The Place Promised in Our Early Days vs. The Garden of Words

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The Place Promised in Our Early Days, while it should be my favorite Shinkai film, is actually my least favorite. Alternate histories are so interesting, and the idea of Hokkaido falling under Soviet occupation after WWII isn't that far fetched. Sadly, it focuses more on the love triangle between the teenagers who for some reason are tasked with saving the entire planet. The Garden of Words, is one of the most visually beautiful animated films ever and a wonderfully intimate experience with the two main characters. Garden of Words EASILY takes this.