ANIME & MANGA - Review
15:00 - 1st March 2015, by NEO Staff

The Garden of Words

From the mind of acclaimed auteur Makoto Shinkai comes The Garden of Words, a manga adaptation of the movie of the same name, with art by Midori Motohashi. Shinkai’s work is haunted by a melancholy of love that can never be, and people separated by distances, whether they are created by time, physical space, or society.

In The Garden of Words, a school boy has a chance encounter with an office worker as they both shelter from the rain in a park. He’s skipping school, and she seems to be playing truant in her own way – but this meeting will ripple through both their lives.

Motohashi does a great job of capturing the feel of Shinkai’s cinematic works, which are often characterised by a gentle pace that gives the viewer time to reflect on the beauty, and sadness, of the human condition. This is a great companion piece to the movie.

A measured, thoughtful tale, spun from the mind of a master storyteller.
SCORE: 4/5
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