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My review and reflection for The Garden of Words

I just watched this short animation work from Makoto Shinkai. I had previously watched his grand hit 'Your Name' and absolutely fell in love with his work.

Garden of Words is interesting in its own way. It is a story of serendipity and budding romance of a young man still in high school with an adult woman. While it is not hard to believe that age gap did not prevent someone from falling in love, I believe the more subtle message is that the man actually matured beyond his age and the woman had not been that much of a grown-up and that would had close the gap for both are actually in the same level of 'spiritual' connection and understanding.

In essences, Age is just a sentient meaning and beyond the physical realm, there are much more in us that we have in common. One such thing as depicted in The Garden of Words as well, we all have our emotional baggages such as fear and uncertainties for our dream and for what we are going to become as well as have own restriction in our inner and outside world.

This is regardless of whether we are 15, 27 or 37. At 15, we have limited resources like money and our dream to grow up and make a living was so far away. At 27, we probably at the edge of contemplating a career move or thinking what is the next step for us given that we have worked for few year and surely face some challenges at work and life as well. At 37, well, I guess we start to realize that sometimes what we want in life may be different from what we have done so far and doing now. We might have caught a glimpse of the meaning of life and we continue to try to find those in our life before it is too late.

At every of these stages, we yearn and aspire to be better than we are now and there are these pivots at different ages that cause us to change course in life sometimes.

Thus, I greatly appreciate watching work like The Garden of Words. Thank you, Makoto Shinkai for keeping my fire in animation films aflame and my emotion heightened after I have gone beyond all Hayao Miyasaki's works which had once triggerred so much emotion in me. (As much as I can rewatch Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle,and other great works, the feeling aren't the same each times I rewatched versus I watched them for the first time)

If I can summarize with just one sentence about that I believe it evokes in me, that is  - Although we are very different in each stages of life but we are also much the same.


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