of childhood, and observation that the responsibility of adulthood takes precendence over the past.
Shinichiro Nakagami is an everyday high school student, with the exception of having his beautiful and athletic childhood friend Hiromi Yuasa living in his household after the death of her parents. Unfortunately, their relationship is cold at best - Shinichiro can tell that she is suffering, but she acts coldly and distant from her foster family and so he is unable to help ease her sadness. His family is also forcing him to practice a traditional Japanese dance that does not interest him, adding to his frustration. On top of that, he is cursed to misfortune by another girl in school, the eccentric Noe Isurugi. Shinichiro juggles all of these problems on a day-to-day basis as he learns about love and the sadness of those around him.
Both shows are about love, which cannot be fulfiled becouse of the either real or inner distance that divide those in love.
Being a child doesn't mean you can't feel anything. For instance, you can grow lifelong, deep emotional attachment toward this special person, that you will follow and try to catch for the rest of your time. And that is what happened to both TT and 5cm/s's main characters, so if you like this kind of stories, watch it!