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Movie review: The romantic poignance of "The Garden of Words"
To be very honest, I had no idea that an Anime could have such profound story-telling; that too, under the run-time of an hour.
A visually-stunning, poetically woven romance of two differently aged loners (not 'lovers') - one a young aspiring shoemaker, the other a young working-professional. They're dissimilar but pleasantly compatible, who coincidentally skip their work on the rainy mornings of the Japanese monsoon months and spend time in a Tokyo city park, where they first meet.

Neither bounded by promises nor even their names, they start hoping to see each other more frequently in the mere mutual congeniality of their presence. Their times together take a varied stroll like they always do, although their memories stay just like their Japanese 'tanka' poem-

"A faint clap of thunder;

Even if rain comes not,

I will stay here.

Together with you."

To paraphrase, it is - "The story of boy meets girl, but not a love story"; though, more like a reflection on the courses of the lives that could have been, or would be, which is left to the viewer's imagination.

A hint of poignance dwells over in this well-paced but, a little unglamorous sounding plot-line, however, the production (artwork, direction and sound, voice-acting) more than makes up for it, which is so subtle and genuine-sounding that at least I almost forgot for a while that it was an animated feature - something that hasn't happened since "Up".

Directed by the natively popular Makoto Shinkai, "The Garden of Words" is an "easy view", yet it has got so much of unearthed expressions that one tends to almost get pulled into it, maybe even contemplating on those countless stories of loves lost and found. Still, in a good way, it could be remembered.

Rating - 8/10

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