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.
Your Name is a stunning film that ranks with the works of companies like Disney and Studio Ghibli. To say that it is a love story would be like saying Saving Private Ryan is “just a war movie”. It is a coming of age story about how people grow and our experiences shape who we are, even as we get older and the memories of those experiences begin to fade. The film shows the raw power contained within human emotions and how that power can overcome the passing of time. Your Name has the ability to captivate any audience, leaving you gripping the edge of your seat.
A summary of the movie might make it the story seem basic, yet it is anything but that. The movie is not action packed but the empathy you feel for the characters will keep your heart pounding. It is the relationship between the two main characters that drives the film but that branches out into so much more. There are very real stakes for both characters and the people around them. The story begins with what could be anything from a mysterious accident to an unexplained act of fate. Your Name plays itself out well with a mix of romance, comedy, drama, and more.
Many anime films, and anime in general, are defined by fantasy elements. The otherworldly creatures in Spirited Away, the titular Castle in the Sky, and so on and so forth. Most of the time these are grandiose, powerful elements that directly shape the story. While there is a fantasy element in Your Name, it is the story’s catalyst rather than its driving force. It is subtle enough that the story feels very close to reality. This is not something that could actually happen, but events such as these can occur. Life can end beautifully or tragically, with any mix of emotions along the way.
Saying that Your Name is one of the greatest films to date is no exaggeration. Not just one of the greatest anime films or family films, but one of the greatest films overall. From the storytelling itself to the characters, musical score, and artwork, Your Name is pieced together perfectly. The emotions here are real and viewers will not be sure how the film will end. It may be a family film, but the ending you expect may not play out like you would imagine. Your Name is truly nothing short of magnificent.