The Garden of Words first released in an Australian film festival in 2013. It was then released in Japan a month later. It was screen with the short film Someone’s Gaze, which was also done by Makoto Shinkai. Shinkai has done many movies, Children Who Chase Lost Voices, 5 Centimeters a Second, and Voices From a Distant Star, just to name a few. The film has spawned a manga and a novel.