5cm’s a Second – ADB

Alternative Titles

English: 5 Centimeters Per Second
Synonyms: Five Centimeters Per Second, Byousoku 5 Centimeter – a chain of short stories about their distance, 5 Centimetres Per Second, 5 cm per second
Japanese: 秒速5センチメートル



Type: Movie
Episodes: 3
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 3, 2007
Producers: None found, add some
Source: Original
Duration: 22 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older


Takaki Toono and Akari Shinohara, two very close friends and classmates, are torn apart when Akari’s family is transferred to another region of Japan due to her family’s job. Despite separation, they continue to keep in touch through mail. When Takaki finds out that his family is also moving, he decides to meet with Akari one last time.

As years pass by, they continue down their own paths, their distance slowly growing wider and their contact with one another fades. Yet, they keep remembering one another and the times they have shared together, wondering if they will have the chance to meet once again.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Makoto Shinkai, what a brilliant filmmaker! No. Literally all his films are average or worse, and this one is worse. Just watch Digibro’s video on it which could summarise everything a lot easier, and a lot better than I could.

This series is so boring, Shinkai fails to establish a bond between the audience and characters so when things start going wrong we’re meant to care, I didn’t care though. The point of this show was to express a vision of a fading relationship which can’t be saved, but it’s pretty boring because for 2/3 of the film they don’t spend any time with each other and spend too long thinking of each other.

In a way I can relate to this but it’s ultimately pointless in my opinion and against my values. Do not worry over one girl/boy for your whole life! It’s ridiculous! There are many possible people you could be in a relationship with, so don’t spend your time thinking about the one who got away!


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Shows from the same genre: Drama, Romance, Slice of Life

Shows from the same studio: CoMix Wave Films



10 thoughts on “5cm’s a Second – ADB

  1. I guess we all have our preferences. While I am not usually fond of slow romances, 5cm really resonated with me (my favourite Shinkai film so far). I watched it at an age too young to fully comprehend everything, but the emotional weight of everything impacted me. I remember spending a long time thinking about the film, and relating it to me and my best friend overseas drifting apart. To this day, I don’t think another anime film has topped it for me in terms of emotional impact, although I can see how now everyone can tolerate the slowness of it or the lack of plot/action.

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    • That makes a lot of sense, I can appreciate you liking it especially with your own personal experiences. Thanks for sharing you’re thoughts, I get completely why you feel that way, I just have had different experiences which makes me view the events of the film in a much different way.

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  2. This is still on my watch list as it has been endlessly recommended to me. Eventually I will watch it but realistically the reason I haven’t watched it is that it just doesn’t seem like the kind of thing that will interest me.

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