Jo’s review published on Letterboxd:
My inner monolog before this movie:
- "It's freaky friday all over again, isn't it?"
- "That's what the trailers look like."
- "That's what the premise sounds like."
- "But it's one of the most successful anime ever. How can that be?"
I guess a lot of you'll be thinking the same. And it's a totally sound argument.
But this movie is so much more. I won't go into details of the story as it would spoil too much.
Our protagonists lead very different lives. He lives in Tokyo and is a big city kid. She leaves in rural japan and doesn't know anything about life in a big city. But she always dreamed of going there someday.
So both of them get to experience a life they never had. Inside the body of the opposite sex. Basic freaky friday.
But that's just a tiny aspect of our story here. It's about so much more. It only takes of from there, in a direction I couldn't have imagined. And the characterization here is phenomenal. You're going to love both of them by the end. And the bond they have is something really special. They really do need each other.
Apart from that there's a fantastic soundtrack (go check it out right now) and beautiful art and animation. What I especially love is they way anime portray nature and small little villages. It always makes me start daydreaming. And the best at that is Studio Ghibli.
But Your Name. has them covered. The visuals feel so charming and real that you don't see it as animation and animated characters but as real places and real people.
I laughed, I sighed, I cried. Your Name is truly one of the best anime out there and it deserves all the praise it gets.
Despite the premise it's one of the most original films I've ever seen, and it's nothing short of brilliant.