Crunchyroll recently announced that on March 31st, some of its titles will be leaving its streaming service. These titles include three of Makoto Shinkai‘s earlier works: 5 centimeters per second, Voices of a Distant Star, and The Place Promised in Our Early Days.
Shinkai is best known for Your Name, an explosively popular film about two young people who fall in love after repeatedly swapping bodies. His most recent film, Weathering With You, follows the relationship between a girl with weather controlling abilities and a boy who ran away from home. If you’re a fan of Shinkai’s recent works and want to know more about them, you have until March 31st.
Not sure which to watch first? Here’s a quick run-down on what each film has to offer.
Voices of a Distant Star
Shinkai wrote, directed, and produced this short film on a Power Mac G4 over the course of seven months. Though it’s only 25 minutes long, it packs an emotional punch. It tells the story of two childhood friends, Mikako and Noboru, who are separated when one of them is selected for a trip into outer space. While they can text each other, the further Mikako travels, the longer it takes for her messages to reach Noboru. While she must contend with her loneliness in the depths of space, he must learn to live on Earth without her.
The Place Promised in Our Early Days
Shinkai’s first full-length film takes place in an alternate universe in which the Soviet Union and the USA have taken over most of Japan. Hiroki Fujisawa and Takuya Shirakawa both want nothing more than to reach the massive Ezo Tower, which dominates the skyline. To accomplish that, they’re going to build their own airplane, which they call Bella Ciela. But they have another obsession that’s just as important: their classmate and friend, Sayuri Sawatari. Will they all be able to reach the tower together, or will larger forces tear them apart?
5 Centimeters per Second
5 Centimeters per Second is a starkly realistic take on the themes that Shinkai’s work often expresses in more fantastical forms. Takaki Toono and Akari Shinohara are close friends who are developing feelings for one another. But though they promise to stay together, reality isn’t on their side. Their parents’ careers take their families to far-flung places, making it impossible for them to see each other. Though they try to maintain a long distant relationship, problems keep cropping up. This is a bittersweet, painful story, but a beautiful one, too.
It’s also the first film in which Shinkai doesn’t work alone, but works with an team of animators and artists.
In addition to the Makoto Shinkai films, Love Live! School Idol Project (Season 2) and several Ultraman titles will also also be leaving the streaming service at the end of the month.
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