Kimi no na wa (Your Name) is director Makoto Shinkai’s latest film, based on his novel. It’s a familiar trope, yet what he does with it is original, funny, and heart-warming.
A young girl and boy start switching bodies, and as the story progresses, they not only form a strong bond, but in their own way, each makes the other’s life better.
Without spoiling too much, a lot occurs beyond the first act of the film. What starts off somewhat innocently becomes a calamity which forces the two to work together in creative ways to save a village.
The film has garnered a lot of praise, and has become the highest grossing anime out of Japan, ahead of Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Ponyo (all Studio Ghibli films). This may surprise many who watch Your Name, however repeat viewings serve the film well. It was during my second viewing that I truly fell in love with the characters and their plight.
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