So it’s that time of the year again – the annual Global Shinkai Day which has now been technically extended to three days (March 9 – 11). However, it should also be noted that this event coincides with the first anniversary of the Great Tohoku Earthquake.
The Global Shinkai Day was initiated by these guys from the Cherry Blossoms Falling forum (a Shinkai fan site) some 3 years ago. I have been following this event ever since and it’s a nice way to remember Makoto Shinkai‘s works from the very beginning – shorts, commercials, and full-time movies/OVAs. They managed to team up with Crunchyroll to roll out the film showing events worldwide. For more details on the Crunchyroll announcement, please visit this link.
To those who are new to his works, Crunchyroll streams Shinkai’s masterpieces English subbed (there were even dubbed versions before, but I didn’t like it as much as Japanese dubs do). The guys from Cherry Blossoms Falling also holds some contests and giveaways to the participants, as well as live discussions about the movie (I think this time around, they are giving away a signed 5 centimeters per second DVD). If you are a long time fan, maybe you can discuss what new realizations you have after watching the movies, since as we all know, we see a new dimension of the movie everytime we watch his works. 🙂
So see you there and I hope you enjoy his works as much as I do. With that, I will leave you with this snippet from his stellar masterpiece, 5 centimeters per second:
Akari Shinohara: Hey… They say it’s five centimeters per second.
Takaki Toono: What do you mean?
Akari Shinohara: The speed at which the sakura blossom petals fall… five centimeters per second.