DVD Review: Your Name

What is this life?

Mitsuha (Mone Kamishiraishi) is a teenager living in a small town in Japan who dreams of living in Tokyo. Taki (Ry√Ľnosuke Kamiki) is a teenager living an overly scheduled life in Tokyo where he attends school and works part time at an Italian restaurant. Some nights they have dreams where they live the other's lives, and they start to communicate by leaving notes for each other to make those "dreams" easier. 

I'm not familiar with writer/director Makoto Shinkai's work, but when I read a few reviews for this film a while back, I knew immediately I wanted to see it. I was happy to see that it was an option to watch on my long flight to Europe last week. 

The story itself is quite amusing. Obviously you can't just seamlessly transition into living someone else's life. Mitsuha and Taki make a ton of mistakes in each other bodies. Mitsuha also attempts to help Taki's dating life much to his embarrassment. Taki doesn't try to change anything about Mitsuha's life, except for the fact that he fondles her/his breasts every time because he's a teenage boy.

The latter half of the film started to get messy once the two attempt to meet each other and see that their bond is even stranger than before. That got slightly irritating to watch as I just wish they would've hurried up a bit. (Admittedly, that could've just been the long flight too) But Your Name is a memorable anime that will stick with me for a long time. 

Recommended: Yes

Grade: B

Memorable Quote: "I hate this life! Please make me a handsome Tokyo boy in my next life! - Mitsuha (Mone Kamishiraishi)

4 comments:

  1. The hype for it is what made me watch it and I wasn't disappointed; I think I ended up giving it a similar grade to yours. I've seen some of Makoto Shinkai's work and I think this is his best one yet. His other movies are worth checking out as well.

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    1. I'm going to look into his filmography more after seeing this.

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  2. I was so impressed when I saw a trailer for this at my local cinema, I don't think it's ever shown an anime before, but I have to admit I kind of forgot about it! I haven't read a bad review so far though so I need to push it up my watch list :)

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    1. I'm not even entirely sure this got a U.S release. I had forgotten about it too until I saw it as an option.

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