‘Your Name‘ is a 2016 anime fantasy romantic film directed by Makoto Shinkai. Known as ‘Kimi no Na wa‘ in Japan, it was produced by CoMix Wave Films and dubbed via Madman Entertainment. Toho and Funimation distributed it in Japan and the United States respectively.
Mitsuha Miyamizu (Stephanie Sheh) is a high school student living in the rural town of Itomori. Taki Tachibana (Michael Sinterniklaas) is a teenager living in the city of Tokyo. For some odd reason, they keep body swapping. However, as soon as they swap back to their original bodies, their memories slowly fade. Mitsuha’s friends Katsuhiko (Kyle Hebert) and Sayaka (Cassandra Morris) think she is going crazy, but her grandma Hitoha (Glynis Ellis) tells her she is dreaming. Taki sketches the mountains he sees, enlisting the help of his friends Tsukasa (Ben Pronsky) and Miki (Laura Post) in his search. However, what do a comet, red string, and mysterious cell interference have to do with Mitsuha and Taki’s bizarre relationship?
The music and the animation are some of the most impressive that I have seen. The illustrations are woven to make each scene and every character appears in a unique fashion. It was impressively vivid and some of the best I have seen. The music is also done with excellence. While the entire score is impressive, my personal favorite song is “Nandemonaiya.” I highly suggest listening to both the English and Japanese versions. They are both stunning.
All of the voice actors do an excellent job. Sheh and Sinterniklaas had big shoes to fill. Ryunosuke Kamiki as Taki and Mone Kamishiraishi as Mitsuha were so well-received and rightly so. The four of them all do a good job and while I am not prepared to say one is better than the other, I will say, all four were incredibly talented.
The story is told so beautifully. It touches on themes of fate, age, and time. Can a couple be fixed by a strand in time, despite enormous obstacles? This movie presents this love story in such an imaginative and vivid way that you cannot help but fall in love right with the protagonists. While it won numerous awards, it was totally snubbed at the Oscars that year. It is a shame because, for its artistic merit alone, it should have been considered for both Best Foreign Film and Best Animated Film.
Bottom line, ‘Your Name‘ is a beautiful film about love and fate. You will be pulled in by the two young protagonists and the sheer talent of the production. You will not want to miss it.
PARENTAL CONCERN: Violence, Minor foul language, Suggestive/inappropriate humor
FAVORITE QUOTE: Treasure the experience. Dreams fade away after you wake up.
Check out the trailer below:
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