YOur name

Stu­dio Jub­blies

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

re­leased 24 Novem­ber 12a | 106 min­utes

Di­rec­tor makoto shinkai Cast ryûno­suke Kamiki, mone Kamishi­raishi, masami Na­ga­sawa, et­suko Ichi­hara

At the time of writ­ing, this an­i­mated movie is the ninth high­est-gross­ing film in Ja­panese his­tory, a suc­cess that has earned its di­rec­tor, Makoto Shinkai, com­par­isons to Hayao Miyazaki. Flat­ter­ing, ob­vi­ously; yet Your Name is not a Stu­dio Ghi­bli film. It’s more grounded, more Young Adult, more risqué and funny.

It fol­lows Taki and Mit­suha, two teenage strangers di­vided by dis­tance (Taki in Tokyo, Mit­suha in a small ru­ral town), but brought to­gether when they start wak­ing up in each other’s bod­ies. This, as you can imag­ine, is an ed­u­ca­tion about the op­po­site sex, with Taki tak­ing full ad­van­tage of his new-found breasts — an ini­tially off-putting gag that gets fun­nier as it runs. But it’s also an in­ti­mate in­sight into an­other life; a way for them to de­velop the most un­con­ven­tional of re­la­tion­ships.

It’s a fun idea, one that Shinkai (who adapted Your Name from his own novel) ex­e­cutes with wit and ro­mance, chan­nelling the youth of his char­ac­ters into fresh, ex­u­ber­ant en­ergy – the kind that sweeps you into in­vest­ment. This is par­tic­u­larly use­ful come the fi­nal act, which is long, mud­dled and con­fus­ing — but ul­ti­mately saved by Taki and Mit­suha, a “will they, won’t they” you ac­tu­ally care about. Stephen Kelly

Eye­liner classes, day one.

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