I first took notice of this movie when I visited Akihabara, Japan. There were huge billboards advertising it’s blu-ray release. TV departments in electronic stores I visited were playing the trailer on their 4K television sets and I couldn’t help but stop in awe at how beautiful it looked. The trailer music helped grabbed my attention too, it’s a catchy theme tune.
When I got back home from my trip, I did some quick research and realised it was directed by Makoto Shinkai, the same person who directed Voices From A Different Star & 5 Centimeters Per Second. I don’t remember much from the first but absolutely loved all 3 episodes of the latter. I considered it up there with my all time, Spirited Away. This is when I decided I had to make the effort to watch his new feature film.
I was blown away. Seriously. I’m not sure if it tops Spirited Away but it’s in my top 3 of all time, period. For me it was a journey on a grand emotional roller coaster. Things happened that I genuinely was not expecting and I enjoyed the entire ride.
Kimi No Na Wa is easily the prettiest feature length film I’ve ever seen, combined with amazing editing and sound design. I was surprised how immersive the entire experience was for me. I walked away feeling all the emotions on the spectrum. I don’t usually re-watch movies but I happily could just to help others experience Your Name.