5 Centimeters per Second

Alt title: Byousoku 5 Centimeter

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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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sothis sothis says...

Voices of a Distant Star and 5 CM are two of a kind. Makoto Shinkai created both, and it's incredibly obvious due to the similar heart-wrenching love story, absolutely stunning animation and an overall bittersweet and melancholy feel. You don't walk away happy from either of these, but they are both beautiful gems that should be appreciated.

Aekaede Aekaede says...

Voices of a Distant Star and 5 CM are from the same producers and as such the animation style is similar. The setting may be different but they have a similar genre and emotional appeal. Also there are common themes such as romance which involves a relationship separated by distance and time.

FLAMA FLAMA says...

If you liked 5 CM you'd also like Hoshi no Koe 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.

Himitsu Himitsu says...

5cm/s and Voices of a Distant Star are from the same creator, Makoto Shinkai (who is a genius!). In both works, the animation is wonderfully breathtaking, and the art/tones look outstanding. You get a feeling of warmth, but at the same time, the emotion of "longing" (for someone). Voices of a Distant Star and 5cm/s give the same atmosphere and end in similar ways.

Ran Ran says...

Both 5 CM and Voices of a Distant Star relate the story of a boy and girl who have a deep relationship, and are split up by the choices they make in life (though they try to stay in touch over email). Voices of a Distant Star additionally features cool fights and action, whereas 5 Centimeters a Second is only based on the emotional state of the characters. However, both give a very similar feeling, and it's likely that you'll like the other if you liked one.

Temsik Temsik says...

Both 5 CM and Voices of a Distant Star were made by Shikai Makoto, are bittersweet, and are amazing love stories. Voices of a Distant Star is shorter than 5 CM, but is more intense and is a must-see. In addition, it was entirely created by only a single person - even the voice actors are he and his wife.

Sangokagome Sangokagome says...

Every once in a while, you come across a romance that doesn't have the typical Hollywood ending. Well, that's what I found when I first came across 5 Centimeters Per Second and I found it again with Hoshi no Koe. I was suprised with the way that love was portrayed in both of these series, and by the similarity between the two. Two beautiful stories that completely compliment each other.

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...

Not only they both come from the same creator - Makoto Shinkai - but their storyline is quite similar - in both the main character reminisce about his or her childhood love and how they can't be together now.

Tearlach Tearlach says...

These two anime are very similar, created by the same person and following very similar plots. Both of them love stories, and both of them kinda bittersweet.

Sheex Sheex says...

The last of the three classics that comprise the Shinkai "trilogy," 5 cm per Second once more touches upon Shinkai's philosophical perspective on the tragedies love can bring about. Again, like Beyond the Clouds, it shines a bit than Hoshi no Koe due to its greater span of time, but ultimately the individual structure of each of its three arcs bear a striking resemblance to Hoshi no Koe's single arc. It's quite obvious the two shared a mutual source of inspiration, and the fact that both films flaunt excellent composure proves that Shinkai has not lost his touch throughout the years.

Niw Niw says...

‘5 Centimeters per Second' and ‘Voices of a distant star’ share the same basic elements upon which the stories are built, while changing the superficial settings remarkably, so that the similarities won’t bother the viewer. Another thing in common is the overall mood of melancholy in both of the shows.

Furthermore, being made by the same director is given to lead to same kind of artistic solutions such as gorgeous, almost photorealistic art and moody soundtracks.

Yamori Yamori says...

A boy and girl that go to school together in the future. The girl gets chosen to go on a space mission light years away. It takes years for them to send messages back and forth. Another sweet slice-of-life seperating two young lovers.

fizrox fizrox says...

Two hearts longing for each other, separated by distance - in space and in mind. Breathtaking views, delicate music, melancholy - if this is what moves your heart, then you should take your chance and try this one anime.

ehood ehood says...

Both portray a long distance romance between two childhood friends. They both have the same emotional impact and a will they meet again feel about them. I think that if you loved one you will love the other

aritentd aritentd says...

Main protagonists being separated teach us, that we shouldn't appreciate only things we lack, but those we have all the more. Bittersweet romance told through amazing visuals. If you are in the mood to see the one, don't miss the other.

saiyamar saiyamar says...

Makoto Shinkai created both of these in a very similar style. If you liked one then i can almost gaurantee you'll like the other. Both are love stories with a bittersweet feel to them. The stories both automatically seemed to relate when i watched them so maybe you'll think that too. They are both themed on distance as well as love and how people will wait even if they don't understand why.

MDHTR MDHTR says...

Both movies are about phisical distance between two people destroying their relationship. The boy character is very similar to Voices of a Distant Star's even in checking the cellphone for new messages and feeling the same lonelyness except that in 5 cm per second he can't really go on in his life because of the painful feeling he has. The girl character of Voices of a Distant Star has in the end a similar feeling as the boy is 5 cm per Sec. Also the scenes have in common at least the empty classroom with the main character.

cassiesheepgirl cassiesheepgirl says...

Both of these anime are primarily about the seperation of two people. Though dealt with in different manners, both are very moving and well dealt with in their own way. If you liked the drama side of one then it's worth your while trying the other.

xtruder xtruder says...

Makoto Shinkai's work in both the Movie and the OVA deserves a look for fans of one or the other.

TheOperator TheOperator says...

Both animes are stories of love that simply cannot be because of seperation. In Byousoku 5 Centimeter it is families moving apart, and in Hoshi no Koe it is space itself that hinders them.  In both cases they try to come to grips with the fact that sometimes love is just not enough to keep you together. Also the stunning and similar art styles make both of these titles must sees.  If you like one you should definatly like the other.

Omurqi Omurqi says...

While I felt that Voices of a Distant Star was more one-dimentional then 5 Centimeters per Second (no wonder, we're comparing a 20min movie with a 1h one), they had the same feeling of melancholy to them. Both these Shinkai movies are about feelings, distance, attempts on contact and have stunning visuals. If you liked the one, I think that you would definitely like the other.

yelizaveritas yelizaveritas says...

Both works are masterpiece, 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 If you watch one you'd definitely fall in love with another.

Galadriel Galadriel says...

both animes are the creating of Makoto Shinkai, and are similar in many ways, both feature the same animation and sound style, both animes leave you with melancholic feelings, and also one of the most obvious thing in both of the anime is that you don't end up beeing happy after watchin them.If you enjoyed watching one of this two then for sure you will enjoy watching the other one as well.

gretzky99 gretzky99 says...

Both anime are made by Makoto Shinkai, thus the animation styles are very similar and both represent the feeling of solitude and parting.  

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...

Time and distance; both are factors that can fracture bonds of the heart. Both 5 Centimeters per Second and Voices of a Distant Star have that as a key factor, as distance separates two friends who have grown to care for each other over time. They're tragic and touching and are portrayed beautifully, and I don't just mean the story. Not everything is sunshine and roses and these two films (Short film in Voices of a Distant Star's case) show the darker and sadder side of it all.

jypsyjulia jypsyjulia says...

Both Voices of a Distant Star and 5 Centimeter's per Second deal with love that is lost.  There is a good theme of that kind of lost love,  the "one that got away" and both are very difficult relationships to keep.  They're both tear jerkers and have dramatic endings.  They boast similar artistic styles as well that are easy on the eyes. There is a similar feel that the viewer is left with after the anime is over with as well.

AnimeShima AnimeShima says...

They're easily the best recommendation for each other. Both are great animes with very beautiful sceneries made by the same person. They're sad animes that deals with the lives of lover who are fated to be apart.

Well, if you liked either you should without a doubt watch the other.

eaper eaper says...

Each of these shows start out with a budding relationship then pull the couple very far apart, showing the power and strain distance has on a relationship. Throughout the show, a very sad feeling is portrayed, making each of these series similar.

pallmallandcoke pallmallandcoke says...

both of them have the same theme and the same atmosphere. they both share the same bittersweet love story where time and distances come between two people and eventually separates them.

and well Makoto Shinkai made both of them, so if you liked one of them you'll be liking the other one too.

unitzero unitzero says...

If you watched one of these and you are in the mood for another anime film with excellent animation and extremely boring high school melodrama that takes itself super serious, look now further than right here. In both cases my eighth grade self could have written the scripts for both of these films - so melodramatic and cheesy but hey some people like that kind of thing, I mean the 90's post rock band Nine Inch Nails built their entire career on the back of this kind of teenage angst. In closing, both films feature beautiful high budget art with similar stories about high school love, painted with metaphors having to do with cherry blossoms falling like snow and twinkling stars in the vacuum of space. 

Bronia Bronia says...

They have the same feel, beyond being melancholic romances they are very similar. Both are about a love that is left behind or hopeless due to distance. You see the letters that the lovers write to each other, too, and both give you a sense of how much they miss each other. They are two quite, reflective anime about how love is all a matter of chance and oppurtunity.

HasseRovdjur HasseRovdjur says...

Both titles are pretty melancholy Makoto Shinkai works that focus a lot on love and showing purdy images. The mood is incredibly similar, and so are the visuals. If you watched either work and want more, check the other one out.

panikinga panikinga says...

The story and the general atmosphere of the animes are very simmilar. There is a lot of loneliness and longing for school friends who seem to be something more. 

rakka148 rakka148 says...

It has the same bittersweet tone to it. It has a simlar premise with a SCI-FI twist. It has simlar slow pacing amd really focuses on the emotion of the characters.

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

Besides both being creations of Makoto Shinkai, these anime deal with a similar concept. Two friends try to keep contact as the distance between them grows ever larger. The story is told through their emails/letters to each other. There is a lot of bittersweet love in these anime. 

lindapearl lindapearl says...

Both animes, 5 Centerimeters per Second and Voices of a Distant Star, tells about a sad romance story between two couples who have a distant relationship and how the distant become further and further apart, affecting their relationship. In both animes the couples would try to keep in contact through messages and letters to keep their relationship going. If you enjoy one, you might like the other.

Nicknames Nicknames says...

Both shows are sad love stories in which distance takes an important role. They also have a similar feel since they both were done by the same director. Fans of one will definitely enjoy the other

ChalamiuS ChalamiuS says...

Both of these shows are sad stories about long distance romantic relationships and the emotional toll on these characters as the distance between them grows.

The story and general feeling of both these movies are very similar (probably due to them both being directed by the same person).

nt1994 nt1994 says...

5 Cm/s and Voice of a Distant Star are both Shinkai Makoto's works. They share the same atmostphere, same feelings, same artwork's style. Both stories are really heart-touching, it can makes you lie down and cry. If you really enjoyed one, you should watch the other.

The Place Promised In Our Early Days

The Place Promised In Our Early Days

At the end of World War II, Japan was split and a great tower was erected that reached the skies. For three friends, Hiroki, Takuya, and Sayuri, memories of their summer spent together would stay with them forever. During that precious time, the three promised to one day travel to the tower in the skies on the wings of a white plane -- to finally see its brilliance and the surrounding land of Ezo -- but when Sayuri suddenly disappeared from their lives, the promise that once was made was broken. Though time continues to pass, will the three ever meet again some day?

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FLAMA FLAMA says...

If you liked 5 CM you'd also like Place Promised 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.

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.

Temsik Temsik says...

The spectacular background animations in 5 CM and Beyond the Clouds will leave you speechless. The romance is just as good in both anime, but the ending in Beyond the Clouds is way better and is surprising.

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.

Niw Niw says...

While taking a more unusual approach to the actual story, this another movie from Shinkai Makoto still follows the same guidelines as his other works in most of the major aspects, such as art, music, theme and mood. Moreover, once again, the events revolve around a boy and a girl who are separated due to conditions out of their control, and the yearning to meet each other again.Due to these remarkable similarities it's definite that if you enjoyed '5 Centimeters per Second' you'll be sure to like 'The promised place' as well.

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!

ave ave says...

You'll surely love Beyound The Clouds, if you liked Byousoku 5cm, since both movies are from the same director and both handle a story about the distance of two destined persons. And of course, Beyoud The Clouds is as artistic as Byousoku 5cm.

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.

BluePeppermint BluePeppermint 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.

yelizaveritas yelizaveritas 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.

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.

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.

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.

Zyb Zyb 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.

Gavia Gavia 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.

Thiswillkillyou Thiswillkillyou says...

Both from the same director so it's almost certain you will like just because of the beautiful animation. The place promised has a slight different story because has the war element to it but overall i think if you like 5 Cm as much as i did (really a lot) you will apreciate this one.

Astelia Astelia says...

Similar storyline and animation. But if you like happy endings and adventure plots, I guess, you'd prefer The Place Promised In Our Early Days.

The Garden of Words

The Garden of Words

When Takao decides to skip school one day in favor of sketching in a rainy garden, he has no idea how much his life will change when he encounters Yukino. Older, but perhaps not as much wiser, she seems adrift in the world. Despite the difference in their ages, they strike up an unusual relationship that always occur in the same garden on each rainy day. But the rainy season is coming to a close, and there are so many things still left unsaid and undone between them.

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Karasune Karasune 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. 

Brad Brad 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

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.

atarinoayame atarinoayame 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.

Thiswillkillyou Thiswillkillyou says...

Again same director and same thematic elements overall regarding the story. Animation once again is flawless so is always a good starting point to want to watch this. If you like the previous i am sure you will at least apreciate Shankai's work on this one.

Nayre Nayre says...

Both anime were created by the same author, Makoto Shinkai. Due to this, it gives a similar melodrama tone. Both anime also deals about romantic problems and how they deal with it. They only differ slightly on the problem it self. One deals about a long distance relationship while the other is more on the status quo issue ( teacher-student relationship =/= unusual/taboo)

Abdslam Abdslam says...

Both deal with romance slow paced stories .. stories that take you completely inside them, Also they both share the same Studio .. so basically the same Animation style, which consist on the detailed well made backrounds. 

Shinobae Shinobae says...

Both just stand out with both feels and animation, both have great stories. Would highly reccomend if you like either of the above.

RedisentEvil RedisentEvil says...

Both are sad and will leaving you crying in a ball in a puddle of your own tears and despair.

YariMari YariMari says...

Both are slow paced stories with the same feel to them and stunning visuals. They both center around the dialogue between two people. They're both directed by Makoto Shinkai.

FullmetalDragon FullmetalDragon says...

Both feature similar romances in the span of a movie with gorgeous animation. And I mean gorgeous. Personally I thought both the stories were terrible, but they were similar in their terribleness, so if you liked one the other would probably also suit your tastes. 

hanako37 hanako37 says...

Both animated by makoto shinkai, these two works are masterpeices of animation. Strangely realistic in cases and breathtaking in others, both works have deep story lines that accompany the outstanding animation. The struggles found between two lovers is always different though a struggle all the same. In Byousoku, Takaki and Akari's relationship follows a more ordinary path compared to Takao and Yukari's relationship in Kotonoha, which turns out a twist and has higher tension. 

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

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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mis4tune mis4tune says...

In addition to the ambience, a lot of style is shared between both of the "short" stories of Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo and 5 Centimeters per Second. The real reason for this recommendation is the similar feeling of silence & sadness that only few anime share.

mimiguille mimiguille says...

The plot of Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo and 5 CM are somewhat alike; the main component of each plot is  the concept of time. These two anime will make you reflect on how time is very important.

kawaiipie kawaiipie says...

As far as endings go both of these anime leave you feeling the same way. The imagery of 5cm is superb and the characters of Toki wo Kakeru are really well done. Both of these movies (even though 5cm is in 3 parts) are of a high standard and have a love theme. Toki wo Kakeru is also quite funny so it's worth checking out one if you liked the other.

Iahel Iahel says...

A great love story is what brings Toki wo and 5 cm together. Each involves love between people who are not yet adult but are not children, platonic love, and pure feelings between pure souls. You'll enjoy the romantic atmosphere that permeates through both titles.

quincunx quincunx says...

These productions bring a level of character immersion that I've only seen in a few animated movies. In under two hours they manage grab hold of your senses and really allow you to empathize with the protagonists.

Byousoku 5 Centimeters will give you the more down-to-earth realism of a love found and lost, including the pain that goes with it. Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo, while taking a similar approach, also adds in some time-distorting comedy that'll have you chuckling along the way.

They both do a wonderful job creating a 'personal' watching experience that any fan should look for in a quality animation.

Temsik Temsik says...

Both 5 CM and Toki wo have spectacular background animations, and both talk about first love from a teenager's perspective. You'll get a fuzzy feeling from watching both anime, so be prepared to handle it!

Sangokagome Sangokagome says...

When I first looked at "Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo", I had no idea that it would be so similar to 5CPS in terms of romance. The protagonists want nothing more than for their love to survive the wrath of time, and to be with the one they love, despite their circumstances.

Khaos Khaos says...

Both animes are built up very well in their backgrounds and plots. The young protagonists' emotional lifes develops before our eyes, and in the end they have to accept the fate which parts them from their beloved ones.

Ailly Ailly says...

Both anime have an interesting love story that will melt your heart. Though the style is somewhat different, the backgrounds and characters have the same feel about them. They're realistic and the situations they're in are so recognisable. Who hasn't had the feeling that time was moving forward too quickly? And both have an ending that won't let you untouched. You definitely have to see these two anime!

yelizaveritas yelizaveritas says...

'5 cm per second' and 'Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo' are two absolutely awesome movies. Love is the main theme in both, though they show two different kinds of love. I think, everyone would find something for her-/himself If she/he watch them both.

eaper eaper says...

Each of these movies do a great job developing characters in a short amount of time, deal with many similar themes, and have good artwork and backdrops(although 5 cm/second had slightly better detail) along with a very good soundtrack.

Sammac Sammac says...

Both are very well presented and have a gorgeous look to them. They are also beautiful, feel-good movies however I find 5 CM to be more abstract and Toki is more "entertaining" in a traditonal movie sense. Nevertheless, both sweet films.

JohnWatchAnime JohnWatchAnime says...

Both the girl who leapt througth time and 5 centimeters per second are about romance and the problems/emotions it brings with it. 

Gavia Gavia says...

Both are movies focused on romance, with a lot of melancholy and sadness as the story progresses. Furthermore, both have a theme of time, and the way it can separate people and pull apart relationships (or even worse, in the case of Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo)

Clannad

Clannad

Tomoya Okazaki is a third-year high school student who is generally bored with life and doesn't take his studies, future, or anything else seriously. One day, however, he meets a lonely-looking girl in the school courtyard, Nagisa Furukawa. She explains to him the source of her loneliness: she had missed a lot of the previous school year and thus is repeating her third year; everybody that she knew has already graduated, and she is lonely. Tomoya is rather indifferent at first, but decides that he has nothing better to do and spends increasingly more time helping Nagisa restore the school drama club. As his relationship with Nagisa grows, Tomoya begins to open up to various other people around the school as well...

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RaptorClaw RaptorClaw says...

5 CM and Clannad have a distinct feeling of romance, and take place in high school. They are slow-paced with beautiful scenery and intricate dialogues and monologues that keep the story going without giving too much to the viewer.

awpaperwings awpaperwings says...

5 Centimeters per Second and Clannad are very different animes with very different feels, yet both set out to say something about love and relationships. Some of the similarities are their school-life setting and scenery and a chapter by chapter pacing. Their differences are that in Clannad comedy is a focal point in the show, there are 5 or more well developed characters and a more light-hearted feel. In 5 Centimeters per Second however, there is intentionally little or no character development, creating more universally understandable characters. The mood of 5 Cm is much more melancholy than Clannad, but over all both are highly recommended. If you liked one, I'm sure you will like the other.

eaper eaper says...

Clannad and 5 cm share a strong sense of love, while having a lot of the sorrowful parts of it intact. Also, each of the series are slow paced and, (at least for a lot of 5 cm and all of Clannad) centered in high school. If you like the romance or pace in either of these, you'll likely enjoy the other.

ishmael1991 ishmael1991 says...

There are major differences to the feel, mainly because one is a feauture length movie and the other is a series. However, they share the same good points,as they are both beautifully produced, and emotional. Mainly though, if you like visually beautiful animes, both of these are must sees.

theazariah theazariah says...

I should probably recomment 5 cm per second to Clannad After Story, but regardless it's the same sort of classic longing-love story.

Both stories follow the characters through a long period of time too. There is a lot of focus on the "growing up" process and what it's like to be a young adult in different situations.

5cm ranges from grade school to age ~25 and Clannad with the after story ranges from 15 to ~25.

Both have very different endings I suppose but stylistically they're presented in a similar way.

Also, sakura are pretty prominent in both i guess.

AngelBeatsYui AngelBeatsYui says...

Both 5 Centimeters per Second and Clannad are Slow paced, Romance stories and are both pretty good. The story in both is very detailed and they both are mainly set in a school so there ae quite a few similarities. The main difference is that Clannad involves some comedy so it isn't all serious and 5 Centimeters per Second only really focus' on the romance (keeping it serious). So if you liked one you should like the other.

Soolrak Soolrak says...

Ambos son historias muy conmovedoras, una historia de romance, sólo que con finales diferentes, definitivamente te gustó alguno de los dos y no has visto el otro, tienes que verlo.

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.

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.

selvi selvi says...

hotarubi no mori e and 5 cm per second have this particular genre of romance anime that will make you feel the air in your lungs bring back such nostalgic things on every inhale you make. *sigh

your name.

your name.

Mitsuha and Taki are two total strangers living completely different lives. But when Mitsuha makes a wish to leave her mountain town and for the bustling city of Tokyo, they become connected in a bizarre way. She dreams she is a boy living in Tokyo while Taki dreams he is a girl from a rural town he’s never been to. What does their newfound connection mean? And how will it bring them together?

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kremlin kremlin says...

After watching Kimi no Na wa i found myself recalling similar emotions after watching 5 Centimeters per second (although maybe not as heavy/depressing as 5 cent/sec) and upon closer inspection i found that its the same director and production company so understandable i suppose. Both A grade movies, heavy on emotion, high level animation, sound, story etc.

kanamekakashi kanamekakashi says...

same feeling and drama even though kimi no na wa is better. both original work, same living apart situation, art is also similar

FullmetalDragon FullmetalDragon says...

Two romance anime about people who are separated. They just had a very similar vibe, you know? 

otaku592 otaku592 says...

these both have the same kind of  encounter between both male and female character'sthey hit you with feels harder than you can ever think ofand ofcourse not much of a comedy but they have some beatiful scenes that you would lovethough the script been good but the songs are even relaxing and lovablei reccomend them if you want a romatic story with a bit of a fantasy

snivets snivets says...

These are easy recommendations for each other! Both have a special Shinkai blend of ideas about romance, fate, and trying to hang on to a bond through separations of time/space. Gorgeously animated, both will hit you right in the feels.

animeandwwefanDXXD animeandwwefanDXXD says...

Very similar anime movies of couples seperated by great distances, both great anime movies but very sad as well!!!