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5 Centimeters Per Second Blu-ray Review

“5 Centimeters Per Second” is a classic anime film.

“5 Centimeters Per Second” is an anime film told in 3 episodes. The first episode takes place over a few years span and revolves around the dynamic between young friends Takaki and Akari whose families eventually move away from one another. Despite being separated by distance, they keep in contact and eventually meet up at a train station. Episode 2 jumps ahead in time to Takaki being in high school. A classmate (Kanae) has a crush on Takaki, but realizes he doesn’t see her in the same light. Episode 3 further jumps ahead in time to Takaki and Akari in adulthood where they are on different paths now despite having feelings about one another.

Written, directed and produced by Makoto Shinkai (the director behind “Your Name”), “5 Centimeters Per Second” is easily one of Shinkai’s finest films. It’s a mature story about friendship, love, longing, regret, nostalgia, seasons, nature (with a particular emphasis on cherry blossoms), youth, the mysteries of life and passage of time. The runtime is only 63 minutes, but Shinaki manages to pack in a lot of themes and characterization that truly make this an emotional story that explores human connections and young love. You really get a feel for who these characters are as they grow and grapple with their emotions and feelings over a period of time. More than that though, the movie’s depiction of time and distance really feels down-to-earth and relatable. We’ve all experienced something along the lines of distances really putting a barrier between people and how a passage of time causes us to move on from things whether we like it or not.

As per usual, the animation work by Makoto Shinkai and CoMix Wave, Inc. is nothing short of breathtaking. Shinkai has such a keen eye for lighting, weather, and little details that only add to the worlds he creates.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? The gorgeous animation shines in hi-def.

Audio Track: English 2.0 DTS-HD MA and Japanese 5.0 DTS-HD MA. How do they sound? Both tracks are on point although the voice acting in the English dub is a little suspect in parts.

Extras:
* The big extra here is Makoto Shinkai’s acclaimed short film “Voices Of A Distant Star” (English and Japanese tracks available). Shinkai made this short himself and you can definitely see trademarks of his filmography all over this short about 2 friends (Nagamine and Noboru) who struggle to stay in communication due to their distance when Nagamine is recruited by the space army to fight against aliens known as the Tarsians. A very moving and creative sci-fi anime tale.
* Feature length storyboard and 3 trailers for “Voices Of A Distant Star.”
* Feature length storyboard, music video, 2 trailers, and Japanese voice cast interviews for “5 Centimeters Per Second.”
* 2 interviews with Makoto Shinkai. One about “Voices Of A Distant Star” and one lengthy interview about “5 Centimeters Per Second.”
* “She And Her Cat” animated short.

June 11, 2022 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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