Your Name – Kimi No Na Wa movie
From director Makoto Shinkai, the innovative mind behind Voices of a Distant Star and 5 Centimeters Per Second, comes a beautiful masterpiece about time, the thread of fate, and the hearts of two young souls. The day the stars fell, two lives changed forever. High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must adjust their lives around each other. Yet, somehow, it works. They build a connection and communicate by leaving notes, messages, and more importantly, an imprint. When a dazzling comet lights up the night’s sky, something shifts, and they seek each other out wanting something more-a chance to finally meet.
Your Name – Kimi No Na Wa wiki
Your Name. (Japanese: 君の名は。 Hepburn: Kimi no Na wa.?) is a 2016 Japanese anime film written and directed by Makoto Shinkai. Based on his novel of the same name published a month before the film’s premiere, Your Name tells the story of a high school girl in rural Japan and a high school boy in Tokyo who swap bodies.
Your Name was animated by CoMix Wave Films, and distributed by Toho. It premiered at the Anime Expo 2016 convention in Los Angeles, California on July 3, 2016, and in Japan on August 26, 2016. It received critical acclaim for its animation and emotional impact, and was also a major commercial success, becoming the fourth highest-grossing film of all time in Japan, the 8th-highest grossing traditionally animated film and the highest-grossing anime film worldwide, with a total gross of more than US$328 million.
Mitsuha, a high school girl living in the town of Itomori in Japan’s mountainous Hida region, is bored of country life and wishes she were a handsome Tokyo boy. With her grandmother and younger sister, she makes kuchikamizake sake and leaves it as an offering in the family tomb on a mountaintop outside the town.
Mitsuha and Taki, a high school boy living in Tokyo, begin switching bodies intermittently. Their memories of each swap fade quickly, similar to dreams. They realize the experiences are real when their friends and family tell them they have acted strangely recently. They begin to communicate by leaving notes in Mitsuha’s notebook and memos on Taki’s phone, and intervene in each other’s lives. Mitsuha helps Taki develop a relationship with his coworker Miki, while Taki helps Mitsuha become popular in school. Mitsuha tells Taki about a comet expected to pass Earth in a few days’ time, on the day of her town’s festival.
One day, Taki wakes up back in his body. After an unsuccessful date with Miki, he tries to contact Mitsuha but fails. He decides to visit her hometown, but does not know its name and his memories of it are fading. A restaurant owner in Hida recognizes the town from Taki’s sketch and tells him it was destroyed by a fragment of a comet three years ago. Taki finds Mitsuha’s name in the records of fatalities.
Taki goes to Mitsuha’s family shrine and realizes that he and Mitsuha’s timelines were separated by three years. He finds the kuchikamizake and drinks it, hoping to reconnect to her body before the comet strikes. He wakes up in her body on the morning of the festival and convinces her friends to help him evacuate the village. Taki realizes that Mitsuha might be in his body at the shrine and goes back to the mountain.
Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body at the shrine, and although they sense each other’s presence on the mountain, she and Taki are separated by time. They realize it is twilight, travel back to their own bodies, and finally meet. Taki tells Mitsuha to convince her estranged father, the mayor of Itomori, to evacuate the town. As they return to their respective timelines, they attempt to write each other’s names on their hands so they won’t forget each other, but Mitsuha disappears before she can write hers.
Their memories of each other start to fade. Mitsuha realizes that Taki wrote “I love you” on her hand instead of his name. Mitsuha confronts her father and convinces him to evacuate the town. The comet piece crashes to Earth, destroying Itomori, but its inhabitants survive.
Five years later, Taki has graduated from university and is searching for a job, but senses he is missing something important. He recognizes Mitsuha’s friends in a Tokyo restaurant, but cannot identify them. One day, Taki and Mitsuha recognize each other when their trains draw parallel. They disembark and search for one another, finally meeting on a staircase. Feeling as though they have met before, they ask for each other’s name.
Your Name – Kimi No Na Wa review
Your Name is a journey about growth and having the ability to bounce back when thrown against overpowering hardships. It’s a journey that focuses on human emotion that are larger than time and space. It’s a journey of where we watch our protagonists struggle again and again against destiny. And it’s one of the greatest animated journeys you will ever experience.
Your Name follows a girl from the country and a boy from the city who have never met that switch bodies when they dream.
This movie may seem like your romantic-comedy body-swap situation. But it will surprise you how in depth the gets. The storytelling here is top notch, because you understand everything, but when you think about it, the concept gets quite confusing, but because of the brilliant direction my Shinkai, he somehow makes it understandable.
The two protagonists are the driving force of the film instead of Shinkai’s normal eye candy visual sell outs. Within the great writing are actually some very funny and memorable conversations. The comedy works well to add another layer to the great chemistry between the protagonists. Props to the actors.
It was just so fun watching the dynamic feelings of these two and I loved how the two genders figured each other out while inhabiting the others’ body.
I was a little confused when a lot of the first act is dedicated to the girl, without really seeing the movie from the boy she’s swapping with, his view. But the movie surprised me when something happened to the girl and we see the boy for most of the rest of the movie. So actually the screen time for both protagonists were quite similar. That blew me away.
If you delve deep into his work Shinkai tends to break the forth wall often in the way he portrays emotions. He, in a way, makes you reflect upon your own life, and all his movies are really, really relatable. He makes you look back on dark times, times you don’t really want to think about again and he says a different messages every movie.
A big part of the film was it’s editing and sound design. This all helped with the immersion. Every scene is dripping with hidden details covered in immense beauty sugar coated with an outstanding soundtrack played by Radwimps.
And although the end is predictable, it did what 5 Centimetres Per Second didn’t do. It left me satisfied.
What seemed like a stupid idea turned into Your Name. And it’s not just another Japanese animation.
There are so many scenes where it feels like the Shinkai just pulls the rug from underneath you, like the movie doesn’t always follow the normal routine. I felt so many emotions in this movie.
It grips you in that way and shows that every second in the movie and in life is important.
This movie takes every awesome element that Shinkai has ever used in his films and are all constrained into this movie. This film has jaw dropping photo-realistic visuals with beautiful Japanese voice work, great cinematography, laugh out loud comedy, gripping story, insane twists, looming soundtrack, heart racing action, unforgettable quotes.
But the best part about this movie is that it has very few mistakes. Everything is in the film for a reason.
Still, I don’t feel like I’ve covered most of the points of why this movie was so good without spoiling anything.
But I can say that when I watched it, it was something special. Looking around at other reviews and forums, I have a feeling, that this will be regarded as one of the best animated movies ever made.