This review contains major SPOILERS from the film’s plot.
From birds chirping to amazing visuals, director Makoto Shinkai has created a wonderful piece of art that will linger in the heart of the audience, from youngsters to the oldest souls, forever. The movie starts with a 17 year-old girl called Mitsuha Miyamizu, who lives in a monotone village with a secular life away from what she really desires: living in Tokyo, Japan. She desperately wants to be more than a village girl and the golden daughter her dad wants her to be. Mitsuha performs traditional rituals, such as the making of “Kuchikamizake”, a traditional drink that incurs chewing rice and then pouring it inside of a vessel to create a rice-based alcohol drink. The making of this particular recipe, leads people to believe that doing so will leave a part of your spirit essence inside it.
The first scene shows Mitsuha not recognizing her body. She touches her breasts while not believing they are real, like her body is not her own. Well, in fact, who’s inside of her body at that moment is Taki Tachinaba, a high school teenager that lives in Tokyo, Japan. When he wakes up as Mitsuha, he believes he’s in a dream in which he’s a girl with a traditional family in a old village in Japan. He goes along with what ever happens in the dream, even going to her school, chatting with her friends and having dinner with her family. Meanwhile, as Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body believing she’s in a dream as a boy in Tokyo, she feels amused by everything she always wanted to see. Just as Taki did, Mitsuha goes along with what happens in the dream, like: going to school, going to work and having dinner with his friends on a fancy restaurant. As the story develops, Mitsuha wakes up, but this time on her own body with writings all over her right hand, saying: “Mitsuha? Who are you? What are you?”. At this moment, they both realize that they are actually switching bodies, with the person they’re “dreaming” of. Sleeping triggers the body switching, leading them to make a deal, in which they won’t interfere with each other’s lives. As expected, this doesn’t go that well and they make slight changes to themselves each day. In the future, they start to care more for each other and try to be more connected. One day, a comet passes by Japan and Taki loses communication with Mitsuha, causing them to stop swapping bodies unexpectedly. He decides to visit the village he lived in when he was on Mitsuha’s body. He goes to different places, asking for that village, but seems like nobody knows about it. Until he goes to a near restaurant, where he takes out one of the sketches he made to help him memorize how the village looked. At this point, one waiter mentions that he recognizes the drawing and says the village was struck by a fragment of a meteor, that passed by three years ago. Taki can’t believe what he’s hearing, as he was in contact with Mitsuha a few days ago, before he was disconnected. Taki remembers about the “Kuchikamizake” ritual and runs to where Mitsuha placed her’s to drink it, hoping for a miracle and reconnect to her body. Taki miraculous wakes up in Mitsuha’s body and leaves a note, telling her to evacuate the village and all of her family and friends, before the comet strikes the village in which she dies.
ANIMATIONS & SOUNDTRACK
Definitely “Your Name” is an animated movie, that will take your breath away and leave you with the feeling of being in a roller coaster of emotional ups and downs. It will make the viewers jump from their seats, or hold on to it, like their lives depend on it. The animations of the movie are top rated from others currently on the anime film industry. The way Makoto Shinkai made this movie so carefully and with such emotional passion, will make you grasp for air like if you ran out of it. It has an amazing intro with its own opening and original song. It was especially and originally made for each character and scene, and will take you to that exact moment Taki and Mitsuha are living.
“Your Name” deserves a perfect score, since it has everything that an anime movie it’s supposed to have. It is amazingly entertaining, not giving a chance for boredom. Has such an original story that will captivate any person’s attention. The movie has beautiful character development, making it personal for the viewers, while also injecting some anxiety to the spectator, desperate to see the ending and finally see what happens to the main characters. On the other hand, the audience might not want it to end, due to the great quality of the story. That’s what a movie is suppose to do, leaving movie goers asking for more.
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-Christopher Díaz Cottè
- Aperture: ƒ/1.8
- Camera: NIKON D600
- Focal length: 24mm
- ISO: 2500
- Shutter speed: 20s