From visionary director Makoto Shinkai, master of the most aesthetically pleasing films ever made, comes the box-office hit Your Name. Quickly regarded as one of the best anime of all time, this contemporary tale follows high school students Taki and Mitsuha, a city boy and a country girl who suddenly swap bodies. They must adapt to each other's profoundly different lives while facing some important questions: why is this happening, and how can they find each other?
Aside from the awe-inspiring animation that Shinkai’s films regularly bestow upon audiences, there are many reasons why Your Name is a great anime and a great story. Like Beauty and the Beast, or A Goofy Movie, Your Name is something special, something more than the sum of its parts that becomes an instant classic. You don't want to miss out on the this masterpiece.
The Storytelling Is MasterfulPhoto: Toho
Your Name isn't a run-of-the mill story, and it's certainly not told in an unimaginative fashion. Despite the ambitious story and level of mystique present throughout the film, it never loses you. It keeps you hooked with a need to not only unravel the mystery, but see the two protagonists find each other.
Every detail the viewer is given means something and finds its way into the plot somehow, allowing the audience to pick up these pieces and follow Taki and Mitsuha's journey just as they do. Those unfamiliar with anime might assume the structure will be simple, something standard for adolescent audiences, but that's simply not the case.12118Agree or disagree?
It's Artistic, But Not PretentiousPhoto: Toho
The box-office numbers are enough to prove that this film isn't reserved for only anime enthusiasts, but rather that it's a story everyone can enjoy. Your Name comes from a critically admired film creator, but the movie is down to earth, inviting, and enjoyable for even first-time anime watchers.
The humor connects with all ages, and the interwoven, diverse genres provide something for everyone. This isn't some cookie-cutter romance or a superhero action flick, but rather a driven tale not only better than most other anime films, but the majority of live-action ones as well.985Agree or disagree?
The Soundtrack Is MagicalVideo: YouTube
Courtesy of the Japanese rock band RADWIMPS, Your Name comes with a sentimental and compelling soundtrack. The music complements the many facets of the film, jump-starting the raucous confusion of the body-swapping while shifting effortlessly to the intense longing between Taki and Mitsuha. Paired with the astonishingly vivid animation, the music draws out every expression moment to moment, and stays with you even when the film is over.11415Agree or disagree?
It Features Unique Family DynamicsPhoto: Toho
Mitsuha resides with her grandmother, head of their family shrine, and younger sister Yotsuha. They live separately from their father, the mayor of their small town. Living with their grandmother introduces Mitsuha, and the viewer, to growing up in a spiritual household, harboring deep connections to the nature around them.
This alternative lifestyle is another aspect which contributes to the film's originality, providing insight into Japanese culture and showing not only that not all families are going to look the same, but also that that's okay.905Agree or disagree?