I'm a big fan of Makoto Shinkai's animation style and shorts; his melancholic soundtracks; the way he portrays really real people doing really normal things. What that sometimes means for me, however, is tears and feels. Lots and lots of feels.
Here's Dareka no Manazashi (Someone's Gaze)!
It's under 8 minutes long, but it's really, really good. You get a taste of Makoto Shinkai's style (those skies! that music! the every-dayness of it all!), but also a pretty good story. A pretty relatable story. It's just too realistic to not cause you to feel something, or to miss somebody.
I hadn't really thought much about whether or not I would miss my parents after moving out -- during college, it didn't feel like I had moved out, it felt more like a long vacation. Now that I'm really living on my own and quite far from my family (seeing them 1, maybe 2 times a year) I've come to have a much bigger appreciation for the time we do spend together.
So while I was watching Dareka no Manazashi, I felt my eyes start watering, sending me over the edge just a little bit. Sometimes, it's ok to miss your parents.
Don't forget to send your family and friends who you don't see often a reminder that you miss them!
Hey, send them this card if you feel like it.
(Also, just in case you missed it, Mii-san the cat is the one who was narrating the short!!! so cute!!)