5 Centimeters Per Second, is a 2007 Japanese animated feature film by Makoto Shinkai. The film was finished on 22 January 2007. The first part of the film was debuted on Yahoo! Japan as streaming video to Yahoo!
Takaki and Akari are two classmates in elementary school. During their time together they have become close friends. Their relationship is tested when Akari moves to another city because of her parents’ jobs. Both of them struggle to keep their friendship alive, as time and distance slowly pulls them apart. When Takaki finds out that he is moving further away, he decides to visit Akari one last time.
- Four months to the day after the DVD release in America, ADV Films announced they were discontinuing release of the film.
- Makoto Shinkai had expressed that, unlike his past works, there would be no fantasy or science fiction elements in this film. Instead, the feature film would attempt to present the real world from a different perspective. Makoto’s film gives a realistic view of the struggles many face against, time, space, people, and love.
- The title 5 Centimeters Per Second comes from the speed at which cherry blossoms petals fall, petals being a metaphorical representation of humans, reminiscent of the slowness of life and how people often start together but slowly drift into their separate ways
- In 2009 a Chinese animation company Liuzhou Lan Hai technologies Ltd. admitted to plagiarizing several backgrounds from the film to use in their own animation series.
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