Your Name. / Kimi no Na Wa.
Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Supernatural, Drama, Romance, School, City vs Country Life
First Released: August 2016, 106-minute film
Summary: Mitsuha Miyamizu is a seemingly normal high school girl living an easygoing life in the Japanese countryside. She dreams of living the opposite, a life in the big city of Tokyo, full of locations and activities not seen in the country. Taki Tachibana lives the busy life in Tokyo as a high school student while juggling his part-time job. He has a difficult time keeping up with the high-stress lifestyle.
Everything changes unexpectedly when Mitsuha awakens in an unfamiliar room in Tokyo… It’s her dream. Things are too good to be true as she realizes she’s in Taki’s body! Unbeknownst to Mitsuha, Taki finds himself at the same time living her life in the calm countryside. Naturally they begin to search for one another as well as the reason behind this sudden and unlikely change.
Your Name is directed by Makoto Shinkai who came to fame with such films as: 5 Centimeters Per Second, Children Who Chase Lost Voices, and The Garden of Words. The artwork is beautiful, from the color choice to the characters and backgrounds. The characters are done well. It’s a film, so there is not as much time to dive into backstory and development. That considered, Shinkai does an exceptional job making you care for the characters.
The story allows you to embark on a journey with your two main characters with questions that arise as the film progresses. Time passes and some questions are answered while others are raised. The end left me in deep thought about what has just transpired. How would I react to being placed in their situation? Would I make the same decisions or would I respond differently?
You might enjoy this if: You are in the mood for an emotional roller coaster taking you through the ups and downs or life.
You might not like it if: You want to watch something on the bizarre side, something with more of an “anime” feel to it.
Note to the Viewer: In 2017 Your Name dethroned Spirited Away as the highest-grossing anime film of all time.
Your Name. – Official English Dub Trailer