The Garden of Words (Koto no Ha no Niwa, 2013) is an anime masterpiece with remarkable realistic visuals. The trailer will show you how rich and artistic the movie is and you’ll be begging to watch the entire movie:
The story takes place in the Meiji Jingu Gaien, or in other words, the outer precinct of the Meiji Shrine. The area is one of the rare large green spaces in Tokyo, and the house of various sports facilities, stadiums, and a memorial hall.
Montages comparing stills from the movie with photos of the actual locations were posted anonymously on a Korean forum soon after the theatrical release. After the film’s television broadcast earlier this month on the NHK, those images resurfaced and regained their much-deserved attention:
This quality is expected by the production studio, CoMix Wave Films, well known to pay great attention to details in the photographs of actual locations they use for reference.
If watching The Garden of Words is not enough, you’ll also want to see 5 Centimeters Per Second (Byōsoku 5 Senchimētoru, 2007). Their next feature-length animation, Your Name (Kimi no Na ha) is scheduled for release in Japan this August.