The Garden of Words (2013)

TV-14   |    |  Animation, Drama, Romance

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




  • Makoto Shinkai at an event for The Garden of Words (2013)
  • The Garden of Words (2013)
  • The Garden of Words (2013)
  • The Garden of Words (2013)
  • Makoto Shinkai at an event for The Garden of Words (2013)
  • The Garden of Words (2013)

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Makoto Shinkai


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14 April 2014 | bcheng93
| stunning in its vision...a work of art DON'T SHUT IT OFF AFTER THE CREDITS START ROLLIING
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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31 May 2013


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