5 Centimeters Per Second

14 November, 2010 § 2 Comments

Not much to say about this one. Here are some gorgeous images from a pretty incredible anime-ted film, “5 Centimeters Per Second.” I highly recommend it – it’s a coming of age romance of rare, unforced emotional depth, and it sports a killer piano-based soundtrack to boot.

"5 Centimeters" has been christened "cloud porn." Believe it. (Enjoy this free wallpaper/ PRODUCTION STILL.)

There’s a case to be made for the realism of the visuals here. The film’s style is so realistic it actually loops itself to become fantastical, simply because real life can’t be this gorgeous. There is a beyond-obsessive attention to detail in every scene, from the creased notes the characters scribble to each other to individual cell phone crystals being animated for a closeup that lasts maybe three seconds. If it exists, it’s animated.

I assume this would be "convenience store porn" then?

If only the last five minutes didn’t have that terribly out of place J-pop song playing over them… I guess this film had to have a flaw somewhere, besides its brief runtime (it barely crosses the hour mark). But still. If you’re in the mood for an emotionally involving animated film, look no further. It doesn’t get much prettier than this.

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§ 2 Responses to 5 Centimeters Per Second

  • CasAlexandra says:

    I’ve really been into the animation lately… Persepolis, Princess Mononoke, The Triples of Belleville. Yep. I guess I’m headed for this one next. How would you rank it among the other animated classics out there?

  • Patrick says:

    It’s not the best film of all time, and I can’t compare it to any of those films because I haven’t seen them (though they’re on my list!). But there’s a bit of Miyazaki magic in its depictions of the natural world.

    I’d say it’s one of those films that, independent of any emotional investment, is a very good film. But depending on your mindset when you see it, it can be one of your favorites ever (as my roommate said after seeing it) or a melodramatic teen romance.

    But when it comes to prettiness, 10/10 Best Animated Film of All Time. It took me an extra ~10 minutes to watch because I paused it so much just to take in all the details.

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