‘Your Name’ is an Anime where Teenagers swap bodies

A few months ago, I heard about this movie called Your Name about two teenagers, a boy and a girl, who swap bodies. This “body-swap” premise is nothing new. I have seen a number of movies where this is the inciting incident and they usually play out in a similar fashion. Your Name is different because it has thus far been a huge commercial success both in Japan and worldwide. I imagine this is why I was able to see the film at a large theater in Portland. It was the last showing of the night and my theater probably had about 20 people in it.

Don’t read this paragraph if you want to avoid spoiling Your Name. The film begins as you would expect it to. We watch each main character’s experience of waking up inside the other’s body and living each other’s life. The body-swap happens enough times that the characters can actually plan for when it will happen. When the swap stops occurring, the boy named Taki visits the home village of the girl, named Mitsuha and ends up reversing the course of events that ultimately leads up to a catastrophic meteor strike on Mitsuha’s hometown.

I don’t normally watch anime but I have seen a few that I enjoyed. This one is definitely closer to the enjoyable end of the spectrum. I liked Your Name because it really capitalizes on its solid premise for great effect. It begins with a comedic tone that persists throughout the movie even when the stakes are much higher later on. When a film can balance several different tones throughout its run time and not seem befuddled, that is usually a good sign for said film.

Another fantastic element of this film is its unique visual style. It’s clear that Your Name features hand drawn animation and a lot of effort went into editing and framing the various shots that comprise the film. Even if Your Name were a bad movie, you would still find it compelling due to its beautiful animation style. It was a treat to see this film on a large screen.

If you are a fan of anime, you should make seeing Your Name a high priority. The characters and story are fully realized, the animation style is beautiful and you will find yourself laughing and crying. Your Name satisfies every requirement you would look for in an anime film.

If you have any exposure at all to anime, then you will most likely see this film because it has been such a huge commercial success. I was surprised to discover that Your Name is the worldwide highest grossing anime film of all time. In truth, this does not really surprise me because I can’t think of many other anime films that have been released to a worldwide audience. If you know of any such films, let me know in a comment.

Your Name is making Anime history because it doesn’t have a lot of competition, but that doesn’t mean the film is any less entertaining. Your Name is a gift of a film that should be seen by people everywhere.


Star Wars is making a lot of Money

Everyone is seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens!

Today, The Walt Disney Company reported that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is expected to pull in 900 million dollars domestic today and 2 billion dollars global in a few days. This is a very large amount of money. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the first film in history to reach the 900 million dollar milestone. This is great news for Disney, J.J. Abrams, and fans of the franchise. What’s even more incredible is that it only took 50 days for Star Wars to reach this milestone.

Here are some of the records Star Wars: The Force Awakens has broken:

  • Biggest opening day domestically ($119.1 million)
  • Biggest opening week domestically ($390.8 million)
  • Fastest film to $1B globally (12 days)
  • Biggest film of all time in the U.S and the U.K.

Star Wars: The force Awakens is doing really well in the U.S. and abroad. It has gone well over its $200 million dollar budget. The fact that Star Wars is doing so well proves that movies are more capable than ever of bringing in revenue. Or perhaps this merely shows the degree of economic inflation over the past few years. What do you think?

Please check out my review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and let me know what you think.