Byousoku 5cm

Byousoku 5cm

I just finished it. While the ending was out of my expectations, Makoto Shinkai has truly embodied his theme of “distance” extremely effective. Extremely. Yes, he definitely is an awesome storyteller. When the movie finished, I was truly left speechless with the ending… the movie… the whole works, practically.

As I expected, Oukashou dealt with the “physical distance”, Cosmonaut dealt with the “distance of feelings” and eponymous Byousoku 5cm dealt with the “distance of time”. I especially liked Byousoku’s 5cm, which ended the movie in a truly unexpected way, but brought to life the theme it embodied effectively.

In other words, another masterpiece by Makoto Shinkai, and his best work, to date, for me. I shall await impatiently for his future projects.

P.S. Takaaki uses a Logitech MX Revolution!!! God, I have desired for that mouse for a freaking long time. Also, he’s using a 30in Apple Cinema Display. And that’s your random geek trivia of the day.

P.S.2: I ordered the limited edition DVD of Byousoku 5cm, marking my first ever purchase of an original DVD. My dad is so going to kill me when he sees the bill come next month…. or when the DVD arrives by next week :D~~.

Byousoku 5cm

The MX Revolution


  1. Totali Said,

    July 19, 2007 @ 9:16 am

    It’s not just the monitor, Takaki also has the power mac to go with it. I don’t even know what he does exactly. ;P

    This movie was too epic for words. I’ve still got “One more time, One more chance” stuck in my head.

  2. Haika Said,

    July 19, 2007 @ 9:41 am

    I’m reminded of the saying that goes “Women want their men to change, but they never do. Men want their women never to change, but they do.”

    Terrific series, I really liked how the ending music video filled in all the blanks.

  3. Ravage Said,

    July 19, 2007 @ 10:01 am

    The 2nd and 3rd chapters aren’t subbed yet, I suppose?
    The 1st chapter was great and very emotional.
    I couldn’t fight my tears back all the way through. :'(

    And duh, ofcourse he uses an MX Revolution, those things are superior stuff, I own one myself. ;)

  4. Kanon_fan82 Said,

    July 19, 2007 @ 11:07 am

    Damn Kurogane….I’m officially jealous of your ability to watch raw anime……..the DVDs for 5cm/s aren’t slated in Japan until Christmas :(…. I will have to wait till then to get the subs……

    It’s criminal to have to wait for so long I tell you, criminal!!!!!! lol :P

  5. Faust721 Said,

    July 19, 2007 @ 11:53 am

    great movie indeed. i was left speechless with the ending as well, while it was indeed beautiful, it was not the one i was hoping for.

  6. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    July 19, 2007 @ 12:37 pm

    @Totali: He’s doing work as a programmer. Not exactly sure on what type of programming though.

    @Ravage: Soon… soon I will own one of those babies myself.

    @kanon_fan82: The DVD was released in Japan today… which explains why the rip is out. I’ve already ordered the limited edition of it, waiting for it to ship now…. XD.

    @Faust: I know exactly what you mean. Then I realized the whole reason for it and I went speechless at Makoto’s talent.

  7. hashihime Said,

    July 19, 2007 @ 3:28 pm

    I’ve just seen it, and for me there’s no question it’s Shinkai’s best. The question is whether or not it is the best animated film of all time. For me, it is closer to religious worship than to anime. True Art, both visual and dramatic.

  8. mt-i Said,

    July 19, 2007 @ 5:57 pm

    @Ravage: the remaining parts are most likely not going to be subbed, as ADV has already announced the licencing of this title in the US.

    As for the movie itself, I was a bit underwhelmed when I saw it in Shibuya last April. The second part is nowhere near as powerful as the first, and the third one has a music video feel to it that somehow didn’t work for me. I think I liked Kumo no mukou, yakusoku no basho better. Of course my copy on the limited edition DVD is on its way nonetheless.

  9. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    July 19, 2007 @ 8:56 pm

    mt-i: I never thought “underwhelmed” could be used to describe this movie. Personally, one must look very much past the plot, characters and the procession of the movie to truly enjoy Byousoku.

    Byousoku is 100% about the theme, “distance”, and it truly and powerfully made me felt it, in a way transcending the movie itself. Yes, the movie might not be very “happening” or “exciting”, but it is a one hour exploration of a fundamental thing that is always present in out lives.

    It still stands for me as the best work I have (and probably will be the only) watched this year unless Makoto springs out something in less than 6 months.

  10. theDarkHorse Said,

    July 19, 2007 @ 9:20 pm


    Never mind the fact that I lost track a few times (due to my near-useless knowledge of Japanese), but I still thought it was utterly breathtaking.

    And by the way, Shinkai is participating in the Ani-Kuri shorts on NHK as well *I think*, so he *is* springing out something in less than six months. :D

  11. mt-i Said,

    July 20, 2007 @ 12:39 am

    The thing is, I was moved to tears by the first part, but it set such a high standard for the whole movie that I couldn’t help but feel the rest was a bit of a let-down. Or something.

  12. Sniper Said,

    July 20, 2007 @ 9:03 am

    Please tell me more about this movie. Man i wonder where you got the rip from. Is it really that good. Is there any where i can read more details about it. It sounds so good. I saw the first ep thats it and it touch my

  13. Sniper Said,

    July 20, 2007 @ 9:07 am

    Oh yeah me again is there any way you can upload it on veoh or something like that please!!!. Your fans are

  14. MarcosV Said,

    July 21, 2007 @ 5:43 am

    I saw the ADV Films subtitled screening at a local theater during AnimeExpo.

    It’s incredible. I recall reading a synopsis of the 2nd and 3rd segments and thought negatively about the ending. Actually seeing it, especially the editing, camera angles, and subtle facial expressions really made this movie work for me; you definitely have to experience it for yourself vs. reading about it.

    Makes me glad that there’s anime like this out there to point up what can really be done with the medium.

    The guys from ADV says that they are hoping to get this on movie screens since it really deserves to be seen on the big screen. I totally agree.

    Now if only I could order the single; got rejected given my USA address.

  15. Tallon Said,

    July 21, 2007 @ 2:53 pm

    I saw it at AX as well and thought it was amazing, just like all Makoto’s stuff.

    Although really, can you seriously say you didnt expect the ending? Have you watched his other movies? They all end the same way (minus small factors like why or how) basically, which isnt a bad thing, but its definately not ‘unexpected’ to see this ending if you ask me.

  16. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    July 22, 2007 @ 2:22 pm

    Well, the way it was being built up made me thought for a second that it was going to get a happy ending, but once the train flashed past and the other side was empty…. you just get well…

    And to be honest, I didn’t really liked Beyond the Clouds that much. I still need to watch Hoshi no Koe as well.

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