Well, this is new. I usually review anime long after it’s faded into irrelevance. This time I’m reviewing a movie within a month of its Japanese release. Spoilers actually matter. Proceed with caution.
Kimi no Na wa currently occupies the #1 ranked spot on MyAnimeList. It’s the first non-Ghibli anime film to make over 10 billion yen. (Based on current ticket prices, that means at least 6 people watched it.) While we’re at it, fuck Studio Ghibli. When I tell Japanese people that I like anime, that’s the first thing they ask me: “Do you like Ghibli films?” No, I don’t. Critically, yes, they’re well made, but the stories are boring and childish.
Kimi no Na wa (Your Name) is written and directed by Makoto Shinkai, whose other movies I didn’t particularly care for but were generally well-received. I’m not a movie guy. I’ve never given a +++ to a standalone movie. I’d rather watch a longer, better-developed story in 22 minute chunks. Kimi no Na wa makes efficient use of its time, but it’s still only as long as 5 episodes of anime. However much a movie packs into that time, the format just doesn’t have the potential of a full anime season.
Kimi no Na wa is the story of a boy and a girl who may or may not be connected somehow. I fear I may have already spoiled too much. The movie has an excellent intro segment that previews the movie with fewer spoilers, so just watch the movie.
Final Grade: ++
Well, that was a boring, uninformative review. I may update this post when nobody cares about the movie anymore.