Your Name.

Your Name. ★★★★½

Your Name - 9/10

Having seen Spirited Away and now this as my first Japanese animations, I have realised how wrong it was for me to overlook all of these great works of art. The animation style is just dazzling. Highly complex images filled with great detail, that hold so much warmth and depth. The hand drawn style is just so much more pleasing to the eye than the CGI equivalent.

Your Name is a 'body swap' film which brings lots of fresh ideas to the table. Without giving anything away, it throws a few curveballs at you manages to emulate the 'body swap' plot to something way more profound and meaningful. Even if I wanted to go into spoiler territory, this isn't an easy film to explain. I think you have to see it for yourself and make your own assumptions/interpretations.

Great score, great songs, amazing visuals and lots of heart. I found the ending to be very touching and incredibly deep. Although it touches on a lot of cultural themes specific to Japan, the main message of the film is a bit more universal. It's surprisingly relatable despite the cultural barrier.