As this year draws to a close I knew I wanted to try and find one new anime film to watch. So when I not only heard about this film but that my local Vue was showing it I knew I had to check it out.
One of the first things I noticed was that they were showing the dub. It’s been a while since I last watched dubbed anime but fortunately the dub for this movie was pretty good. It has some talented voice actors and no one sounded distractingly familiar.
As for the film itself it’s really good. It takes the commonly used body switch concept and puts a new spin on it. These differences are what make this the best film to use the formula that I’ve seen. I especially like how they regularly switch back and get to experience the effect they have on each other’s lives.
The film is directed by Makoto Shinkai who also directed 5 Centimeters Per Second. Much like that film Your Name features really beautiful sky and scenery shots that were especially stunning to witness on the big screen. If you have the chance to see this in the cinema I highly recommend it. The visuals are also complimented by a fantastic soundtrack by the band RADWIMPS which is without a doubt one of the best soundtracks I’ve heard this year (and this year has had a fair amount of great soundtracks).
If you want to see some of this year’s best films this is without a doubt one that you should watch even if you don’t really watch that much anime. I only really need to see two more films before I’ll be ready to write my top 10 list, one of those films will be later this week…