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Your Name Review

Updated on August 6, 2017

Now, I would just like to first get off the table that anime isn't my favorite. I can watch some movies but shows are not interesting to me. Too much yelling, over powerful characters, and most storylines just don't end. Though when well-made/well-crafted anime comes along, it can be one of the best ever. Spirited Away is my favorite animated film ever, this is including all genres of animation. Your name is the first anime film I've ever seen that rivals it. That's saying something as I put Spirited Away in my top 5 films of all-time. This masterfully crafted film from an unknown director is well worth the praise that's it been getting and 100% worth the admission price.

The film's premise is an interesting one and might pull people away from the film as a whole. Taki and Mitsuha have switched bodies without a reason at first. They push off these as dreams but soon realize that they're missing whole days. Whole days go by without their knowledge and have no recollection of events that happened that day. This turns into an interesting cat and mouse tale about growing up and figuring out what/why these swaps are happening.

2016 was unique year regards to cinema. Something so unique that it hasn't happened ever in film for me. Two films that came out last year, Manchester by the Sea and Your name, are in my top twenty of all-time list. That's saying something as I haven't loved films this much since the Dark Knight (2008). Both of these films could be contenders for the best films of the decade.That right there is no easy task. The worst parts of the film are still great honestly. In every film, there's a dry moment. However, I can't actually think of any that would be a major one. There might be some in there, but I just can't think of any. Before reviewing this film, I took a long pause after the third time I saw it. I wanted it to sink and really break down the film the film in my head to see if it truly is one of my favorites.The film still resonates with me to this day and still gives me chills. The moments in this film should be shared with all people who want to seek a relationship in terms of a magical existence. The film literally transcends love, life, and death while still being fun and funny at a lot of times. The sense of time in the film is what makes the film even better than most animes of its nature. Although there is something some people might be negative towards.

The worst parts of the film are still great honestly. In every film, there's a dry moment. However, I can't actually think of any that would be a major one. There might be some in there, but I just can't think of any. Before reviewing this film, I took a long pause after the third time I saw it. I wanted it to sink and really break down the film in my head to see if it truly is one of my favorites.The film still resonates with me to this day and still gives me chills. The story and characters in this film should be shared with all people who want to seek a relationship in terms of a magical existence. The film literally transcends love, life, and death while still being fun and funny at a lot of times. The sense of time in the film is what makes Your Name even better than most animes of its nature. Although there is something some people might be negative towards.

There are films that use cliches in a wrong way by making the film seem too cliched. However, this film uses Japanese culture and some anime cliches (some yelling, some over the top music, humor, etc.) to build around a fantastic original idea.The original idea, which I will not spoil for those who haven't seen it, is about time and how time can be connected for a little bit. The premise of the film is one of most original ideas I've seen in any film. This made the Your Name stand out from other films in the romantic genre. I'm not a huge anime fan in general and I'm not a fan of romantic films at all (there are exceptions). This film was able to combine both genres seamlessly and create a film that's both engaging/intriguing and it is quite brilliant.

Overall, the film is both beautifully animated while also being beautifully constructed as a whole. The elements of other animes create a sense of both wonder and fantasy that's breathtaking, to say the least. There's a lot of elements that are jammed into this one film and it is perfectly put together by Makoto Shinkai (director). If you are hesitant to see the film, then I hope this review has helped with your decision. I waited too long to see the film and can't wait to buy it on Blu-Ray.

9.8/10

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The animation in this film is the best I've seen out of any film ever.
The animation in this film is the best I've seen out of any film ever.

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