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Garden of Words [DVD]


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  • Directors: Makoto Shinkai
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Anime Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Feb. 2014
  • Run Time: 46 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00HYYHP94
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,334 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

From Makoto Shinkai (Five Centimeters Per Second, Journey to Agartha) comes a love story with a twist.

When Takao, a young high school student who dreams of becoming a shoe designer, decides to skip school one day in favor of sketching in a rainy garden, he has no idea how much his life will change when he encounters Yukino. Older but perhaps not as much wiser, she seems adrift in the world. Despite the difference in their ages, they strike up an unusual relationship that unexpectedly continues and evolves, with random meetings in the same garden on each rainy day.

But the rainy season is coming to a close, and there are so many things still left unsaid and undone between them. Will there be time left for Takao to put his feelings into actions and words? Between the raindrops, between the calms in the storm, what will blossom?

SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE: Interviews (52 minutes with the Japanese cast and director), Storyboards (45 minutes), English production stillls, Japanese trailer, The Works of Makoto Shinkai, English commentary track with cast, Japanese commentary with English subtitles.

LANGUAGES ON DISC: English dub and Japanese language track with English subtitles.

Review

By any standard it's impressive anime; as a feature debut it's a remarkable achievement. --Seattle Times

The Place Promised in Our Early Days will appeal to anyone who cherishes intelligent cinema, and its arrival should signal Shinkai s position not only as a new master of anime, but as a new force in global cinema. --Film Threat

The Place Promised in Our Early Days will appeal to anyone who cherishes intelligent cinema, and its arrival should signal Shinkai s position not only as a new master of anime, but as a new force in global cinema. --Film Threat

The Place Promised in Our Early Days will appeal to anyone who cherishes intelligent cinema, and its arrival should signal Shinkai s position not only as a new master of anime, but as a new force in global cinema. --Film Threat --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By bozeman1941 on 27 Aug. 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I bought this movie on the basis of comments I have seen about it on various anime forums, which all seemed favourable. Well, it is safe to say I was not disappointed!

The first thing you notice is the stunning detail in the animation; it is super-lifelike, and looks gorgeous. At times it is hard to distinguish it from real 'live' footage, and things like the rain, and daily life scenes like the trains and the station, are breathtakingly realistic. In fact, only the characters themselves look like 'cartoons', and even they are beautifully drawn, with realistic shading, colouring and lighting effects; awesome - a visual feast!

Coming to the story itself, the only down-side is that it is short, at about 45 minutes; I wish it had been full-length, say 90 minutes or more. It was touching, heartfelt, emotional, and made you feel for the characters. I loved every minute of it! The English dub is excellent, with many of the 'usual suspects', including Patrick Poole as male lead Takao, Maggie Flecknoe as Yukari Yukino, the female lead, plus Shelley Calene-Black, Brittney Karbowski, Hilary Haag, David Matranga, and Blake Shepard all putting in appearances. I won't summarise the story here, as the product description covers that; but it was totally excellent, and very moving.

I strongly recommend this movie - it is a definite keeper!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By BDT87 on 14 Feb. 2014
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The first time I saw this trailer I was eager to watch it. When the time came, I had no idea what I was going in to as I did not read the synopsis. I only knew it was going to be a short movie.

From the first seconds of the movie the animation is top quality. Probably the best animation you have ever seen as in how much effort and time took to make a scene. The buildings, trees, look so realistic. I can understand if people don't really care much about the characters as you don't have much time to see them develop. But I was fine with the two main characters and even so I didn't care much about them but from when I met them I was eager to see how this film will involve with them. I can't say much because it will go to Spoiler territory. But if you have 46min to spare I highly recommend giving this a watch. Makoto Shinkai did a wonderful job on this movie. I have not seen all of his work but wouldnt mind now after seeing this and Children who chase lost voices.

If you feel my written review didn't give much justice, please check out my video: ([...])
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R Ferguson on 3 Sept. 2013
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Press Pause, Print & Frame...
Almost anytime, honest it's that good.
Nice film and the storyline was interesting, Enjoy it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Roy Williams on 26 Feb. 2014
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It may just be a mediocre translation for the tile but there isn't THAT much dialogue...,ahem...,to speak of.
However....,the whole animation is based around rainy days and sitting in the park shelter and just enjoying the weather.
It concerens two strangers taking time off from what they're supposed to be doing.
'Irresponsible', I hear you say.Well.you'd be right.....,sort of.
Stick around to hear their reasons.That's what the film is about.It's like eavesdropping.
One thing I did notice was the repeated use of the same piece of animation,particularly the tree dipping into the water at the gardens.It's a short film too,and I wanted more,of course.
That's a mean critisism really,I just wanted to see more of the fantastic scenes that we know Makoto can create.
If that's why YOU are interested,then it doesn't disappoint.There are some brilliant sunsets,showers and medative moments.
One of my favourites is near the end of the film,when the relationship we see on the DVD cover,comes to....,well....,fruition,I 'spose.
It has a painfull twist in the tail/tale though,so be warned !
The extras on the DVD explain more and are definitely worth watching.
Is it one to add to your collection ? It sure is ! No doubt about it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike Seaton on 9 April 2014
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As a fan of the works of Makoto Shinkai, I came to this short movie with open eyes. the movie itself is just under 50 minutes, but its amazingly complex story and beautiful animation and soundtrack do the length just adding belief to the adage - its not quantity its quality. Lovely through and through and once again the director captures audiences with his love stories with a twist.
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By Loukas G. on 1 Dec. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Together with '5 centimeters per second' are the most beautiful anime films at this moment. In blu ray format the sceneries are stunning!
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By hgmtc on 28 Nov. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
I watched this movie online and fell in love with it, the art is stunning; the story is simple yet sweet, the soundtrack compliments what's happening so well that you can't help but simply enjoy watching it. Despite watching it online I found it was one of those movies which I just had to own so I bought and watched it in both Japanese and English. Usually I am not a fan of English dubs but the dub for this is just as good as the Japanese (well Japanese is slightly better but nevermind that lol) and as a result I can't really find any fault with the movie. As you can probably tell I just love this film even though it is short: short but sweet.
Anyways hope you enjoyed reading my review.

On another note the manga is just as good :P
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By Jazzie on 22 Jan. 2015
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The first thing to say is that this movie is gorgeous the animation is first class and really draws you into the world. The story is very nice and is a sweet, short slice of life that revolves around a boy who always skips school on rainy days and finds himself learning about the life of a girl who also skips work on rainy days as well. Its a heartwarming story and its very enjoyable to watch, however I found that it ended quite abruptly which was a little sad. A similar film is 5 Centimeters per Second and that is just as stunning and if not better, if you like that you'll appreciate this piece of art and vice versa.
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