Recently, I got a chance that most of my friends back in Sydney are quite jealous of; Watch 君の名は (Your Name) which was out in Japanese cinemas on August 26. I gotta say, given that it’s a 新海誠(Shinkai Makoto) film, it’s obviously that it would be a masterpiece, but it’s more than just that. No wonder it has been getting high praise! It’s easily the most prettiest feature length film I’ve ever seen, so much so that I bought the short novel version.
Story is set about a month after a comet has fallen in a long time in Japan. Mitsuha, a high school girl in the countryside, wants to live in the city because of the boring lifestyle in the countryside. Then, there is Taki, a high school student in Tokyo who also works part time as a waiter in an Italian restaurant. One day, Mitsuha dreams of herself being a young man. Meanwhile, Taki also has a dream where he is a high school girl in the countryside.
Story was fairly simple to understand, and easy to guess where it will go while watching the film. Not wanting to spoil the plot, because it’s damn good!
My jaws dropped so many times throughout the film, because of how amazing the presentation was, as expected from a Shinkai film. Seriously, the artwork was enough to evoke tears. Vibrant and dynamic crowds make the world alive and the animation was outstanding, on par with Shinkai’s other work such as 言の葉の庭 (Garden of Words) and 秒速5センチメートル (5 Centimeters Per Second). Absolutely beautiful!
Music and Sound Design
Immediately slammed by how immersive the atmosphere was thanks to the excellent use of sounds. The music integrates very well into the movie. Some songs are full, soulful rock songs by the RADWIMPS. The soundtrack was just beautiful to listen to. Has a range of emotions, from happy to sad to fear to excitement. One of the best soundtracks that I listen to while riding my bike around Kofu. In fact, the album itself is so popular that in several of the local CD stores I’ve been to, it’s sold out.
Not only is there a beauty and technical marvel, but there is also a huge range of emotions jam packed in this film. It’s Shinkai’s funniest film by a REALLY HUGE MARGIN, as well as being the saddest, happiest, dramatic, suspenseful, philoshophical…. AH too many words to describe this film!!!
The film was initially out on July 3 at the Anime Expo in Los Angeles, California, and based on what I’ve seen in forums, Shinkai Makoto was there to say to the audience, “I finished making this film 4 days ago.” I honestly don’t believe that it was rushed, but given how quick it was released, I genuinely believe that there was nothing left Shinkai could do to improve this movie in any way possible.
君の名は is an absolute masterpiece. Lives up to the expectations and possibly exceeding them! Actually kinda feel bad that my friends in Sydney can’t watch it yet, but it’ll be worth the wait. I love this film, and I’m looking forward to improving my Japanese as I will be reading the short novel version of the film.