Film Review: Your Name

After reaching a huge box office and deemed one of the highest rating anime films, Your Name was definitely a film to be checked out. I admit I was recommended this film after being unsure of what to watch and I was soon intrigued to the film that just kept on giving. The film is based on the book of the same name released by Makoto Shinkai which was published around a month before the film. It tells the story of two high school students, one in the mountainous Hida region going by the name of ‘Mitsuha’ and the other in Tokyo named ‘Taki’.

The plot is interesting in the way it tells the story of how the Mitsuha gets bored of living in this rural town and soon becomes fixated on moving to Tokyo but in wishing so- she ultimately switches bodies intermittently with Taki. Upon waking up, the memories fade rather like dreams. Obviously once they realise it’s not just a dream when friends and family tell of the adventures and mishaps that occurred the day before. To communicate they write notes and memos in each others phones. With the difference in personalities, Mitsuha helps Taki gain new relationships especially with that of Miki from work. While doing so, Taki helps Mitsuha gain popularity at school. With this going along, Taki learns of traditions from the grandmother involving weaving special threads that symbolise time with this idea of ‘constant connecting, breaking and tangling’. What is important to notice is that he learns about leaving ‘kuchikamizake sake’ outside of the town which is seen as an offering to the gods and is seen to leave ‘half of oneself’ there.

The main event is the comet which is suppose to fly above the town and becomes a major player in the plot when Taki goes to find Mitsuha and the body switching stops. As each day fades he forgets more and more about Mitsuha and the memories and so relies on drawings and scenery to find the town. Then, once located- it dawns on Taki that the town where Mitsuha was destroyed by the comet and that their timelines were actually 3 years apart. Major plot twist.

When remembering certain details, Taki goes to a shrine and drinks Mitsuha’s kuchikamizake and reconnects in a strange sequence of events. Taki learns of Mitsuhas love for him and searching for him in Tokyo 3 years ago where she gave him a ribbon. Another switch occurs and suddenly it’s about saving the town as Taki warns everyone of event. In short, it’s successful which was pleasing to watch as you soon fall in love with the characters yourself despite reading subtitles the whole way through.

Yet wait! As twilight falls, a sense of connection is there and Taki and Mitsuha sense each other at the shrine and meet however to never forget their names they try to write on each others hands but it’s too late. Taki disappears as the fall reaches darkness. Taki did however write on her hand but it was in fact ‘I love you’ and just draws a love story with all the twists and turns to a tee. The town evidently is saved but the memories fade and the names are soon forgotten. Just a sense of missing in both peoples hearts.

The ending concludes to five years later where Taki is looking for a job. He has a long sense of missing something or someone when he quotes that ‘I am always searching for something or someone’.  The town where Mitsuha grew up was evacuated in time to not be hit by the comet and the fascination of the town is just a mystery to Taki as to why he used to be so compelled until FINALLY he runs into Mitsuha in Tokyo. A cross on the trains and frantic running leads to a closing scene of finding one another again.

“Haven’t we met?” Taki quotes.

“Your name is?” They both say and brings a smile to the realisation they will at last meet and a good reference to the title in some mega cohesion which for me was one of the best endings. Simple but good. Definitely need to see whether you’re an anime fan or not.

IMDb: 8.6

Rotten Tomatoes: 98%

TRoaW: 9.1/10

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