Oh man, Makoto Shinkai really knows how to setup a beautiful scene in his stories. Even though I am not a big fan of his works, I cannot deny the sheer gorgeousness found in the colors and lighting of the first trailer for The Garden of Words. In a way, the entire piece looks like a beautiful digital painting that takes each color into consideration.
Shinkai's take on the word "love" will involve the bonding between Takao, a 15 year old guy that's a shoemaker, and Yukino, a 27 year old woman who wishes to walk again. But seeing how she is walking in the trailer, I think that it's a metaphor for Yukino trying to get her life together. What makes their meetings interesting is that they only hang out during the rainy seasons, so we know that the rainy season will play a major role in the drama that's to come.
Did I mention that there is a bit of a focus on feet in the trailer? Then again, the whole shoe making aspect is important to the story, since we see Takao drawing the main girl's feet, along with a few scenes that are leading up to him making the ideal shoes for Yukino.
Adding to this assortment of beautiful pieces, Kana Hanazawa (Psycho Pass) will voice Yukino, which I can see as a fine treat for many that adore her sweet voice. Despite my stance on Shinkai, I still have plans to check out The Garden of Words. One thing that I am counting on is that Shinkai's growth in skill will leave me breathless this time around.
Once you are finished with being mesmerized by the soothing colors, you can check out the rest of the announced staff below.
Director: Makoto Shinkai
Animation Director/Character Designer: Kenichi Tsuchiya (Key animator for the Stink Bomb segment in Memories)
Art Director: Hiroshi Takiguchi (Background artist for Sword of the Stranger)
Music: Kashiwa Daisuke
Voice actors: Miyu Irino (Jinta from Ano Hana) as Takao, Kana Hanazawa as Yukino
Ending theme:Rain, which is written and compose by Senri Oe, and performed by Motohiro Hata
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Japanator's previous coverage: The Garden of Words