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.
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.”
It’s been quite a busy week so it took some time to finish this write up about the 5 Centimetres per Second screening that took place in London last Friday, one that featured a live interview with Makoto Shinkai himself.
When we arrived, we had a bit of trouble locating the BFI Southbank building but eventually I found it underneath the Waterloo Bridge near a large area of graffiti and made it for the 18:20 screening.
The room for the screening was darkly lit and was pretty much completely full even though only the central seating area was filled when I last checked the bookings on Thursday night. The booking plan showed our seats were on the left hand side so we walked on over only to find that was where the start of the alphabetically ordered seats were. Ended up having to walk back round through the front to find our seats.
Just a few days after I published the contents of Makoto Shinkai’s reply to me regarding whether he will be giving out autographs this Friday at BFI’s 5cm screening, I receive the long awaited response from BFI that says the following.
Thank you for your email which our box office has recently passed to me for response. Having spoken to the programmer arranging this event I can tell that in addition to the on stage interview it is planned for Mr Shinkai to participate in a booking signing, in our film store, after the screening. Unfortunately for copyright reasons we do not allow cameras in our cinemas.
Finally got a hold of Makoto Shinkai’s first artbook, “Sora no Kioku” and it wasn’t easy considering how well the first batch has been selling. Don’t get this confused with the “Complete Book” that was released for “The Place Promised in Our Early Days” because that was more of a fanbook that contained everything related to that movie only, not just artwork.
Unfortunately, you will have to wait until the second print is ready if you would like to get your hands on this book yourselves because it appears to be sold out right now. I suggest keeping an eye on HMV JP and Hobby Link Japan for now.
With that said, lets open and have a look inside the book itself in the meantime. Feel free to click on the photos for a closer look.