5 Centimeters Per Second Review

titleStory:
Takashi has fallen in love, but life, technology and the changing of the seasons gradually work their way between the young lovers. Told in three “chapters,” this show seeks to visually tell the tale of love, distance and heartache as the cherry blossoms continue to fall five centimeters per second.

Violence:
If you don’t like violence in your anime, this show is perfect for you. Seeing as this is about two young people gradually growing apart and little else, there’s really no violence at all in this show. Those that fear blood may relax.

Language:
Aside from a character or two tripping up and letting out a d-mn or two, there’s not much to put in this section either. The whole pace of the show is so easy going, there aren’t tempers flaring at any point either, meaning the opportunities for foul language are pretty low.

Nudity:
There’s really not much in this show in terms of “inappropriateness.” One girl practices surfing, but her suit is full body so nothing much to note there either.

Theology/mythology:
Again, not much to put here. Any theological impressions are ones the audience comes up with, as nothing is clearly spelled out by the show itself. You are simply shown things as they are and largely left to your own conclusions.

Personal impression:
This show, even over ten years after being produced, is visually gorgeous. We’re talking jaw-dropping at times. And, really, this is why I watched it initially. Yes, I know, that’s a bit shallow, but I’m really not much for sad stories like this.
That said, I ended up really enjoying the story itself in the end. In fact, if I had to describe the story in literary terms, it was similar to a literary fiction short story (aka character-based story). Not much happened, action-wise, but the characters did change over time and grow, though in unexpected directions.
But really, those visuals are the K.O. moves. Even the most ordinary settings are striking, all the more so when those ordinary settings have a small window into a far larger science fiction world, with a train passing by with a rocket on board. Yet never do those small glimpses of sci-fi interfere with the main story. In anything, they enhance it, pressing home all the more the theme of distance drawing individuals apart, yet still allowing them to gaze upon the same stars.
Along with the breathtaking art, the music is slow and sweet, matching the pace of the show and not overpowering the bittersweet moments. If you can stomach the less happy tales now and again, I highly suggest giving this show a go (and, lucky news for dub lovers, both sub and dub are still available for free viewing). Just don’t expect a narrator to hold your hand or for a perfect ending.
As a side note: I labeled this for all ages as there really isn’t anything I found objectionable in it. However, I highly suspect most kids would be bored to tears trying to watch this. As beautiful as it is, it’s a very slow show and not really kid fare.

Personal rating: All ages

Episodes: Movie
Languages: Sub and dub
Official rating: PG
Genre(s): Romance, drama
Company: CoMixWave Films
Legal streaming: Crunchyroll
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