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Kakkou 2012-12-23 11:25

Kotonoha no Niwa [The Garden of Words] (Makoto Shinkai's movie)

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Shinkai wrote on his website that this is the first time he is making a "love" story. He added that there were words long before there were characters to write them in this world. The Japanese language during the era when it had no written form is known as "Yamato kotoba." The language during this time had its own pronunciations, before the importation of kanji characters from China.

At the time, "love" was written as "lonely sadness" (koi). Moreover, according to Shinkai, the modern concept of "love" (ai) was imported from the West. While his new Kotonoha no Niwa film is set in the modern era, it will be about "koi" in the original "lonely sadness" meaning — of longing for someone in solitude, as opposed to the modern meaning.

RRW 2012-12-23 13:57


the first time he is making a "love" story
hmm. pretty sure he already written "love" and "lonely sadness" story.

Haak 2012-12-23 14:13

Quite the cryptic, huh?...

Well I'm totally in.

LoweGear 2012-12-23 17:46

*sees Makoto Shinkai*

Completely and Utterly SOLD :eek:

scineram 2012-12-23 19:23


Originally Posted by RRW (Post 4486936)
hmm. pretty sure he already written "love" and "lonely sadness" story.

He only ever writes those.

RRW 2012-12-23 19:31


Originally Posted by scineram (Post 4487172)
He only ever writes those.

Not really. his last work is closer to adventure story than standard love story from previous work

Forsaken_Infinity 2012-12-23 19:39

Hopefully it'll be better than his last work. And 5cmps sounds very much like a "koi" story in the sense described but let's wait and watch.

fertygo 2012-12-23 20:03

Let hope its not as forgettable like that Voices or something movie.

MeoTwister5 2012-12-23 22:06

So this is probably closer to Hoshi no Koe than 5cm per Second.

Count me in. Definitely.

Solafighter 2012-12-24 19:13

Without doubt, a must watch, will watch, can't wait film.

Makoto made a great Christmas present with this.

Haohmaru 2012-12-24 21:41

I'm glad Makoto is going back to what he's good at. Voices was mediocre for his doing. Another epic film like 5cm per second would be great.

Dextro 2012-12-25 12:41


Originally Posted by LoweGear (Post 4487102)
*sees Makoto Shinkai*

Completely and Utterly SOLD :eek:

Make that two of us

Kanon 2012-12-25 17:17

Already a must watch, as every Shinkai movie is. Glad he's going back to his roots. Love stories are probably what he's best at. However, if he doesn't consider his previous works to be "love" stories in the same sense (lonely sadness), then that means this movie is going to be really depressing, isn't it?

The promotional artwork alone exudes melancholy.

totoum 2012-12-25 17:35

For whatever it's worth last June I attended a Q&A with shinkai and someone asked what he was working on,he mentioned that his next work would be in a way back to his roots because it'd be about a "couple and the distance between them" but that the "distance" wasn't something physical but something else.

He also mentioned the he plans on someday doing a movie where people to end up together,wouldn't say if it'd be this one though :heh:

MeoTwister5 2012-12-25 20:10

So it really is a the long awaited spiritual successor to Hoshi no Koe.

Better bring towels boys and girls.

NoemiChan 2012-12-25 21:08

Did I heard "Love Story"? Yeah, I'm in!

com_gwp 2012-12-26 05:27

Makoto Shinkai back to his forte after the ghibli experiment. I've no doubt this will turn out decently, but at the same time I wanted to see him continue to experiment with other genres outside his comfort zone.

Solafighter 2013-01-29 12:45

Getting goosebumps seeing the weekly updated photos on the facebook page. Looks like Shinkai isn't working on this new film with only a couple, but with a few of people. Can't wait!

kuroishinigami 2013-01-30 00:03

Ugh, another depressing story by Makoto Shinkai >_<. I love his work(especially the amazing art), but watching his work really left me with strong depression aftertaste XD

Azuma Denton 2013-01-30 05:28

> Makoto Shinkai

Sold !!!
Whatever he throws at me, i'll accept it..

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