Byousoku 5cm: Oukashou

Byousoku 5cm

Oukashou is the first part of Byousoku 5cm and introduces our main characters Takaki and Akari, both of them good friends who have to be separated due to various circumstances and decide to meet each other one year later before Takaki has to move to an even further place. With Oukashou, Makoto Shinkai has clearly outdone himself.

To me, Oukashou is neither good because of the detailed art nor because of the simple yet touching plot, it is good mainly due the talented direction of Makoto Shinkai who manages to effectively communicate his intended theme of separation due to distance through the narration and feelings of Takaki. Throughout the journey Takaki undertakes, Makoto Shinkai has effectively conveyed the feelings of an individual being separated from their important person very well and in a very deeply moving way too. I couldn’t resist shedding a tear at the moment of Takaki’s arrival and realizing that Akari has been waiting for him.

To end, to quote TripleA, I definitely will say that “This is anime.” is a very apt expression to describe the quality of Byousoku 5cm. The next story, Cosmonaut, will be dealing with the theme of “distance of feelings”. おたのしみに.

34 Comments

  1. Kanon_fan_82 Said,

    February 18, 2007 @ 6:58 am

    I’m so confused Kurogane……this anime sounds good but I can’t find it anywhere…….I know u said it was live-streamed…..did it air yesterday or something????

  2. kyseri Said,

    February 18, 2007 @ 1:14 pm

    the 1st episode of the movie is only available to the yahoo premium users to watch online, all 3 episodes together make up the movie

    the actual movie itself comes out in march I think

  3. Kanon_fan_82 Said,

    February 18, 2007 @ 1:16 pm

    @ Kyseri:

    Thanx for the info :)

  4. kyseri Said,

    February 18, 2007 @ 1:21 pm

    no problem =D hahaha I’ve been waiting awhile to see this anime movie

  5. FlameStrike Said,

    February 19, 2007 @ 12:08 pm

    Oh darn I’ll need to wait for subs X.x this looks so good though

  6. JS Said,

    February 19, 2007 @ 1:16 pm

    I’ve just seen it a short while ago, indeed it’s touching. TwT

  7. Syock Said,

    February 21, 2007 @ 1:34 am

    I`ve seen it too, but yet I`m no Yahoo Premium user. How did I pull it out?

    Hint: It kills most of Shinkai`s awesomeness.

  8. EVANGELION Said,

    February 26, 2007 @ 9:14 am

    for download silverado.mindwerks.net
    this is my favorite anime for now

  9. Danny Said,

    February 26, 2007 @ 6:32 pm

    this made my heart stop several times

    i love it x_x

  10. Kanon_fan82 Said,

    March 2, 2007 @ 5:43 am

    An independent fan-sub has been released by two independents! :)

    While some prefer to wait for official fan-sub groups, this is a completely decent work! :)

    Here’s the link:

    http://www.bikasuishin.org/oukashou-subs

  11. Mazza330 Said,

    March 2, 2007 @ 3:28 pm

    I just watched it a few moments ago as well and I cried when Takaki found out Akari was waiting for him as well. I’m gonna show this to all my non-anime watching friends because they think anime can be represented through pokemon but THIS is anime.

  12. Rob Said,

    March 10, 2007 @ 7:12 am

    This anime is beautiful.

  13. Jon Said,

    March 10, 2007 @ 10:31 am

    omg, i watched it and omg it’s sooo sad
    yet entertaining and the artwork is one of the best i’ve ever seen in an anime
    i personaly love this, and i really wanna see the next one ^^
    well, if you want to download it, YHBT uploaded a torrent for it which is disguised as Naruto Shippuuden episode 5

  14. Repo Said,

    March 10, 2007 @ 11:27 am

    Man, this is cripping sad!!, I almost didnt watched it because it is so sad, still entertaining, but, I needed an hour to watch it completely!

    Is almost unwatchable by the sadness…

  15. austin Said,

    March 10, 2007 @ 3:22 pm

    where is the rest of the movie?? can u download the rest of it? or did it not come out yet, someone please tell me i wanna see the rest of it

  16. zimzorga Said,

    March 10, 2007 @ 3:56 pm

    any more coming out? very nicely done

  17. Jiyuu Said,

    March 10, 2007 @ 7:39 pm

    One of the best movies i’ve ever seen. In the later part of my life there’s about two or three movies that’s been able to make me cry among those oukashou took it’s place yesterday. Such a beatiful well-told story in such a short time, lovely.
    If, i had been Takaki in the end when he’s leaving i would have jumped out of that train immediately and refuse to ever touch a vechile again as long as akari wasn’t with me. Just sitting here kicking myself in excitement waiting for the other parts.

  18. ... Said,

    March 11, 2007 @ 8:32 am

    the 1st anime can be downloaded from torrentspy and will be under the name of naruto for some strange reason….

  19. Dragonbreath Said,

    March 12, 2007 @ 7:53 am

    it was the 1st time i see an anime can be so sad and amazing story between them. i loved the artwork, its really tough to make this. i just download it from YHBT of naruto shippuuden and i wanna see the next ep. cant wait :D

  20. amanyeah Said,

    March 12, 2007 @ 4:37 pm

    i loved it too.. feel you Mazza… that shit was a tearjerker… i promised myself… i wouldn’t… cry…. waaaaaaaaaaahhhh…

  21. YnYGrey Said,

    March 18, 2007 @ 2:13 am

    First, i download at DB, thinking it was Naruto, my my, what can i say… this anime really touched me, damn good!!! thats sentenced crossed my mind… simple story line, nice flash back, YOU SHOULD WATCH.

  22. Rayaj Said,

    March 18, 2007 @ 11:07 am

    this anime really rockss, from animation to plot one of the best… pls inform us when will the next part be available and where can it be downloaded… Simple yet Brilliant!!

  23. Syaoran Li Said,

    March 29, 2007 @ 1:24 pm

    Yeah, this is anime folks….
    ^_^ I think I felt in love again…

  24. San Said,

    March 30, 2007 @ 5:05 am

    dang this anime looks so good. Even though i am a guy, this anime is pimpin^

  25. Fluffy Said,

    April 1, 2007 @ 3:06 pm

    Oh looks good, i haven’t watched yet. but one of my friend told me that second part is in the Nipponsei IRC channel. Me not sure if its true or not. : ) right now i am lookin in it.

  26. Bricology Said,

    April 7, 2007 @ 3:36 pm

    This is about as good as anime gets. No mecha, no princesses with magical amulets, no violence — just an utterly compelling little story that everyone can relate to. Best backgrounds / “sets” I’ve ever seen in anime. I wish that the characters could’ve been rendered as realistically, but they were acceptably illustrated. The music was a little maudlin at times, but the story was emotionally flawless, making even this big guy a little sniffly at times. If you’ve seen any of Makoto Shinkai’s other works (“Voices of a Distant Star”, “The Place Promised in our Early Days”, “She and Her Cat”), you know to expect quality. Well, this is as good as anything he’s ever done, which means that it’s better than 99% of everything else out there.

  27. silva Said,

    April 10, 2007 @ 4:56 am

    Dattebayo aired the first episode as a Troll / Fake sub. Check out the web site for the first episode. Also the people subbing it in english are from the website Bikasuishin – check it there. Well I really am dying to see the last part!

  28. Kyle Said,

    April 28, 2007 @ 3:48 am

    I found 2 places where you can 1 watch the first part the other to download it (both with good english subs). If you want to know ither plz email me at wilsonKyle41187@yahoo.com

    PS. plz make the email subject Byousoku 5cm or something of that sort so i don’t think its spam.

  29. as sleep Said,

    May 2, 2007 @ 3:17 am

    i found it really boring, the whole time i was thinking “where is this going”, expecting the girl to be dead at the station or hoping something interesting will happen.

    but, nothing happened, they cuddled, awwww, and the next day he went back home. I think 30 second adverts have more storyline.

    Animation was great, but this really was like watching a good painting dry…

    its crap

  30. astrobunny Said,

    May 8, 2007 @ 9:27 pm

    I beg to differ. This one makes all the other anime shy away in embarrassment. As expected of Makoto, he can make the story seem so real, you’ll feel like you were there. I haven’t watched anime with stories of this quality in a long long time. I really look forward to the DVD’s release. And, I wonder if the petals really fall at 5cm/s

  31. onepiec3 Said,

    May 17, 2007 @ 1:14 pm

    I agree with astrobunny, this is one anime that made me the same way that i felt when watching hayao miyazaki’s films and it’s a damn good feeling at that. After watching other more common anime for a while, when i watch these kind of films i can’t believe my eyes. Oukashou is amazing because of the simple storyline that was made into a heartwarming(and heartbreaking) story of young love. Makoto Shinkai is just awesome.

  32. gaelle Said,

    May 30, 2007 @ 12:04 am

    I’d also like to agree with astrobunny, but in addition, after “shying away in embarrassment” the other anime films should crawl back and worship at the feet of this movie. Hee. Oukashou is one of the most beautiful animations I’ve seen, artwork and story. This is art. I think I can see why his name is being linked a lot to Hayao Miyazaki’s (the animation god before whom I bow down and worship), but I also feel that Makoto’s work is very different in a very good kind of way. By the way, does anyone know if there are subs out for the next two episodes and where they may be found? ^^

  33. Manaka Said,

    January 7, 2008 @ 5:27 pm

    Makoto Shinkai is the most genius director and creator of such emotional and amazing works. Byousoku 5cm is my absolutely favorite movie ALL TIME.
    I can not still keep thinking about the sad story even up to now. (Look at the date :P)
    Anyway, this is something that I will never forget in my entire life. I’ve also learnt more about love, distance, time and memories in a painful way you cannot bear it.
    Arigatou Shinkai-san!

  34. Gman Said,

    February 23, 2008 @ 12:24 pm

    Wonderful.

    I’m married with two kids, been watching anime for several years, and nothing I have ever seen ever lasted this long in my mind.

    There is nothing like first love. Nothing.

    It’s so sad that we grow up and lose the wonderment of this feeling. We still love, but never with the same intensity and desperation. This movie captured that.

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