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IGN: Your Name Review

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The Japanese animated film Your Name, directed by Makoto Shinkai, has been a huge hit in Japan. When it premiered at Anime Expo in Los Angeles in July of this year, it gained a loyal following. Shinkai has been called the next Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro), though he shrugs off that compliment. Your Name is based on a novel written by Shinkai and will be released in 2017, both in its Japanese-with-English-subtitles form as well as the English-dubbed version.

In the film, a young Japanese girl named Mitsuha (Masami Nagasawa) is frustrated by her life in a small town. She wishes she could come back in her next life as a handsome boy from Tokyo. Taki (Ryunosuke Kamiki) is a handsome boy from Tokyo with whom she ends up switching bodies over and over again. Though they can’t speak to each other, they leave messages to help out; sometimes on their bodies, sometimes on their phones or in school notebooks. As the mystery unfolds, they realize they’re falling for each other. They’re also separated by time, reminding one of the Sandra Bullock/Keanu Reeves film The Lake House. With a natural disaster looming for one of the characters, they both struggle to save each other and sync their lives.

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