The Place Promised In Our Early Days

Alt titles: Kumo no Mukou, Yakusoku no Bashou, Place Promised In Our Early Days, Beyond The Clouds, The Promised Place

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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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FLAMA FLAMA says...

If you liked Place Promised you'd also like 5 CM because it's also a masterpiece from Makoto Shinkai. It has the same awesome animation and sound, and the same sad story which is full of loneliness.

Arcanum Arcanum says...

I cannot help but feel that Shinkai Makoto knew he could produce a better title by combining the best elements of The Place Promised in Our Early Days and Voices of a Distant Star. After all, despite the high quality of his works, it only makes sense that Shinkai Makoto is learning and improving his art over time as well. 5 Centimeters per Second is the spectacular result of this inspired union of his two previous works. And while the themes will be quite familiar to those who have watched his two earlier acclaimed titles, 5 Centimeters per Second has feels fresh and carries its message in its own unique way.

Profane Profane says...

Both Place Promised In Our Early Days and 5CM have the wonderful light effects of Makoto Shinkai. Also the theme of these movies is the same. Both of them have a depressing feeling that characterize the whole movie.

ace52387 ace52387 says...

Shinkai seems to have a strange obsession with middle school crushes. Just like in 5cm, the main character of Beyond the Clouds fondly reminsices on his easy going and lightly romantic relationship with his childhood sweetheart, but has difficulty coping with their separation. Both movies convey the same mix of melancholy nostalgia and inescapable lonliness.

Sheex Sheex says...

Though I personally found Beyond the Clouds more appealing than 5 Centimeters per Second, I've had many others disagree with me. Like all of Shinkai's works, these movies are two peas in a pod, mainly due to their gorgeous visuals and their poignant, melancholy stories of unrequited love. They pretty much the same romantic concept packaged in two different shells, and given the high quality of each, neither are movies to be missed.

Bdiah Bdiah says...

All of Makoto Shinkai's works (5 Centimeters per Second, Beyond the Clouds, The Promised Place, Voices of a Distant Star, She and Her Cat) present a visually stunning contemplation of loneliness and the pursuit of an unattainable goal. His characters find themselves psychologically isolated, often while living in an environment full of people. While this is not an uncommon character trait in anime, Makoto Shinkai's creates this mentality in a very realistic way.

karcik karcik says...

The first reason I think you'll like both of these movies is that they come from the same creator (Makoto Shinkai). The other is taht they're both about how childhood love and promises can last and be remembered. So, If you liked one, you'd surely like the other.

fizrox fizrox says...

These two prodcutions are similiar in many ways, starting from graphics, through characters and plot to feelings and very unique atmosphere.

uberrig uberrig says...

If you enjoy excellent attention to detail, down the minutia of shadows casted by even telephone/power lines, a desire to see the same theme (young children and believable love polygons) and superb voicework that MAKES you feel part of the story then these 2 movies are definately for you.

Deathlord9100 Deathlord9100 says...

The storyline is the first thing that stands out in both movies. Each film starts by telling the childhood story of the main characters. In both movies the main characters are boys that find their first love in school. For some reason (spoilers not included :P) the couple is seperated about midway through the movie. The story then jumps ahead aproximately 10 years the story is resolved one way or another. All in all the storyline mechanics are very similar and that is the main reason that I would reccomend Five Centimeters per Second if you have seen The Place Promised In Our Early Days (or vise versa).

Neither of the movies have what you may call a "perfect" ending, but that is just another reason that they are unique. Both Five Centimeters per Second and The Place Promised In Our Early Days were also directed by Makoto Shinkai, and being as most of his movies are similar in several ways, that alone should be enough to squeeze out a reccomendation. The only thing I think I left out was that they share the same themes, romance / drama, but that is almost implied being as you could figure that out on your own by looking at the "Tags" bar.

Overall, both films feature the same themes as well as similar storyline mechanics that ensure you will like one if you liked the other.

Shinka Shinka says...

Shinkai Makoto. Theres not much else that can be said. Masterpieces of undying love and hope.

Even though they are both quite different movies, if you are up for some serious, heartbreaking, painfull, agonizing moment, either of these will overflow your emotions till tears brake your eyes.

Merryberry Merryberry says...

Both Promised place and 5cm explore relationship between people and both do so in an incredible visual manner that is both easy to watch and enjoy. As such if you liked either one, then the other will do well to compliment it with the slow and steady storylines that carry you gently along. Well worth watching just to be incorperated into the floating feeling and the developing relationship.

Oehr Oehr says...

Those two movies feel somewhat alike... Maybe Makoto ran out of ideas? Well, this doesn't change the fact that, if you like romatic movies, those two are a must watch for you!

hyperbole1729 hyperbole1729 says...

Those two Makoto Shinkai movies send the same particular feeling of beauty. The atmosphere, sound effects and dialogues in both give a sense of poetry. If you liked one, watch the other; you will not be deceived.

MDHTR MDHTR says...

Both movies have the same beautiful graphics for the surroundings and character drawing and the same slow rythm of story ongoing. Both movies build a suspence in the viewer for the last part which solves or ends everything. The viewer may wait for how painful the ending can be after the begining and if the characters will meet again to ease their pain?

Omurqi Omurqi says...

While Place Promised puts a bit more focus on plot elements like science, at their core, both movies are about feelings of love and friendship that last over the years and survived seperations. 5 Centimeters has a slightly darker feeling than Place Promised, but if you liked the one, you will definitely enjoy the other.

SilverSwift SilverSwift says...

Whilst both titles are by Makoto, and share a similar high quality of animation and sound, that isn't all there is to them. Both have a relatively similar plot, with a special focus on unattainable romance and/or goals, as well as how characters interact with each other on a closed, personal level. Small casts in both titles help achieve this. Both are tragic at times, and both tug at the heartstrings.

Chances are that you'll like one if you liked the other, even if you're only watching for the animation.

Bessie Bessie says...

Both works are masterpiece and created by Makoto Shinkai. They share the same feelings, the same mood, the same animation and sound.. They're so very similar to each other, that you'd definitely fall in love with another If you watch one.

frozencupcake frozencupcake says...

Both 5 centimeters per second and The Place Promised in Our Early Days were made by Makoto Shinkai. Also, both movies share a very melancholy tone, Not to mention the absolutely flawless and detailed animation that gives Shinkai his well earned reputation as the next Miyazaki.

Galadriel Galadriel says...

both animes are one of a kind, both of them were created by Makoto Shinkai, and both of them are similar in many aspects, both feature the same stunning animation style, the same sound backgrounds, and the same environment leaving you with some bitter melacholic feelings.There is only one obvious difference between this two animes, 5 CM concentrates more on a drama/romance aspect while Kumo no Muko, Yakusoku no Basho in addition has sci-fi as a main aspect.Even so both of them are quite alike, if you like one of this two you will definitely like the other one as well.

awpaperwings awpaperwings says...

Both of these movies are highly recommended. The are both made by the same studio and have mind-blowing animation quality and detail. Both have a similar feel, but 5 cm has a more realistic, universal message and feel in a school-life setting while Place Promised is in a more fantastical setting and centers around a mysterious tower and the conflict between two friends.

kamuitoya kamuitoya says...

both of them have this feeling where trying to reach their dreams, on how they do it and what it feels like at a particular time.

StardustAngel StardustAngel says...

Very similar anime, and both are masterpieces! Amazing animation and sound, and in both anime there is a touching and very emotional story, even though sadness is a common thing. Aside of that, the ideas of the stories are very nice, and the characters as well. In general, if you've watched one of them, you definetely have to watch the other one, but I'd say both are a "must" in everyone's "watched" or "want to watch" list!

Darkpenguin13 Darkpenguin13 says...

The dreamy atmosphere and trials of love have a very similar feel.  The backgrounds and lighting make you feel at ease in either of these movies.

wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

The stories in 5 Centimeters per second and the Place Promised in Our Early Days both convey a sense of melancholy and longing for a childhood romance that never was. The stunning scenes in each further the mood and feelings of the characters trying to deal with the separation from their loved one.

jcemmanuelrasco jcemmanuelrasco says...

What better anime to recommend than another anime which has the same director. Yes its another heart pounding anime Movie made by Makoto Shinkai. These anime he made won awards for the best / awesome story. I tell you Anime which he makes will make you happy and cry.

Thrawn Thrawn says...

So... how do you like your scenery? If you like them to be at least a bit good looking, than look no further. Both 5 Centimeters per Second and The Place Promised in our Early Days are about just that. The sheer beauty put into each scene is jaw-dropping and it has the music to match.

But the beauty isn't only in the visuals and sound, but in the stories as well. Both are about romance and tragic loves, where the lovers become separated due to powers beyond their control.

Proxy11 Proxy11 says...

Both are by the same director and focuses primarily on relationships between characters and how they change. Done in the same art style and similar story telling. I recommend both.

jypsyjulia jypsyjulia says...

5 Centimeters per Second and The Place Promised in Our Early Days both give off a sad, melancholic feel as the movie progresses.  If you liked one of the movies, chances are, you're going to appreciate the artistic quality and plot line of the other.

SadisticTendencies SadisticTendencies says...

Different movies from the same directors tend to have plenty of differences, and a few common denonimators. However, when it comes to Makoto Shinkai it's easy to see the similarities. 5 Centimeters per second is pretty much IDENTICAL to The Place Promised In Our Early Years. The shockingly high production values, the themes of love and friendship, poetic approach and mindblowingly beautiful use of lightning unite the two movies as powerful tales. Not to mention the frequently occuring trains that seem to have caught Makoto's affection. If you like one of these it's almost impossible for you to dislike the other.

rhymewithlime rhymewithlime says...

Although The Place Promised in Our Early Days is not as sad, it does give the same type of melancholy feel. Just check it out.

eaper eaper says...

These series share directors, production value, and tones throughout. If you enjoyed the high production values, great sound tracks, or the melancholic tones in either, you should try the other.

PinkyIvan PinkyIvan says...

Same author, same trains, similar story, similar characters. Well all in they are very similar!

MaraRuizu MaraRuizu says...

Both of these offer touching stories about love and separation and amazing visuals. The two movies have the same melancholic atmoshpere. If you like one you are certain to like the other.

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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v16 v16 says...

Short OVA named Voices of a Distant Star (Hoshi no Koe) is the previous work of Satoshi Kon, in many aspects displaying the same ideas. Here the theme of romantic relationships is shown in not entirely new, but rarely explored focus: when the physical distance between people is increasing, inevitably and infinitely, to the point where the very contact is fading in space and time. The approach of smoothly and slowly building up deep emotions in the viewer, theme of loss, and unusual mix of sorrow and hope is what distances this movie from most, but is common for these two. The story, being shorter and less complex, still builds emotions as deep as The Place Promised in our Early Days. Both the distinctive and creative animation style, fine instrumental music and the impression created by the stories of these movies match very closely. They do not repeat, but complement each other. The Place Promised in our Early Days has higher budget and looks better, is more realistic and more focused on the dramatic part, but both are similarly emotional and immersive, so anyone who enjoyed one of them is sure to like the other.

2nice 2nice says...

I think you would like Hoshi no Koe because it's a similar romantic tragedy, and is just as good as the one in Beyond the Clouds. Also, the animation is flawless and the characters are very well developed in these two anime.

Arcanum Arcanum says...

If you are one of Shinkai Makoto's fans who watched The Place Promised in Our Early Days without first viewing Voices of a Distant Star, then the latter is strongly recommended. While Voices of a Distant Star is clearly a short, and has a much lower budget, the impact of this 22 minute anime is arguably much stronger. Some believe that it is because Shinkai Makoto excels with short stories, and started to drift off topic with feature length. Being able to witness Shinkai Makoto's evolution as an artist from one anime to the next also comes as a distinct bonus.

aboumonkey aboumonkey says...

Did you like the ethereal feel of Place Promised in our Early Days? Did you enjoy the great visuals? Did you like the blend of science fiction with the an ethereal atmosphere? Did you like the sweet romance developed in this movie? Then give Voices of a Distant Star a try since it has many of the above items and is directed by the same guy, Makoto Shinkai, and thus has a similar general feel.

Sheex Sheex says...

Hoshi no Koe is one of Shinkai's earlier works, and definitely has a similar feel with its themes of distance, dreams, and love. While both have overall melancholy atmospheres, Beyond the Clouds has a few more tragic elements and tends to be a bit more solemn overall. Pretty much a guaranteed hit, as it seemed Beyond the Clouds was an expansion of many of Hoshi no Koe's ideas from a brief 30 minute OVA to a full-length film.

vivafruit vivafruit says...

Recommending two anime by the same director feels like cheating, but when it comes to Shinkai Makoto's work, it's almost completely unique from anything being made today. The quiet storytelling style, the poignant mix of school life and science fiction, and the amazing visuals all mark Hoshi no Koe and Beyond the Clouds as something only Shinkai could have done.

Profane Profane says...

Both Place Promised In Our Early Days and Voices of a Distant Star have the wonderful light effects of Makoto Shinkai. Also the theme of these movies is the same. Both of them have a depressing feeling that characterize the whole movie.

styln styln says...

Both Place Promised in Our Early Days and Voices of a Distant Star have the same feel. Both titles deal with a love between two people, but something has divided them from being together. These titles also share similar art styles and tones.

Bdiah Bdiah says...

All of Makoto Shinkai's works (5 Centimeters per Second, Beyond the Clouds, The Promised Place, Voices of a Distant Star, She and Her Cat) present a visually stunning contemplation of loneliness and the pursuit of an unattainable goal. His characters find themselves psychologically isolated, often while living in an environment full of people. While this is not an uncommon character trait in anime, Makoto Shinkai's creates this mentality in a very realistic way.

fizrox fizrox says...

What those two movies share is the supernatural plot in the background, but what exactly is important is the feelings of two people that have to cope with great difficluties.

Merryberry Merryberry says...

Series that explore the process of communication and promises are common, but these two perform the task in unique but similiar ways, resulting in a very different but person experience. As such both Voices and Place Promised provide a good similiar visual style and interest.

Bessie Bessie says...

Both 'Beyond the Clouds' and 'Voices of a Distant Star' are masterpiece and created by Makoto Shinkai. They share the same feelings, the same mood, the same animation and sound.. They're so very similar to each other, that you'd definitely fall in love with another If you watch one.

Galadriel Galadriel says...

both Byousoku 5 Centimeters and Hoshi no Koe are the works of Makoto Shinkai, both of them feature melancholic aspects, a similar animation style and directing, a very touching and sad romance aspect and both feature sci-fi aspects.Both of them are very much alike, so if you like one of them, then for sure you will enjoy the other one as well

RisikaFox RisikaFox says...

Anyone who enjoyed Voices of a Distant Star or The Place Promised in Our Early Days will love the other. Both are quiet, thought-provoking shows that are emotionally moving.

KittyEmperor KittyEmperor says...

If you liked one of these titles then you'll probably the like the other as well.  Both series kind of have a quiet way of telling the story about love and the distance that separates them.  Though Beyond the Clouds has a couple more tragic elements added in both give of the same melancholy atmosphere.  And while Voices of a Distant Star is a bit shorter then Beyond the Clouds it still builds its story just as well as Beyond the Clouds does.

Thrawn Thrawn says...

Not only are they both great to look at but they also have a feeling of isolation and loneliness about them; A tragic beauty, so to speak. But even admist it, there's a ray of hope. A separation on Earth and another that spans light years; both are put into great use and aren't squandered.

jypsyjulia jypsyjulia says...

Both Voices of a Distant Star and The Place Promised in Our Early Days boast similar artistic styles and a plot line that involves outer space.  Both of these movies have a melancholic and nostalgic feel to them that might pull a few tears from the watchers.

snivets snivets says...

Two romantic tragedies that take place in futuristic settings, The Place Promised in Our Early Days and Voices of a Distant Star are very similar in tone, atmosphere, and story. Both are great recs for each other, and for sci-fi fans who like a deeper, more emotional story.

McGreddy McGreddy says...

they're made by the same director, Makoto Shinkai. They both explore themes of long distance relationships and how taxing they can be over time, and they're both (at their cores) about clouds and cherry blossoms.

Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo

Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo

Makoto Konno is a somewhat foolish and tomboyish high school student who spends most of her time hanging out with her two male friends. Things change one day when she suddenly gains the ability to leap through time! At first, she uses her newfound ability to do things such as preventing her sister from stealing her dessert, cheating on a test, and singing Karaoke for 10 hours. However, the small alterations she makes to the timeline turn out to have unforeseen consequences that snowball into dramatic and lethal situations for her and those around her...

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hurin hurin says...

Both Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo and The Place Promised In Our Early Days have a similar feel to them. Both are coming of age stories about people caught up in unusual circumstances.

kawaiipie kawaiipie says...

Both Toki wo and Beyond the Clouds are well-animated and have a good sense of timing. Although, Beyond the Clouds did seem to drag on for quite awhile. The storylines are quite different but they do have a love theme as a focal point. They're worth checking out because of the quality.

fizrox fizrox says...

Apart from supernatural forces, these two movies focus on difficulties that everyone have with understanding and accepting feeling that are inside.

Bessie Bessie says...

Two very melancholic Sci Fi movies, with beautiful landscapes and sound. Romance.. Drama.. What else?..

Darkpenguin13 Darkpenguin13 says...

The dreamy atmosphere and trials of love have a very similar feel.  The backgrounds and lighting make you feel at ease in either of these movies. It really makes you nostalgic.

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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AirCommodore AirCommodore says...

So... slow...

If you're into love-triangle things that move slower than molasses, focus more on characters than events, and don't quite come to a conclusion, you'd be likely to enjoy either Place Promised or Ocean Waves.

Kogoruhn Kogoruhn says...

Both Ocean Waves and The Place promised in our Early Days are SLOW paced but very nice love stories with love triangles. If you liked one or the other make sure to check out the other.

Thrawn Thrawn says...

Straight up, both are slow. While others may run or jog or even walk briskly, these two not only take their time but also stop to smell the roses. But you know, it works. The slow moving stories make them feel more real (Or as real as you can get in The Place Promised in our Early Days) and give them a better sense of romance. The Place Promised in our Early Days is better in just about every aspect than Ocean Waves but don't completely disregard it. If you have an itch that calls for romance or something slow and relaxed, give either one a go.

Wings of Honneamise

Wings of Honneamise

Shiro Lhadatt wanted to fly jets for the Kingdom of Honneamise's Air Force when he was young, but unfortunately he didn't get the grades he needed; instead, he enlisted in the Space Force, a tiny embryonic unit that most people haven't even heard of. Embittered and disillusioned about his lot in life, Shiro takes no interest in his training - that is, until he meets and gets to know a young woman preaching God's word on the city streets. After one inspiring conversation with her, Shiro promptly sees the light; he finds his passion for flight reinvigorated and immediately volunteers to be the pilot for his unit's first space warship! Reaching that new frontier is all well and good but Shiro still faces some major obstacles: even if launching the first space warship becomes reality, not everyone will be happy to see the Space Force succeed. Suddenly, Shiro has to grapple with the complex, far-ranging consequences of his very personal decision.

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tac0 tac0 says...

The Place Promised in Our Early Days and Wings Of Honneamise are set in the distant future and center around a dream of flight. Both male protagonists are fighting against what is expected to achieve what they dream.

wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

The Place Promised in Our Early Days and Wings Of Honneamise are about the promise and wonder of flight.  The protagonists dreams are expressed throughout and their desires surface.