From director Makoto Shinkai, the man behind 5 Centimeters Per Second, comes “Kimi No Na Wa” (Your Name), a beautifully animated movie about time, fate, and the hearts of two young souls. Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives until they suddenly switch places.
One strange day, Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers. This occurrence happens randomly, and they must learn to live their lives as each other with their family and friends none the wiser. The first few days are a disaster but after some time, the two make it work.
Mitsuha and Taki eventually build a connection by leaving notes for one another until they wish to finally meet. But something stronger than distance may keep them apart.
Kimi No Na Wa [Your Name] doesn’t have the most original concept but its storytelling makes this animated film charming, magical, and engaging. The movie had the right mix and timing of when to make you laugh or be sentimental. Scenes before major catastrophes are emotionally orgasmic! It reminds me of some light-hearted banter with a fellow anime enthusiast — “When I grow up, I want to be a Japanese writer!”
But kidding aside, many of these Japanese animated movies and series show us glimpses of their high technology, amazing culture, and humanity’s nuances and raw emotion. Including our natural tendency to feel alone.
Kampai! Because when a film can say something about pain and beauty at the same time — it has to be celebrated. And it can linger even after days of seeing it.