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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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According to Makoto Shinkai, the film's central theme is loneliness. This was inspired by the Man'yoshu, Japan's oldest collection of poems; in that volume, love was represented by the word "koi", or "lonely sadness"; more accurately, a longing for someone in solitude. Shinkai described the film as a love story towards people who feel lonely or incomplete in their social relations, but who don't feel that they need to fix this loneliness. See more »

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Takao Akizuki: Tell me I'll never live up to my expectations! Tell me I'll never measure up to my dreams!
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Rain
Lyrics and Music by Senri Oe
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Arrangement: Makoto Minagawa. Akifumi Tada
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stunning in its vision...a work of art DON'T SHUT IT OFF AFTER THE CREDITS START ROLLIING
14 April 2014 | by (ny ny) – See all my reviews

i've seen all his films and personally, this is my favorite. in this film he tweaks his animation style a little bit...just a little bit and i think the results look even more stunning. the guy(Shinkai)just keeps evolving and getting better.

two main reasons why i watch his movies 1:animation is out of this world 2:the story-lines that he comes up with. his films are the only ones that hit that chord of loneliness and longing consistently...never manages to not put a lump in my throat.

the story starts off by introducing the male protagonist Takao, who is 15 years old and in his first year of high school. Takao aspires to be a shoemaker and make something of himself. he also likes the rain and where he lives it rains a lot. every time it rains Takao has a habit of cutting first period and going to the park where he has a special place where he sits and draws designs of shoes.

one rainy day, a young but older woman is also sitting in that place, drinking beer and eating chocolates. she seems sad. they have a awkward little first conversation. every time it rains she is also there in the park in that place. they get to know each other a little bit.

during one stretch of rainy season it rains like for a week and they see each other everyday...he jokingly says that she gonna get in trouble at her work for calling out so many days.

what happens afterward is love discovered, love losted...and a sense and a feeling of hope for the future. again, my favorite in story and animation. the film is a very short 46 minutes and the time just flew. i just wish it could have been longer, maybe there will be a sequel...if you watch the movie you will know what i mean.


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