The Garden of Words

POSTED BY DANNY CHOO On Tue 2013/03/12 15:36 JST in Anime

The Garden of Words or Kotonoha no Niwa is an upcoming anime film directed by Shinkai Makoto (Voices of a Distant Star, 5 Centimeters Per Second, Children Who Chase Lost Voices) with production by CoMix Wave Films , who often work together with Shinkai Makoto on his works.

The film is scheduled to premiere in theaters across Japan on the 31st May 2013.

Takao is a young high school student who is aiming to become a shoemaker. One rainy morning he decides to skip school and starts sketching shoes in a Japanese garden, where he meets a rather mysterious lady named Yukino. Thereafter, the two of them end up meeting each other at the same spot every time it rains, even though they never made specific arrangements to do so. There they chat and start to get to know each other quite well.

Yukino seems to have lost her way in life, and Takao promises he'll make her some shoes that will help her get back onto the right path. But the rainy season is coming to an end, which could mean the end of their relationship as well...

Main Characters

  • Akizuka Takao played by Irino Miyo 入野自由]
  • Yukino Yukari played by Hanazawa Kana 花澤香菜]

As with most of Shinkai Makoto's works, the story focuses mainly on the relationship between just two main characters.
There are a few other minor characters who have been revealed and can be seen on the official character page.

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The ED theme for the film is "Rain", which can be heard in the trailer above and is performed by Hata Motohiro 秦 基博].

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These screenshots all come from the trailer seen above. As with all of Shinkai Makoto's works, the detail put into the backgrounds is particularly breathtaking and in this case really gives a nice slide of Japanese life.