The Garden of Words DVD

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About The Garden of Words DVD

From director Makoto Shinkai comes 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.


  • Media: DVD
  • 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: 1

Ratings & Reviews

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a little love story mixed with a coming of age story and a lot of ❤


The anime film is very good. It will leave you wondering what if after you see it. It is a great anime to watch. And you connect 38th the main characters a little not too. It's worth watching.

Makoto Shinkai artwork can't be compared


Makoto Shinkai never disappoints. I will forever look forward to his ever improving (though already excellent) artwork. Just when you think it can't get any better, it does.

The artwork itself will keep you captivated. His story lines are usually short, oddly intriguing and never take a turn you'd expect. This particular storyline holds no magical/out of this world elements, yet still tells a story you wouldn't expect.

I recommend this for Makoto Shinkai collectors and short film animation collectors. :)

In terms of packaging, it's extremely simple. Just the DVD and the case.

A gorgeous film to check out

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I acquired this movie cause it was on sale and I heard that it was really good. The whole film was gorgeous to look at and the music fit the mood really well. The dub sounded great, although a few scenes could've had a tad more feeling put in them. This also seems like a film that requires multiple watches to understand and appreciate everything. In all, it was pretty good, but I feel like it could of used a little bit more to make me more invested. It does make me want to check out Makoto Shinkai's other works though.

A lovely film, worth watching more than once

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I purchased this DVD because I am a fan of Shinkai. My version came with a Special Features disc. The film itself has riveting artwork, and amazing fast motion scenes and sound effects. The music is minimal but interesting, and consists mostly of solo piano. The characters have very realistic dialogue, which enhances the story and draws you in. Since it is a short film, the intense interaction at the end seems a bit abrupt, but it still works.

The Special Features disc is very long and I admit that I didn't watch it completely, but the interviews with the actors and Shinkai are very good, with great insight into their experiences and motivations.

The film invites you to consider how chance encounters create serendipity and the opportunity to change. I liked the quiet atmosphere and the small bits of humor.

I did not listen to the dub, since I really prefer to hear the original actors and dialogue, so I cannot comment on the quality of that.

A Gorgeous Short Film

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A gorgeous short film with awesome visuals of garden views and city-scapes, and beautiful music. My interest was piqued when I saw there was a manga version. I also saw Children Who Chase Lost Voices and Your Name before considering this title, and I wasn't disappointed: the animation is stunning, the voice acting is great and the story is simple, but heartfelt. I got this movie on sale; it arrived fast and in excellent condition; and I was pleasantly surprised that most of the extras are on a separate disc. All in all, a nice show for a rainy day.