Finally we get an English Dub and Sub version! As of writing this review Amazon does not have the details for what is included in the Limited Edition. Here it is: Your Name Limited Edition contains two-piece double-sided collectible chipboard box with rainbow holographic finish; 2-disc original soundtrack by RADWIMPS, with English and Japanese versions; 60-page hardcover art book, and Art digipack.
I was able to see this in theaters during its limited run in North America. I was blown away by the artistry displayed in this animated film. I heard the hype before seeing it and it met those expectations, which not many films can do. Makoto Shinkai, the director, has been a favorite of mine for a little while now and many are calling him the next Miyazaki. While I am not a fan of those comparisons, I can say that Skinkai's style is very entertaining to watch and absorb. His use of light and hyper detailed backgrounds really suck you into his films. He tends to lean in to young characters who are in some sort of long distance relationship and Your Name is no different. The two main characters are a joy to watch because they come from opposite sides of Japanese society, but both are tied together by the events of a strange meteor that passes Earth every few hundred years...There is much more to be said about the story, but talking more about it would give away key details that I believe would be better off not being spoiled. And before I wrap this up, I would like to say that the music for this film is superb. I find myself often listening to a few key tracks whenever I get a chance.
If you have a friend or family member that has little to no anime experience, I would show him/her this film. Anime is so broad and diverse that it can be hard to give good suggestions to new watchers, but I believe Your Name is a perfect introduction.
Thank you for reading my review and have a good day.
I saw this movie online when it first came out and it is one of the best anime films I have ever seen. I just got it and watched it again this time with the dub and I still feel the same way. Do not miss out on this, I also like the ost. Shinkai's movies environments have always inspired me since seeing 5 centimeters per second, and this movie does it too. One scene that shows the past of the female character is so well drawn/animated.
Your Name is a Japanese animated film written and directed by Makoto Shinkai, based off his own novel of the same name. I was reluctant to watch this movie at first because besides the works of Studio Ghibli, I am not the biggest fan of anime. However, Your Name was making waves around the internet, with people considering it the best anime movie of all time. I am someone who is naturally gravitated towards hype, and with expectations leveled, and my mind opened, and I went ahead and saw the film. And boy, when the credits rolled, I was stunned, mesmerized and enchanted with just how beautiful this movie was in every way. My relationship with anime does not extend beyond Ghibli films, first few seasons of Pokémon and JRPG cutscenes, the reason being I always feel Japanese animation lacks gravitas and instead replaces it with heavy-handed over-the-top storytelling and voice acting. I was glad to see Your Name not succumbing to any of those tropes, in fact, Your Name being an animated film, was able to make laugh, cry, feel anxious and fulfilled all within 90 minutes, something most live-action movies with real actors cannot even dream of trying.
Your Name is about two people from different parts of Japan, through some cosmic fate, body-swapped with one another. Mitsuha, a girl from a small rural town, wakes up in the body of Taki, a boy from big city Tokyo, and vice versa. Not knowing why this is happening to them, they both communicate via leaving messages on each other’s phone and notebook. Mitsuha, always dreaming of the big city and tired of her country life, takes this magical opportunity to live in Tokyo and runs with it. They both help each achieve things they otherwise would not have been able to achieve. And through interactions with each other’s friends and families, they begin to learn about one another. One day, however, the body-swapping stopped, and Taki sets out on a journey to find Mitsuha to meet her in person.
Mitsuha and Taki, our two leads are very charming and funny. The main hook is you hardly see them as themselves, instead they are mostly in each other’s bodies. Because of this, we see their characters develop as they literally walk in each other’s shoes.The first act to my surprise was candidly funny. I found myself laughing out loud at the fish out of water and situational jokes. There is a running gag where every time Taki would wake up in Mitsuha’s body, he would feel her boobs to make sure he is not in his own body, this is when Mitsuha’s little sister would burst in the room and see her “sister” touching herself. Comedy like this is perfect, because it is within character, situational and not forced.
I am going to avoid all spoilers for the second act onwards because I went in the movie knowing very little, and I wish for anyone watching this film to do the same.I will say there is an obstacle in the third act that is suspenseful and tension-filled but not in a Hitchcockian way. Instead, you just want to see the characters succeed and achieve the impossible so much, that when an obstacle stands between them, you cannot help but to be on the edge of your seat. I was rooting for them because I was emotionally invested in Taki and Mitsuha as human beings, and I care about them, and genuinely want a happy ending for them.
Having some time to think about the movie after seeing it not too long ago, I felt Your Name connected with me on in intimate level few films have done before. Ever since I was young I was a romanticist, always believing the meeting with the love of my life is bound by some sort of fate and destiny since the beginning of time, and I simply have not found her. The movie explores this subject, what if you are tied to a person by a string? You two through thick and thin, chaos and peace, no matter the time difference, spatial difference, are destined to meet? A story of this kind would have touched my heart regardless of the quality of the actual film, but thankfully, besides having an excellently written script, the movie’s supplemental elements like animation and music do not lag behind.
The hand-drawn animation in this movie is probably the best I have ever seen. Every frame was perfectly crafted and colors are rich and vibrant. I especially appreciated the little details like water droplets on a spider web during the raining scene and of course, the deliciously animated food throughout. The movie was truly like a painting coming to life and rivals with even some of Ghibli’s best. Another thing I need to mention is the music, composed by Japanese rock band, Radwimps. It was simply fantastic, amazing, incredible, heart-warming, heart-wrenching and every adjective that is associated with the word “nostalgic.” Funny how a piece of music you have only heard for the first time recently can give you the feeling of nostalgia, but that is the power of this film’s soundtrack. My favorite piece is Date that plays during Taki’s date with his co-worker. The track accompanying the sunset imagery and Tokyo café evokes a poignant, bittersweet sentiment within me, and I absolutely loved it. It makes me think back of times in my life where I was in a similar situation as Taki, and the feelings I had then, the moment, the sunset, the yearning of days gone by.
I cannot review this film without drawing some parallels to another romantic comedy I really love, (500) Days of Summer. While they do not have the same plot at all, there are some elements I found eerily similar. Both films deal with supposed cosmic significance about finding true love, both Tom and Taki are architects, and both are job hunting for that profession towards the end of the films. Not sure if it is only a coincidence, but I just wanted to point that out.
Your Name is a brilliant, heart-felt animated film about two different people’s absolute desire to meet one another despite being separated by space and time. Taki and Mitsuha’s conviction that leads them to the end of this emotional journey should be viewed by everyone, no matter if they like anime or not. This film is simply a masterpiece in storytelling that has everything you want in a romance. Go see this movie, you will not be disappointed.
I can't say enough about this movie. I was lucky enough to catch it in a limited theater release here in the states, and it completely blew me away... not just me, but everyone in the theater. This was the only time in my life when the movie ended, the lights came up, and we all just sat there in silence. Nobody could speak or move or it would break the spell; it was like we all needed to be there to decompress together before venturing back out into reality. Since then I have anxiously waited for the DVD to be available here so I can show it to everyone I know, because I feel like this is the kind of movie everyone can enjoy and everyone should see. Even if you're not big into anime or animated movies in general, although you will appreciate it even more if you are. The animation is beautiful, but it's the story... it takes you on an emotional rollercoaster, grips hold of you hard and doesn't let go. The range of emotions I experienced while watching this was just astounding and unexpected.