|Album Title:||The Garden of Words (Kotonoha no Niwa) Soundtrack|
|Anime Title:||The Garden of Words (Kotonoha no Niwa)|
|Release Date:||June 21, 2013|
|Purchase at:||CDJapan, Play-Asia|
|01. A Rainy Morning ~Main Title~||KASHIWA Daisuke||0:50|
|02. Greenery Rain||KASHIWA Daisuke||3:01|
|03. Rain Of Recollection||KASHIWA Daisuke||1:08|
|04. While Hearing Sound Of Rain||KASHIWA Daisuke||1:43|
|05. A Silent Summer||KASHIWA Daisuke||4:09|
|06. The Afternoon Of Rainy day||KASHIWA Daisuke||3:06|
|07. A Rainy Morning ~Epilogue~||KASHIWA Daisuke||0:45|
Review: Kotonoha no Niwa’s soundtrack starts off as a gentle drizzle, quiet and content in its delivery, until the murmuring of raindrops changes its course, growing as the sky unloads its burden upon the world below. The piano’s intensity doesn’t overreach, allowing the angst to settle in, bringing out the inner turmoils that beset Kotonoha no Niwa’s characters in Makoto Shinkai’s latest offering.
A Rainy Morning ~Main Title~
But just as the anxieties teeter on the brink of overflowing, “Greenery Rain” comes in to wash away those nagging uncertainties temporarily, revealing the happiness that yearns to sally forth and chase those dreams seemingly just out of reach. There’s a pot of contentment that simmers in the melody, bringing to light the solace that binds two troubled souls together. But not for long. The turmoil darts in, growing all the while through the piano’s melancholy air. The pain the characters experience are felt most keenly, and the emphatic chords near the halfway point drive that point home, but hope stirs yet. The piece’s dynamic shifts suggest that even with life’s ups and downs, happiness will always lurk close by, so long as the drive to endure and overcome one’s circumstances remain.
As the character backstories begin to take shape, “Rain of Recollection” steps in fittingly, with a dreamy, pensive tone. The piano melody drifts and floats without a sense of urgency or direction. Where it excels is the way in which it inspires a bout of peaceful reminiscence. This tone carries over to “While Hearing the Sound of Rain,” as an aura of quiet anticipation settles in, joining the anime’s two kindred spirits in an intimate mood that requires not the exchange of words. Though the middle section has a forlorn tone, the end leaves an unmistakable trace of joy, even if the way in which the piece trails off suggest an interruption to this wonderful shared moment.
Rain of Recollection
Perhaps this interruption is the what the next track, “A Silent Summer,” brings in. The motif in the beginning echoes the loneliness the characters experience through the piano’s delicate, but desolate melody. In its progression, the piece moves deliberately and somberly, coming back after a brief pause to emphatically unleash its tone of despair without relenting. And as this piece winds its way towards the end, the weighted delivery continues in due course, highlighting the lingering sadness that drapes over the general atmosphere.
A Silent Summer
But then “The Afternoon of a Rainy Day” comes in, spilling all of the pent-up emotions in a quiet, yet heartfelt flourish. The atmosphere that comes about delivers a hopeful melody, suggesting that the brighter future no longer seems so out of reach. The strings ooze contentment and with an emphatic chord to give the piece a greater amount of definitiveness, the emotions flow poignantly as it eases its way to the stirring conclusion. Here, the beginning motif raises one’s spirits as it provides a gentle nudge that allows one to endure past the pain and molds one’s life for the better without worrying about the obstacles lying about in the path ahead.
The Afternoon of a Rainy Day
Through it all, Kashiwa Daisuke’s work on The Garden of Words makes the title a misnomer of sorts; his minimalistic piano music is effective in conveying the moods and emotions that ebb and flow with the rain, without the need to use words. By expressing so much in so little, Daisuke demonstrates that, in a world where bombastic Hollywood-esque fare is the norm rather than the exception, there’s still room for a quieter, more nuanced soundtrack to step up and gently worm its way into our hearts and minds.