Your Name. ★★★★½


Makoto Shinkai knows exactly the kind of director he is.

Kimi no Na Wa/Your Name is possibly Shinkai's finest work yet. It meanders and fakes you out along the way, but eventually delivers possibly the most satisfying ending he's ever made. Shinkai's trademark polish on the backgrounds is ever-present, with every frame so lifelike you'd almost forget it wasn't a photograph, if not for those hints of animation magic twinkling in the sidelines.

In a way I haven't seen in a while, Shinkai made me care about his characters' relationships and followed through completely. He plays to the in-jokes and expectations of him as a director.

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