5cm Per Second, Innocent Venus get the axe

In more fun for ADV films, they have announced the discontinuation of 4 more titles: 5 Centimeters Per Second, Best Student Council, Innocent Venus, and Robotech.

ADV has not said whether they were also licensed by Sojitz like the 32 other titles that they lost or not, though I wouldn’t be surprised since it would seem to be odd for ADV to license these outside of Sojitz (except for perhaps 5 Centimeters).

This leaves Kurau: Phantom Memory as the only recent ADV release which it hasn’t lost or at least “discontinued” (Kurau was licensed 4 years ago just before it aired).  However, somehow I don’t think that ADV will be able to keep running the business on the back of Kurau.

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Josh's Anime Blog Podcast Episode 65

Josh’s Anime Blog Podcast Episode 65Josh’s Anime Blog Podcast Episode #65 is now online! In this podcast, I review the movie Five Centimeters per Second. I also talk about GONZO’s move to stream their new anime series online, and I also give a mention to the Anime Blog Awards.

This week’s Podcast Stats:

Time: 22:46
Download Size: 15.6 MB

Opening theme:
“Tomorrow” by Mikuni Shimokawa
Opening theme to Full Metal Panic

Ending theme:
“One More Time, One More Chance” by Masayoshi Yamazaki
Ending theme to Five Centimeters per Second

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Five Centimeters Per Second – Anime Review

The Essentials

Five Centimeters Per SecondName: Five Centimeters per Second
Genre: Drama
Episodes: N/A
Released: March 3, 2007
Based On: N/A
Director: Makoto Shinkai
Produced By: CoMix Wave
US Distribution By: ADV Films

Major Japanese Cast

Takaki Tono: Kenji Mizuhashi
Akari Shinohara (young): Yoshimi Kondou
Akari Shinohara (old): Ayaka Onoue
Kanae Sumita: Satomi Hanamura

Major English Cast

Takaki Tono: David Matranga
Akari Shinohara: Hilary Haag
Kanae Sumita: Serena Varghese

Scores

Animation: 10/10 (x 4 = 40 pts)
Story: 9/10 (x 4 = 36 pts)
Music: 10/10 (x 4 = 40 pts)
Coherence/Story Arc: N/A
English Dubs: 9/10 (x 1 = 9 pts)
Gut Score: 10/10 (x 5 = 50 pts)

Total: 175/180 (97.2%)

Review

Five Centimeters Per Second is trio of stories centering around a boy, Takaki Tono, as he struggles with his feelings for his childhood friend Akari as time and distance continue to separate them further and further.

The first story deals with Takaki trying to visit Akari by train after Akari has moved to Tochigi Prefecture, which is about 50 miles to north from Tokyo, and before Takaki moves to southern Japan – essentially making it impossible for the two to see each other again. Takaki must mull over his feelings for Akari as a couple hour train ride turns into a multi-hour train ride riddled by delays, also fearing that Akari may not wait for him to arrive.

The second story is deals with Kanae, a girl who likes Takaki, who is still in Southern Japan and now attending high school. However, Kanae is extremely indecisive, unable to decide what she wants to do in the future, nor how she’ll confess to Takaki. She soon sees Takaki as someone that has someone else in his heart, and thus decides not to confess, but also as someone who appears to see where he’s going, which gives her the confidence to look forward herself.

The final story deals with Takaki, now old enough to work, as he passes a familiar face at a train crossing, which causes him to think back on his life and his feelings.

While one may be tempted to label Five Centimeters per Second a romance, it’s hard to label such a thoroughly depressing movie as such, as all three stories end on a such a melancholy tone. While some movies may exist to show that love can endure reality, this is, at it’s core, a realization that love is just sometimes crushed by the realities of life, and that when it is, one just has to move on and try to live life to the fullest that you can.

On technical aspects, I kind of battled whether to give this a 9 or 10 on animation. The lines may not have been as sharp as they could have been, but the attention to detail is amazing, and I think the sharpness was such a minor quibble that it wasn’t enough to knock it down a point. As usual, Tenmon’s soundtrack is amazing.

Overall, my recommendation is, regardless of the genre you usually prefer, go watch this. I doubt you’ll come away unaffected somehow.

First Watched: July 2007
Do I Own: Yes
Do I Recommend: Yes

What I Want to See: 5 Centimeters Per Second

5 Centimeters Per secondThe recently-acquired-by-ADV series of short stories called 5 Centimeters Per Second is next on my list of what to see. By the same person who made The Place Promised in our Early Days (which I love) and Voices of a Distant Star (which I should get from Netflix today), 5 Centimeters Per Second may be best described by it’s subtitle: “A chain of short stories about their distance” and is about, perhaps not surprisingly, a series of stories about a pair of people separated by distance and how it impacts those characters.

Given that I liked Placed Promised and I’ll surprised if I don’t like Voices, it’s a shame this isn’t coming to DVD until December. ADV is screening it at Anime Expo, and hopefully they’ll give it the same treatment at Otakon.

Anime Expo in 1 week

Anime ExpoWhile I’m not attending Anime Expo in Long Beach, it does start 1 week from today, and I’ll be paying attention to what things get licensed and the like there.

Of course, having just finished watching Kanon and with the news not too long ago that ADV Films registered the domain kanontv.com (for 3 years no less) has fueled speculation that they may announce a Kanon license at either Anime Expo or Otakon (I am, of course, hoping for Otakon since I’ll be there).

ADV has said in the past that they were going to wait to see how well Air did before they made a decision on Kanon, but given how well Kanon has been received in the US, maybe they decided that they didn’t need to wait. Or maybe they’re still waiting to see how Air does, but grabbed the domain while they still could. Air doesn’t even start it’s release until mid-August, meaning that if ADV does wait, any announcement on Kanon would have to be made after the summer convention season is already over.

And speaking of conventions and ADV licenses, why couldn’t they have waited a week to announce this: ADV Acquires 5cm Per Second.