To all you hopeless and hopeful romantics out there, you are in for a treat today. In this edition of Things You Might Not Have Seen blog series (TYMNHS), I talk about the 2016 animated movie, Your Name by Makoto Shinkai.
Let me start by saying that the visuals are stunning. This is even before the story. You can, in fact, turn off the volume and fall in love with the images… but then you will miss out on the awe-inspiring love story.
Mitsuha Miyamizu is a high school girl living in the rural town of Itomori. Bored of her life, she wishes she was a boy living in the city of Tokyo. Her wish came true as she begins to switch bodies with Taki Tachibana. They would wake up as the other person and live through their life for the day. They first thought they were having vivid dreams, but eventually realize they can communicate with each other. They would leave each other messages on paper, phones and sometimes on each other’s skin (often full of mischief 😆). Both help each other with their social problems.
Mitsuha (in Taki’s body) sets Taki up on a date with his coworker Miki Okudera, who he had a crush on the longest time. Taki (in Mitsuha’s body) causes awkward Mitsuha to become popular at school.
Now, I can’t tell you about the rest of the movie without giving away spoilers. Let me just say that the body-switching ability between the two stops and Taki wants to find out why. There is a comet involved, the town of Itomori being destroyed, Mitsuha possibly being in the town when the comet fell, and a race against time to save her and the people in her town. There is also an unbelievable twist that has you scratching your head and wondering why you didn’t catch the clues before.
I loved how funny Your Name was. I started the movie out giggling. By the end I felt like I was punched in the heart. I hated how raw it made me feel. I wasn’t ready for the emotional rollercoaster ride. Would I go through it again?
Your Name is a beautiful love story. It will stay in your heart for a long time.
I hope that you liked today’s blog post. Thank you for reading 😊