The story is set in Japan, beginning in the 1990s up until the then present day (2007), with each act centered on a boy named Takaki T?no. The first act takes place during a time when cell phones are uncommon and email had not yet reached the general population.
5 Centimeters Per Second (Japanese: 秒速5センチメ?トル Hepburn: By?soku 5 Senchim?toru?) is a 2007 Japanese animated feature film by Makoto Shinkai. The film was finished on 22 January 2007. The first part of the film was released on Yahoo! Japan as streaming video to Yahoo! Premium members from 16 to 19 February 2007. On 3 March 2007, the full length featured film had its theatrical premiere at Cinema Rise in Shibuya, Tokyo. The film consists of three segments: Cherry Blossom (?花抄 ?kash??), Cosmonaut (コスモナウト Kosumonauto?), and 5 Centimeters per Second (秒速5センチメ?トル By?soku 5 Senchim?toru?), totaling about an hour of runtime. As in Shinkai's previous works, Tenmon composes for this film's soundtrack. The DVD was released on 19 July 2007. A novel of 5 Centimeters Per Second has also been released, expanding on the film. In the July 2010 issue of Afternoon, a manga adaptation started serialization, illustrated by Seike Yukiko. It was awarded for Best Animated Feature Film at the 2007 Asia Pacific Screen Awards.