So, I decided to have Makoto Shinkai’s anime as my last 2016 review. Now, I decided to begin my 2017 reviews with another one from Makoto Shinkai also, and this one is my favorite of all his anime so far.
Kotonoha no Niwa or Garden of Words is a beautiful anime about two people. Takao Akizuki, a student who skips his class on rainy morning to live his dream in designing shoes, and Yukari Yukino, a mysterious woman whom he met in Shinjuku Garden. Throughout the rainy season, they keep on meeting each other, and somehow, simply being together has become their escape from their own problems. However, does their relationship will end once the rainy season ends?
I personally don’t know why I love this anime so much that I watched it for more than 10 times already. The story is simple, two people with each own problem and struggle, meet accidentally in a rainy morning and being in a good relationship. Yet, throughout the anime, there isn’t something magical like most Makoto Shinkai’s works. This anime is way simpler than that. This anime is about passion, something that people often forgets as they grow up. This anime also doesn’t need those romantic things yet you can feel the romance through the dialogues and how they act. Maybe that simplicity is what caught me in awe, apart from the beautiful sceneries.
As known of Makoto Shinkai, the sceneries are superb that you can find a comparison between the anime and real picture and there aren’t many differences between the two. The character designs are simple yet so fit the characters, a high school man in his rebellious stage and a calm lady who like to read classics. You can see the characters are growing as well, even only through a 45 minutes anime movie.
Last one that has also become my favorite is the OSTs. They are calming and beautiful and the OSTs are really helpful in building the mood of the anime. As for the ending song is “Rain” by Motohiro Hata. Also a good song even though not that impressive for me. Maybe if I have to point out my biggest concern from Kotonoha no Niwa, it will be that the ending could have been better if things don’t really rush and Makoto Shinkai just keep it simple. But, even with that ending, all it still beautiful.
MyAnimeList rating: 8.34
Personal rating: 9.90