Mahou Tofu

vlcsnap-2013-06-01-16h35m35s24What kind of mood does the rain put you in? For many, a rainy day is a sign of gloom and sadness, akin to tears covering up an otherwise bright day. For some, it casts an image of peace and clarity in its cleansing waters, allowing the world to start fresh. For two such people, it represents the promise of meeting one another.

Makoto Shinkai’s latest work The Garden of Words (Kotonoha no Niwa) has the familiar breath and scope of his previous film 5 Centimeters Per Second. This 45 minute love story features a lot of what Shinkai-san is known for: stunning visual imagery, a feeling of nostalgia, the pain of loneliness, and world-weary characters who are wise beyond their years. Someone once named him “the next Miyazaki” in reference to the great director and co-founder of the legendary Studio Ghibli. I tend to disagree with that statement for…

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