Makoto Shinkai directs Ryunosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi and Aoi Yūki in this animated Japanese teen body swap romance where two kids spend random days in each other’s bodies… enjoying their different cultures and helping each other’s love lives.
That’s only a third of Your Name’s plot… the cosmic narrative leaps the rails a couple of times in ways that are discombobulating but pay off massively. The seamless animation and hyper detailed design are stunning… transporting you to both the overwhelming sparkle of Tokyo and a glorious pastoral coastal town. Tourism porn really for those of us trapped in our flats. Comedy, magic, adventure, mystery and sci-fi are threaded into the base hook in exciting ways. It is a restless, enthusiastic film that never quite settles into being any single thing. The emotional reward at the end is hard earned and quite effecting. A bright, poppy treat – possibly the closest any international culture has got to recreating the multi-genre joys and slickness of Back To The Future. And I don’t type that particular commendation lightly.
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