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  • Paperback: 566 pages
  • Publisher: VERTICAL (12 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932234969
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932234961
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.5 x 19.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 220,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mike Andrew Dawson on 17 Sept. 2012
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This is a rare beast. As an adaptation of the original film it is closest to a "novelization", but to describe it as such would be doing it a disservice. 5 Centimeters Per Second, was a Japanese Anime, which in film form is pretty much the most stunningly beautiful animation you're ever likely to see, but is lacks a coherent and cohesive narrative. At just over sixty mintues in length and peppered with a mawkish sound track, the film did not fulfill in the way it might have, but director Makoto Shinkai was able to adapt his film to a graphic novel and fill out the story, making it both more coherent and more emotionally satisfying than the film. Told in ten chapters rather than three sections, it details a childhood love affair in the first half; in the second half the girl and boy are separated and they begin to lose touch as their letters to each other grow more and more infrequent, however both are unable to move on and find love again, never willing to let anyone into their hearts completely and destroying any potential unions in the process.
It is a story about the indelible mark first love leaves on our lives, and the impossibility of finding that bliss again in world so complex and clouded by emotional history. At its weakest it's a little on-the-nose, with characters "explaining" their feelings rather than "expressing" them, but at its best it perfectly captures young love, its joyous highs and its dreadfully lonely lows. Well worth a read, particularly if you're a fan of the film.
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Yes, this is a Manga (Comic book) and it is in English. Makoto Shinkai has never disappointed me, nor 5 centimeters per second. If you have seen the Movie, well it is pretty much the same.

So why do you want to waste money on a book if you have seen the movie?
1) There are some parts which are different to the movie (Not Much)
2) Do own something of Makoto Shinkai and it not very expensive.
3) If you have never read Manga, this is a good start.
4) If you are that kind of people who prefer reading.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Tierney on 17 Mar. 2014
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Considering how much I enjoyed the movie I knew I'd enjoy this, however I didn't enjoy it to the same extent. The art style doesn't come across as clearly with the lack of colour, and the lack of music also takes away from the atmosphere

However with all this said the story transfers terrifically well, we get to see some great added bits that weren't in the movie, mainly added to the end so we get more closure, the emotions of sadness and heartache are still felt, however in this medium it involves much more of the reader's own perception, books like this need to be read slowly to pick up on more that's going on.

I'd highly recommend this book if you enjoyed the movie
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AMPV on 30 Jan. 2013
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Beautiful, sad, wonderful teenage love story that connects some loose ends from its origin film. The art of the film is a feast to the eyes and the same can be said, to a certain extent, about the black and white manga adaptation. It will not be easy to grasp or enjoy if you're into more action oriented films or comics/mangas but, nevertheless, surely it is worth a try...
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Book Info 30 Jun. 2012
By Jsyschan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
OK, I read previous reviews about the film. Now, I wanna talk about the book itself. I saw it online translated, and I gotta say, this english version is good. Though the loss of honorifics makes it a little odd, since this is in Japanese culture, the translation's not too bad though I gotta say that I liked the online translation a bit better at some parts. Otherwise, it follows the film pretty well. It has all the chapters from both books as well as that little bonus chapter at the end. Be prepared for the size, because it was bigger than what I expected. Anyways, enjoy the book.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Beauty is its real name 9 July 2012
By Jenna - Published on Amazon.com
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I was ecstatic when I found out there was going to be a manga of my favorite movie, I couldn't wait until I could get it and read it. As I started reading it followed the movie very well, but there are some "fillers" in it that fills you in on what happened in the middle of parts. Like how Akari and Tohno met and how they got started on being friends. I really did love this book but there were a couple of things that got on my nerves. There are no tails on the talking bubbles. Half-way through the book I saw a couple but that was it. So at times, especially the beginning, I had trouble telling who exactly was talking. And also, the scenes changed a lot of times in the beginning and the only way I knew that it changed was because the characters were wearing different clothing. But overall, this book was amazing. It captured my heart yet again and I will always recommend this to everyone. So if you enjoyed the movie, are just a person looking for a touching story, or just love reading manga, I definitely recommend this to you.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
One of the most beautiful tale ever told! 27 Jun. 2012
By St. Clouds - Published on Amazon.com
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Very beautiful heart rending tale about unrequited first love. Anyone who has ever been in love can identify. A far cry from its contemporary that glorified sex above real and meaningful relationship.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Truly a Masterpiece 3 Oct. 2012
By Seleneus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
When I picked up this book I was looking for a love story. While this is a love story, it's a love story of a different kind. It isn't some unrealistic fairytale but one that tells a story of two people who love each other but just cannot be together because of time and distance. It's realistic. It's down to earth. It's something that actually happens to people in real life. I finished this book wishing it had ended differently so that it could fulfill my hunger for a cute romantic ending. The type of ending that usually ends in "and they lived happily ever after". But then when I began to actually think about what this manga meant and what it was trying to show me, I realized how deep it actually is and that sometimes (if not most of the time) love doesn't equal "and they lived happily ever after".

I don't want to give away too much of the story but, if you're looking to read a romance manga with a happy ending, don't pick this manga. But if you're looking for a realistic manga that will make you think and help you understand what love in real life is sometimes like, then this is the manga for you. It has definitely helped me realize that while love can be so sweet and filled with happiness, sometimes it's exactly the way it was in the manga. It's not depressing. It's reality. This is why I give this manga 5 stars. It didn't give me what I wanted (a love story with a happy ending leaving me wanting that in real life and becoming disappointed that I don't have that), it gave me what I needed to know.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant, but frustrating 29 Aug. 2013
By SogeKing - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In this review, I will try to avoid spoiling the ending of the manga, although it will assume knowledge of the main events of the film and its themes. If you haven't seen the film on which the book is based, I suggest you not read the rest of this review.

Like many people, I was deeply affected when I first watched the film "5 Centimeters Per Second." Seeing that movie brought back memories of the first girl I ever went out with. I was glad to find there was a manga version of this story now available. It fills in many details which one may have pondered while watching the movie. For example, in part 2 of the film, when Akari and Takaki meet each other, he says, "We talked into the night." In the book, it shows what they actually talked about. The first 2/3 of the novel follow the film fairly closely, it is in the final 1/3 of the novel where it expands upon greatly from the film. I found myself wishing the movie had included all this as well because the film's third act felt so rushed. The film shows a very brief interaction between Takaki and an ex-girlfriend. Here in the book, she actually has a name (Risa Mizuno) and a fleshed out personality, you can really feel for her character.

Much has been said in praise of the realism of this story. I can't say that I fully agree. I do not feel that the main characters in this story tried hard enough to maintain their connection. I just thought Takaki and Akari were way too passive. They never fully expressed their feelings to one another, they never made an attempt to see each other again. Even worse, Takaki spends the next ten years pining over this girl he fell in love with at age twelve, no normal person behaves that way.

I am an avid admirer of Makoto Shinkai's work. I've watched every one of his releases including "Garden of Words." My conclusion so far, based on his work, is that Shinkai doesn't know how to get people together. He loves torturing his poor forlorn characters with pain, loneliness, and separation, to the point where they do sad things like take walks pretending to meet someone (Place Promised) or write text messages you never send (5 Cm). He doesn't actually know how bring two people in love together, because once that happens, maybe he just doesn't know what to do. In Shinkai's world, all the dramatic tension comes from keeping lovers apart. A film like "Whisper of the Heart," which is the philosophical antithesis of "5 Cm," is completely foreign to his sensibilities. It must be that writing fulfilling romantic relationships doesn't interest him, because surely it is not for lack of ability or talent. I will say, for this novel, there is a slight hint of hope injected at the very end of the novel, but even then it is deliberately left ambiguous. His works, brilliant as they are, always leave you wanting more, and that is what is ultimately so frustrating about him.
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