Makoto Shinkai’s has revealed latest work, “The Garden of Words” a while back. A trailer has been released, along with a release date.
The famed director is widely known for his films’ breathtaking backgrounds and artistry in animation. Makoto Shinkai’s works include “5 Centimeter per Second”, “Voices of a Distant Star”, “The Place Promised in Our Early Days” and “Children who Chased Lost Voices”.
Joined by Kenichi Tsuchiya, who is the film’s animation director as well as in charge of its character design. Tsuchiya has worked on several films, which include “Lupin III” and “Anpan Man”. Hiroshi Takiguchi is involved as the film’s art director. He has experience with background artistry, having worked on the first Fullmetal Alchemist movie as well as several recent movies from Doraemon.
As for the music soundtrack, KASHIWA Daisuke (Heroman, Hitman Reborn!) lets music speak for itself with the following youtube video:
Here’s an excerpt on Makoto Shinkai’s newest work:
Takao was skipping high school, sketching shoes in a Japanese garden, trying to become a shoemaker, when he encounters a mysterious woman, Yukino. Without arranging it they end up meeting again and again, only on rainy days, deepening their relationship and opening up to each other. But the end of the rainy season soon approaches…
Miyu Irino is film’s male lead as Takao. The veteran voice actor is well known for his roles as Sora from the game “Kingdom Hearts”, Syaoran from the “Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles” series and Jinta from “Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai”. The female lead, Yukino, is voiced by popular voice actress Kana Hanazawa (Akane Tsunemori from “PSYCHO-PASS”, Hasegawa Kobato from “Boku ha Tomodachi ga Sukunai”, Kuroneko from “Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai”).
The ending theme song is titled “Rain”, and is written and composed by Senri Oe. The song is performed by Motohiro Hata, who has performed theme songs for anime such as “Sakamichi no Apollon” and “Space Brothers”.
The film is scheduled to broadcast in Japanese cinemas on 31 May 2013.