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One example of Shinkai's use of lighting

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I just watched the first episode of Makoto Shinkai's Byousoku 5 Centimeter. Well, actually, the stream. Ok, ok, a torrent of the stream. A raw torrent of the stream. Truthfully, I had stumbled onto this entry about it...

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Byousoku 5cm First Episode Stream

[img_assist|nid=1916|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=200|height=112]Not that it would do me much good, but it looks like the first episode of this movie will be offered online for streaming. According to MSFW:

Byousoku 5cm Official Site (Yahoo! Japan) says they will release the 1st episode for Yahoo! Premium members and Yahoo! BB members by streaming... The streaming is distributed only for 3 days: from February 16 12:00PM to 19 12:00PM (Japan Standard Time: UTC+9:00).

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Added Masthead Images

I've went through the images I had for Shinkai's The Place Promised in Our Early Days and created about 60 more masthead images to rotate through. I may add more, but those 60 were still quite a bit of work to go through.

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Makoto Shinkai, the new Miyazaki?

I've been seeing this comparison around quite a bit. Shinkai, the new Miyazaki? Granted, many fans of their work have made that comparison, but is it an apt one? I had given it some thought as I am a big fan of both creators' works.

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Byousoku 5 Centimeter Screenshots and Discussion

Makoto Shinkai is my most favorite anime director/animator. He doesn't make the most flashiest or most dramatic animes; if anything, they're the shiniest! If Yoshitoshi ABe (Haibane Renmei, Serial Experiments Lain, TEXHNOLYZE, Niea_7 ) is a master of making the extraordinary feel mundane, Makoto Shinkai is the master of making the mundane a visual treat of light, shadow, and color. His first full feature film, The Place Promised in Our Early Days (Kumo no Mukou, Yakusoku no Basho was the Japanese title), was a flawed masterpiece in many viewers eyes, including mine. It was a film that had affected me more than any other. Shinkai's next film, Byousoku 5 Centimeter, which I had mentioned in an earlier weblog entry, is shaping up to be another visual masterpiece, while returning to his element as a short-story/visual poetry master like with his earlier work with Voices of a Distant Star (Hoshi no Koe), She and Her Cat (Kanojo to Kanojo no neko), and Other Worlds (Tooi Sekai).

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