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5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)

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“Byôsoku 5 senchimêtoru”

Animation, Drama, Family |

5 Centimeters per Second is a Japanese animated romantic drama film by Makoto Shinkai. It theatrically premiered on March 3, 2007. The film consists of three segments: “Cherry Blossom”, “Cosmonaut”, and “5 Centimeters per Second”, each following a period in Takaki Tōno’s life and his relationships with the girls around him.

The film was awarded Best Animated Feature Film at the 2007 Asia Pacific Screen Awards. It received a novelization in November 2007, and a manga adaption illustrated by Seike Yukiko in 2010.

Episode 1: Cherry Blossom

In 1991, Takaki Tōno quickly befriends Akari Shinohara when she transfers to his elementary school in Tokyo. They grow closer to each other due to similar interests and attitudes; for instance, they both prefer to stay inside during recess due to their seasonal allergies.

Episode 2: Cosmonaut

In 1999, Takaki is now in the third year of senior high in Tanegashima, where the Tanegashima Space Center is located. Kanae Sumida, a classmate of Takaki, has been in love with him ever since meeting him in middle school but has never had the courage to confess her feelings.

Episode 3: 5 Centimeters per Second

It is 2008. Takaki is now a programmer in Tokyo. Meanwhile, Akari is preparing to marry another man. Takaki still longs for Akari to the detriment of his lifestyle. He receives a call from his current girlfriend but does not answer, signifying the relationship’s end. Depressed, Takaki quits his job, unable to cope with his feelings for Akari.

Director: Makoto Shinkai

Writers: Makoto Shinkai

Stars: Kenji Mizuhashi, Yoshimi Kondou, Satomi Hanamura

Cast:

Kenji MizuhashiTakaki Tohno (voice)
Yoshimi KondouAkari Shinohara (segment “Oukashou”) (voice)
Satomi HanamuraKanae Sumida (segment “Cosmonaut”) (voice)
Ayaka OnoueAkari Shinohara (segment “Byousoku 5 Centimeter”) (voice)
Risa Mizuno(voice)
Yuka Terazaki(voice)
Yûko Nakamura(voice)
Masami Iwasaki(voice)
Rei Kondo(voice)
Hiroshi Shimozaki(voice)
Takahiro Hirano(voice)
Akira Nakagawa(voice)
Keiko Izeki(voice)
Suguru Inoue(voice)
Rion Kako(voice)
Rika Nakamura(voice)
Miki Suga(voice)
Mika Sakenobe(voice)
Yumiko Atashika(voice)
Yukako Saito(voice)
Jennifer AlyxKanae’s Friend (2009 re-dub) (voice)
Anne Armogida(voice)
Christine M. AutenAdditional Voices (voice)
Chris Ayres(voice) (as Chris Ayers)
Greg Ayres(voice)
Eden J. Barrera(voice) (as Eden Barrera)
Brian Beacock(voice)
Steve Blum(voice)
Jessica BooneAdditional Voices (voice)
Christopher BorqueAdditional Voices (voice)
Johnny Yong BoschTakaki Tohno (voice)
Kira BucklandKanae Sumita (2009 re-dub) (voice)
Shelley Calene-Black(voice)
Shannon EmerickAdditional Voices (voice)
Isidro GallegosAdditional Voices (voice)
Jacob A. GragardAdditional Voices (voice)
Hilary HaagAkari Shinohara (voice)
Adam JonesAdditional Voices (voice)
Brittney Karbowski(voice)
Erika LenhartAkari Shinohara (2009 re-dub) (voice) (as Erika Weinstein)
Yuri Lowenthal(voice)
David MatrangaTakaki Tohno (voice)
Jonathan MezaTeammate (2009 re-dub) (voice)
Vic Mignogna(voice)
Jason Charles MillerTeammate (2009 re-dub) (voice)
Tony OliverTrain Station Announcer (2009 re-dub) (voice)
Chris Patton(voice)
Tara PlattAdult Akari Shinohara (2009 re-dub) (voice)
Michelle Ruff(voice)
Stephanie Sheh(voice)
Blake Shepard(voice)
Julie Ann TaylorKanae’s Sister (2009 re-dub) (voice)
Kirk ThorntonTeacher (2009 re-dub) (voice)
Serena VargheseKanae Sumida (voice)
David WaldAdditional Voices (voice)
Stephanie WittelsAdditional Voices (voice)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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