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your name. (light novel) Hardcover – May 23, 2017
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If you're unfamiliar with the style of a Japanese light novel (J LN), you might find it off-putting. In my experience, there isn't a lot of effort spent translating light novels artistically, and the result is a rather straightforward prose with too many "..." (ellipses). If you ARE a fan of J LN's, I'd still suggest only purchasing this book if you've seen the movie. The author even notes that he was reluctant to write the book because the story is much better as a movie. Still, it reads like any other J LN.
If you know what you're in for (a collector's item; a reminder of a favorite movie, ect), and what you're NOT in for (beautiful prose, an introduction to the story), then this is a great conditional buy.
The book serves as a way to fill in the gaps of the film for things Taki did. For instance that fail "first date" that Mitsuha set up for him and Okudera-senpai - the books spells out what his thoughts are instead of having the viewer infer based on context. Sometimes it's unnecessary, but it does offer insight much of the time.
Strictly speaking I wouldn't recommend this without seeing the movie first, though you can read this along side the manga (due out this summer) as well. This isn't meant to be a substitute but a companion to the film after all.
The story while science fiction for the most part also contains a bit of Japanese lore, like a theme about the red thread of fate that bonds two people, and takes it to the extreme to make it seem very realistic in fitting with the tale that is spun. Obviously by realism I don't make a claim that this can occur as in the story, but if you believe in spiritual powers or even that someone is looking out for you in a spiritual sense, this has a fit and logic to the story.
They take a few risks with the time leaping notions, and while that's been done before too, this does not indulge in science or machines, but rather in faith and the divine to set the world right. The book is heavy with dialog, they did include a lot of the script from the movie, but the additions of the thoughts of the characters made this an enhancement. It's an easy read, but if you hadn't seen the movie there may be parts that would take a while to explain. When this comes out in hardcover this month, I hope they include a few more illustrations from the movie or that fit the story at least.
Recommended, a great story told well by the author of a number on very interesting twists on life. Highly Recommended, If you've not seen the movie at least get the DVD/BluRay.
I'm assuming you know a bit about this book already, and that you understand the basic story. If you have no idea what this story is about, well, Ive be surprised.
i felt that the author did a great job of keeping up with a couple of very difficult topics: the gender bending nature of sharing the body of another gender, as well as the fact that the love interest is actually happening over two different times. This is an interesting concept, and made the story enjoyable. There was also an appropriate amount of awkwardness, which I thought worked well to keep the story interesting.
Its a quick read and a bit of fun. Looking forward to the movie.
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