Kimi No Na

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Kimi No Na

Kimi no Na Wa (Your Name) is a technically gorgeous and charming movie that highlights the beauty of Japan, with an intriguing premise that is a sort of spiritual (and literally

. It is let down, however, by the weaknesses in its storytelling and some key plotholes that I found were too immersion-breaking.


There is no doubt Makoto Shinkai’s work is one of the most technically brilliant of all the Japanese animators I’ve ever watched. The utter eye for detail with the touch of shoujo anime hyperbole is designed to maximise the beauty of every frame. The flares of sunlight, the

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, glistening of surfaces, the landscape shots and the use of music all combine to make a visual spectacle of a film that is full of fluid movement. The memory sequence and the change in animation style was probably one of my favourite parts, and the entire soundtrack worked well with the film.

Like many recent Japanese movies (Mamoru Hosada’s The Boy and the Beast comes to mind), one of the themes is the fundamental tension between the relentless pace of crowded, modern Tokyo and the idyllic, natural surroundings of the countryside, holding onto the last remnants of

There is a fundamental anxiety in small towns, especially its struggle to keep its children after graduation. Initially, I thought the movie was going to delve deeper into this and play on the contrast between Mitsuha and Taki’s wildly different lives or the crisis of identity that might accompany their continual body switching. That might have been a more subtle movie, an exploration of humanity and identity that would have been quieter but, if done well, very profound.

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Instead, Makoto Shinkai goes for the sweeping drama and grandeur, perhaps prompted by the feature scale of the film, taking the viewer on a whirlwind through the fragility of lives, regret and the red string of fate in time, shifting the tone, scale and stakes of the movie into high gear at the start of the second act.

The key problem I found in the film is the shaky foundation in the central relationship and the role of technology in the film. This is not an uncommon problem in a lot of Japanese movies and in Shinkai’s work in particular – he’s quite traditional and nostalgic about his characters and settings and I think it has to do with how areas of Japan have been comparatively slow to transform and catch up to the modern age – I vividly remember being surprised at how the computers in a city high school were still running Windows 98 when I visited Japan in 2008 – but I think it detracts from the immersion of the movie here.

Though I adored the charming effervescent humour of the first arc in the body switching, and the introduction to Mitsuha and Taki’s lives, the process of establishing a romantic relationship between Mitsuha and Taki was shaky at best. Makoto Shinkai holds out on a face-to-face meeting for dramatic purposes, which I understand, but I could not stop wondering how, in the age of smartphones, they don’t

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Each other or find out each other’s full names or Mitsuha’s town (don’t they have signs?). It irked me the explanation seemed to just be ‘because the second arc has to happen’, even if any ordinary person would have found out that information so over the significant period they were switching.


Shinkai implies they slowly fell for each other during this period and I do assume more conversation went on in the ‘gaps’ between each montage clip, but I did wish there had been more focus on how Mitsuha and Taki communicated with each other as ‘themselves’ instead of simply writing updates on how they were living the other’s lives. There was a lot of opportunity to explore the function of technology in ‘long distance’ relationships (even one as strange as theirs), or at least address how their relationship dynamic changed.

The movie takes a bit of a confusing turn with the time travel elements but it finds firmer footing in the third act when Taki finds himself back in Mitsuha’s body and to the night of the comet strike. The process of the two finding each other is done very well if you ignore the relationship establishment question mark and just accept Taki and Mitsuha as the star-crossed romance that Shinkai wants his audience to see them as. The third act hits wonderfully dramatic and emotional beats that are all designed to highlight the animation and fantastical natural settings. Yes, the whole ‘schoolkids blowing up a power station as fake!terrorists to evacuate the town’ does come across as a bit far-fetched (can…middle school kids casually acquire dynamite like that?) but then it also made me wonder how

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Would convince an entire town to evacuate from a scheduled festival within an afternoon and it starts to seem like a more logical plan.

However, the movie suffers by not clearly setting up the ‘rules’ of the magic in the universe, making the memory loss and time skip feel arbitrary only for the reunion scene. For better or worse, the music and drama of the animation do a powerful job of managing to sweep aside those lingering final questions as they culminate in an emotional and thankfully


Overall, I’m still happy this film is getting the accolades and buzz, even it’s far from matching Spirited Away from a storytelling point of view. To me, 5cm per second remains the stronger of Shinkai’s work but I seem to be in the minority here.I’ve never quite understood people who look down on anime as a ‘children’s’ medium and if it allows a couple more people to give Makoto Shinkai’s work and animated films a chance, all the more power to it.Kimi no Na wa. (君の名は。 , Your name.) is a 2016 Japanese anime romantic fantasy drama film directed, written, and edited by Makoto Shinkai, based on his own novel of the same name.

The Reason That I Become A Weebs Until Now. Damn I Remembered The Old Days That I Mocking People Who Watch Anime, But After Watching Kimi No Na Wa On 2019, I’m

Your Name was animated by CoMix Wave Films and distributed by Toho . The film premiered at the Anime Expo 2016 convention in Los Angeles, California on July 3, 2016, and premiered in Japan on August 26, 2016.

The film has received critical acclaim, being praised for its animation and emotional impact, and was also a commercial success, becoming the fourth highest-grossing film of all time in Japan and the highest-grossing anime film worldwide, with, as of January 15, 2017, a gross of over $330 million USD (United States Dollars).

A comet appears and mysteriously affects and connects the lives of two teenagers of the same age, a boy in the big, bustling city of Tokyo and a girl in a country village where life is slow but idyllic. They find for unknown reasons, they wake up in each other’s bodies for weeks at a time. At first, they both think these experiences are just vivid dreams, but when the reality of their situations sinks in, they learn to adjust and even enjoy it. Soon they start to communicate and try to leave notes about who they are and what they are doing. But as they discover more about each other and the other’s life, they uncover some disturbing hints that their distance is more than just physical and tragedy haunts them.


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In the opening, a comet fragment is seen falling through the layers of clouds in the sky. It appears to fall on the town below it but that is left ambiguous as it cuts to the two main characters, Taki and Mitsuha, talking about how they feel as if they are missing something (Yume Tōrō), and that the feeling had lingered since the day that The stars came falling… It was nothing more, nothing less than a beautiful view.

Mitsuha Miyamizu, a high school girl living in the fictional town of Itomori in Gifu Prefecture’s mountainous Hida region, is told by multiple of the people around her that she acted strangely the previous day, while noting that she is normal today. That night, she performs a ritual for her grandmother which is scorned by her classmates. Frustrated at her boring and close-knit life, she screams out on the shrine steps that I hate this place! I hate this life! Please make me a handsome Tokyo boy in my next life! much to her sister, Yotsuha’s dismay.

The next day, she wakes up in an unfamiliar place, realizing that she is in the body of a boy called Taki Tachibana. Leaving the house, she realizes that she has ended up in Tokyo, as if her dream had actually come true. She enjoys her time in his body, but only half-heartedly attempts to retain Taki’s reputation, as she believes it is all just a ‘very realistic dream.’

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Taki returns to his own body, upon which he is continuously shocked by the changes Mitsuha has made, from leaving a ‘thanks to my feminine powers’ memo in his electronic diary to fixing his crush and coworker, Miki Okudera’s, skirt with threads. At the same time, Mitsuha finds that back in Itomori, Taki got angry at several of her


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