5 Centimeters Per Second by Makoto Shinkai5 Centimeters Per Second by Makoto Shinkai

5 Centimeters Per Second

Created byMakoto ShinkaiIllustratorYukiko Seike

Paperback | June 26, 2012

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Love can move at the speed of terminal velocity, but as award-winning director Makoto Shinkai reveals in his latest comic, it can only be shared and embraced by those who refuse to see it stop.

Takaki Tohno quickly befriends Akari Shinohara when she transfers to his school. They grow closer to each other due to similar interests and attitudes; for instance, they both prefer to stay inside during recess due to their constitutions. As a result, they form a strong bond.

Upon ending their school year, Akari moves to Tochigi, due to her parents' jobs. The two keep in contact by writing letters, but eventually begin to drift apart.
Makoto Shinkai is a Japanese film director, animator, and writer. A native of the Nagano prefecture in Japan, he studied Japanese literature at Chuo University. He traces his passion for creation to the manga, anime, and novels he was exposed to while in middle school. Considered one of the best animators in the world today, he is ofte...
Title:5 Centimeters Per SecondFormat:PaperbackDimensions:566 pages, 7.48 × 5.52 × 1.32 inPublished:June 26, 2012Publisher:Kodansha USALanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1932234969

ISBN - 13:9781932234961

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my All-time Faves I watched the film and liked it, but when I read this manga version of it, it made so much more sense and I really had a better understanding and love for the characters and the storyline. I feel like Shinkai really got the sadness and longing of a loss of love over time.
Date published: 2018-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It'll Make You Feel Things Even if you don't like romance, this manga is an emotional ride. I watched the movie first and can say with 100% certainty the manga adaptation is better. The art is beautiful, the story is amazing although I did feel unsatisfied at the end but I am used to a certain romance trope that just didn't happen in this story but that is okay. Overall would highly recommend if you like to feel.
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My First Manga The storyline is made so well that it never becomes boring even for a second. Beautiful artwork through every page. I didn't want it to end.
Date published: 2018-01-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful and Bittersweet Manga I had watched the anime a few years ago and had a chance to revisit the story through the manga. It's very different from a lot of stories in that it's a slice of life - the joy, the sorrow, the moving on - and it's beautifully portrayed and told through the multiple characters of this manga.
Date published: 2017-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An eternal masterpiece that moved me beyond what I thought words and imagines could The title "5 Centimeters Per Second" signifies the speed at which cherry blossoms fall. It also is a metaphor for how our lives and our relationships slowly evolve over time. This is fitting because 5 Centimeters Per Second is one of the most real and emotionally moving manga (and also movie) I have ever come across, and a 5 star rating isn't enough to do it justice it should probably be a 10 stars out of 5. YES!!! That good people!!!! Beautiful!!!! I could stop there but I can’t! Absolutely an instant masterpiece by Makoto Shinkai. I don't think there is anything more beautiful in the world as pure and innocent as young love. Everyone who was in love as a child can emphasize with that. No hesitation, no questions, just two souls melting in harmony. I fear as we grow older, most of us loose their capability of feeling that way, there is just to much stress and influence on us, what a pity. So... to the point; never has a manga projected this feeling of a young soul desperately in love more precise and moving than this one. The storyline isn't too complex and very realistic. That exactly is what makes it so easy to feel connected to the characters. Many novel and movies have those 'lucky circumstances', those unbelievably strange situations that are always nice to watch, because they are usually our fantasy-moments. However, deep inside we all know that those situations could never occur in real life, that in reality everything would have been so much more simple and probably sad. Sometimes we even find ourselves wanting to see the 'real-life versions' of the plots. Well, in this story has are no 'lucky circumstances', no happy-strange moments. This story is all about real life. Yes, it may be sad. Yes, there might be no happy ending. But there will be something much better - a real life love story that will blow you away. Each section of this book portrays a pair of people and their relationship during childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. The story that it has is very simple and could be summarized in a few sentences but that is not the point of this series. The real point is the volumes of material that could be written about the emotion, feeling, and beauty that can found in this masterpiece. As you read this, you will be able to distinctly feel for these characters and you will be able to connect with them as if you actually knew them because of how human and relatable they feel. You will be able to feel exactly the same as they do because in your childhood you will have felt precisely the same at some point and this connection comes through wonderfully. Only adding to this sense of wonder is what might by some of the better pacing in a series to date. Simply the way the characters progress and the way that it seemingly ends as soon as it starts will haunt you for hours or days afterwards. In short, do yourself a favor, take few hour out of your day to read this beautiful work of art. Maybe it was just me but I read this in my early 20’s and this book actually changed me as a person and how I view the world. Unlike the saying that "beauty is only skin deep" this manga has a soul that is more beautiful than anything I have red in my life. Ps, does it show this is my favorite manga ever #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-09

Editorial Reviews

Praise for the animated film by Makoto Shinkai: [Makoto] Shinkai has been hailed as the next Hayao Miyazaki, and his dreamy mindscapes often equal or surpass the anime maestro in breadth of detail and depth of emotion." - Ronnie Scheib, Variety"In 5 Centimeters [Shinkai's] imagination may not leap to Hayao Miyazaki's strange and wonderful heights, but he is better (blasphemy!) at piercing the veil of the everyday to reveal a poignant, evanescent beauty most of us notice only in rare moments...Is he really the "new Miyazaki?" He won't become one by imitating the master, but at 34 he is the anime world's bright new hope. That and a brilliant minor gem like "5 Centimeters per Second" are enough, for now." - Japan Times