Your Name Movie Review - A Name Worth Knowing
Cast - Ryunosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi
Directed By - Makoto Shinkai
Genre - Anime, Romance, Fantasy
Kimi no Na wa or Your Name in English is a 2016 anime romantic film directed by Makoto Shinkai and tells the story of Taki (Ryunosuke Kamiki) and Mitsuha (Mone Kamishiraishi) who fall in love in a very unusual way, that is, due to some reasons, their bodies get swapped and due to this, they get to know each other and eventually fall in love. Now I will be honest, I have never seen a romantic film with this concept, and I was amazed by the plot and how well it was executed. Something similar was also experimented in the 2011 Hollywood film The Change Up, but it was not a love story, and definitely, it was not as good as Your Name.
This film has everything right about it. Being an anime film let's talk about the animation first. It is spell bounding and gorgeous, some scenes will take your breath away. Being a romantic film, it does not fall under any typical romantic cliches, and I was both surprised and happy to see it because it could have been a very cheesy film, but it never went that way. It is undoubtedly one of the best anime film or the best film in general when it comes to the romantic category. It has its fair share of suspense that grips you throughout the film. Your Name makes sure that you are fully invested in the characters, and as a result, you start caring for them and eventually hope everything turns up fine for our two main protagonists. Mitsuha wants to live in the city, and she is that girl who lives in a small town but has big dreams, and on the other hand, Taki is living the life that Mitsuha dreams but he also has a wish to go out with a girl who works with him at his workplace. So, when their bodies get swapped, Mitsuha helps Taki in fulfilling his desire and Taki is happy as he gets to press his boobs as he is in Mitsuha's body. I also liked how this film respects the Japanese culture and shows the importance of its tradition and values in the movie. The characters in the film are perfectly fleshed out, and you almost instantaneously connect with them. Some scenes did wet my eyes, and that is a thing that doesn't often happen to me. The humour present in this film will make you laugh or at least chuckle enough to bring a smile to your face.
In the end, I would like to say that I am not a big anime fan but Your Name is undoubtedly a film I would recommend to all the lovers of cinema and also to those who worship anime. Do not miss this as it is a name worth knowing.