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5 Centimeters per Second Novel, Part Three – Byosoku 5 Centimeters

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  1. thanks for the wonderful summary. Some how i’m sort of sad that i probably wont find any more new content for Byousoku 5cm after this. I don’t know why but after seeing the movie I sort of long for something a bit more. You did a great job for getting parts of the novel translated. Thank you.

  2. Thanks for the summary! It’s really interesting to get a full view of the story. It feels like a rather sad but realistic portrayal of a story. It might have been even more powerful if it is animated to the novel, but it’s good enough.

    Thanks once again for the great work. ^_^

  3. Well I think Takaki will do fine. I also felt good knowing that Akari’s feelings came back when she was holding the letter but its good she still loves her future husband very much. I also think thats how Takaki feels about Akari and Risa. So in my opinion he has a good chance getting together with Risa since he has more time. What makes me think this is because in a way he heard those words “Im sure you’ll be alright, Takaki-kun” (last scene with the trains).He really needed those words to really move on. If he can move on he can get together but hey you’ll never know. Thanks a lot for translating the novel.

  4. Thanks again for translating and reviewing the novel. This will definitely satisfy my Shinkai addiction until the HD content comes out…

    After reading about how Takaki’s relationships don’t turn out so well, I have a lot more sympathy for him. Even as an adult, there are many factors he still can not control. Again, it’s just part of being human. =/

    I wish Shinkai could or could have captured more of the story in the movie. Everyone says the book is always better than the movie (Harry Potter comes to mind…), but I find that in my cases, the movie helps convey the emotions of the characters much more obviously and better, despite it being at the director’s discretion…

    Once again, thanks! Byousoku 5 Centimeters is certainly a story and movie I won’t forget anytime soon.

  5. I have to agree, I wish some of this stuff was in the movie. The third part felt disjointed to me, and was definitely my least favorite one. And damn, poor Takaki.. looks like he went through a lot.

    And a huge thanks for this Xcomp, I’m sure that it took a crapload of time. I’m going to have to watch the movie again and read your summaries to compare when I have the time. Damn tests. :)

  6. Kevin,
    I prefer the novel because of its detail. However, like I said, the movie does a better job in some cases. The scene that made the greatest impression on me was that long train journey Takaki had to make in Oukashou.

    When I watched the snow causing delays, Takaki slumped down hiding his face with his hood and listened to the screen wipers ticking away like the hands of a clock, I could really feel his emotions at time. It was like an elastic band stretched to the point of snapping.

    Then of course, there was that warm little scene when he finally makes it to the station. That “miraculous moment” as Akari puts it in the novel. The warm little stove in the middle, the expression of the characters and the piano version of the theme song playing in the background.

    Moods like that couldn’t have been achieved by the novel no matter how descriptive it is. You need to take time to imagine the scenes after all whereas in the movie, you instantly pick up the visuals and sound.

    The novel and movie are good complements in this case whereas, if you compared it to something like “Lord of the Rings”, I think the books were of its own work while the movies were of another. I don’t know about Harry Potter though because I never read the books.

  7. Wow…that’s kind of sad. This Takaki seems a little worse off to me than in the movie. I thought his solo career was doing great, but instead it sounds like he is lucky to be just getting by.

    As for Risa, I don’t think it will work out. Some people just bring out the worst in each other, even though they’re in love. As Risa said, their ways of loving are different.

    So basically, in addition to not having a very secure living, he is still alone too. As for where he gets the confidence to decide to move on after the train, I have no idea, but I much prefer the happy confident smile of the well dressed Takaki in the movie. At least I got my Kanae-remorse though.

    Anyway, thanks for taking the time to due the wonderful review. With this, I can finally make the decision to move on with my life as well…while patiently waiting for Shinkai’s next work ; )

  8. Well the only reason I figured he could get back with Risa is because he moved on. Its like he’s letting go off all the sadness that built up in him. So he’ll be more of a happier person and his approach on love will be different. So even if its not Risa the next girl will experience Takaki’s love in a different way (a happier one). A love that some of the girls wanted but he couldnt express it or give it away.

    The ending is kind of sad only because you dont know what happens but that smile is like a hint that he’ll be alright. What’s sad is what he lost and how he kept holding on to his past. His past had a lot of sadness so it made it harder for him in relationships and how he lived his life (basically the movie is sad but not really the ending).

    What would have been sad if he’d never moved on and having the same things happen to him all over again. Just like Xcomp said you should learn from it and move on.

  9. Homerless,
    With this, I can finally make the decision to move on with my life as well…while patiently waiting for Shinkai’s next work ; )

    Now that you mention it, Shinkai was talking in the DVD interview about how he’s spoken with many fans who saw his earlier works such as “Voices of a Distant Star”. He reflects on how they were getting on in life now after the five years since that movie such as how senior high students were at uni now or those who were working were at new companies. Then he looks as how it feels as if he’s stopped at one spot for a long time but also realises at how everyone is living at “different speeds” by talking with them.

    Perhaps that’s why he’s been travelling to different places running animation working shops.

    Never really thought of how time has passed by by the time you’re enjoying the next piece of work from someone but well, just a thought.

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