Kimi No Na Wa (Your Name): Movie Review

Your Name Poster
Movie Poster for Your Name at my local theater.

When my sister was in Japan, she kept gushing about Your Name and she recommended the movie for me to see. Luckily for me Your Name premiered here in the United States on April 7th of this year. I wanted to see what the hype around Your Name was going to be.

A quick synopsis: Mitsuha wishes for a life outside of the country life, she wishes she could be in the city. Taki is a city boy who is happily working at his part time job. One day both protagonists find themselves not remembering events because Mitsuha and Taki switch bodies with each other. While it takes Mitsuha and Taki a while to figure out that they switch bodies, it takes each character time to adjust with their new living situations. Mitsuha has a lot of fun living in the city when she is in Taki’s body. I really enjoyed that Mitsuha and Taki started out disliking each other.

I am so happy that I decided not to watch the trailer and stayed away from spoilers. I had to experience the movie for myself! Your Name was extremely good, all I can say is wow. The story is quite simple, but it has a huge plot twist that I did not imagine. I never saw the plot twist coming. I thought I was watching a cute light hearted romantic movie and then Your Name tore my heart in two. My goodness. I was crying because I was attached to both characters. Never did I imagine what was going to happen and I did not see myself crying. When I left the movie, I was a broken mess of emotions. Ha ha.

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The animation was on point. I loved the scenery and how the food was drawn. The desserts though looked delicious. What pulled me into the story was that it wasn’t an insta-love story. The characters eventually fell in love with each other, but it took time for them to realize it. Is this movie beautiful? Yes, yes yes. Your Name will ripe your heart out. Now I feel that I have to write down everything so I won’t forget what’s important. And don’t get me started with their sense of losing something important to them. I rewatched this movie a couple times both in Japanese and English.  Also, this story does involve the red string of fate since both protagonists are fated to be with each other. Lastly, I preferred the subbed version over the dubbed. I didn’t like the voice casting for the main protagonists, but the voice casting for the background characters was good. The dubbed version also changed the Japanese OST into English. The dubbed version could have kept the original Japanese OST. It deals with I have never watched the director’s previous movies, but because of Your Name I will watch his earlier works.

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

3 thoughts on “Kimi No Na Wa (Your Name): Movie Review

  1. I started this movie a few days ago, but I didn’t realise it was a movie and I didn’t have the time to watch a movie at the time haha. I definitely want to watch it though, it sounds great!

  2. You watched the exact right Makoto Shinkai movie haha. You mentioned some of the things he’s know for – his animation (he is Japan’s best animator) and his themes (loss being prime among them, almost with distance, spirituality, longing, and a few others), but with Kimi no Na wa, he also combines those with heart, something many of his movies have lacked. And what you get is one of Japan’s all-time blockbusters, and for very good reason. I’m glad you enjoyed it – it’s a wonderful film!

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