I first heard of Your Name when I studying abroad last year in Tokyo from my friends and family. It was the most popular movie at that time and everyone was obsessed. Months later, I finally sat down to watch it, and was mesmerized. The film was visually stunning, had heart-felt music, showcased a lovely storyline of reversal/body swapping with relatable characters. The film shows both the border and grey areas between masculinity and femininity, and modern versus traditional.
Warning: Contains Spoilers!!!
Kimi no na wa, or Your Name, is a highly successful animated Japanese movie. Within the movie, based on a novel, elements of Japanese culture, daily life, and gender are prominent. These can be seen throughout the film as it follows Mitsuha and Taki, both high school students living different lives. Mitsuha lives in a small, conservative town in a family temple while Taki attends school in Tokyo, living with his father and has a part-time job. Although they are both Japanese high school students, their lives can be viewed as opposites. Your Name tackles the differences between boy vs girl and modern vs traditional through having these two characters switch bodies and experience an opposite life. Continue reading