Review: Your Name

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The Trailer

The Review

Haha, I promised myself when I watched this movie that I wouldn’t exploit it on my blog for review purposes, but given as I’m stunned by the film in general, I couldn’t help myself.

Heck the movie isn’t even done playing. 😀 The credits are rolling in the background as I type up this last minute review on a Saturday night. It’s such a good movie and I wanted to share with others how impressive it truly is.

Okay… Now the credits stopped, haha. But the title screen music will do nicely for the vibe of trying to write this post down.

When I first got this movie, I knew it was going to be good by the innumerous reviews I read from online and recommendations from friends that I got. But to be honest, I felt a little intimidated to watch it. Yet, I felt excited as well, the positive remarks from a friend and what I read about it in general kind of won me out.

First off, this is a visually sensational movie. There’s a nice, almost fluid flow of animation that caught my interest almost immediately. Normally main objects are animated at 8 to 12 frames a second in a standard anime, while most American running cartoons are 30 frames per second. I tried to look up just how much Your Name used, but came up out of luck. But from what I could discern, this film’s fps looked a lot higher than the average. (At least 24 or more, by my guess, the same fps as 5 Centimeters per Second.)

It wasn’t just the on point animation that I enjoyed, but also the nice quality of concept art and character design. The concept art certainly took over the movie, and told a story on their own with it’s stunning images. As for character design, I loved seeing a variety of characters with unique traits. Also the lighting and shadow never stopped to fascinate me as well.

The characters themselves were kind of relatable in the regard of living their normal lives. They didn’t follow standard tropes, but there was still some implemented in there. Overall, the characters were very likable with their liveliness, especially the supporting characters.

Now for the story, I just wanted to say that’s where the greatest impression got to me. I really don’t want to reveal too much about it. All I’ll say is that it was unpredicted. I couldn’t have come up with a better outcome than the one that was given. The whole thing was overall very touching. (I didn’t cry, but I had that “one tear action” that went on, haha.)

One thing I wished was altered was the dub version’s music. I would have liked to hear the sub’s, and see for myself which one made a greater impact for the auditory aspect of the film. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy it though, the instrumentals perfectly played out the emotion of the film, but I didn’t quite feel invested once I heard the English version of the lyrics. This is not a new topic, I’ve heard a few other opinions on keeping the Japanese dubbed music the same for the English dub.

Overall, I would highly recommend this movie. If you haven’t seen it yet, I encourage that you should! It’s out on DVD now, so there’s a chance that you can catch it. 😉


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  1. I absolutely loved this film. I was lucky enough to see it in theaters and I cried. This is one I think I might want to own.
    I really like this company’s art style. I think they are the ones that did Summer Wars? I might be–most likely am– wrong.
    I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. That’s so cool! I wish I got to see it in theaters, but none of the theaters near me were screening it.
      And that’s MadHouse animation for Summer Wars and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. Your Name’s company was CoMix Wave Films (I had to look it that one up, haha). I’m pretty sure that company also does 5 Centimeters per Second. I could be wrong to, on that point.
      I’m glad you enjoyed to film too! It’s that kind of film that makes you cry, but you don’t feel bad about it. XD

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      1. Ah, different companies. I’ll have to look up more films by them then. Absolutely stunning.

        I got lucky there was a theater that played it two days: one day subbed, one day dubbed. I wish these films were shown more often and widely :\
        Maybe soon…

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      2. I hope you will get to see the other films too! Ooh, that is lucky! Did you get to see the dub or sub? And ai wish they were shown more too, and for all theaters so no one misses out. Yes, hopefully soon.

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      1. YES!! (The Walmart copy is better than my copy cause it has a nicer case. I ordered mine cause I couldn’t wait and didn’t get that extra card stock casing with mine. But I didn’t care after I saw the film, it was worth it.)

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  2. Lovely review!! I’m really impressed by your knowledge on cinematic production and design for animation! I definitely agree that Your Name was visually stunning! the design/color palette was top-notch. The story was so unique and very well-executed. There were some things I wish had been done differently in terms of character relationships and development, but that’s more a personal preference than an actual fault with the movie. I’m so so glad that you loved this one! I hope you have A Silent Voice on your to-watch list, as well! I thought that one was just as good, if not even better, than Your Name! Maybe not as visually stunning, but definitely touching, imho! 😀 I’d love to see your thoughts on that one! Again, great review!

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    1. Thank you! I had to go back and fact check everything, I knew about most of the things regarding the production of it, but a few details were still hazy. But I hope I gave a good enough idea! The art was just so amazing! As I was watching I was visualizing how they tried to come about the coloring and shading. XD And that’s fine, I’ve definitely know of other types of movies or shows where I had personal preferences too, so I don’t blame you. And I do hope to see A Silent Voice, I just need to find it, haha. (But first I need to make a friend of mine watch this movie too. ;3) And I’ll try to tell you about it once I see it!

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      1. Oh you definitely did! The visuals are just stunning. I think the most beautiful animation though was the meteor scene. SO GORGEOUS. And heartbreaking…And yay! So excited to see what you think 😀

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      2. Well, technically speaking, at first it was a comet, then a meteor, then a meteorite LOL. So dangerous, yet so beautiful. Definitely the best and most tragic part of the movie. I think I got chills watching it!

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