Mostly all of the anime series we here enjoy watching usually fall into three categories: the first one, obviously enough, is the kind that stimulates our perfectly normal lust for lolis. The second category is made out of various kinds of shows that we have no clear recollection about, due to excessive use of alcoholic beverages. And finally, there's also a third kind of anime we very much enjoy watching, over and over again: Beyond the Clouds
, more commonly known as The Place Promised In Our Early Days
, or Kumo no Mukou, Yakusoku no Basho
. That's right, it's a single animated production that's so... so perfect, that it deserves its very own category. It's largely attributed to Makoto Shinkai
, who has recently completed work on his latest project - Byousoku 5 Centimeter (5 Centimeters per Second) - a collection of short stories presented as an hour-long animated feature.
As announced on the official Byousoku 5cm blog
), Makoto Shinkai's team has finished the final part of editing, so they can now focus on promotion, advertisement, and finally the premiere.
The good news is that 5cm is coming a lot sooner than we could have hoped for. Whereas last year I didn't expect it any sooner than mid 2007, the official blog says that the Japanese premiere will actually take place this March!
The only bad news is that, well, if we keep watching Beyond the Clouds any longer, we'll run out of hankies by the time 5cm gets subbed. And we don't want that to happen!P.S.
If you missed the 5cm preview trailer
last november, now's yer chance!