This anime short is called “Dareka no Manazashi” and is the newest project by Hoshi no Koe, 5cm per Second and Kotonoha no Niwa director Makoto Shinkai. The full video has been streamed online through the official Proud YouTube channel. You can watch the entire anime below and with English subtitles.
Dareka no Manazashi translates to Someone’s Gaze and tell the story of Aya Okamura. Her family, something she used to enjoy as a young girl, is already separated with her mother living abroad and her father – with his pet cat Mii-san in a separate apartment. Aya is also living on her own, working for two years in the same place already and keeping up with her own rent and bills.
One day she gets back from work in the same way she has done in the past two years. She lies down and begins to reminiscent on the family she used to have and love. Everything is calm and ordinarily common… until the phone rings.
Apart of the creator/director, many other famous anime people have participated in the making of this short anime video. CoMix Wave Films, NEST, The Answer Studio Co., Ltd. and TYO M1 Production all took part in the production process while Kazusa wrote and performed the theme song “Sore de Ii yo”. Fumi Hirano leads the cast as the narrator and Satomi Hanamura plays main character Aya “Aachan” Okamura. Her father is played by Shinji Ogawa.
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