Your Name. ★★★★

Original Title: 君の名は。
Year of Release: 2016
Genres: Animated; Drama; Romance; Fantasy
Director: Makoto Shinkai
Writer: Makoto Shinkai
Main Cast: Ryunosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi, Masami Nagasawa, Etsuko Ichihara, Ryou Narita, Aoi Yuki, Nobunaga Shimazaki

Your Name. is a whiplash of tone, emotion, and style. Sometimes that's a good thing, sometimes it's a bad thing. Aside from having some weirdly-edited sequences (including opening credits that feel straight out of a cheap TV show), there are a lot of downright weird choices in the film, especially how the tone does a complete 180 halfway through.

The story, while nothing new (got some big The Lake House flashbacks during this), is still rather sweet and effective, a body-swap narrative that feels fresh enough thanks to its likable young characters and earnest intentions. It does get awfully and needlessly convoluted in its third act, so much so that I started to have a hard time following what was happening (shit, this got worse than Inland Empire at times), but the emotions of the story more than managed to keep me invested.

Add to this an emotional and eclectic score, solid voice acting, gorgeous 2D animation, and an ending that gave me big chills. Did not fall head over heels like many others did, but it's a romantic anime more than worth your time.

Story: 7
Directing: 7.5
Cinematography: 8.5
Acting: 7.5
Sound: 8
Visual Effects: 9

ENJOYMENT: 8
BORINGNESS: 3

PARENTAL GUIDANCE
Violence & Gore: 3
Sex & Nudity: 3.5
Drugs & Profanity: 1
Intensity & Horror: 3

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