Your Name. ★★½

Your Name pushes itself ahead of the competition with some admittedly pretty animation, but struggles when it comes to properly pacing and executing a focused narrative. I can at least respect the originality of Shinkai's premise, if not the unoriginality of its characters and resolution, but the repetition and extreme predictability of the final product are major detriments to an otherwise promising idea. Something I'll say to the benefit of Shinkai's script is that, regardless of how manipulative and convoluted his narrative may be, it was never difficult to remain invested. It's not a difficult movie to enjoy, especially once you've accepted the story for what it is - shallow, but nonetheless quite fun.