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Wow, that was pretty depressing.

But why's the guy smiling at the end? He just got finished telling us how he feels his life is devoid of any meaning, and he even quit his job. Even the fact that, in the final scene, he waited for the trains to pass and she didn't means that he's been left behind...so what's there to be happy about?

And who's the chick with the glasses and pigtails? Was it supposed to the surfer chick grown up? Her life looked like shit, too.
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This movie made me RAAAGE
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ITT anime nerds
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Animation was nice, story was shit and made no sense
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Sage for not enough moe moe
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>>10238643
probably his former girlfriend that worked in the same company
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>>10238663
Maybe we're in /a/!
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It means he moved on, finally

Good thing you didn't cry, or I would have had to punch you in the face.
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>Wow, that was pretty depressing.
It isn't depressing if you just look at the clouds, convenience stores, and snow. The story is shit, but the animation is quite good.
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Voices of Distant Star is ultimately about romantic optimism in the face of dreadful odds.

The Place Promised in Our Early Days is much the same...except there's somehow an unhappy ending that isn't explained to us.

How does 5 Centimeters per Second fit into Shinkai's grip on themes?
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>>10238716
5 CM was basically about distance between people and how it can affect their relationships.
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He smiled because, seeing that she didn't wait for the train to pass, he knows she's moved on so he finally has, too.

The black haired girl was his ex wife/girlfriend whom he broke up with.

I thought the ending was not only sad but unsatisfying.
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It spent about 30 minutes fleshing out the relantionship between the guy and his grade school sweetheart...but VERY little time explaiing how they ceased to matter to one another. Only a single line in the second segment really affects their story (where he reveals he isn't sending text messages to her after all). What gives?
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>>10238716
5cm is ultimately superior to Hoshi no Koe, though I did enjoy the battle scenes.

To OP, He smiled cause he's finally over her, the girl in pigtails is just some random girlfriend, surfer chick disappeared but she was clearly superior to all the girls in the movie. Animation is GODLY, one of the best I've seen.
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>>10238693

Everyone on /a/ says that but I thought the story, or rather the mood and themes it conveyed, was damn good.

>>10238643

Actually...

He's smiling because he's finally moved on. You have to pay close attention to the seasons to realize that. The last section starts in spring then flashes back to winter (when he gets really depressed) and ends in spring again. By then his apartment is clean and he goes out to view the blossoms, managing to see them one last time with Akari. When she walks away it's a signal for him that she's moved on too.

The other girl is not sufer chick, she's a girlfriend he got in Tokyo then broke up with.
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>>10238791
Not really sure. I guess they want you to infer it on your own?
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He was smiling because he have finally lost it, once the train passes he'll turn back and rape her like mad.
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>>10238859
That's an ending I think everyone can accept.
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I think I still like Voices better...the pacing in this was a little wonky.
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>>10238926
I agree.
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Why are you faggots using spoiler tags? This is /a/
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this looked like planetes for a second.
probably superior too
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>>10238716

I see all 3 movies as sharing the theme that people are separated by a very large distance which is sometimes impossible to overcome. It's just that 5 Centimeters focuses more intensely on this theme without using sci fi or other tangential plots. I think that makes it his best one yet.
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>>10238966

This may shock you but once and a while there are actually considerate posters on /a/.
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Surfer chick's story was interesting enough on its own, but it took the focus on what's really the main plot; Takaki and Akari. It's kinda lame we got the climax of that plot in a music-video montage sequence.
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>>10238859
>He was smiling because he have finally lost it, and he knows he can kill.

fixed
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>>10239187
raep version is better.
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>>10239187
I love you.
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>>10239187
that's too obscure for people to get the reference...
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it seems stupid for him to get over her in 30 seconds
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Am I the only one who didn't like Voices of a Distant Star at all? I thought the story was good and all except for one HUGE plot hole. How are they going to create spaceships and mecha that can travel several thousand light years or whatever (I forgot what the exact distance was, been awhile since I saw it) but NOT CREATE COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY THAT COULD AT LEAST MATCH, IF NOT SURPASS THAT SPEED. Srsly, wtf.
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>>10239293
If he was referencing Higurashi, I don't think that qualifies as obscure.
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>>10239300

Except that it'd been like 5 years or whatever. That's what most people complain about.
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>>10239319
8 light years apart, other than that if you think about it they're at the same "time" so to speak
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It was awesomely great piece of anime. I've always been into good love stories and this one was kind of realistic one without being that depressing.
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>>10239320

Wait isn't that from the intro theme song of Darker than Black?
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>>10239346

Oh yeah, I thought it was a lot longer than that because it took like decades for the last message to get through.
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>>10239319
But they don't surpass the speed of light. They bend time or something. That's why the girl only experiances like a year while the guy experiances like 10.

Plus it looks like they could only send physical objects through time like this, you think they're going to run a mail ship?

And perhaps it required large equipment. Those carriers are hueg.
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>>10239327
in the story maybe, but in the movie it goes from a montage of him being ronery to the train scene. it's pretty sloppy story telling for something that major to happen so quickly. until I read this thread I hadn't even though about him being completely over her at the end
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how are you people getting that he's over her? the song at the end doesn't seem like it goes with that
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>>10240182

Read >>10238812 and >>10238808

Course that doesn't mean it was a happy end. Viewed even in the most positive light it's still bittersweet.
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>>10239319
Yes, everyone needs ansible communication.
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>>10240219
still not seeing it
it completely clashes with the music at the end
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>>10239187
The truth lies beyond the train.
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love = delusion, jsut like religion. gtfo with youre bullshit, fucking stupid morons
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>>10240356
You've opened my eyes, I'm going to put on some Linkin Park and sing along while I think about cutting myself in my basement.
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I watched this movie late at night and couldn't go to sleep because it made me rethink all my past relationships.

Really good movie
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The movie didn't make me feel sad or anything. I just felt nothing.
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