Not going to lie. I cried.
I didn't expect much from reading the synopsis. I expected that it would just be pretty and have no substance at all. But I was completely wrong.
It was like a Ghibli film for me. Beautiful and very well executed, especially for it's limited time (being that it's only 46 minutes long.)
The angles in the film were so good. It felt like a live action sometimes during the intense scenes. They were varied in what they showed and the fact that some were moving and some were static. Another great thing they did, was add angles to the same scene as they went on. So the more we learnt about the characters and the overall plot the more we learnt about the scene and everything around it.
That brings me on the next point I want to talk about. The visuals. You could mute the movie and know exactly what was going on, be amazed by how it looks and still relate to the characters and have their story resonate with you. It was like P.A Works and Ghibli had a child and it just grew up making beautiful animated movies
The changes of perspective are very cool. We start off entirely from Akizuki's view (par that one scene where we we view the conversion between his parents.) It just develops as they change the perspectives, just like how they added the angles.
The development of the story during that 46 minutes was so good with all those features just baked together in the cake that was 'The Garden of Words'.
One last thing I'd like to touch on was that phrase they used through the movie. 'Walking in my own shoes'. It was so clever. I didn't believe that a running sub-theme of shoes was going to work but it did.
(Sorry if it sounds like a review of sorts, first time doing a discussion thing on the site, pretty much just joined :c)