Shinkai's 5 Centimeters per Second Art Released on iPhone (Updated)

posted on 2012-03-07 11:00 EST by Jennifer Sherman
"Oukasho" app features 60 cuts from 2007 anime; 2nd & 3rd parts to be released

Unbalance Corporation released the 5 Centimeters per Second Film Art Book I: Oukasho app for the iPhone and other iOS devices on Wednesday. The digital art book features 60 cuts from Makoto Shinkai's 2007 anime film 5 Centimeters Per Second.

The app is available in Apple's iTunes Store in Japanese (170 yen) and English (US$1.99) versions. Users can view the anime art individually, in a slide show, or as wallpaper on iOS devices. The app also includes a clock function and features Tenmon's "Distant Everyday Memories" and "Irritation" songs from the film. Like the original anime, the art book series will be split into three parts titled "Oukasho," "Cosmonaut," and "5 Centimeters per Second."

Crunchyroll will stream 5 Centimeters Per Second with Shinkai's The Place Promised in Our Early Days and Voices of a Distant Star during its fourth annual Global Shinkai Day this weekend. The Thursday episode of the website's The Live Show will also include a recorded comment from Shinkai.

ADV Films first released the slice-of-life romance anime in North America in 2008, and Bandai Entertainment released a new DVD version last April. The North American manga distributor Vertical will ship the first volume of the manga adaptation in June.

Shinkai debuted Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below, his latest directorial anime, in Japan last May. The film has been licensed by an unspecified North American company, and it will also screen in Israel on Thursday.

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Source: Anime! Anime!

Update: Crunchyroll's Global Shinkai Day activities added.

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