Alexander Roth’s review published on Letterboxd:
Even though the director wasn't happy with this movie I thought it was quite cute, but not quite as magical as Miyazaki's big names, but it still had a magical element which drew me in. It was also more of a romance, which I am not always in the mood for, but if you are feeling like watching a romance I recommend giving it a spin, I was in a romantic mood when I watched it luckily. The style was more like what pop anime of this era look like and I prefer the studio Ghibli look, but I don't feel too strongly about it. I am definitely looking forward to more films from Makoto Shinkai.