Fleeting Rain: A Review on Kotonoha no Niwa

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“A faint clap of thunder, clouded skies. Perhaps rain will come. If so, will you stay here with me?” – Yukari Yukino ⌈ General Information ⌋ From renowned director Makoto Shinkai comes Kotonoha no Niwa, a 2013 anime drama film starring Irino Miyu and Hanazawa Kana. Also known as The Garden of Words, the film is a product of CoMix Wave Films. Additionally, this anime movie acquired a manga adaptation with illustrations by Motohashi Midori. ⌈ Synopsis ⌋ During rainy mornings, 15-year-old shoemaker Takao Akizuki visits the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. There, he meets the mysterious 27-year-old woman Yukari Yukino. The pair has personal reasons as to why they regularly come to the garden. Takao skips his morning classes to design shoes and Yukino avoids work due to personal problems. While Takao freely opens up about his life, Yukino tells him nothing about herself. When […]

Koe no Katachi: A Glimpse Of The Life Of Shoya And Shoko

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Makoto Shinkai, Your Name’s director, has described Koe no Katachi (The Shape Of Voice) as “too cool”. Can this tale of disabilities, school bullying, friendships and growing live up to such a high praise? Opening the film a song from The Who, My Generation, is either an act of supreme confidence or extreme folly. Fortunately, Naoka Yamada’s Koe no Katachi more than manages to live up to the promise set in those opening minutes (add in Shinkai’s praise). Koe no Katachi: Kids Can Be Quite Cruel To One Another Shoya Ishida’s less complicated life becomes a lot more confusing when a deaf girl, Shoko Nishimiya, joins them in his elementary school class. It’s not long before his curiosity, and that of his classmates, turns into something nasty. When Nishimiya eventually transferred to another school, the blame for bullying her falls squarely on Ishida’s shoulders. It may […]