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Kimi No Nawa has a very interesting story. It pulls us in with the plot of a girl and boy switching bodies, basically doing activities in each others' lives, and later adds in a time-traveling "mini-twist" to this. It is presented in a very nice way, however, it does have logical flaws: what exactly caused the switch? Why do the characters suddenly get amnesia? These questions caused me to be confused, and partially ruin the story. Nevertheless, the fact that the girl-boy relationship is developed well, in addition to a finally-happy ending (remember, this guy usually doesn't have those), satisfy any fan of Makoto Shinkai.
Makoto Shinkai's art is always excellent. The animation is spot on, and it is absolutely beautiful, and astonishing. The trailer showcases the best moments, but even over 1 hour and 45 minutes, this art is consistent, and I have no complaints about it.
The music was fitting and beautiful, each scene tinkling with great accompaniment. Not only so, the characters (more on this later) were quite realistic with good voices that stressed their personalities, especially after the boy and the girl switched bodies. I must applaud the director for excellently manipulating the voices to apply for their situation.
Despite the fact that the story, art and sound are all excellent, the character is where Makoto falls short. He has very limited time to introduce any characters other than our main two, so we don't really know any other character. In addition, even these two characters are difficult to truly pin down. We get that Taki is hard-working, yet can't resist womanly charms ;) (if you know what I mean). We get that Mitsuha is very appealing and nice. Yet it doesn't get too much further than that. There are some moments here and there, but overall I feel like the two aren't too in-depth portrayed. This is sacrificed for the love story, which I feel is okay, but they spend too much time on their recovering from amnesia to really focus on a more human personality.
I really enjoyed this movie, and some scenes (especially the comet scene) practically moved me to tears. Still, I did mention that the time-travel scheme did confuse me, and the fact that it was never explained confused me, and dwindled down my interest in the film.
SUMMARY/OVERALL (no spoilers): 8/10
With excellent characters, motivating story, beautiful art, and a finally-happy ending, Kimi No Nawa is no doubt a great anime, with the sole flaw being the crucial main plot devices never delved too deeply in detail, leaving some viewers with no doubt scratching their heads in confusion, but nevertheless enjoying the other parts of the movie.