5 Centimetres Per Second One More Side Novel

Thanks goes to FallingStar for tweeting to me about this! I must have missed Shinkai’s tweet about this somehow!

It’s been over 4 years since 5 Centimetres Per Second premièred in Japan and since then, it’s been novelised and manganised. Now it’s getting another novel, subtitled “One More Side” – But it’s not a sequel.

The original 5cm light novel was written by Makoto Shinkai himself. Now Shinta Kanou, the author who wrote the novels for Voices of a Distant Star and The Place Promised in Our Early Days, has written a different version of the novel. A 384 page paperback due to go on sale tomorrow, May 20th.

As you might have already guessed from the subtitle, it’s a different take on the story. Quoting from Kanou’s blog entry, “It’s just like how the story develops one way in the novel version and then another in the Manga version of Voices of a Distant Star. It’s kind of like parallel worlds.”

5 Centimetres Per Second Novel - One More Side

Originally it was to be subtitled “Another Side” but Kanou wanted something similar to the theme song, “One More Time, One More Chance”.

In Makoto Shinkai’s original version of the novel…

  • Chapter 1 – Takaki’s perspective.
  • Chapter 2 – Kanae’s perspective.

Kanou’s version looks at the scenarios from the other character’s perspective…

  • Chapter 1 – Akari’s perspective.
  • Chapter 2 – Takaki’s perspective.
  • Chapter 3 – A first person-like third person perspective.

And will I be getting this novel…? I don’t know yet.

Will I be finishing the third chapter of the original novel? Probably not since I have other priorities at the moment. But for those of you who are fluent in Thai, you might like to know it’s been officially translated in that language and is available as part of the “Makoto Shinkai’s Memory Box” set. Thanks to Khiki for this info!

22 thoughts on “5 Centimetres Per Second One More Side Novel

  1. @juank_m10

    “Will I be finishing the third chapter of the original novel? Probably not since I have other priorities at the moment”—-

    That’s sad. Thanks for the news and I hope you get some free time.
    Greetings from Chile!

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    1. LHY Post author

      No, I don’t think I’ll be translating the last chapter I’m afraid. Too busy working full time and tired these days.

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      1. Vik

        Yeah, it’s too bad that you won’t translate the last chapter. But thank you very much for all the other content! (translations, comparisons, etc. of 5cm)

        If you find the time to make a comparision on the new novel, I’m very much looking forward to that.

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  2. lmquan082

    Is there a english version for the novel??? im planning to get the japanese version from amazon and learn japanese at the same time 😀

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  3. Jason

    Hey, I got a suggestion. I know you said that you’re too busy with stuff to finish the third posting, but here’s a thought. Can you ask some people at Baka-Tsuki to perhaps finish it for you? I love their work on translating JPN light novels, and I really would like to see 5 Centimeters Per Second finished, either here or perhaps at Baka Tsuki. It’d be really cool! Give it a try?

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  4. Samuel

    Halo~
    so happy that i could finally find a English version of the 5 Centimeters Per Second.
    I am going to read this book for my English group discussion because i am tremendously interested in this book.
    I could only see there were the first two episodes
    of the book, but i can not find the last one.Have i miss any sites?

    thank you for your translation! Help a lot !

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        1. LHY Post author

          It’s actually not that much different to the original although it expands on it more…

          Since One More Side’s focus is more about the story from Akari’s POV.

          We read about how happy Akari was with her newly wedded life. She stands on the veranda one day gazing at the scenery. A cherry blossom petal flies by and suddenly she feels like she’s forgetting something… It felt like she had borrowed something and had yet to return it. So she decides to go out for a walk to see the cherry blossoms. Then she passed by a certain man.

          Now Takaki was taking a walk after finishing his share of freelance programming for the day. He passes by the woman and a sudden feeling of familiarity struck him. He stops and turns round, certain that she would turn round to look at him too and she did but he only briefly catches the side of her face before a train passes. He waits, caught by this warm feeling and there was a rush of emotions as the train was about to finish passing by but just then, another train passes by. The second train finally passes but the woman was gone.

          Takaki smiles. He was surprised he could smile since he felt he was dead inside until this point in time. Even though he didn’t know who the woman was, he felt warm happiness radiating from her and it made him happy. He thinks about relationships between people and was glad that they helped keep people happy. He thinks he should give someone a call –
          anyone he knew. He didn’t have his mobile so he turns the corner and looks for a public phone.

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  5. eraJ

    Well great job man!!
    Saw this masterpiece nearly after 10 years and found your place to read the novel , can’t believe it’s been 10 years , time flies and it’s heart wrenching to think about that. Anyways I hope your doing well !

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