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Anime Limited Acquires Shinkai's Garden of Words for Blu-ray and DVD.

New romantic film by director of Journey to Agartha.

Anime Limited has announced that it has acquired The Garden of Words (pictured), the newest film by Makoto Shinkai. A date has not been announced yet, but Anime Limited confirmed to ANN that the release would be both on DVD and Blu-ray.

The Garden of Words follows the story of shoemaker-in-training Takao, who begins sketching shoes in a Japanese-style garden. He meets a mysterious older woman and the two start meeting and deepening their relationship. Shinkai previously wrote that The Garden of Words would be his first story about love in the traditional Japanese meaning of the word. Originally, "love" was written as "lonely sadness" (koi), and, according to Shinkai, the modern concept of "love" (ai) was imported from the West. While his new film is set in the modern era, it will be about koi in the original "lonely sadness" meaning — of longing for someone in solitude.

Kenichi Tsuchiya designed the characters and oversaw the animation process. Hiroshi Takiguchi was the art director, and Daisuke Kashiwa composed the music. Miyu Irino and Kana Hanazawa headlined the cast as Takao and Yukino, respectively. Motohiro Hata contributed the theme song "Rain" with lyrics and music by Senri Oe. The film opened in Japan on May 31, running approximately 46 minutes.

The Garden of Words will also be screened at the Scotland Loves Anime festival in Edinburgh on Thursday October 17.

Image © Makoto Shinkai/CoMix Wave Films


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