Your Name. ★★★★

A visual splendor, an orgasm for the eyes. Utterly cinematic in a way unlike any other animation I've ever come across, with some of the best use of lighting I've ever seen in film, animated or otherwise. Hyper-real, lovingly detailed, and beyond stunning. The sensation of waking up from a dream you wish lasted longer, of misplacing a name that's on the tip your tongue. Shinkai understands that the intricacies of the human experience happen in the moments of silence between the hyperactivity of life. There is an emotionality to witnessing beauty that is beyond the explicable; it is uniquely human to be awed by magnificence, and it's the closest thing we have to real magic.

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