Kimi no Na Ha [君の名は。] Anime Movie Review

Hello!

I literally have no time but I just had to pull myself away for a little bit to write my own personal review on the latest anime movie 君の名は。It was sensational. Just right off the bat, it was absolutely incredible. Within the first 15 minutes, I was hooked and it immediately climbed to the top on my list of favourite anime movies. I know that I’m not usually this thrilled over anime movies but this was incredibly beautiful.

This movie was directed by the well-acclaimed director- Shinkai Makoto (新海 誠) and was introduced to me by one of my friends. Most of you may already know that this is the same director that was in charge of 5 Centimetres Per Second and The Garden of Words. Honestly, I was slightly sceptical when this movie was recommended to me because I wasn’t a really big fan of the two other movies. Plus, the friend that recommended Kimi No Na Ha to me is ridiculously obsessed with sad and depressing animes. Seriously, I’m not kidding when I say that his sole criteria for determining whether an anime was good or not is through how sad its story line had turned out to be.  Of course, combining my past experience with my friend’s peculiar taste in animes had me not so thrilled to watch it. In fact, I did not at all intend to watch Kimi no Na Ha. I had initially planned on downloading it for my friend, but I watched it this morning while eating my breakfast. (Which was a  very bad idea because I was hooked and had to stick around for the ending)

First off of the bat, I’m sure that if you’ve already read all of the other reviews of this movie, you’ll know of its beauty and its artwork. They weren’t lying, it was beautiful. However, if you know how I roll, I don’t appreciate animes based on the attractiveness of the artwork because if that was the case, I wouldn’t have hated Glasslip the way I did. So you can trust me when I tell you that Kimi no Na Ha had a story line that completely knocks 5 Centimetres Per Second and The Garden of Words out of the park!

I didn’t really like the two prior movies THAT MUCH. In fact, I hated 5 Centimetres Per Second. *Spoiler ALERT* They never meet up.

The Garden of Words was slightly better because the artwork improved GREATLY (not to say that the artwork for 5 Centimetres Per Second was bad or anything, the technology for animations had just improved, that’s all.) and the story line was slightly better. Though it was a little slow-paced for my liking and the ending was a little under cooked. The music was absolutely fantastic though, especially during the ending scenes.

So my expectations were set extremely low for this movie but it did not disappoint!

This movie finally got every aspect right! The music was great, the art was superb and the story line was interesting, comedic and had me hooked during every single moment! Do you know how difficult it is to accomplish all of that?

For those that have not already read a synopsis of this movie, I’m going to keep it really basic.

Mitsuha and Taki are both high school students, however they could not be more opposite. Mitsuha lives in the outskirts of Japan, staying with her little sister and her grandmother.She’s a quiet, graceful and reserved daughter of the mayor. Taki lives in Tokyo, where he shares a tiny apartment with his dad.He spends his days studying at school and working as a waiter in an Italian restaurant. Taki is temperamental and ‘slightly violent’ (Though I personally disagree). Surprisingly, he’s good at drawing, frugal and organised.

I don’t want to spoil too much, because no doubt most of you haven’t even watched it yet. (Hint, look away now)

However, for those of you who have, how awesome is it that they actually ended up together? They finally did it right! How hard was it to include a happy ending? To be honest, after that incredibly hilarious montage during the first 25 minutes, I was ready to just stop watching altogether because I knew that they were going to turn the whole thing around sooner or later. And I’m not going to lie, the whole ‘just missing each other thing’ was killing me.

Anyway, I said that I had to go- and I really do.

But you must absolutely take the time to watch this movie, it’s really spectacular and I guarantee that you will not be disappointed.

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