Kotonoha no Niwa

Alt titles: The Garden of Words

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5 Centimeters per Second

5 Centimeters per Second

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.

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CommanderKarasu CommanderKarasu says...

Both are short, bittersweet stories with beautiful animation by the same director. Slow-paced and emotional with dialogue mainly spoken by only two characters, these movies may not be for everyone, but if you're a fan of one, you'll want to check out the other. 

Bradalee Bradalee says...

These two short movies both stand out for being among the most visually stunning anime around. They both share the same director, and as such have similar themes, pacing, and the same focus on two characters and their interactions between one another. If you found one enjoyable, you will surely enjoy the other.

Fargo Fargo says...

Both of these movies are beautifully drawn pieces of bittersweet relationships that show more than tell. They both tackle themes of separation and they're guaranteed to tug at your heartstrings.

snivets snivets says...

Slow-paced romances which have a bittersweet feel, 5cm/s and Kotonoha no Niwa focus on a pair of characters who struggle to find balance between their relationship and the demands of the "real world." Both are also gorgeously animated (and by the same director) so there are definitely visual similarities as well. Fans of either won't want to miss the other!

HasseRovdjur HasseRovdjur says...

More melancholy romance films from Makoto Shinkai. Both are beautifully drawn, especially The Garden of Words, and the stories are centred around a romance. These are rather similar, so if you liked one, check the other one out.

globalwild globalwild says...

The Garden of Words feels very much like the spiritual successor of Makoto Shinkai's classic 5 Centimeters per Second.  Both deal with relationships and solitude while artfully demonstrating personal and emotional growth through understanding loss.  While the themes are similar, The Garden of Words does not retread over the stories portrayed in 5 Centimeters per Second, but feels like a entire new chapter.  After the Cherry Blossom act of 5 Centimeters per Second, The Garden of Words feels like the next strongest story.

McGreddy McGreddy says...

Both by director Makoto Shinkai and both pieces explore themes of clouds and cherry blossoms.

Philemon Philemon says...

The Garden of Words and 5 Centimeters per Second, done by the same studio, are both splice of life, with laid back pacing and realistic settings. Both stories revolve around a shy, tentative romance, where the characters find themselves moving on and drifting apart in the end. Nevertheless, the relationship that they form changes the way they move forward in life. Slow-paced with a charming atmosphere, if you like one of these animes, you will probably appreciate the other.

TakumiWatanabe TakumiWatanabe says...

another great movie from Makoto Shinkai with amazing artwork and a really epic romance story

Anudevil13 Anudevil13 says...

Both series have same type of story, romance with bit of drama and sadness.

Both have superb animation quality with Kotonoha having one of best animations of all time, Both series MC are likeable characters and story involves good deal of devleopnment of characters and romance.

And both feature bitterweet endings.

If you liked one, you will definetly like the other.

AnimeShima AnimeShima says...

Both are romance anime which shows the relationship between different individuals. They are slow-paced and can times be very emotional.

They are both made by CoMix Wave which explains why they both share similar kind of beautiful and artistic sceneries which is wrapped with an awesome soundtrack.

tsubasa tsubasa says...

Both are really beatiful to watch, both made me feel like I was watching an animated painting. Also both tell love stories explained with a calm and peaceful pace but with lots of melancholy. Also Makoto Shinkai.

KawaiiOtaku KawaiiOtaku says...

Both are made by the same director (Matoko Shinkai), they are both a very bittersweet and realistic depiction of love and have amazing art.

Voices of a Distant Star

Voices of a Distant Star

Nagamine is a young high school student who lives a fairly typical teenage life: hanging out with friends, attending class, and falling in love with a wonderful boy. But when she enlists in the galactic army, who is desperate for candidates to fight an alien war, she finds herself drifting farther away from her first love, Noboru. In the depths of space, where a simple email takes eight years to be delivered, will their love truly flourish, or simply fade away?

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Bradalee Bradalee says...

Both short movies are directed by Makoto Shinkai, and as such they share similar themes. While Voices of a Distant Star features characters who are gradually drifting farther away from each other, Kotonoha no Niwa follows two characters who gradually become closer to one another. While they may be different in that regard, they are both enjoyable, yet bittersweet stories. 

Fargo Fargo says...

Both of these animes follow a relationship between two characters that gradually changes over time into something new, both complete with bittersweet themes and thoughtful insights as things progress. Both also feature stellar direction, though Kotonoha benefits from updated animation and beautiful backgrounds.

CommanderKarasu CommanderKarasu says...

Kotonoha no Niwa and Voices of a Distant Star deal with relationships that change as time goes on, for better or for worse. They share the same director, so the atmosphere of both films will feel very similar. The main difference between the two would be the visuals, but if you're a fan of Makoto Shinkai's stories, you'll probably be able to enjoy both of these bittersweet shorts. 

McGreddy McGreddy says...

Both by director Mokoto Shinkai, very melodramatic with heavy reliance on relationship drama.

Dareka no Manazashi

Dareka no Manazashi

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ZetsubouKaiji ZetsubouKaiji says...

If you're even the least bit sentimental then these are the shows for you. They are both deeply reflective about relationship and what they mean. Kotonoha is about a romantic relationship and Dareka is about the main character's changing relationship with her father. These are both anime that strike to the emotional core.

Dareka is much shorter than Kotonoha, but both are able to use their time effectively and evoke deep emotion in the viewer.

Bradalee Bradalee says...

Makoto Shinkai is at it again as creator of yet another stunningly animated bittersweet drama. Both manage to strike a chord with the viewer through the extremely well portrayed, and developed emotions of the characters.

They are also both fairly short, with Dareka being a short of little over five minutes. Kotonoha no Niwa may be considerably longer, but for a movie it still has a fairly short run time. Despite their short run time both are shining examples of how to write a story with real emotional weight behind it within a pretty narrow window of time. 

krukky krukky says...

Both shows really are sentimental and have the same feel to them and since they share the same director, if you've enjoyed watching one of them, you should definitely try the other too.

Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo

Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo
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Bradalee Bradalee says...

Both movies are directed by Makoto Shinkai, so they share similar elements in terms of characters and pacing, the animation in both is stellar, and isn't too dissimilar from each other either. Aside from that, they don't have too much in common, but a fan of Shinkai's works will appareciate both movies.

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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snivets snivets says...

Two slow-paced movies that tell tales about budding romances, Kotonoha no Niwa and Whisper of the Heart also have in common their high animation quality with detail-laden landscapes, as well as characters who are working hard towards specific goals. With such a similar pace and atmosphere, I think fans of either would like the other.