Yen Press to Publish Novel for Makoto Shinkai’s “The Garden of Words”

Garden of Words

Yen Press announced today via Twitter that they will be debuting the novelization for The Garden of Words, the “touching and emotional” 2013 anime film from famed director Makoto Shinkai about “two lonely souls who meet in the garden of Shinjuku during rainy season and help each other ‘learn to walk again’ in life.”

Shinkai, the critically-acclaimed director behind Your Name and Weathering With You (both of which are also published by Yen Press), not only directed The Garden of Words, but also wrote the original story and screenplay. He was also responsible for the storyboards, animation composite, key animation, and editing.

It’s no surprise that he also created the novel, which was originally serialized in monthly installments in the September 2013 to April 2014 issues of Da Vinci magazine. The full novel, published in Japan by Kadokawa Shoten in 2014, contains scenes that were no in both the movie and the serialized chapters.

From the press release:

On rainy mornings, Takao can never bring him-self to go to school-instead, he spends that time at the beautiful Shinjuku Gyoen gardens and finds a brief reprieve from everything else in his life among the trees and flowers. And on one of those mornings, he discovers a mysterious woman named Yukino in his haven, skipping work, and an unlikely friendship blooms between them. But though these two are the center of this story, they are far from the only ones trying to find their way in life. From director Makoto Shinkai comes a deeper look at his award winning 2013 film, The Garden of Words, full of additional scenes and perspectives to show a whole new side of the many characters who brought the film to life.

The Garden of Words film is currently streaming on Netflix.

You can pre-order the novel here. It is scheduled to be released in print and digital on August 25 of this year.

Author: Jamie Sugah

Jamie has a BA in English with a focus in creative writing from The Ohio State University. She self-published her first novel, The Perils of Long Hair on a Windy Day, which is available through Amazon. She is currently an archivist and lives in New York City with her demon ninja vampire cat. She covers television, books, movies, anime, and conventions in the NYC area.

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