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Koto no ha no niwa (2013)

A 15-year-old boy and 27-year-old woman find an unlikely friendship one rainy day in the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

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Miyu Irino ...
Takao Akizuki (voice)
Kana Hanazawa ...
Yukari Yukino (voice)
Fumi Hirano ...
Takao's Mother (voice)
Gou Maeda ...
Takao no ani (voice)
Takeshi Maeda ...
Takao's Brother (voice)
Yuka Terasaki ...
Takao's Brother's Girlfriend (voice)
Takanori Hoshino ...
Itou-sensei (voice)
Suguru Inoue ...
Matsumoto (voice)
Megumi Han ...
Satou (voice)
Mikako Komatsu ...
Aizawa (voice)
Yuki Hayashi ...
Moriyama (voice)
Wataru Sekine ...
Young Takao (voice)
Risa Mizuno ...
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Hiroshi Shimozaki ...
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Kuniko Ishijima ...
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Takao, who is training to become a shoemaker, skipped school and is sketching shoes in a Japanese-style garden. He meets a mysterious woman, Yukino, who is older than him. Then, without arranging the times, the two start to see each other again and again, but only on rainy days. Written by unknown

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A rendezvous on rainy days... A tale of longing, even older than love... Discover the emotions that blossom in the Garden of Words.


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This is Makoto Shinkai's first film to not feature music by Tenmon. See more »

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Takao Akizuki: In the evenings, before I went to sleep, and in the mornings, in the moment I woke up, I realized I was praying for rain
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Referenced in Kimi no na wa. (2016) See more »

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Rain
Lyrics and Music by Senri Oe
Performed by Motohiro Hata
Arrangement: Makoto Minagawa. Akifumi Tada
© 1988 by Sony Music Artists Inc.
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Visually stunning with a good story
12 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

I've seen most of Makoto Shinkai's anime. When I first saw 5cm per second, I was amazed at how well the emotions of the characters dwell in the environment around them.

Garden of words is no exception. The refined use of environment and ambient effects (sound, music, weather etc) contribute greatly to the film's story. There isn't much to say about how Makoto does it and if you're going to like the style but give it a watch and you'll know.

Overall, Garden of words is a really good piece of art. It's definitely filled with Makoto's signature style and a definite recommendation to watch.


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