This is the second papercraft I did rated at 2 stars complexity. Maybe that’s why it took an extra 2 hours to do compared to the Totoro one totaling 8 hours.
It was our last day in Japan before we fly back to Scotland tomorrow. So, being a big fan of Makoto Shinkai’s 5 Centimetres per Second (5cm) fan I just had to visit some of the locations that were located around Tokyo.
Note: The location hunting wasn’t done in order and this wasn’t a full day dedicated to 5cm location hunting. You will see the local areas too. Photos are also cropped to match the way they’re depicted in the Anime but if you click on them, you can see the uncropped photos.
When I bought a bunch of Ghibli papercrafts back from my trip to Japan I wasn’t really expecting them to be hard to put together. I saw the difficulty rating that ranged from one to three stars and this was one star so I thought, “How hard could it be?” If I read the bottom of the box I probably would have known better ^^;
So, I decided to put this post together show casing one of the kits by Sankei. There are actually quite a few around by different manufacturers but I think the one thing all the small ones have in common is the price… At 18GBP, they are not cheap.
For my first attempt I went with number 5 in the mini series, a Totoro one I bought when I visited Ghibli Museum. Difficulty level was one star. For a complete amateur who was doing this the first time it took 5 – 6 hours of time so, be prepared to leave a day free for it, lol.
What you’ll need…
- Retractable Blade / Papercraft Knife
For cutting out the tiny parts from the cardboard. You might want a proper papercraft knife instead of the retractable ones you use to cut open packaging because you will want to press the knife into the cardboard rather than slice. The retractable one I used kept retracting and didn’t clean cut the pieces very well.
For opening the small packs of confetti that is used for the vegetation such as bushes, grass, trees and flowers. You’ll be using to cut a tiny hole in the bags if you don’t have those little tubes some crafters use to hold glitter so that it’s easier to sprinkle.
- PVC/PVA Glue
For well… glueing it all together. PVA will give you more time to adjust after you’ve put the pieces together. Translucent glue i.e. glue that’s transparent would be good because then you can’t see it if you applied too much.
Or whatever you can use to apply tiny, needle point sized dots of glue.
- Coloured Pencils
I don’t recommend felt tips or ink based colours because the ink can spill to onto parts you the card.
To pick up and move the tiny (and I mean tiny!) parts into place.
- Self-healing Cutting Mat (Optional)
Basically a mat you can work on without worrying about damaging your table top when you’re cutting. The self-healing means even when you cut through the paper and into the mat, the mat will slowly heal itself again.
- Display Case (Optional)
After spending hours putting the miniature together you’ll probably want something to proudly display it in and to give it some protection. Small display cases don’t cost much, especially the one’s that don’t use glass.
Finally got round to picking up the half done translation. Pretty hard to believe it’s been two years since then. Time flies, eh?
If I wasn’t a software developer myself it would have been quite tricky translating all the parts about programming. Other than the finished translation, you’ll also find I’ve added Shinkai’s Twitter feed to the bottom of the site and also a new guestbook feature! Anyone still remember those? You know, those days of dial-up 56k modems and before social media sites took over, it was a page where you left a little message for the website owner and its visitors.
Anyway, as with the previous stories, it contains a lot of new material – a lot more which should help clear up any questions you may have about the final episode of the movie. You can view a detailed comparison if you can’t be bothered reading through the translation. In the afterword of this novel, Shinkai notes that he started writing this novel when 5cm first premiered 2007 March in Shibuya and acts as a supplement to the movie.
Since then, there has also been a Manga version of the movie which I haven’t had a read yet. Other 5cm fans say there is new material in there too but maybe it’s just the same as the novel. There has also been another novel appropriately named as “One More Side” where a different author (under the supervision of Shinkai) takes a different approach to 5cm – mostly from Akari’s perspective instead of Takaki’s.
500 of you have said you want to see an official English version since the launch of my site. It might be worth asking Shinkai on Twitter about this too if you have an account.
Anyway, Takaki’s back story can get pretty depressing in the novel so don’t expect a heart-warming Christmas story!
Aside from that… Enjoy and happy holidays! =)
20th June 2013 Update:
The site has now been taken down but you may still get most of the content including the translations in PDF here.
I always end up thinking “Anime” instead of “Animation” but then I just noticed this K-ON poster is written the same too! I guess “Anime” does mean animation in French but I still prefer it means Japanese animation when used in English.
So this year’s Scotland Loves Animation 2012, the movies were…
- K-ON Movie
- Ace Attorney Gyakuten Saiban (Live Action)
- Blood-C: The Last Dark
- Ninja Scroll (HD Remaster)
- Midnight After Schoolers
- Berserk – The Golden Act 1: The Egg of the King
- Anime Mirai Project