Initial Review: Your Name

Your NameMakoto Shinkai’s 2016 film Your Name has probably been one of, if not the single, most hyped anime series/film to come out in recent memory. And after having seen the film in theaters, the film lives up to that hype in almost every single aspect. To begin, this film—like all other Shinkai films—looks absolutely breathtaking and that’s not just for a few key scenes, but the level of clarity and detail stays at that awing level for the films entirety; it is simply mind-blowing. The story is also very well orchestrated, and the sheer level of symbolism and foreshadowing are outstanding: every little conversation, word, and background has importance and relevance to the story, and if you’ve ever tried to write a story, you know how difficult that is to include and still have your story make sense. The two character’s troubles, barring the obvious, are certainly relatable and add to drama of the narrative. And while this review has been mostly praise of the film, there are still a few things that I disliked about it, such as some of the character actions being a little bit less than believable, and a couple of moments that kind of, though not entirely, feel a little deus ex machina. These few flaws however, are simply minor grievances, and don’t really take all that much away from the film as a whole. If you’re wondering whether or not the film is good, I would say it certainly passes that margin by a mile, now if you’re wanting to know whether or not the film is number one on MAL good, then I’d say no: I don’t believe Your Name to be the best anime I have ever seen, but nonetheless, the film is truly a fantastic masterpiece that you should absolutely see. This is a Must Watch film that you do not want to miss, and I also award Makoto Shinkai’s 2016 miracle, a Certificate of Excellence. You will not regret checking this film out, and I highly encourage you to seek it out whenever you get the chance.


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