People may remember that a few months ago, a trailer for the film, Byōsoku 5 Centimetre (秒速5センチメートル) came out and people went nucking futs over it. Fast forward to a few days ago. People began to distribute the first part (made free over Yahoo! Japan), Ōkashō (桜花抄).
Ōkashō is a story of how two childhood friends meet for one final time before moving away from each other. Set in the 1990’s, the three part film, with the other two parts entitled Cosmonaut (コスモナウト) and Byōsoku 5 Centimeter (秒速5センチメートル), centers on a boy named Takaki Tōno and three different stories closely related to each other. The film is directed by Makoto Shinkai and unlike his previous works, Voices of a Distant Star (ほしのこえ) and The Place Promised in Our Early Days (雲のむこう、約束の場所), this movie does not have elements of sci-fi or fantasy, but will present the real world in the different perspectives.
When I first viewed the raws, I was completely blown away at the quality of the movie. Framerates were smooth; the sun glistened in the summer sky; snow drifted gently onto the ground. The details were so evidently present that I could not stop myself from watching it until I got around halfway through it (because I couldn’t understand anything, ahaha).
Today, I at least have a better understanding of what it was about from a fansub (and there better not be another Doremi-incident again) and I must say that Makoto Shinkai was really able to capture so many emotions. The anger and the frustration Takaki felt as the train rides dragged on and on, the sadness he and Akari felt as they talked over the phone, and the utter joy they felt as they saw each other for the last time in the station.
I definitely recommend that everyone watches this. Even better if you buy the entire film (coming out March 3), because I can’t.
Okay, I talk too much.
edit\\: Added screenshots.