Your Name

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“Your Name” is a 2016 Japanese Anime. I have been told by someone to watch it years ago but I did not really pay attention to it until last weekend. I am recovering after three horrible sessions at my studio and I was not in the mood of doing anything. Not only I watched it, I watched it twice in English and Japanese.

I have to say, it feel so different to watch a show in different languages, the whole feel has changed. I thought English one was a bit rough and to the point, the Japanese one is more mellow.

Anyway, Your Name is about two characters, Taki (boy) and Mitsuha (girl), who left at least two hours away from each other swapped by accident, their body exchanges when they slept. Taki became Mitsuha and so on. They then have to live each other life and figuring out how. At first, they thought they were dreaming, but eventually figured out, they were not.

Mitsuha who exchanged soul with Taki, was a Mitsuha from three years ago, (so let’s say Taki is living in 2020, Mitsuha is actually living in 2017). Mitsuha’s family are Shinto priests (not father, he is politician), both her mother and grandmother had this experiences too. As a result, her grandmother was able to recognise Taki was not her granddaughter.

Taki and Mitsuha has fallen in love and Taki was finding way to find the town, he used sketches to find the town where Mitsuha is. Unfortunately when he found it, the exchanges of soul has stopped and the town was destroyed by a meteor.

Taki was trying to find way to tell Mitsuha to evacuate the town, he managed to contact her when he visited the shrine where the ritual alcohol made by Mitsuha, Kuchikamizake, an rice alcohol that fermented using saliva. He was able to warn Mitsuha and they promised to tell each other’s names and hopefully they can then find each other in the future.

The ending? watch it! it is worth your time. SPOILER ALERT!!!!!

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Mitsuha did not die

I was wondering though, did Taki changes the life of Mitsuha?  or human cant never change fate? Would you like to exchange soul and experience other people’s life? I would not, if I become a guy, that would be so weird, being another girl, I am still going to be the same? so what is the point.

However, I am interested to return to the past, I also think if I have superpowers, ability to visit people in the past would be lovely. Death is no longer an issue as I will be able to see what I want to see. I also want the ability to teleport and being invisible, so people who are annoying me, I can just disappear.

Highly recommend the movie, I shed some tears but it is worth it.

 

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