The animation Your Name was released on June 18, 2016, in Japan, then later in China, Korea, and the other countries. The movie was directed and designed by Masayoshi Tanaka, the famous animator who designed Garden of Wordsand 5cm Per Second. The movie is basically about two characters’ bodies swapping. Shinkai Makoto, the writer of the movie, released a novel version of the story which allowed a number of animation fans to anticipate the movie even before it was released. The movie grossed 190 million dollars, becoming the fourth largest gross after Titanic and Frozen.
The story happens in Itomori, where a protagonist, Mitsuha, lives and Tokyo, where the another main character, Taki, lives. Mitsuha lives with a very strict family, under her father’s control. One day, she wishes to born as a handsome boy in Tokyo since she is living in the countryside with a strict and religious family. After the wish, Taki and Mitsuha realize that their bodies are switched. At first, they both think of it as a strange dream, but as it repeats, they start to leave notes for each other. For example, Taki writes ‘Who are you?’ on Mitsuha’s arm so that she can see it when she returns to her body. As time passes, they become used to their bodies swapping. In Mitsuha’s town, everyone is excited with the town’s festival on a day which a meteorite passes over the town. However, after Mitsuha goes to the festival, their bodies stop switching. Taki decides to find Mitsuha by himself so he goes to Itomori relying on his memory. Will Taki and Mitsuha successfully meet each other? In order to know more about the story, watch the movie, Your Name. I am not the kind of person who watches Japanese animations a lot. However, the movie made me realize that I was building a stereotype against Japanese animations. The story was well structured and the movie was not infantile, so I thought that everyone from different age ranges could enjoy the movie. Every little detail in the background impressed me, and I was surprised by how the settings were similar to the actual locations in Japan. In addition, the background music bursted my emotion during the climax.
During an interview with the animator Masayoshi, he mentioned that the animation reflected the current society, since a number of people forget about the past disasters of Japan that caused many people to lose their lives. If you did not watch the movie Your Name, I suggest you find the lessons behind the scenes of the movie since the movie is still screening in the theaters.