Kimi no wa releases in the US this April 7th and it is every bit as amazing as everyone has lead on.
Makoto Shinkai has yet again created a beautiful visual masterpiece. If his name sounds familiar, you may know him as the creator of Voices of a Distant Star or She and Her Cat or more recently in 2011 Children Who Chase Lost Voices
It is my firm belief that anyone can relate to and enjoy this movie, no matter if you are an anime or film fan. I was lucky enough to get a pre-screening and decided to share my experience with all of you.
The story follows the life two young people living in Japan:
Mitsuha from the fictional Japanese countryside town of Itomori.
And Taki from the large city of Tokyo.
It begins somewhat confusing as you slowly become aware that Mitsuha and Taki have switched lives. The interesting part of the story, was that it didn’t happen every day─ but rather, every so many days. You get to ride along with each individual as they experience the delicate intricacies of each other’s life.
At first, they both lay out certain (and most definitely hilarious) rules for each other.
(I don’t care who you are, you will lose your shit at these scenes.)
What starts as both people feeling a sort of general annoyance at this life change, gradually turns into an appreciation for each other, and respect for one another’s lives
Until one day, Taki stops receiving messages from Mitsuha and begins to only wake to his normal, every day life.
Time passes and Taki decides to take a train to the town to discover why Mitsuha has stopped being such an important element in his life.
What he finds, will simply floor you.
Enter the life of Mitsuha and everything that happened within the lost time.
Eventually the two find one another again, working together to prevent one of the biggest tragedies Japan has seen in a long time.
It is as eloquent as it is brilliant─ written to pull the heart strings as much as provide you with a hearty laugh. It is one of those films that literally takes you on an emotional roller coaster.
It’s a story of tolerance, acceptance, and walking in someone else’s shoes. It will sweep you into its magic and make you really feel as if you are part of something larger than yourself.
It’s a story of fate.
Do yourself a favor─ Grab a box of tissues, go with your dearest pals or family and experience this amazing film together. I promise you will love it.
I give it a huge 5 out of 5 possible stars.
Here are the official trailers, please enjoy!
English Version Trailer
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