5 Centimeters per Second

Alt title: Byousoku 5 Centimeter

Vol: 2; Ch: 11
2010 - 2011
3.932 out of 5 from 814 votes
Rank #6,101
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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𝐑𝐄𝐕𝐈𝐄𝐖  >>>   It all started when I was discussing the Movie with my Discord friend's. It turned into a sort of debate on whether the ending to the anime was depressing or happy. Did he move on or not. Did Takaki get the short of the stick or was it really a good thing that it turned out the way it did. It kept going on or a while, in the end, we just agreed to disagree, but my curiosity was already stirred. So, I did the one thing I do about everything, I read. Knowing that the manga went beyond that of the anime, even if it’s only a short time after, I decided to try give it a try. Knowing that any small amount of closure would have been better than none at all. Ready, if for anything else, to at least be swept by the waves of emotions that is, "5 Centimeters Per Second'' once again. I was right, but in a whole other way I didn’t even consider. The side characters, more specifically Kanae. While the anime is focused only on Akari and Takaki most of the time. The manga gives us even more of them and a little extra. We get to know and care for Kanae. Who’s role is a combined ten minutes if anything in the movie. I think what really made me love this manga was The art, it's beautiful even, The sadness on their expressions is in perfect harmony with the story and dialogue and the realism of what happens to relationships even if you don't want it to. It was just how it unfolded. It isn't just about their relationship, in "5 Centimeters Per Second" we get to experience other characters even if for a short while.

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