Remember a time before cell phones could be found in every pocket? Or when even accessing the world wide web was something only readily available in a library? Back then letters still filled up postboxes and moments just felt so much more precious when captured on Polaroid film. Now life seems to move at the speed of light. Our memories are captured and shared with the world on social media platforms. And love, which is already capricious, can feel like it is moving at terminal velocity.
I’ve read a lot of Makoto Shinkai’s work and I just fall in love with it every time. I’ve read the light novels and manga for both Your Name and Weathering With You by him and loved them, but I always knew I was biased because of my love for the original films. With 5 Centimeters Per Second, I decided to read the manga before the film and see how I felt the other way around. And I loved it.
This manga is about love. It’s a love story, and that’s kind of it. But I really loved that so much. I fell into this story so easily, and when I picked it up just to read the first 20ish pages, I ended up reading the entire thing in one go.
The writing in this made me so emotional and I was crying at around 150 pages in, with many other parts making me teary. I just loved the characters and the conversations they were having with one another, and the first section I related to so much.
The drawings were beautiful and I could picture the story so well. I don’t know how to describe how I felt about this manga, I just really loved it. I can’t wait to watch the film!
5 out of 5 stars
May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽