Is Your Name (Kimi no Na Wa) A Must Watch?
This movie introduced us to a girl named Miyamizu Mitsuha, she is a high school student living in the countryside and she has always complained about how boring and static life in the countryside is and want to go to Tokyo after she graduate high school.
Together, Taki and Mitsuha build a connection by leaving notes for one another until they wish to finally meet. However, try as they might, something more daunting than distance is keeping them apart. Is the string of fate between Mitsuha and Taki strong enough to bring them together, or will the forces outside their control leave them forever separated?
First off, let me just say that the visuals of this movie is crazy amazing. Makoto Shinkai’s movies always have spot on the visuals. There are always beautifully overwhelming and breathtaking landscapes. Vibrant colors, soothing lighting and hints of nostalgia. I have watched a few of Japanese anime before, and I think I can positively say that the animation in this movie is one of the best that I have seen to date. The entire movie’s art is simply fascinating. The visuals added with the storyline altogether, is why that Kimi No Na Wa became such a huge commercial success, especially in Japan. The movie achieved the second largest gross for a domestic film in Japan, behind Spirited Away, and the fourth largest ever, behind Titanic and Frozen.
The movie follows Miyamizu Mitsuha, who is living in a small mountain village in Japan. Mitsuha has constantly been complaining about how dull and boring her countryside life was and has always been dreamed of being able to go and live in Tokyo. Lately, she has been dreaming about living someone’s life in Tokyo, a boy to be exact. In her dream, she is unfamiliar with the house she lives in, nor the people she interact with. And whenever she wake up the next morning she would always wonder as to how her dream was so surreal.
Tachibana Taki in the other hand, has no complains about his life other than him having a crush on one of his senior at work, Miki Okudera. And so does most of the guys that was working in the Italian restaurant. When one day he wake up in an unknown room, and in a girl’s body, he freaks out. When he eventually finds himself constantly waking up in her body, he finally comes to the resolution that he is body swapping with Mitsuha.
When Taki and Mitsuha find out what was going on, they start to make rules (such as, Taki would stop grabbing Mitsuha’s boobs when they swap bodies) and promise that they will write down what they did that day (such as, Mitsuha setting up a date with Okudera without Taki’s permission) when they were switching bodies. What is once an annoyance to these two, start to become a connection. They will communicate by leaving notes and messages. And slowly but surely, they grow closer and closer to each other. And when a dazzling comet lights up the night’s sky, they realize that they want something more, a chance. A chance to finally meet.
The pacing of this movie is pretty fast which keeps you engaged with the storyline without fail, which made watching this movie a blast. There is always something to keep your attention, keep you engaged and curious. Not to mention, they pay so much attention to the details, so much that it sometimes made me wonder if it is actually a live action rather than an animation. What blew my mind about this movie is the fact that how quickly it is able to build a connection with the viewers. Getting us – the viewers – to care about the characters nearly immediately with them being just two ordinary 17 year olds.
While there are a lot of great and wonderful things to say about this movie, there are also some flaws. I realized this, after I rewatched the movie. The first time I watched Your Name, it was like fireworks popping left and right, and I was just too visually stunned and emotionally drained to give a proper review. The second time I watch this movie, I start to realize some flaws. There are parts where I feel like they over exaggerated when they shouldn’t. And some parts where it was not well explained, such as how they started swapping bodies and such. I think while watching this movie, for the sake of the storyline, you are expected, and encouraged to take certain elements in the film at face value and just accept them.
But despite all that, Kimi No Na Wa is a wonderful cinematic experience. You don’t need to be an anime fan to enjoy this movie. The message is clear, love transcends though time and can motivate you to do miracles, despite all odds.
“Wherever you may end up in this world, I will be searching for you.”