君の名は。|Your Name

Makoto Shinkai’s sixth movie came out! It premiered on July 3, 2016 at Anime Expo and came out on Blu-ray on July 26, 2017. Yes, that was over three months ago.

I do realize I’m rather late to the party, but let’s get started anyway. As always, this review is meant for readers who have already seen the film.

Based on Shinkai’s novel of the same name published a month before the film’s premiere, Your Name tells the story of a high school girl in rural Japan and a high school boy in Tokyo who swap bodies.

The film achieved the second-largest gross for a domestic film in Japan, behind Spirited Away, and the fourth-largest ever, behind (Spirited Away,) Titanic and Frozen.

The light novels are available in English. (Alas, I haven’t been able to get my grubby hands on them. Reason: お金 [おかね, okane, money].) The one called simply your name. supposedly tells the exact same story as the movie. It might offer some additional insight, that didn’t fit in the film, but basically it’s the same thing. The second LN, your name. Another Side:Earthbound, is a side story.

Another by-product of the film is the soundtrack. It is amazing. I mean, I’m pretty amusical, but these tunes are so memorable, I can recognize them, which is saying a lot. (If you’ve been wondering why I usually don’t review the music in anime, this is my reason – I just don’t find them interesting at all.)

Besides the noteworthy music, I have to share another impression it left on me. I cried. As in hot, wet tears. It’s so touching! Even the second time.

One last thing before I delve into my screenshot-heavy review. If you have watched it, do watch it again. And again. This movie has a high rewatch value. You’ll see so many dots connecting from the first seconds until the finale.

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Backlog: Week 15

This week I’ve been pretty busy. I still watched 21 episodes, but a great majority were shorts — 19 to be exact. Oh well, better luck next week.

Ani*Kuri15

This enigmatic title is an amalgamation of contractions. Ani is a contraction of anime, Kuri of creators. This 18-minute piece is comprised of 15 one-minute shorts, each produced by a different creator from Japanese anime studios. See the list on MAL.

One of the 60-second stories is Good Morning by Satoshi Kon of Madhouse. He died 7 years ago, leaving behind works like Memories or Paprika. I admire his varied skill sets — storyboarding, directing, screenplay, key animation,… Anyway, you can see the likeness to Paprika. Detailed backgrounds are one thing, but the appearance of the main character is a dead give-away. And it works great. It’s a clear, concise story told in a minute.

Another is A Gathering of Cats by Makoto Shinkai. That’s a name you’ve probably been hearing a lot lately — he’s the director of Kimi no Na wa, Your Name in English. I liked this one the best, because cats. Planning world domination/destruction at that.

Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to watch Your Name this week.
Like I wrote above, hopefully next week will be better.

Backlog: Week 14

Here we go again. This week I watched 13 full (10+ minutes) episodes and 9 shorts. Roughly three episodes per day on average.

Shinkai’s short movies and advertisements

I watched Cross Road, Someone’s Gaze, Egao and Taisei advertisements. In my opinion Cross Road (above) is the best of them. It’s a cute idea about two high school students studying for entrance exams. The animation is beautiful (it’s Shinkai, of course it is).

Someone’s Gaze wasn’t bad either. It’s about a family and their relationship, especially father-daughter, and how it changed throughout the daughter’s life. I teared up. Continue reading