The Garden of Words

The Garden of Words

Blu-ray Disc - 2013
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"When Takao, a young high school student who dreams of becoming a shoe designer, decides to skip school one day in favor of sketching in a rainy garden, he has no idea how much his life will change when he encounters Yukino. Older, but perhaps not as much wiser, she seems adrift in the world. Despite the difference in their ages, they strike up an unusual relationship that unexpectedly continues and evolves, without planning, with random meetings that always occur in the same garden on each rainy day. But the rainy season is coming to a close, and there are so many things still left unsaid and undone between them. Will there be time left for Takao to put his feelings into actions and words?"--Container.
Publisher: [United States] : Sentai Filmworks, [2013]
Edition: Blu-ray widescreen.
ISBN: 9781616153977
Characteristics: 1 blu-ray disc (approximately 46 min.) :,sound, color ;,12 cm


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Dec 29, 2019

Wonderfully slow-moving film about the infinite intricacies of relationships.

Humans tend to idealize certain emotional experiences with sensory aspects of what surrounds the feelings and associated with the experience, i.e.: Setting, sound, touch... all encompassing presence, and the intricacies that can shift and change that perfect ideal that the human mind creates for itself.

This film is also about how our human ideals about perfection are unpredictable. Nothing stays the same forever, so we would be wise to cherish what perfection we are allotted while we have it, in it's perfect state of existence, until inevitable change occurs and that perfection shifts course.

So goes life, and this film is a genuine example of how life is full of beautiful uncertainty.

*Animation and music are both top-tier level for anime! A true pleasure to experience. An added attribute and testament to the quality of the film and story: The running time is 46 minutes but I felt like I got a feature-length worth out of it because of the slower pacing and overall experience.

Dec 28, 2019

This is the worst anime I have ever seen. To me the story is pointless, makes no sense and the beautiful caricatures do not make up for it. Highly not recommended.

Jul 02, 2018

Simply the best drawn anime made. This film is so beautiful that it is easy to overlook its shortcomings. The associated manga by Shinkai elaborates more on the characters and plot, however this movie nicely stands on its own and due to the emphasis on rain it really fits into the character of the Lower Mainland.

Jun 12, 2017

the voice actiers r amazing but the plot is not that good!

Mar 13, 2017

Beautiful in its mystery, this short film is amazing. I feel that this is the film to show to that friend who says they are not into anime. It is extremely moving.

Jul 31, 2016

great music, voice acting, lighting, character design. I didn't like the plot that much, yet still found it above decent.

Sep 19, 2015

Like what a lot of others are saying-it could've been longer!

The animation in itself walks along the realistic line to the point where it looks absolutely beautiful. It's an immersive experience.

Aug 17, 2015

The Garden of Words is a short animated movie that follows Takao, a young boy who is training to become a shoemaker. He skips school during rainy days to sketch shoes in a park, where he meets a woman who enjoys beer and chocolate. Soon, they both start to see each other again without scheduling the times, only to meet on rainy days. Their relationship opens up, but the end of the rainy season approaches. With no knowledge of the other person, they have no way to meet back up until it rains again. This romance movie views the life of Takao as he progresses through his high school years, encountering conflict along the way.

The main criticism that I have about this movie is the duration. As it is only 46 minutes long, not much backstory or development of characters can be made. This leads to a lot of confusion during the beginning of the story as the viewer is scrambling to make connections that the movie doesn’t discreetly make. The viewer must guess and assume many things about the characters as their details pass very quickly. Despite this, the movie makes up for this flaw in many different ways. First, one of the most vibrant and enjoyable parts of the movie was definitely the art and visuals. They are extremely vibrant, and can be seen right from the start of the movie. Next, the dialogue is very short and concise, but carries heavy meaning during the movie. Many of the words are important, and have a huge impact throughout the whole story. Lastly, the background music is very peaceful and seems to fit very well with the visuals and the tone of the movie. Overall, this movie is very well done, and I would recommend it to anyone.

Don Le
Nov 10, 2014

The Garden of Words is one that is mysterious, in a sense that it is a garden of secrets. The movie contains many deep meanings that are somewhat hidden through the small scenes that occur in the movie. Though the length of the film is short, the tone of the movie is developed well, and is able to envelop the viewers in emotions brought by the movie. The visuals a main strong point of The Garden of Words, where rain drops in the setting are so visually appealing. The soundtrack is simple and ambient, but helps set the tone of the movie, and engross viewers. Overall, the movie is one that is worth a watch, with its form of simplicity, and encourages inferences to make the most of out it. If you liked Garden of Words, then you should also check out 5 Centimeters Per Second, one of Shinkai's most notable works.

May 22, 2014

As a background artist I found the film most beautifully executed. However, the dialogue is terrible, the story not engaging, The characters looked so flat and cartoonish against the lavish backgrounds, and there was so much unnecessary material and scenes that stole from any continuity. It could have been so much more - but then, there is only one master - Miyazake,

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May 14, 2014

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