The story is set one month after a comet has fallen for the first time in a thousand years in Japan. Mitsuha, a high school girl living in the countryside, wants to live in the city because she is tired of life in the country. Then, there’s Taki. He’s a high school student living in Tokyo with his friends while working as a part-timer at an Italian restaurant. He also has a strong interest in fine arts involving architecture. One day, Mitsuha dreams of herself as a young man. On the other hand, Taki also has a dream where he is a female student attending high school in the countryside. What’s the secret behind their dreams?
(Source: MAL News )
Kimi No Na Wa -君の名は。(2016) is a science fiction – mystery movie anime. It’s a story of Taki and Mitsuha switching bodies through dreaming. Can they actually meet in the end and solve this mystery?
Mitsuha Miyamizu (宮水三葉 )
a high-school girl living in Itomori, a rural town. She is a frank girl who dislikes the issues of the family shrine and wishes to live in Tokyo. She dislikes her father and is embarrassed by his often open displays of control
Tachibana Taki (立花瀧 )
a high-school boy living in Tokyo, who spends his days happily with his friends and has a part-time job in an Italian restaurant. He is short-tempered but well meaning and kind.
No Doubt. Kimi no na wa’s animation is crafted beautifully. It reminds me of how I admired Hyouka’s animation in terms of scenery drawing, water color effect and dramatic vibes. Visual wise it’s really thumbs up for me!
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Currently, Kimi no Na Wa becomes trending in social media. I discovered it when Tricia Gosingtian (my fave blogger) tweeted about it. I also read some facts about it’s rating in Japan. Here’s what I got :
Makoto Shinkai’s anime movie titled Kimi No Na Wa broke box office records in Japan. According to Mobile & Apps, the movie held the top spot for over six weeks since its release in Aug. 26. Moreover, the source notes that Kimi No Na Wa holds the record of being the “sixth top-grossing Japanese film and the fifth Japanese animation film in history.” In addition, the publication reports that this is the only anime film in the top five slot that was not created by StudioGhibli. – chattsportsnet.com
What convinced me to watch this movie is for finding the reason why it has so many recommendations and rated that high this 2016. I watched the trailer. It was really a “tease” that made me want to see more of it. Then, I decided to watch the whole film and make a review.
Before I actually drafted this review, I find it really challenging . Challenging in the sense that I can’t just write a review at ease and publish it. I made time to read or even watch other anime reviewers first just to check if we think the same way. There’s some sort of pressure because almost everyone in the world of reviewing anime made a detailed and justifying commentaries. I just want to make sure that I will point out the ideas in the story in an explicit way though I find it bizarre. A Beautiful Bizarre? May I say.
The Plot is indeed unique for an anime’ film. It was trying to offer a “Slice of Life” brand. Take it from the scenery of autumn leaves falling down, the fly of comet in the night sky, busy city of Tokyo and so on about the typical life scenario are all present. Then it transitioned into an extra ordinary way supported by the plot. The switching of bodies with our two main characters Taki and Mitsuha who are having a very different lifestyle and personality is not really new to me. I already watched SECRET GARDEN (korean drama) which has that same plot. Same thing, it became a hit. People will always buy into something out of this world because most of us wants to escape reality and wants to see how can impossible things be possible. Fantasy genres feeds it to us. 🙂
I find Kimi no Na Wa way more dramatic and mysterious because of this “comet tragedy”. That made me feel the suspense of watching it. Please mind the timeline also when you are watching this. I was confused with this part because how come you can switch with someone existed 3 years ago. I even asked myself if this some sort of ghost story? ( Sorry, I don’t have plans to give spoilers. Haha!) Forgetting is also an issue here. Here’s the thing in the story, it’s like DREAMS vs. REALITY = DREAMS + REALITY. I even made an equation. It’s a co-existence of DREAMS and REALITY yet contradicting. It meets half way out of a miracle. In reality, when we sleep and wake up we forget or remember what we dream about last night. It’s the same deal when they switch bodies. They can’t contain the memory fully about it but they are aware that it happened for real.
I felt the drama when they are both longing to remember who’s this other person whom I miraculously encounter. Who’s this person? Why I can’t remember? I also don’t like to forget a persons who has become so dear to me and a person who has become my other half. The mutual desire to meet each other in a normal way unravels slowly as the story progress. I love how it was executed. It’s not your sugar-coated high-school romance anime. It’s blended with maturity and mystery that made me feel enthralled to digest more of the story. I even had this “desire” to let them meet already NORMALLY! COME ON! Yet… the ending didn’t really satisfy me. 😦 I suggest that the ending should be like giving them a chance to meet and recover memories just a redemption to the suspense given in the climax.
Nevertheless, I must say Kimi no na wa deserves the top spot. As I look into Shinakai’s works, he is really well -known to produce masterpiece. It’s not really a surprise. This type of genre is his forte. Truly, Kimi no Na Wa is a worth watching.. ❤
Rating: 8 out of 10