Your Name (Kimi No Na Wa)

What is it?

The 2016 Japanese animated (anime) drama movie Your Name (Kimi No Na Wa) that was based on the novel Your Name by Makoto Shinkai.

What is it about?

This is how Rotten Tomatoes describes this animated (anime) movie:

From director Makoto Shinkai, the innovative mind behind Voices of a Distant Star and 5 Centimeters Per Second, comes a beautiful masterpiece about time, the thread of fate, and the hearts of two young souls.

The day the stars fell, two lives changed forever.

High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives.

But one night, they suddenly switch places.

Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers.

This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must adjust their lives around each other.

Yet, somehow, it works.

They build a connection and communicate by leaving notes, messages, and more importantly, an imprint.

When a dazzling comet lights up the night’s sky, something shifts, and they seek each other out wanting something more-a chance to finally meet.

But try as they might, something more daunting than distance prevents them.

Is the string of fate between Mitsuha and Taki strong enough to bring them together, or will forces outside their control leave them forever separated?

Final Thoughts

My brother GC and I finally got to watch this movie on Friday, it was not as good as we had expected but it was pretty good, and it had some amazing scenery and there was a surprising twist; but the movie was longer than it should have been in our opinion, and we think that the story should have followed a slightly different path.

Here is a review of this animated (anime) movie by Chris Stuckmann:

The end,

-John Jr

8 replies on “Your Name (Kimi No Na Wa)”

Hello True George,

Yes, but they actually put a surprising probably unique twist to this theme.

My brother GC and I did not like that twist exactly compared to the more logical path that they could have went with, we felt that they should have followed a more traditional path with it, but we do respect them for trying something different and that twist did catch us by surprise.

Thank you for commenting,
-John Jr


So cool that you did a review of this film. I watched it myself a couple weeks back and thought it was quite interesting… I loved the depth and the layers that it had to it. I actually liked that it was different to most movies following this general plot line. I agree the animation was sheer brilliant, I’d watch it again just for those awesome scenes.

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Hello Sissh,

Nice, I was not expecting that, it is good that someone else saw this movie as well.

I do like how they surprised me with the twist, though I think that the movie was longer than it should have been, and I agree that the animation for the scenery was brilliant.

I have seen two other animated movies by this director: one called The Place Promised In Our Early Days that I watched years ago so I barely remember anything about it, and another called Children Who Chase Lost Voices that I watched either this year or last year.

Thank you for commenting,
-John Jr

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Haha yeah I also thought it was longer than it should’ve been, but there was just so much to tell I guess they couldn’t help it.

I’ve also watched other films by this director – he’s really good at what he does. I watched The Garden of Words – which is one of my favourite movies (I still haven’t watched the live action remake though). A Place Promised in Our Early days I also watched around the same time as Your Name and I found the pace a bit frustrating – I love movies that take their time to tell the story but I felt this one could’ve went deeper/more detailed with the plot in the time that it took. But then again I was distracted a lot while watching and I have a strong feeling some things went over my head lol. (I should probably watch it again)

I will definitely put Children Who Chase Lost Voices on my list of to-watch films. Thanks for letting me know about it!

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Hello Sissh,

Thank you for telling me about The Garden of Words, I have not seen it yet.

I can not remember much about The Place Promised In Our Early Days, but I believe that I probably have about the same opinion of it as you so I probably definitely liked Children Who Chase Lost Voices better.

You are welcome, and thank you for replying.

-John Jr

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