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Makoto Shinkai Retrospective: 5 Centimeters Per Second

It feels really weird to call 5 Centimeters Per Second a divisive movie. It's such a minor piece, only wishing to be about the distance between two people that threatens to ruin the life of one of them. I suppose that's the reason why there are so many mixed feelings here. It's here where Shinkai's bullcookie publicity as "the next Miyazaki" hit full saturation and probably where a great many people walked into his career and said, "This is it?" This is Shinkai stripped of most of his fantastical elements, leaving the core of people separated by time, space, emotion, or all three. These are the most resonant parts of his work and the most well executed, so I don't mind at all, but I imagine those who were attracted by the more grandiose sections of his oeuvre would beg to differ.


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