★Writer: Richard K. Moe
Mitsuha Miyamizu is a teenage girl who longs to leave the boring country side of Itomori and move to Tokyo. Taki Tachibana is a teenage boy who lives a busy life in Tokyo. One day a comet approaches Earth and causes the two to switch lives in what they believe are dreams. As the two switch bodies and experience each others lives, they try to figure who the other is. Eventually growing closer to one another. But one day something causes them to lose complete contact from each other. And they begin to search for one another with the vague information they recall from one another.
Behind The Movie:
★Director: Makoto Shinkai (5 Centimeters Per Second, The Garden of Words, She and Her Cat)
★Animation Studio – CoMix Wave Films (5 Centimeters Per Second, The Garden of Words, She and Her Cat)
★Music – RADWIMPS (Your Name)
★Background Art – Mateusz Urbanowicz (The Case of Hana & Alice)
★Character Design – Masayoshi Tanaka (Ano Hana. Waiting in the Summer, ToraDora!)
- The movie is immersive and engaging throughout the whole film.
- The introduction is grabbing and remarkably.
- Emotional moments are spine tingling and heart attack inducing.
- The emotional moments are beautifully and perfectly conveyed.
- The perfectly cued music creates the tone and atmosphere.
- The pacing moves at a good and steady speed.
- The sections that summarize moments in the story are grand and amazing.
- The story telling is sensational.
- Mitsuha and Taki are both likable protagonists.
- The connection between the two protagonists felt authentic.
- The body switching moments are entertaining and enjoyable.
- How Mitsuha and Taki stay connected through leaving messages on each other’s phone, notebooks, and even bodies made things interesting.
- The twists and turns felt unexpected and shocking.
- For someone who doesn’t like romantic stories, the connection between the two protagonists was so compelling that it had me rooting for them to be together.
- The emotional longing the two protagonists feel for one another is convincing.
- There is a special and captivating moment that the protagonists share on a mountain.
Animation and Illustrations
- The animation is consistently smooth and fluid.
- The backgrounds are absolutely beautiful and breathe taking.
- The big cities of Tokyo and the small rural town of Itomori look fantastic.
- There are many awe struck moments.
- Perfect lighting and shadows.
- The whole movie is gorgeous, stunning, and one of the best looking i’ve seen since forever.
- The excellent music score that RADWIMPS provide is one of the key factors that made the spectacular and extravagant moments.
- Not only do the songs from RADWIMPS fit the movie perfectly but they also sound great.
- Taka’s English voice actor, Michael Sinterniklaas, was very impressive and convincing when he acted as Mitsuha in Taka’s body.
- English voice actress, Catie Harvey, was also pretty impressive and funny as Mitsuha’s younger sister, Yotsuha.
Directing and Writing
- The first body switching encounters felt rushed because of how much time they were given.
- At first the story feels like a duel protagonist thing but Taki instead feels like the dominant protagonist by the end of it.
- Although likable, the protagonists are plain.
- Many of the side characters felt flat and uninteresting.
- The romantic build between Mitsuha and Taki felt rushed and undone.
- There are side problems involving Mitsuha and her friends but they are left unsolved. At least to the audience.
- Some of the on going jokes are unfunny and become dry. (E.G. The constant breast grabbing that Taki does when he swaps bodies with Mitsuha.)
- There are a few moments that felt corny.
- The ending can be a hit or miss due to how abrupt it is.
8.8 / 10
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t doubt this movie. But the way this movie delivered made me realize how wrong I was. This is one of the best anime movies i’ve seen ever. I don’t even like romance but this movie made me enjoy it. The story was gripping, the animation was solid, the music was wonderful, and the visuals were one of the best i’ve EVER seen. Even the emotional moments were terrific. Many of them made me feel like I was going to have a HEART ATTACK in the theater. Even with it’s flaws, Your Name is a movie that I will not be forgetting any time soon. It is a beautiful, breathtaking, and heart attack inducing thrill ride many should not miss.
(Reference Source for “Behind The Anime” – Anime News Network)