Although this could go in the anime thread, it deserves its own. It’s a short series by Makoto Shinkai, about various stories that all have to do with moving at 5cm per second. And all I have to say is that this is literally art in motion… the angles he uses, the insanely good visuals, the way he tells the story, it is no less than absolute, pure art. If I hadn’t had a girl over while watching the first story, I probably would have cried at the end – but it’s always alright for a man to cry alone, just as long as the womenfolk never know.
Anyway, I got a chance to see Story 1, which is called Sakura Blossoms – named after Akari’s discovery that sakura blossoms fall at a speed of 5cm per second. I got the 720p raw from a friend of mine in Japan, and it’s looking like the last month or so of Japanese lessons have paid off, because I was able to understand nearly every word of the spoken dialog. It’s too bad I don’t have a grasp of the written language yet, because one of the characters often looks at what appears to be some kind of schedule, but I wasn’t able to decipher it right away – although it was pretty easy to figure out after the first couple glances.
Anyway, I highly encourage any fan of art to watch this series, and await the next “Stories” as they’re aired. I don’t know if a sub is out yet, because I got this directly from a friend of mine, but if one is, please watch it. You will not regret it.