SHE AND HER CAT (1999)
Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko
Four vignettes about a young single woman who shares an apartment with her cat, chronicling their day-to-day life together and apart.
VOICES OF A DISTANT STAR (2002)
Hoshi no Koe
A girl joins the military to pursue an alien race through space, while her boyfriend stays behind on Earth. She uses her cell phone to send him emails; but the farther away she travels, the longer it takes for her messages to reach him.
Operator of the Lysithea
THE PLACE PROMISED IN OUR EARLY DAYS (2004)
Kumo no Mukou, Yakusoku no Basho
Two boys set out to build an airplane to travel to a distant island nation. They make a promise to a girl, a classmate, to take her with them; however, time and circumstance conspire to separate the three. Can they keep the promise made on that distant day?
5 CENTIMETERS PER SECOND (2007)
Byousoku 5 Senchimetoru
Three short stories about separation and longing. A boy and a girl who were friends in grade school move to different towns. After exchanging letters for a time, they lose touch with one another; still, the boy is unable to let go of his feelings for her.