Cinema of the Week: Your Name

Kristen Hines, Columnist •

When it comes to animated movies from Japan, most people think of the famous films by Hayao Miyazaki. Masterpieces like “Spirited Away”, “My Neighbor Totoro”, or “Kiki’s Delivery Service”, to name a few, all ring some kind of bell with almost everyone you meet. However, there are other directors and films that have made quite a name for themselves over the years, and “Your Name” is one of Japan’s most recent hits.

Directed by Makoto Shinkai, “Your Name” centers around two teenagers, Taki and Mitsuha. One lives in the city and the other lives in a small, isolated mountain town. Despite the distance between them, something has connected them, resulting in them randomly waking up in one another’s bodies. While this has been done before, “Your Name” spices it up a bit, having our two protagonists leave one another notes while in the other’s body as a form of communication while discovering that while switching is weird (especially with them being opposite genders), it has certain benefits. Taki becomes gentler and more caring, and Mitsuha becomes more assertive.

But the film isn’t all comedy, as love eventually blossoms between the two. A love that literally seems to transcend time and space, drawing them together no matter what may threaten to keep them apart. It’s a simple love story with a very complex feel to it. You quickly end up rooting for both of the protagonists, hoping desperately that they’ll somehow find one another. While it may seem like a romance movie, it has plenty of suspense and drama that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Honestly, that’s all I can really say without giving anything away. “Your Name” is one of those films that you can’t really explain and have to see for yourself. It boasts beautiful animation, music, and a story that you won’t soon forget.

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