言の葉の庭 (The Garden of Words) (Blu-ray release 2013-5-31) is a new 46-minute animation from Makoto Shinkai (新海 誠), who has never disappointed me.  In this story, a 15-year boy who often run away from school, meets a 20-something woman who run away from her job.  They meet each other in a garden kiosk in Shinjuku Gyoen (新宿御苑) whenever it rains. The first thing I noticed is that it has the most detailed and realistic presentation of leaves I’ve ever watched.  Even the several forms of rain are beautiful.  The birds eye view of the garden is seriously breathtaking.  All of these technical qualities combine with the story to form yet another poetic masterpiece from the creator.  Although the blu-ray cover states that this is a story about “lonely sadness”, I think this one is not as lonely or as sad as some of the creator’s prior works, but this is a good thing for me.  Note: the ending is shown after the credits.

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