|Beauty In It's Most Pure and Raw Form|
The title of the movie refers to the speed at which cherry blossom petals fall. It can also be looked at as a metaphor that represents how couples start together to only drift onto their separate ways. Time allows nothing to ever truly last. The movie reflects on different degrees of separation between two people through three short episodes.
Personally, I think unlike the usual animated movies that go over the top with unbelievable stories, that this one, anyone who's ever been in love can relate to.
The movie centers Takaki Tōno who befriends Akari Shinohara, a transfer student at his elementary school. The two grow close as both stay indoors during recess due to allergies. After graduation of elementary school, Akari moves to Tochigi due to her parents' professions. Heartbroken by this, her and Takaki keep in touch by writing letters to one another.
Their young love is tested by long distance that makes the two drift apart over the course of time. The movie walks us viewers through their childhood to adult years.
If you're looking for a happily-ever-after ending then this is the wrong movie for you. The ending is bittersweet and realistic.
It's as if the producers of this movie wanted the audience to feel a sudden loss just like the main character did. The soft piano pieces played in the background and dull neutral colors seemed to have suited struggling through a lonely depression in a world that's colorful to others but is in shades of grey to you.
The director, Makoto Shinkai, knows how to flesh out human emotions with his movies such as Voices of A Distant Star, The Place Promised in Our Early Days and Grave of the Fireflies. This is an underrated gem that shows the struggle of what it's like after experiencing the downfall of love.