Shinkai is the only anime movie director other than Satoshi Kon and Miyazaki that have managed to continually make really good anime films that can appeal to even a hard core otaku such as myself. This time around though Shinkai went back to making a much shorter film- clocking in at only 45mins (of which the time includes credits). Most full length anime can't even make me feel the sadness this film managed to do in only 45 mins. Shinkai is really good at this considering Voices of a Distant Star is even shorter, yet managed to make me tear up as well.
Type: manga adaptation
One morning commuting to school during the rainy season, Takao opts to skip his first class and head to the park to sketch shoe designs, and encounters Yukari Yukino, a well-dressed young woman drinking beer in the early morning drizzle. They do not speak to one another, but as the rain clears she notes the school crest on his vest and decides to bid him farewell with a tanka, leaving Takao puzzled as to its origin and meaning. The two continue to encounter each other in the park on rainy mornings and grow closer in each other's company, but never formally introduce themselves to one another. When Yukari expresses an interest in Takao's shoemaking, he decides to make a pair of shoes in her size. As her foot is being measured, Yukari admits that she needs to learn how to walk on her own, hinting at her deep personal troubles. The rainy season ends, and whilst Takao and Yukari tell themselves that it's better for the other to go back to their normal lives, both sincerely wish that it would rain so that they could meet again.