In most cases, Makoto Shinkai, like Hayao Miyazaki with his Spirited Away, is known among popular culture as the creator of the anime "Your Name". What can we say, if a Hollywood remake is being shot based on this picture. However, they are not united by one name, and the maestro still has many worthy paintings in stock. Since the release of his new anime "Weather Child" is just around the corner, we will talk about 5 great anime Makoto Shinkai, next to "Your Name".
Kumo no Mukou, Yakusoku no Basho / The Place Promised in Our Early Days
The story in this anime is about an alternate year 1974, where Japan split. The southern lands are controlled by the United States, and the USSR holds the island of Hakkaido. Against the backdrop of these events, we are told about a trinity of friends from high school who love to gaze at the tall tower built by the Soviets and dream of being on top of it someday. They promise each other that when they grow up, they will definitely visit it. Life is changing, and a seemingly childish promise no longer means anything, but they find a wrecked plane, which they decide to restore in order to fly to the tower.
This is an anime, as it is not difficult to guess about dreams and their fulfillment. About that very last summer when we were able to do something magical. In addition, this is the first full-length anime by a director to whom he has proven that he can make excellent full-length films. Although character animations can be a little clumsy at times, this is where Shinkai showed himself to his fullest, drawing divinely beautiful skies that even the characters themselves are surprised at.
Dareka no Manazashi / Someone's Gaze
This is a short film only seven minutes long, but in such a short time she manages to tell that there are things in life that you often do not notice, but they are of much greater importance. And no, these are not the little things in life that are characteristic of creativity, for example, KyoAni, but simply such things as the love of loved ones. She is always there and becomes an everyday thing.
Shinkai here tells a powerful and mature story of family ties that break down over time. This may seem like a rather manipulative topic, but this is not the case. If you appreciate a movie that touches your soul and makes you even cry, then spend seven minutes of your life on Someone's Gaze, as it will definitely pay off.
Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo / Children Who Chase Lost Voices
Let's move on from the short film to one of the director's longest works. Catchers of Forgotten Voices is an anime that can rightfully be called the spiritual successor of Miyazaki's works. Shinkai himself admitted that the director's work inspired him more than once, and here it can be seen. Adventure, long journey and fantasy all come together in this anime. To me personally, it even somewhat reminds me of the atmosphere of "Ponyo Fish on the Cliff".
The main character of the anime is Asuna. She is developed beyond her years, lives with her mother, who spends most of her time at work in the hospital, where she looks after the sick. The girl entertains herself only by listening to the radio with the help of one crystal, which she got from her late father. One day, Asuna returns home and is attacked by a strange creature. She is saved by a guy named Xiong, but he dies. It all comes down to the fact that Asuna travels to another world called Agartu, where she can meet him.
To some extent, this work is unique, since in most cases his stories were told about how people have to leave or lose someone. Children Who Chase Lost Voices goes beyond acceptance and talks about how to live after such a loss and move on.
Byousoku 5 Centimeter / 5 Centimeters per Second
This is an anime about three love stories that have developed over the course of 10 years for the main character Takaki Tohno. The first story "Okasho" is about him and his childhood friend Akari Shinohara. They were very friendly, but they have to part, as the Akari family is forced to move to another prefecture due to work. The only way they communicate is through letters they write by hand.
The second Cosmonaut story takes us back to Takaki's school days. The school is located on the island of Tanegashima, where there is a space center. There, the hero becomes the object of sympathy for a girl named Kanae. She understands that she wants to be with him, thinks about him and constantly looks with her eyes in the hope of seeing, but alas, she is afraid to confess to him. So it turns out that for a long time she loves him secretly unrequited. However, in 1999, when there is not much time left until the end of classes, she decides to admit it to him.
And the last "5 centimeters per second" talks about the adult Takaki. He broke up with the girl with whom he lived for three years, quit his job, and he himself thinks that he is on the edge of an abyss. One day Takaki is walking for a long time along the street, along which he once walked with his childhood friend, when suddenly she passes him. He turns around and so does she, but at this very moment a train passes between them.
“5 centimeters per second” is also a beautiful metaphor for the fact that life literally flies past the protagonist. At the same time, there are still feelings inside him that he cannot let go.
Kotonoha no Niwa / The Garden of Words
Takao dreams of becoming a shoe maker. Now he is still a schoolboy, but he constantly draws sketches during his walks. He especially likes rainy weather, as it is she who inspires him to work. He comes to an old gazebo, where he makes sketches. During one such walk, he meets a woman who is much older than him. They often intersect, talk and soon realize that they are not indifferent to each other. Takao also begins to hone his shoemaking skills on her feet.
This anime is beautiful not only visually [although this can be said about any of his paintings], but also because of the characters who grow through communication with each other and become better. This is the best way to show that their connection has value.
These are not all good Makoto Shinkai animes, rather favorites, and he also has quite a few great shorts such as: Crossroad, Voices of a Distant Star or Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko: Everything Flows.
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