[Review] Kimi no Na wa

Anime

The Typical Story of Makoto Shinkai
From the synopsis alone, you can tell that Kimi no Na wa presents a typical Makoto Shinkai story about a pair of teenage boys and girls who are difficult to meet. Kimi no Na wa tells the story of Taki who lives in Tokyo and Mitsuha who lives in a village. When sleeping, sometimes their bodies are swapped. This makes their lives become chaotic because of different behavior when changing bodies. Because of that, they both promised to record all activities in order to maintain their respective lives.

As much as possible I don’t want to give spoilers so that you can watch this film with satisfaction. In terms of duration, this film is quite long, with a duration of 1 hour 46 minutes. Its duration is longer than Kumo no Mukou, Yakusoku no Basho and shorter than Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo. Even so, Makoto Shinkai seemed to have learned from the films he worked on before. Although the duration is long, the pacing this time is much better so that the audience does not get bored.

Although this time the duration is quite long, Shinkai uses all his time efficiently to get you guys closer to Taki and Mitsuha. The story is told from each side of the character, so you get to know how life is around each of the main characters and how body swaps begin to affect their daily lives.

Thanks to this, Kimi no Na wa really presents a better story because Shinkai spends more time on the two main characters so that the audience becomes more concerned with both of them and is curious about what will happen to them both at the end of this film.

This better character handling and story pacing makes Kimi no Na wa better than the previous Shinkai films. Shinkai’s best known works are Hoshi no Koe, Byousoku 5 cm, and Kotonoha no Niwa. The three of them were more successful because of the shorter duration that Shinkai was used to handling. As for Kumo no Mukou, Yakusoku no Basho and Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo are less well known. In my personal opinion, the problem with both films is the inefficient use of time to make us care about the characters.

Undoubted Quality of Animation
Apart from stories that make you confused, Makoto Shinkai’s anime is always eye-candy. Of course Kimi no Na wa presents a very beautiful animation. Although the theme this time is not rain like in Kotonoha no Niwa, Kimi no Na wa still presents a very amazing rain scene. The character’s movements are also very smooth, especially during scenes related to Mitsuha and her village.

Even though it has presented beautiful animations, the image details are not forgotten. Each scene is clearly visible and you can identify all objects easily. In fact, at the end of the film, my friend who was watching the film knew the area which he said was near his office in Japan.

Verdict: Must Watch Again/10
Why did this film sell so well in Japan? After watching this film, I really understood. The hype doesn’t lie either. At first, my friends and I wanted to watch it during the day or night, but it turned out to be full. So I had to watch the first hour, which was at 09:40. Even though it’s still early in the morning, it turns out that the broadcast in the first hour was filled with viewers