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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

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Makoto Shinkai Joins Twitter, Starts New Production Blog

The official site for Shinkai’s forth movie isn’t ready yet but production of the final movie is under way. He has also joined Twitter (in Japanese of course) and started a new production blog to keep track of the progress. He already has over 1000 followers at the time of writing.

Apart from the short introduction from the blog’s administrator, “Kinoko-san”, Shinkai talks about how movie production at his new studio in Tokyo, Koujimachi began last year in autumn. He’s a little sad that these months of hard working but at times exalting days are about to end soon.

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A New 5 Centimetres Per Second Site, Novel English Translation

I’m sure regular visitors amongst you will know how much of a fan I am of Makoto Shinkai’s 5 Centimetres Per Second by now. After looking through how much information I’ve gathered about the movie, I thought this blog wasn’t giving it enough space to organise so I’ve decided to create a sub-site for it to have all the content accessible in one place.

Everything 5cm related that is on this blog will soon be accessible only via the new site – http://5cm.lhyeung.net so if you’ve bookmarked anything, it’s time to update your bookmarks!

You can also now read my English translation of the very first episode of the novel, “Cherry Blossoms (Oukasho)“. I’ve kept the comparisons in case anyone is interested in the differences with the movie and don’t want to spend time comparing and reading themselves.

“Hey, it looks just like snow, “Akari had said.

It was seventeen years ago when she said that. We had just become elementary six students and we would always walk together around the small grove on our way home with our schoolbags on our little backs. It was spring and a countless number of cherry blossoms were in full bloom on the trees, their petals dancing soundlessly in the air, covering the asphalt beneath our feet in a blanket of white. The air was warm and the sky hung overhead as if it was a great canvas covered with light blue paint. Not far from us ran the main road and the Odasaki railroad crossing but none of its noise seemed to reach us. Only the chirping of birds could be heard as if a blessing from spring. There was no one else was around.

It was as if it was just a painting of a certain spring scene.

That’s right. At least in my memories that moment of time was like a painting. You could say they were just a collection of images. When I try to gather those old memories, I feel as if I’m gazing from outside a frame at a little distance. The young man had only just turned eleven and so was the girl who was around the same height as he was. I gaze as their figures as they run into the distance, the light that filled the world enveloped them naturally. I was always watching them from behind in that painting. And every time it would always be the young girl who ran ahead first. When I remember that short moment of sadness that shivered the young man’s heart, it makes even I who was now an adult feel just a little sad.

In any case, I remember how Akari had described the shower of cherry blossom petals were like snow. But I never saw it that way. At that time, cherry blossoms were just cherry blossoms and snow was just snow to me.

“Hey, it looks just like snow.”

“It does? Hmmm, maybe it does…”

“Oh, never mind,” Akari said coldly walking two steps ahead quickly before turning around. Her brown hair shone as the light from the sky reflected off it and once again, she said something mysterious.

“Hey, I heard they fall at five centimetres per second.”


“What do you think?”

“I don’t know.”

“Come on, think about it, Takaki-kun.”

I still didn’t know what she was talking about so I just honestly told her I didn’t know.

“It’s the speed cherry blossom petals fall at. They fall at five centimetres per second.”

And you can read the rest on the site itself. A print friendly version is also available so you don’t have to worry about printing off everything on the site.

Please do not copy my translation anywhere but instead, link back to the site thanks.

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Makoto Shinkai’s 5cm Manga Adaptation Begins This Month, Next Movie Storyboard

An announcement has been made that there will be a Manga version of Makoto Shinkai’s most recent movie, “5 Centimetres per Second“. Yukiko Seike will be artist behind the coloured Manga and the serialisation will start in July’s issue of Afternoon which will be on sale from tomorrow, May 23rd.

On the other hand, Mizu Sahara was the artist behind the Manga adaptations of Voices of a Distant Star and The Place Promised in Our Early Days for this very same magazine.

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First Images for Makoto Shinkai’s Fourth Movie | 誠新海の4作目映画イメージボード | 新海第四部影片

It’s just pass Christmas Eve and Makoto Shinkai has decided to reveal some art from an early image board of his fourth feature length movie. What great news before the New Year, eh?

The name of the movie is currently undecided and Shinkai isn’t permitted to reveal what it’s about. What he can say is that it will be centred around a young girl filled with action, adventure and love. There will be a number of themes but one of the main ideas is similar to his past works such as Voices of a Distant Star, The Place Promised in Our Early Days and 5 Centimetres per Second – Focusing on loss and how one should live on.

Well, until the official site is up there will probably be no more details about this new movie so lets have fun guessing or speculating what these images may mean!



Early storyboard for Makoto Shinkai's fourth movie.

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