We are now at the end of this movie, with the final episode, “5 Centimeters Per Second” this time. As a special treat, I have also included a video of the amazing montage and song that comes with this episode. You can check it out later at the end of this post.
Spoiler Warning! There may be spoilers, and if you want to watch this movie without any spoilers, do NOT read on ahead! Otherwise, read on.
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5 Centimeters Per Second, this time, takes place in 2008 Tokyo. All the main characters have gone their own ways. Takaki has just broken up with his girlfriend due to their unstable relationship, Akari is preparing to move in with her fiance. That’s just about it. This is actually the introduction to what would be an amazing video montage with a great song, “One More Time, One More Chance” by Yamazaki Masayoshi. Kanae is also seen here in the montage seeing off Takaki and driving her motorcycle on the country road. I’m not going to bother describing the widely varied montage; instead you can watch it here along with the final monologues by Takaki and Akari for yourself:
In the final scene at the end of the montage, we go back to the beginning of the episode with Takaki and the woman, now revealed to be Akari. As they both realizes it and turn around, a pair of trains cut off their view at the last moment after just a glimpse. Takaki is seen waiting for the trains to pass, but when they do, Akari is gone. After a brief pause, Takaki smiles. He could have chose to chase Akari, but he instead turns around and keeps heading in the direction he was, finally content and able to let her go.
The final episode is the shortest episode of 5 Centimeters Per Second, but is a great force to be reckoned with especially with the montage at the end. Words can’t even begin to describe the montage, so you can interpret the montage however you prefer. As for the outcome, I was really sad that Takaki and Akari never got together since you could see how strong their feelings were for each other in Oukashou. But that’s just life; life will continue on ahead regardless. Kanae also had her pain as well, as we see her in the montage briefly, seeing Takaki off and going her own way. What makes this movie great in my eyes is that the movie is very realistic and explores many common themes relating to our lives, such as moving on as seen in the final scene of the movie. 5 Centimeters Per Second is a great, beautiful movie that uses artistic representation and moving music such as “One More Time, One More Chance” by Yamazaki Masayoshi. The directing is also exquisite, using the visuals, dialogues, and music to bring out the emotions. Shinkai Makoto is a great rising star director with several distinguished works under his belt such as Voices of a Distant Star.
I recommend watching this movie, since it will surely hit your emotions in the right notes!
Other works by Shinkai Makoto: She and Her Cat, Voices of a Distant Star, The Place Promised in Our Early Days