Prooof's Five Centimeters Per Second Tv Review

Five Centimeters Per Second

Five Centimeters Per Second tv Review

Story & Characters

This movie is very sad. It can almost be considered a romance tragedy. The plot really hit me about how true to life it is; real life is often not the fairy tail it is protrayed in stories. I almost came to tears during and after the movie, and not much can make me do that. The story is well written, realistic, and deep.
In one word: heartbreaking.

5 Centimeters per Second explores many themes, time, distance, and love. It makes you think about... life (for lack of better words). The characters are very normal, making them easy to relate to. This by no means implies that they are shallow though, the film shows their personalities, and has plenty of character development.

The film is divided into three chapters, in chronological order. It covers the story of the characters in middle school, high school, and post-college. They are almost three separate stories, but everything ties together.

Cherry Blossom: introduces the main character, and his love interest
Cosmonaut: continues to follow the main character, and another girl interested in him.
5 Centimers Per Second: the "after story", featuring the characters adult lives.


?? ?? T?no Takaki- The central protaganist of the movie. He has seasonal allergies, practices kyudo (a form of archery). He has a moped he drives to school. As I mentioned above, he doesn't really stand out as a character, and seems like a ordinary person in the world.

?? ?? Shinohara Akari- Takaki's best friend, and girlfriend (?) later on. Like Takaki, she has allergies, which is one of the reasons they got close. She moves away later on but they exchanged letters often.

?? ?? Sumida Kanae- A classmate of Takaki during junior and senior high. She loves Takaki, though he isn't aware of her feelings. She likes the surf with her sister, and like Takaki, also has a moped. I do wish they developed more of her story, but unfortunately the movie is too short for much detail.

Rating: 9


The art here is amazing. It is the norm that movies tend to be better in production quality than TV series, and this film certainly does not disappoint. The art is detailed, and backgrounds are beautiful. It is on the realistic side (as opposed to more stylistic manga). I could keep going on praising the art, but I'll let these screenshots speak for themselves:

This is as good as hand drawn animation (non-CG) gets. Getting the Blu-ray version of this would be a worthwhile purchase. The animation is flawless, and the art fits perfectly with the realistic setting and plot.

Rating: 10


The music throughout the film is soothing. Everything fits the mood perfectly. The ending theme, "One more time, one more chance" is a aesthetically pleasing piece too.
The voice acting is great. It actually lacks the "anime seiyuu" feeling, and I wonder if they used regular movie actors instead of professional seiyuu's. Again this adds to the realistic theme and fits well.

Rating: 8


5 Centimeters Per Second, the speed at which cherry blossoms fall, and relationships drift apart

This movie is a must watch. Makoto Shikai's masterpeice is on par with the caliber of Hayao Miyazaki's films. It leads us on an emotional ride, heart-warming, heart-breaking, and thought-provoking.

Quote by Ronnie Scheib
Shinkai extends the innate possibilities of the anime dynamic, reapplying its principles of lush effects, inflated background detail and sometimes undernourished character animation to mirror the interiority of the characters in every nuance of their surroundings.


Though the film starts out a little slow, with mostly reading of letters, we quickly get into the story, and can easily feel the emotions of the characters. I recommend this even to non-anime fans. 5 Centimeters per Second belongs on the same shelf as the other anime film classics such as Spirited Away and Laputa: Castle in the Sky.

Rating: 10

Final Verdict

9.3333 (very good)

Reviewed by Prooof, Feb 01, 2010


  1. rukasu04 Mute Member Feb 06, 2010

    Nice review

  2. emina07 Mute Member Feb 07, 2010


  3. angelbell00 Restricted Member Feb 23, 2010

    I have always wanted to see this!

    Thank you for the review

  4. cassia Feb 23, 2010

    it seems sad enough to make me cry

  5. Warpten29 Feb 23, 2010


  6. mbeckley Mar 07, 2010

    Wonderful review. This movie is touching and beautiful. I like it. :)

  7. Sherillas Apr 04, 2010

    I've seen this movie and thought that the storyline was very realistic. When you're young and in love, nothing else matters but with age comes maturity and reality I guess. I went through something similar to these main characters so I could totally relate to the anime. Quite emotional and heart breaking. Your review was lovely to read, and your rating is perfect.

  8. SchRita May 01, 2010

    Thanks for the review!

  9. rukasu04 Mute Member May 15, 2010

    Nice review :D

  10. SchRita Aug 27, 2010

    People should watch this movie for 2 times: first for the story and second for the beautiful graphics.

  11. Warpten29 Feb 07, 2011

    Great review. But if it was me who made this, it will take a week for me to finish it. Why cuz im lazy. And beside if i can explain it in one word why explain it in a review. This anime is the best thats it. One word the "BEST". Anyway good review for detailing the ingredients for making the best movie.

  12. angelxxuan Banned Member May 23, 2012

    excellent review ! and I cannot argue any at all. this anime is so tragic, and when an anime causes me to break down in tears long before it's over, chances are it's either I'm going to buy it to show my love to how tragic the world really is, or I'm going to never watch it again. this is one of those animes which you realize why you started watching anime to begin with. the reality of it all.

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