Being careful about what you wish for is just one of the beautiful lessons conveyed by the movie Your Name. When two strangers suddenly begin to switch bodies periodically, a slice of life adventure begins that creates a bond never before seen. Mitsuha Miyamizu has always longed to be a boy living a busy life in the city; with no social expectations and an abundance of things to do, she'd be free. Meanwhile, Taki Tachibana lives the very life Mitsuha dreams of, knowing all too well how stressful the workload can be. If anything, he longs for things to slow down. As fate brings them together through a strange phenomenon, the two must consider the reason and perhaps even change fate.
If you loved this movie enough, you probably wished it had been a full series; with such a binge-worthy plotline, a film wasn't nearly enough to satisfy us! Thankfully, there are plenty of great anime series like Your Name that should suffice. Vote up which of these recommendations to let us know which ones you loved the most!
When Akari Shinohara's family moves away, she leaves behind a very close friend; Takaki Toono. While they've still kept in touch through mail, the distance between them continues to grow. Takaki decides it's finally time to meet Akari one last time before his family also moves away. The series shows what happens when friends grow distant as we get older, but how we can still cherish those memories regardless. If you want something that showcases two people's lives in a different way, like Your Name, this would be a great and short series to start with.
The supernatural is part of what gives Your Name its charm. If you want something with the same out-of-this-world theme, alongside a little bit of romance and friendship, Charlotte is a followup like no other. Yuu Otosaka may seem smart, but he actually just has a very interesting ability; he can control a person's mind and body for five seconds at a time. Because of this, he appears to be a model student when he's really just a cheat. Nao Tomori has caught him using this ability and has now forced his hand in order for him to attend Hoshinoumi Academy, a school for kids with supernatural powers. However, he must also assist her in capturing kids who abuse these gifts, in order to keep the world a safer place.
Sometimes, you just need a good anime to make you cry. Much like the tragic elements of the romance in Your Name, A Silent Voice is a beautiful combination of heartache and love. Shouya Ishida has not always been the best person; as a child, his favorite pass time would be to bully a deaf girl from his class, Shouko Nishimiya. Despite not being the only one to bully her, he's the one singled out of the class for all the pain brought upon Shouko and ostracized by classmates and teachers alike. Now in high school, he's still haunted and wishes to make amends. This leads to a journey to meet and befriend Shouko years later.
The Student Cultural Society is a band of misfits that couldn't seem to fit in anywhere else. When no clubs suited their needs, they banded together despite being very different from one another. Things change when one day two of the club members, Aoki and Yui, switch bodies. As this strange occurrence continues to happen throughout the different members, they begin to learn more about each other than ever before. As Your Name proved, you seem to know someone better when you've switched bodies with them.