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If you’ve been reading this blog for quite some time, you’ll see how I love Japanese manga and anime. And I’m actually fond of watching Japanese animated films. I don’t know if it’s just the ones I have seen, but I noticed that these movies have beautiful stories which tend to be bittersweet in nature.
After finishing my school work for this semester, I had the time to have a movie marathon. “Kotonoha no Niwa” (The Garden of Words) was one of the animated films that I watched yesterday. The story is about Takao Akizuki, a 15 year old schoolboy who dreams of becoming a shoemaker, and Yukari Yukino, a literature teacher who wishes to walk her own path. The two first met on a rainy day, and they continued to encounter each other in the park on rainy mornings and grew closer in each other’s company.
I liked Kotonoha no Niwa because it is a story of seeking solace in the face of loneliness and finding hope in a seemingly hopeless situation. Of course, the illustration style is great. In terms of the characters, I really like Takao because I found his dream to become a shoemaker interesting. As a fashion student, I could relate to him, pursuing something that he loves despite what other people may think. These themes are things that I don’t usually see in other movies, that’s why I really appreciate Japanese animated films. :)
~Cris, March 30, 2014

If you’ve been reading this blog for quite some time, you’ll see how I love Japanese manga and anime. And I’m actually fond of watching Japanese animated films. I don’t know if it’s just the ones I have seen, but I noticed that these movies have beautiful stories which tend to be bittersweet in nature.

After finishing my school work for this semester, I had the time to have a movie marathon. “Kotonoha no Niwa” (The Garden of Words) was one of the animated films that I watched yesterday. The story is about Takao Akizuki, a 15 year old schoolboy who dreams of becoming a shoemaker, and Yukari Yukino, a literature teacher who wishes to walk her own path. The two first met on a rainy day, and they continued to encounter each other in the park on rainy mornings and grew closer in each other’s company.

I liked Kotonoha no Niwa because it is a story of seeking solace in the face of loneliness and finding hope in a seemingly hopeless situation. Of course, the illustration style is great. In terms of the characters, I really like Takao because I found his dream to become a shoemaker interesting. As a fashion student, I could relate to him, pursuing something that he loves despite what other people may think. These themes are things that I don’t usually see in other movies, that’s why I really appreciate Japanese animated films. :)

~Cris, March 30, 2014

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