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  • Writer's pictureThomas Duncan

Your Name. (2016) ft. Dennis Sy


Guest: Dennis Sy


Cast:

  • Makoto Shinkai, Writer/Director

  • Taki Tachibana (立花 瀧, Tachibana Taki)

  • Mitsuha Miyamizu (宮水 三葉, Miyamizu Mitsuha)

  • Katsuhiko "Tessie" Teshigawara (勅使河原 克彦, Teshigawara Katsuhiko)

  • Sayaka Natori (名取 早耶香, Natori Sayaka)

  • Tsukasa Fujii (藤井 司, Fujii Tsukasa)

  • Shinta Takagi (高木 真太, Takagi Shinta)

  • Miki Okudera (奥寺 ミキ, Okudera Miki)

  • Hitoha Miyamizu (宮水 一葉, Miyamizu Hitoha)

  • Yotsuha Miyamizu (宮水 四葉, Miyamizu Yotsuha)

  • Toshiki Miyamizu (宮水 俊樹, Miyamizu Toshiki)

  • Futaba Miyamizu (宮水 二葉, Miyamizu Futaba)

  • Yukari Yukino (雪野 百香里, Yukino Yukari)

*Recognition:

  • Your Name. was wide-released on August 26, 2016.

  • It made an estimated $382 million from a budget of roughly $5.6 million.

  • The film was critically acclaimed, with praise for the animation, music, visuals, and emotional weight, and broke numerous box office records, including becoming the third highest-grossing anime film of all time, unadjusted for inflation.

  • The film won Best Animated Feature at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, 49th Sitges Film Festival, and as the 71st Mainichi Film Awards, and nominated for Best Animation of the Year at the 40th Japan Academy Prize.

  • A live-action American remake by Paramount Pictures is currently in development.

  • Your Name. currently holds a 98% on RT among critics, a 79 score on Metacritic, and a 4.2 out of 5 on Letterboxd.

What is this movie is about?/Elevator Pitch: A modern version of star-crossed lovers who have to battle through tragedy and time to be together.


Plot Summary:

Mitsuha and Taki are two teens living vastly different lives. Mitsuha lives a rather dull life, rife with cultural tradition in the small countryside town of Itomori while Taki lives in the fast-paced city of Tokyo. Fed up with her cyclic life, Mitsuha longs to experience life in Tokyo and wishes to become a handsome Tokyo boy in her next life. Her dreams partially come to fruition when both characters swap bodies back and forth. As they swap, both try to live life through the other with unforeseen consequences as they each develop a bond with the other.


Did You Know:

  • The red braided cord that Mitsuha wears represents the invisible red string of fate that is said to connect someone to their fated person, according to Japanese tradition.

  • This is the first anime film not made by Studio Ghibli or Hayao Miyazaki to gross ten billion Yen at the Japanese box office (about US$98 million). It was also the second highest grossing anime film before being surpassed by Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train (2020) four years later.

  • Writer-director Makoto Shinkai personally found his film to be "incomplete, unbalanced" due to time and budget constraints.

  • Radwimps wrote all new English covers of their original songs for the film's international debut in English speaking territories.

Best Performance: Makoto Shinkai (Writer/Director)

Best Secondary Performance: Taki Tachibana/Radwimps (Score)

Most Charismatic Award: Makoto Shinkai (Writer/Director)/Miki Okudera/Taki Tachibana

Best Scene:

  • First Day in Tokyo

  • Date with Okudera

  • Itomori

  • Taki in the Dream World

  • Magic Hour

  • Day of the Comet

  • Back to the Present/Epilogue

Favorite Scene: Magic Hour/First Day in Tokyo/Date with Okudera

Most Indelible Moment: Itomori/The Comet/Your Name


In Memorium:

  • Robert Blake, 89, American actor (Baretta, In Cold Blood, Lost Highway), Emmy winner (1975)

  • Chaim Topol, 87, Israeli actor (Fiddler on the Roof, Flash Gordon, For Your Eyes Only), Oscar Nominee for Fiddler on the Roof (1971).

Best Lines/Funniest Lines:

Hitoha Miyamizu: Treasure the experience. Dreams fade away after you wake up.


Mitsuha Miyamizu: There's no way we could meet. But one thing is certain. If we see each other, we'll know. That you were the one who was inside me. That I was the one who was inside you.


Taki Tachibana: I'm always searching for something, or someone.


Taki Tachibana: The dream I must have had I can never recall. But...

Mitsuha Miyamizu: But... the sensation that I've lost something lingers for a longtime after I wake up.


Taki Tachibana: I'm always searching for something, or someone.


Mitsuha Miyamizu: Some mornings I wake up crying without knowing why...But...The only thing that does last when I wake up is a sense of loss...


Taki Tachibana and Mitsuha Miyamizu: Your name is...


The Stanley Rubric:

Legacy: 8.67

Impact/Significance: 8.67

Novelty: 8.83

Classic-ness: 7.5

Rewatchability: 7.67

Audience Score: 9.5 (96% Google, 94% RT)

Total: 50.84


Remaining Questions:

  • What precipitated Mitsuha and Taki to start switching bodies?

  • Why do most anime characters seem Caucasian?

  • Why do the messages disappear at the exact moment Taki goes looking for them?

  • Do Mitsuha and Taki actually get together?

  • If a falling rock created that kind of crater, wouldn't it have destroyed a lot more than the town?

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