I like how 5 cm/s threads will start with someone asking if the story is good, then someone will it sucks, then some other guy will get offended and say it's the best this since sliced bread.
Then when asked how the story is great, the only explanation is that it's realistic, without going into how the narrative was actually executed.
Yes, I think Makoto Shinaki sucks at story telling. Aside from the first act, the rest of the story was extremely uninteresting and drawn out for no reason other than to show fucking awesome backgrounds with nice music.
The ending isn't even sad, everyone is fucking happy since they moved on. The only reason anyone would cry over this is if they tried too hard in relating with how a huge indecisive faggot the main character was, not even trying to pursue his childhood love interest, just sulking in self pity.