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Kimi no Na Wa: must-watch cinema

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

I’ve watched Kimi no Na wa after all the hype has died down. In fact, I wouldn’t have watched it if not for my sibling’s invitation yesterday. I’ve grown to dislike Makoto Shinkai’s works because they were depressing without any source of redemption.

Your Name is different. Not only does Shinkai feature proactive characters in this film, he has learned the art of comedy. These are two aspects I’ve long desired in a Shinkai film, and Your Name has both of them. As this isn’t a summary blog, all I can tell you is to watch the film. And like many other people, I think it’s also a masterpiece.

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It’s a masterpiece to me because it triggers recollection of all the great films and series that I’ve watched. Although it’s nowhere near as complex as Tatami Galaxy, it features layered realities. Although not as colorful as Steins;Gate, it features characters willing to fight fate to change reality. Although not as beautifully simple as Ocean Waves, it features an enduring, patient love. More surprisingly, it does all of these things well: it’s a multiple-reality film featuring well-fleshed out characters that transcend space and time because of their love.

I’ve always been fond of stories that challenge its viewers to think for themselves. These stories often feature alternate realities, dreamscapes, and fragmented timelines. I’ve been partial to such examples of media ever since I fell madly in love with Faulkner’s Sound and the Fury. I realized that I love being challenged: I love figuring out the mysteries that these stories hold. More importantly, I love the film because amid all the divorces and heartbreak in a lot of media, its message of patience and waiting for true love is a great contrast to Shinkai’s earlier films which featured unnecessary and bathetic heartbreak.

Until the day when God shall deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is summed up in these two words: – ‘Wait and hope.’ -Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo

In this regard, Your Name is an extremely wise film. It’s also a very human one.