The Garden of Words Blu-ray
About The Garden of Words Blu-ray
From director Makoto Shinkai comes The Garden of Words, a touching coming of age story about meetings in the rain.
When Takao, a young high school student who dreams of becoming a shoe designer, decides to skip school one day in favor of sketching in a rainy garden, he has no idea how much his life will change when he encounters Yukino. Older but perhaps not as much wiser, she seems adrift in the world. Despite the difference in their ages, they strike up an unusual relationship that unexpectedly continues and evolves, with random meetings in the same garden on each rainy day.
But the rainy season is coming to a close, and there are so many things still left unsaid and undone between them. Will there be time left for Takao to put his feelings into actions and words? Between the raindrops, between the calms in the storm, what will blossom?
Special Features: Commentary with English Voice Actors.
Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
- Publisher: SENTAI FILMWORKS
- Media: Blu-ray
- Spoken Language: English, Japanese
- Subtitle Language: English
- Genre: Drama
- Themes: Slice of Life
- Age Rating: 14+
- Run Time: 45
- Release Date: 8/6/2013
- Dimensional Weight: 0.33
- Region Code: A
Ratings & Reviews
Truly and utterly, amazing
Very few series have the same brilliance in artwork, sound, story, & characters. Each scene as magnificent, or better than the last & in a relatively short run time we learn everything we need about Takao & Yukina. We also watch them evolve wonderfully throughout. I was wholly submerged in the beauty between these 2, relatively lost individuals who love & help each other find their respective paths.
I've yet to find another movie on par with Garden. The actors brought their "A-game" & the English dub placed "The Garden of Words" in my top 5 favorites ever. The artwork & color is unbelievable, the characters are perfect (in their imperfections, to be sure), & the score is beautiful. In fact, if able to maintain the same, exceptional quality, I could have watched for hours. Garden has remained with me since I bought it the day it was released & I re-watch it several times a year, & highly recommend to ANY movie fan, anime or otherwise.
Oh How I Wish It Was Longer
When an anime movie brings you to tears, you know you have been moved by a piece of art. That's exactly what happened to me when I watched The Garden of Words the first time and every time since. I can't praise the artwork and animation enough, and the music and voice acting are A+. When Makoto Shinkai decided to write a story of a high school shoe maker and a woman trying her hardest to keep her head up, he knew exactly where the heart was and how to work it. This film is beautiful and moving, and I loved it so much that when I first watched it, I watched it again immediately. This film is a must see for any lover of beautiful animation and story telling.
It's not the full length of a typical run of a movie, but nonetheless, this "OVA" is one you should not miss. It's not only artistic and beautiful and easy on the eyes to look at< but the story itself does not disappoint. A must buy.
Makoto Shinkai's best film
I've seen parts of all of Shinkai's movies and this is the first that I've wanted to own. To me his artwork is breathtaking but his storytelling is mostly rehashing the same story. 5 Cm/Sec was very similar to Voices of a Distant Star in terms of what the narrative was trying to make you feel. Shinkai's stories work better in shorter length (Place Promised in Our Early Days may have been less boring if it wasn't feature length). So Garden of Words is the perfect length (less than an hour).
The story seemed to have a very different tone as well because it's basically about adults. If you've been to Shinjuku the photorealism with which they've captured the scenery is amazing. The dub is fantastic and the actors hit the emotional ending perfectly. One issue is the dub commentary track, where one of the actors suddenly leaves at the beginning of recording so the other actor just talks to himself for the entire track. I'm surprised they actually put that on the disc.
by Matthew -
Shinkai's Garden of Words is an interesting piece of art. It's a bit of a commentary on the power of human connection and quite touching. The art is absolutely breathtaking in this show, truly stunning. If you ever want to see where anime can truly go as an artistic medium, this isn't a bad place to start. You may find it stirs something in your soul.
by BRENDAN -
I really liked this movie, and it really moved me. Its a short movie and it can be a little confusing, but I really enjoyed this one. I also got it for like $8 or something ridiculous, so that was always nice too. I didn't do much with any features, basically just watched the movie, and enjoyed it thoroughly.
Pretty to look at
by Kyle -
While the visuals are truly something to behold, it really isn't much more than that. It's too short to really cause you to get invested and the characters are nothing all that special. It ends how you think it will given the way it's set up and so I can't recommend it when there are so many other more worthwhile title's you could spend your money on. Score: 5/10 It's not a bad movie, just nothing special unless you really love eye candy.
Short Movie But Beautiful <3
by Lust4lyfe101 -
This movie is only 46 minutes, but this movie offers more in that short amount of time than most 90 minute films. First, the visuals are absolutely stunning. This is a true visual feat, although there is no fantasy in this film, obviously, just the simple look of the outdoors is done very tastefully and artistically.
The movie itself is a love story, its short, sweet, and enjoyable. The problem is that its really short, and although its all character development, you could use more time to care about the characters. The story is great, especially the conclusion, the ending scenes are executed perfectly, but again, its WAY too short.
I suggest you watch it before you buy it, if you love it, you'll want it in your collection.
Great short film with great special features
Great short film with AMAZING special features on this blu-ray. The description doesn't mention it but in addition to the English commentary track there is a subtitled Japanese commentary track with the director, subtitled Japanese interviews, and a version that lets you play the storyboards with the audio (I didn't watch that whole thing so I don't know if it runs the whole length of the film). I was really blown away by all the features. Note that if you watch it in Japanese you can't turn the English subtitles off.
by JESSE -
If you own a blu ray player I highly suggest you purchase this movie on blu ray format. The animated looks very lovely and fluid plus the English dub was fantastic in my opinion. If you don't have a blu ray player the DVD format is extremely beautiful as well.
Very pretty, but the story didn't work for me
I didn't love this, which apparently puts me in the minority. It's absolutely gorgeous, and the characterization was wonderfully complex considering how short the movie was, but I found the slight romance developing between 15-year-old Takao and 27-year-old Yukino to be more than a little discomfiting. Everything worked out in a way that didn't completely put me off, but all in all this wasn't for me.
A Touching Story of Loneliness and Vulnerability
by Jonathan D. -
I didn’t think much of this movie when I came across it on RightStuf, but I was still curious by its description. I am beyond glad I gave it a shot!! The artwork is downright gorgeous—down to the smallest details in every scene! Simply beautiful. But beyond the artwork, the story is truly a down-to-earth remarkable tale as well. Two people, total strangers, have a chance encounter on a rainy day. At first glance, it is nothing special—and the movie doesn’t try to make it special either. And yet, both of them will use these simple encounters to make small bids for connection, step by step. Over time, a connection is made. Is it a friendship? Is it romantic? Is it mutual? The movie doesn’t give us clear answers, but therein lies the beauty: human relationship is full of beauty, uncertainty, and hurt; but it is often the source of healing and growth as both characters discover in their own ways. Plus, both the English dub and extras on the disc are exceptional for an independent movie.
Short and Sweet.
by Ryan -
Great movie! Just keep in mind it's really short. And sweet. I got it on sale.