Lenni Reviews: “5 Centimeters per Second” by Makoto Shinkai and Yukiko Seike

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In this manga, we follow Tono Takaki and Shinohara Akari as they meet, become friends, fall in love, yet are separated. Set before smartphones and widespread email, the pair struggle to keep in contact as the years go on and they grow up.

This is powerful to read. I had so many feels, even getting a little misty-eyed at some parts. The art may be typical manga fare but it is beautiful and smooth. The characters are well written and everything that happens in this book is very relatable, realistic, and just human. Sometimes the human experience can be lovely and impactful to read and this book is a prime example of it. The story is mostly told from the boy’s perspective as he’s never really able to move on from his first love. I would have liked to know the other half of that story. If you like bittersweet love stories, this is a worthy entry into the genre. 4.7 out of 5 for a great story even if it petered out a little there at the end.

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