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5 Centimeters Per Second - Download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read online. fiction. Makoto Shinkai's 5 Centimeters Per Second is a manga (comic) and anime ( anima- tion) that takes place in Japan during the s up until The manga . 5 Centimeters per Second book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. A tale of two people, Tono Takaki and Shinohara Akari, wh.
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Please try again later. Take them when they come along. Paperback Verified Purchase. This story's massage was a little hard to decode the first time I read it, but after thinking about it for a long while, I realize how good it is. Yes, it's heartbreaking, and not in the same way many romance Manga are. It leaves one with a deep hollow in their chest, contemplating their own decisons in life. After reading it again, the message is painfully clear: Letting go of love and moving forward is sometimes the hardest thing to do.
I like that the Manga ended differently than the film; the ending to the Manga is much more hopeful, and gives the reader a push toward taking risks and aiming for their own happiness. Certainly a good read. MereChristian Top Contributor: It also surprised me because I did not expect to enjoy it, and indeed devour it, at such a fast pace as I did.
It is a bit melancholy and somber, but ultimately happy. Normally, such things don't appeal to me. I like happier fare, but this was just so well done that I couldn't help but like it. Unfortunately, Akari must eventually move away so her father can assume a new job in a different city.
Devestated, the two young people vow to write to each other and never forget each other. Sadly, as is often the case in life, this isn't to be. They try to keep in touch for a while, but slowly just drift apart from each other. They are both bothered by this, but can't seem to take the initiative to write to each other.
They deeply want to reach out to each other, but can't muster the courage to do so. Or the courage to move on. The story focuses much more on Takaki than Akari. We only see a few snippets of her once they lose touch with each other. They do show us that she is the far stronger of the two. She can move past the hurt and circumstances in a way that he can not. Then again, this is just my interpretation, but both of them seem to react to the situation based upon the cultural expectations of Japanese society.
This story is set several years ago, at a time when cell phones and computers were not nearly as ubiquitous as they are now. The characters can lose track of each other much more easily as they do not have social media to help them keep constantly in touch with each other. It is a time that does have a simplicity that require the extra effort and care to keep in touch.
We have lost that today, perhaps. So why would I read and love such a melancholy graphic novel? Because of the story, the characterization, and the artwork. The art is gorgeous, with each character drawn well.
The story draws you in. Though Takaki and Akari are the main characters, we see them, well, in the case of Takaki, through the eyes of other people. It helps us to capture a sense of the pain and the progress of these two young people when you see their interactions with others.
One reason I did like the end is that it was open for interpretation, but there is a good chance that, in the end, not just Akari, but also Takaki, ended up happy with other people. Whether this is the case with Takaki is up to the reader to decide, I suppose. This is perhaps one of the most beautiful, poignant, and meaningful mangas or stories of any genre I have read in a long time.
Highly Recommended. He kept hurting people because he could not stay true to himself. That is heartbreaking, that he lost himself. However, the real heartbreak is the ending. Because here we see Akari, happy, and she wishes that Takaki found his way We also get to see Takaki moving on from his latest relationship, trying to reclaim himself And that is beautiful, and hurtful. But then, we see [insert name] whose feelings for Takaki still lingers Because we don't know if she will be able to move on We don't know if anyone's able to move on.
I might call him someday, if I feel that I actually cannot move on past this point. But first, I'll give my own life a try, and try to be happy without depending on the past It's Takaki, I swear to you, and that is heartbreaking because I don't know how they react Do they get together? Fuck this. It is heartbreaking and I loved it. I feel like it has a deeper meaning that I understand, in my soul and heart, but I can't put it to words How do I describe this feeling of understanding?
I absolutely recommend you read this book if you want a sweet story. View all 7 comments.
Without ever opening my heart, I've devoured goodwill to fill my loneliness. I've lost everything. I'll try to accept that about myself, so that next time, I'll truly be able to let someone in. And because of their failure to let go, they end up using other people as convenient rebounds? If so, then you won't have a hard time understanding why I gave this manga a low rating.
I actually had Without ever opening my heart, I've devoured goodwill to fill my loneliness. I actually had high expectations for this manga, given how its author was also the one who penned the famous Kimi No Na Wa. I haven't watched the latter movie, but many of my peers have assured me of its beautiful and emotional story.
Unfortunately, I now berate myself for making such an ignorant decision. I had no qualms whatsoever in regards to the artwork.
The drawings were very modern and detailed, making me feel like I was watching an actual anime. I am honestly not good at drawing, so I am quite easy to please in regards to aesthetics. However, what I disliked about this manga was its horrible and boring plot. Nothing much happened aside from Tohno trying to get over Akari, while a third-party girl named Kanae suffered from unrequited love.
Tohno was the primary cause of my frustration because of his pathetic characterization. To simply put it, he was downright whiny and ironically insensitive.
I wouldn't want to be friends with a person like him with such toxic emotions. Surprisingly, even though Akari had significantly less chapters or screen time than Tohno, her characterization was more substantial and fulfilling. Because unlike Tohno, she had much less trouble moving on.
It's no wonder she found peace and contentment early on. I'm not sure if this phenomenon could be interpreted as Feminist, so it's up to you to decide. As I continue to peruse my thoughts, I guess I did enjoy one thing about this manga: Tohno and Akari were really close when they were in middle school, but they eventually grew apart because of geographical separation.
Snail mail was the popular medium of communication during this time, so they promised to send each other letters to somehow mend the distance between them. Despite its cheesy and overrated nature, I liked this aspect of the story because I was able to relate to it.
Well, I am currently living far away from my close friends and even my best friend. After staying here for nine months, I constantly realize how fragile human relationships can be.
Like many other pieces of literature, 5 Centimeters per Second illustrated that relationships need maintenance—a rejuvenating concoction of time and physical presence. Written or virtual communication does help, but I believe that it can never fully help you retain your intimacy with others. To sum up my thoughts and feels, I am sad to say that this manga failed to meet my expectations.
I probably shouldn't have let the hype surrounding Kimi No Na Wa influence me. Still, I acknowledge the beauty of the artwork, as well as its poignant content which made me nostalgic. Only God knows if I would enjoy the other works of Makoto Shinkai. View 2 comments. Edit - Upping the ratings to four stars because so many days and books later, I still catch myself thinking about it at the oddest moments. My greatest quibble was the ending still is but upon serious reflection, I've decided that I wouldn't have it any other way because that's how life is!
Relationships are messy things- they don't always go the way you want them to. You meet people, you grow to love them, you learn a great number of things from each other and there's always a solid chance tha Edit - Upping the ratings to four stars because so many days and books later, I still catch myself thinking about it at the oddest moments. You meet people, you grow to love them, you learn a great number of things from each other and there's always a solid chance that things might not work out at times, circumstances are to be blamed and I'm okay with that, too.
I love how beautifully this truth of life is captured here. Yes, I'm bitter but I'm going to deal with it. The ending was awful seriously, you can't end a story like that, where's your humanness??? Because the whole woe is me act gets really old really fast, dude. And look, I get it, you're a kind person and a decent enough human being, but seriously get your shit together and stop toying with other people's feelings!
Yet, despite the bull-headed asshole of an H, this book deserves each of the three stars or more because the emotions conveyed were so beautiful and unalloyed that I almost cried a few times.
Acting like an A-Grade asshole, not cool dude, not cool. View all 8 comments. Apr 25, Rachelle Ann rated it it was amazing. First I read the novel, then I watched the film and after it, I read the manga.
It made me cry on some of its part but of all the books that made me cry, this one is different. It's not like the other books that will make you cry an ocean. After reading it , the story has left a heavy depressing mark in my heart.
The depressing aftereffect will make you think about life and about the power of time and distance to disconnect people's once strong First I read the novel, then I watched the film and after it, I read the manga.
The depressing aftereffect will make you think about life and about the power of time and distance to disconnect people's once strong bonds. I could entirely relate to his Takaki feelings Somehow, later in life , we will meet a lot of people that will bring you into the different roller coaster of emotions but in the end no matter how many people you meet who made you somewhat happy and gave you much of experience, there's only one person who can fulfill the empty holes of your heart I don't like how their story ended But that's life We have to endure it It goes on..
Feb 24, Jessica-Robyn rated it really liked it Shelves: To see a preview of the art and a trailer for the film this graphic novel adaptation is based on, be sure to check out this review on my blog, Reading Robyn! When you look back at your life what stands out? The story behind 5 Centimeters per Second is one that will seem familiar no matter what your personal experiences are.
At some point we all lose something, we all regret losing something, and we all long for the something we lost. For Tohno Takaki he fell in love at a very young age and lost t To see a preview of the art and a trailer for the film this graphic novel adaptation is based on, be sure to check out this review on my blog, Reading Robyn! For Tohno Takaki he fell in love at a very young age and lost the chance to experience it when the girl of his mutual affections, Shinohara Akari, moves far away.
They fall out of touch, but she's the girl he just can't move on from. There's no closure, no ending, just a long silence of something that never got the chance to be anything. This graphic novel is just two volumes long and is based off of the animated film of the same name. The author Makoto Shinkai also wrote and directed the film, which can only mean good things for the adaptation quality.
I'll be honest, it feels wrong to talk about the graphic novel without at least linking to the movie trailer. The art of the film is so beautiful that I almost feel like on a visual level it could be a better format for the story, but I will have to wait till I see it to make any comparisons. The trailer here is the subtitled version, though there is an English DUB of the movie as well. As the story goes we see the various relationships Tohno falls in and out of.
Growing up isn't easy, love isn't easy, but you've got to make it work somehow right? What I enjoyed about the graphic novel is that we don't just see things from Tohno's perspective.
This is not just his story, it's also Shinohara Akari's story, and Kanae Sumida's story, and a bit of Risa's story too. Normally these women would be considered secondary characters Tohno's narrative, but 5 Centimeters per Second stays true to its realism in making these characters have their own development and their own life story that we get to somewhat engage in.
Despite the overwhelming praise I've seen in people recommending this, I didn't come away from the book liking it as much as I thought I would. The graphic novel has a unique perspective that as a reader you add your own personal meaning to the story being told.
What stands out to me may not stand out to others and vice-versa. You may see this as a depressing story or you may see this as a hopeful story. Either way it's all up to how you interpret the characters and their interactions on a personal level.
The experiences I bring to it is part of the reason of why I just didn't enjoy the first part of the book with the events between Tohno and Shinohara Akari. I just couldn't see a good reason for why these two were so very attached to each other.
As someone who has moved around a lot it was impossible for me to view their separation via distance as something as dramatic as the story needed it to be. Yes, people lose touch, but it's not impossible to stay in contact if you want to as badly as these two did.
That personal experience I was talking about involved me moving 5 hours away from my best friend and we kept in constant contact for four years after after that move.
But not all was lost! I became quickly engaged in the story when the character of Kanae was introduced. I connected with her instantly, which made her the most relatable character in the story to me. Different people will connect with different characters. The great thing about this sort of story is that it isn't required of me to connect with each and every one in order to enjoy the book fully. It's something that you'll want to read more than once just to see what you can devise from its meaning.
Despite any misgivings I had at the start, this graphic novel is something I would definitely recommend to anyone interested in reading it. I'm seriously looking forward to checking out the film just to experience this story again. Nov 20, Ngoc Nguyen rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Mar 25, Seth T. Human interaction, this whole member of society thing, is hard.
There's no rulebook, no trailguide. And everything that attempts to mark out the boundaries and admonish a sort of Best Practice approach to the world of humanity is just some arrogant SOB's shot in the dark based off what worked for her or him.
Nobody really knows. And when you add to that the volatile mix of emotions and hormones, it becomes flatly miraculous that any of us can lay claim to even a modicum of success when it comes Human interaction, this whole member of society thing, is hard. And when you add to that the volatile mix of emotions and hormones, it becomes flatly miraculous that any of us can lay claim to even a modicum of success when it comes to Being Around People.
Which is, of course, funny when one considers just how naturally social we are, as a people. While I personally have at last settled into a comfortable kind of success on the interpersonal front, it took a while.
And in those decades when I was trying to figure it out—trying to make friends and find love—I screwed things up often, badly, and often badly. I hurt people and was hurt by other people. My emotions overcame my reason—which only would have mattered if I knew what I was doing. I am shamed. It felt true and honest. For all its awkwardness, for its sliver of a resolution, for its refusal to offer satisfaction—for all of that, I appreciated Shinkai for telling a story I could believe in.
His film charts a love's gradual evolution into void through three segments. It's good and powerful and most viewers I hear from don't actually like the movie. My wife thought it was a good film that she never really wants to see again. Kind of like me and Grave of the Fireflies. When I saw that Vertical had released an adaptation of the film, I was initially skeptical. Beyond the fact that adaptations from other mediums into comics rarely fair that well, any adaptation of Shinkai's film would have to navigate his reliance upon scene-to-scene and aspect-to-aspect cut.
Part of the power of Shinkai's film comes from its staccato barrage of imagery, something impossible to adequately simulate in comics. And then, lastly, I wasn't sure I was in the mood to watch people engage in romantic suffering.
I really do.