I’ve wanted to watch this movie for years, but just never got around to it. That is, until I bought Weathering With You on Blu-Ray, and decided that I wanted to watch the older of the 2 first. I’ve managed to stay away from spoilers for all these years, so everything was new to me, and I’m glad that was the case!
The 2 teenagers Taki and Mitsuha somehow end up switching bodies without any warning, and only ever for 1 day at a time, which they both brush off as a very realistic dream in the beginning, but the actions they each take in the other one’s body affect their lives on the days they are themselves, which causes them to try and communicate with each other by leaving messages and keeping diaries. This actually seems to turn the boy Taki into a better human, even though Mitsuha’s feminine ways can be a bit over the top at times, setting him up for a date and whatnot while she is in his body.
Mitsuha is having a lot of fun while being in Taki’s body, since he’s living in Tokyo, which is exactly where the girl wants to go, as she is very bored of her rural life in the mountains. They become very good friends, and Taki decides to go outside to see the comet that Mitsuha is all eager to have a look at during her town festival, in order for them to feel connected by looking at the same object at the same time. However, right after the comet has passed, Taki tries calling Mitsuha to no avail, and they never again switch bodies. Frustrated with not being able to reach out to his friend, Taki starts a big investigation to find out what has happened to her, and discovers the truth about the girl in the mountains, and her beloved comet.
Your Name is a movie about human connections, and uses some supernatural elements to not only give us a fun, but also sad and scary story about 2 people who find and lose each other through coincidences, yet work hard on getting back together again. It’s a beautiful story told through fantastic animation, and the sometimes slow pacing fits the eerie mood of the second half of the movie so well.
I kind of want to get an explanation about why they switched bodies, but then again, not really. I’m aware that it’s one of those things that can’t and shouldn’t be explained, but I’m just so curious about how it all happened in the first place. I get that it’s the old story about the red thread connecting 2 people by destiny, seeing as Mitsuha and Taki both share the red ribbon. But the events that led up to her giving it to Taki are what are causing me a headache. I’m just overthinking this, haha!
Anyway, I really enjoyed this movie, and I recommend it to everyone who likes a story that’s fun, eerie, sappy and magical at the same time. My next post will be about Weathering With You, as we watched it the day after, so stay tuned and join the uncanny fun with me once again.