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.
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.
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.