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.
Both Kimi no Iru Machi and 5 Centimeters per Second are love stories. The relationships they portray develop and end quite differently, but both have surprisingly complex and emotional stories for taking place in such a short amount of time. Both have pretty scenery, although it's hard to beat 5 Centimeters in that category.
Chizuru loves Yuudai; Yuudai loves Chizuru. Yet neither of them can say it clearly because each is uncertain about the other’s feelings and is afraid of being hurt. Trapped by their insecurities in a relationship that’s going nowhere, they drift further and further apart. While Chizuru thinks this is the end of the road, Yuudai struggles desperately to overcome his cowardly nature before he loses what is most important to him. There are two stories to every relationship, but can love survive if they don’t meet halfway?
The immediate similarity between Kimi no Iru Machi and Tokyo Marble Chocolate is that they are love stories about distance, both stories are contained in two-episode OVAs, and both have beautiful animation. Although the distance in TMC is more mental than physical, they both raise significant questions about how far trust can stretch in romantic relationships.