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5 Centimeters per Second

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5 Centimeters per Second (秒速5センチメートル, Byōsoku Go Senchimētoru) is a 2007 Japanese animated romantic drama film produced, written and directed by Makoto Shinkai. It is his second feature film.

It premiered at Cinema Rise in Shibuya, Tokyo on March 3, 2007.


🕒 Timeline in 5 Centimeters per Second

Cherry Blossom

(桜花抄, Ōkashō)

Takaki and Akari walking under the cherry blossoms together.

Two kids are walking together as the cherry blossom petals fall. After the girl reveals that the falling speed of a cherry blossom petal is 5 centimeters per second, she runs toward a train crossing and quickly crosses it. On the other side of the lowered crossing, she makes a promise to the boy that they will see the cherry blossoms together next year.

Takaki Tōno meets Akari Shinohara in the fourth grade of elementary school. Since both of them had to move often due to their parents' work, they are always awkward around others; however, because of their similar circumstances, they become close friends. Takaki confesses to Akari his dream of becoming a cosmonaut, and she encourages him in pursuing such a dream. Due to how close they were, rumours about them being in a romantic relationship begins to sprout out. However, towards the end of elementary school, Akari discovers that her family had to move away to Iwafune. Despite her intent to go to the same junior high school as Takaki in Tokyo, she could do nothing but accept it. During the graduation day, Takaki couldn't properly say goodbye to Akari.

Takaki's train departing.

In middle school, Takaki and Akari keep in contact through letters. However, with time the letters become less frequent. When Takaki's parents tells him that they are to move to Tanegashima, he decides to meet Akari when he still has the chance. The day of the meeting, he brings a letter which he hopes to convey to her his feelings with. Unfortunately, a severe snowstorm delays the train, and he arrives in Iwafune many hours after the appointed time, losing the letter in the process, but Akari is still there. After he eats a bento she made for him, they wanders around in the snow, sharing a kiss in front of a cherry tree before finding a shed to sleep into. The next morning, Takaki boards the train to Tokyo, with Akari telling him that he would be fine no matter what.


(コスモナウト, Kosumonauto)

Kanae and Takaki looking up at the blasting-off rocket.

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 junior high school but has never had the courage to confess her feelings. She tries to spend time with him, waiting long after school for the chance to travel home together. However, Takaki appears ignorant to Kanae's feelings and only treats her as a good friend. Kanae observes that Takaki is always writing emails to someone or staring off into the distance as if searching for something far away. It is later shown that Takaki's emails are not being sent to anyone, and that he has had recurring dreams which feature Akari. After a failed attempt to tell Takaki she loves him, Kanae eventually realizes that he is looking for something far beyond what she can offer and decides not to, though she believes she will always love him.

5 Centimeters per Second

(秒速5センチメートル, Byōsoku Go Senchimētoru)

Takaki deep in depression.

It is 2008. Takaki is now a programmer in Tokyo. Meanwhile, Akari is preparing to get married to 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. Akari goes through a box of her old possessions and finds the letter she had written to Takaki many years ago. Takaki finds himself in a convenience store reading a magazine about the rocket he saw launched in years ago. With a hit song played in the background, Takaki and Akari begin a dual narration, both recalling a recent dream. In this dream, they relive their last meeting in the snow-filled Iwafune, and remember the wish to someday watch the cherry blossoms together again.

Takaki and Akari passing each other.

One day while walking down the same road they had while they were children, Takaki and Akari appear to pass and recognize each other at a train crossing. On opposite sides of the tracks, they stop and begin to look back, but passing trains cut off their view. Takaki waits for the trains to pass and finds that Akari is gone. After a moment, he smiles to himself and continues walking as the cherry blossoms stir in the train's wake.


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"Cherry Blossom"
"5 Centimeters per Second"