5 Centimeters Per Second

Synopsis: Takaki and Akari are two classmates in elementary school. During their time together they have become close friends. Their relationship is tested when Akari moves to another city because of her parents' jobs. Both of them struggle to keep their friendship alive, as time and distance slowly pulls them apart. When Takaki finds out that he is moving further away, he decides to visit Akari one last time.
Director(s): Makoto Shinkai
Production: CoMix Wave
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63 min

Byousoku 5 Centimeters

Chapter 1

They say it's 5 centimeters per second.

Hmm... What's that?

The speed at which cherry blossom

petals fall, 5 centimeters per second.


You seem to know a lot, Akari.


Hey... doesn't it somehow resemble snow?

I wonder...

Wait up!



Next year, wouldn't it be good to watch

the cherry blossoms together again?


Dear Tohno Takaki-sama, I'm really sorry

for not having contacted you in a while.

It's hot during summer over here... however,

it's much cooler compared to Tokyo.

But come to think of it, I still prefer

the sweltering summer in Tokyo.

The asphalt which looks

as though it might melt...

...the shimmering high-rise

buildings in the distance,

and the overly-cold air-conditioning

in the department stores and subway.

We last met at the primary

school graduation ceremony...

It has been half a year since

Hey... Takaki-kun,

do you still remember me?

Greetings to Takaki-kun!

Thanks for the reply. I

was really happy about it!

It'll soon be autumn, right? The

autumn leaves here are beautiful.

Yesterday, I dug out my

first sweater of the year.



What's that? A love letter?

Ah, that's not it.

I'm sorry for leaving you to do all these.

It's OK. It'll be finished soon.

Thanks. Hey, is it true that

you're going to switch schools?

Ah. Yes. During the third semester.

Where to?

Over to Kagoshima. It's

due to my parents' jobs.

Is that so... It'll be lonely then.

Club activities have recently

started earlier in the morning.

That's why I'm currently

writing this letter on the train.

I just had a haircut recently.

It's become short enough

to just see my ears.

If we do meet up, you'll probably

won't be able to recognize me right?

I'm back.

Welcome back.

You are also changing bit by bit,

aren't you?

Salutations. The cold weather

continues. How are you doing?

It had been snowing here countless times.

I had to wear really thick clothes

to school because of that.

It hasn't started snowing in Tokyo right?

I haven't gotten used to the move,

so I've been watching Tokyo's

weather forecast too.

Looks like it's not gonna rain...

But it's pretty hard being

cooped indoors too.

Hey, have you guys ever been to Tochigi?

Huh? Where's that?


How would I get there...

Dunno... take the bullet train?

It's far, isn't it...



Three weeks to go!

Fight oh! Fight oh!

I was pretty shocked when I heard

that you were transferring this time.

Have we both become used to transferring

schools from having done so for so long?

Even still, to transfer to Kagoshima...

It's pretty far away this time, isn't it?

When the time comes,

it will no longer be a distance

which would allow us to just get on

a train and meet each other.

As I thought...

it's going to be a little lonely.

By all means, I wish you the best of health.

Good day to you, Takaki-kun!

I'm really happy about the promise

to meet up on the 4th of March.

A year has passed since we last met.

Somehow I'm feeling nervous about it.

There's a huge cherry

blossom tree near my house.

During spring, that's

probably the place where...

...the cherry petals fall at

5 centimeters per second.

"Wouldn't it be nice if I could... "

"... stay with Takaki-kun until

spring comes". That's what I think.

- Want to drop by my place on the way home?

- Yeah, since it's raining anyway.

The weather forecast says

that the snow will be coming.

Eh... I thought it was getting

cold. It's March already after all.

It looks like many people

are going to catch the cold.

- Hey, let's grab a bite to eat afterwards.

They say that it's gonna rain in Shimokita.

Ah, yes.


Let's go for our club activities.

Look here... I don't think

I can make it today.

Because of the moving preparations?

Something like that. Sorry.

It's a great help that you'll be

coming to my local station, but...

...since it's a long journey,

please be careful.

As promised, I will be waiting for you at

the waiting room of the station at 7 pm.

On that promised day with Akari,

it started snowing after midday.

Ah- Hey, Takaki-kun!

A cat... it's Chobi!

This one's always around here, isn't he?

But he looks like he's alone today.

What happened to Mimi? It's

lonely by yourself, right?

How was the book?

Very absorbing. I read through 4

billion years in one night yesterday!

Where did you read up to?

Until the part when the

Anomalocaris emerged.

The Cambrian period!

I like the Hallucigenia...

they look like this.

Well, it looks similar, I guess.

What are you a fan of, Takaki-kun?

The Opabinia I guess.

Aah. It's got 5 eyes doesn't it?

I think Akari and I were somewhat

similar in our thoughts and feelings.

One year after I transferred to Tokyo,

Akari transferred to the same class.

We, who were still small

and sickly at that time,

preferred the library over the playground.

That's why we came to

naturally become friends.

Because of that, we were

teased by our classmates.


strangely, when we were together, we

weren't too perturbed by those things.

We eventually started commuting

to the same secondary school.

"We would be together from then onwards"

For some reason, that's what I thought.

Shinjuku, Shinjuku.

This is a terminal station.

Disembarking passengers,

please transfer to the subway

JR line and Keiou line.

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Makoto Shinkai

Makoto Shinkai (新海 誠, Shinkai Makoto), born as Makoto Niitsu (新津 誠, Niitsu Makoto, born February 9, 1973), is a Japanese director, writer, producer, animator, editor, cinematographer, voice actor, manga artist and former graphic designer. He is best known for directing Your Name, the highest-grossing anime film of all time, and was listed by Variety as one of 10 animators to watch in 2016. Asteroid 55222 Makotoshinkai is named after him. more…

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