5 Centimeters per Second
Books | Comics & Graphic Novels / Manga / Fantasy
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.SEE LESS
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"<br/>I’m not sure where the story was going. It wasn’t clear. It might be about people just living on and being able to move on with their life. <br/><br/>At first I thought it would be a silent manga (I’ve read a few of those), but it turns out that it does have speech. <br/><br/>The characters were sweet. I didn’t feel much connections with them though most likely because of how the story was told. I did like one character, so that’s why I finished it. But the rest was really.... meh."
"It was pretty good. I teared up a lil during the train ride with Risa because I could relate to what Takani was saying. I felt so sad the whole time because it seemed like after he and Akari lost touch he seemed so hollow and barely there (like Kanae was saying). Sadness was good tho lol. The ending was good just not for me, It kinda lost me when Kanaes chapter started because I just got attached to Akari and Tohno so it was disappointing and I was a little annoyed with K cuz I kept thinking “back off he’s gonna see Akari again 😭😭😭” but I liked what she said in her end chapter, and I think it’s not a bad thing that Akari and Tohno never met and I liked the scene where they passed each other. Im gonna watch the movie soon and I’ll probably like it better "
"I think I cried even more reading the manga than watching the movie. This story does such an amazing job of showing both the intensity of deep feelings and inescapable cage of depressive emptiness. The painful longings of youth and the jaded, hollow feelings that can come with adulthood. Especially when it seems like you're the only one in the world around you not truly living.<br/><br/>Part of me hates this story. The part that is so angry about it breaking my heart. Yet I can't help but love it, too. It's so relatable. So real. Too real. I like sad stories, but I'm weird. I want either the ultimate heartbreak of death (and the love that lives beyond it) or I want a happy ending after a lot of pain. Moving on is beyond me.<br/><br/>I do continue to find it interesting how the ending of 5 Centimeters compares with the ending of Your Name. They are parallel, yet opposite. I wonder about the significance of that. I'm not entirely sure what to think of this new epilogue, either. It feels less like additional closure and more like a teaser for more story that isn't going to come.<br/><br/>But I can't really fault a story that makes me feel this level of emotion. That's what I ask from any story. One actual flaw I will bring up about this manga is that it can be confusing reading the speech bubbles. I was usually able to figure it out, but that was one drawback to engaging with the story in this form."