The screening of Byousoku 5 Centimeters marked the first day of my December, followed by random exploring all the way up till Changi Airport’s new sparkling Terminal 3. Though it’s not really complete.
I will begin the review for Byousoku 5 Centimeters with “Oukashou”, the first chapter.
Chapter 1: Oukashou
Oukashou delivered the wanted effects well, the anxiety from waiting, the heartaches of knowing they couldn’t be together, and the mutual understanding and trust that they have for each other. While I sat and watched the first chapter, I could feel those as Takaaki could. The seemingly forever wait, the acknowledgment that they could not be together as wished, and accepting that albeit reluctantly.
Flashbacks of Akari calling Takaaki up, telling him of her transfer. It did well to make one feel the heavy feelings that Takaaki had felt, sudden yet inexplicable. A powerless state of oneself, being unable to do anything about the fact that something dear would soon be gone. Outside his control, all Takaaki do was to assure Akari it was alright. And all he did was to cry. The pains that time, the sudden pain of losing someone he held dear, Akari, heightened the anxiety Takaaki had.
The scene of Takaaki reaching Iwafune Station saw Akari to have faithfully kept her promise despite having to wait for such a long time. Normally, or at least no one I know of would continue to wait after being stood up for so long. Nevertheless it’s the lack of our modern communications that perhaps have facilitated such. In Oukashou they have always been sending letters to communicate. Not the convenience we have at our fingertips nowadays, but good old snail mail that could take perhaps several days to actually reach and be read.
I had expected Akari not to wait, and instead leave as what Takaaki had resigned himself to expect. But no. Here, with our anxiety building up also, Akari waits, asleep.
The scene totally brought me to view it differently, perhaps they could be together afterall. But it’s just a perhaps. Things are never always as perfect as it could sound like, and from this small, heartwarming reunion, to the separation the next morning, it brought out the emotions, all well portrayed. The second time I watched it I nearly cried at the part when Takaaki meets Akari, and when they settled for dinner.
Following that is the separation, one they knew would come definitely and yet embrace with reluctance. Perhaps it could be they did not want to feel as pained as it was already, and it could be why when they parted, they did nothing but just to wish each other well. Otherwise, if their words were of love and promises, it would definitely promise hurting each other further. Reiterating my point, they had well understood that their distance, not just physically, would grow with each passing day. And it would hurt them more if they wanted to love, cause they knew that could not happen as well. A barrier existed between them, even though that was not what they had wanted. It gave me a fair bit of heart wrenching here, but totally not enough to bring my tears out, for the separation here was too quick, too clean. Some would like a happy ending, but in fact the chapter closes with Takaaki leaving with a heavy heart, leaving without confessing that he had in fact lost the letter he wanted to give to Akari. Both of them held back as best as they could, maybe because that was what they thought would be best. Oh well, there isn’t the “Survive on love and nothing else” kinda attitude here.
*End of spoilers*
I’ll be continuing with reviewing Chapter 2: Cosmonaut and Chapter 3: Byousoku 5 Centimeters in the next post, due to some time constraint and work. =/
BTW the new terminal at Changi Airport looks sparkly nice, with pretty modern designs all around. I especially like the way the luggauge hall was designed. Loads of pretty trees with the lugguage belt around it. And of course the theme for terminal 3 is trees, trees, and more trees. Kinda like the effect they did bring in to the place, though I’m not really sure if those tropical looking trees are all that survivable in such low sunlight, air-conditioned environments. For those interested, the Changi Airport Terminal 3 open house is until 9th December. Seems that there is supposed to be some sort of admission fee, a dollar unless you choose a guided tour of the place, which is 3 dollars. Went there pretty late into the evening and saw nothing but the designs, trees, and more trees. It seems that there’s only one restaurant open for business for now, not sure about Mac Donald’s as it was already closed when I was there.