5 Centimeters Per Second

5 Centimeters Per Second

Book - 2012
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Takaki Tohno quickly befriends Akari Shinohara when she transfers to his school, but when she must move again at the end of the school year, they decide to keep their close bond by writing letters to one another.
Publisher: New York :, Vertical,, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781932234961
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIC NOVEL Shinkai
Characteristics: 460 pages : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 19 cm


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Written in 2007, 5 Centimeters Per Second by Makoto Shinkai, is a Manga novelization of an anime movie by the same name. The manga is illustrated by Seike Yukiko. The story is set in the early 1990’s when cellphones and email have not gained widespread use. This is an important plot device in this tale of unrequited love, missed meetings, and miscommunication.

The protagonist is Takaki Tono who falls in love with Akari Shinohara when they are still in elementary school. The story follows Takaki’s loss of contact with Akari due to it being a long distance relationship and his journey trying to restart their communication and relationship into adulthood. (Submitted by Shane)

Jun 28, 2018

Best manga about unrequited love that has been written. It fully explains the DVD/motion picture of the same name which ends a bit abruptly.

Jul 29, 2013

The saddest thing I have ever read!I was depressed for weeks!It was so sweet,though.Just be prepared to cry.:(

Nov 18, 2012

I really loved this graphic novel. It was really well thought out and it had a nice plot. Just wished it didn't end so abrupt.

Nov 17, 2012

I love this story, one of the best I've seen from shinkai. I love how Shinkai makes the reader face the reality of what it means when you grow up and how we often failed to grasp what really matters in our lives.

Oct 21, 2012

Is there a book two?


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