57 comments on “Kimi no Na wa (君の名は。) – Plot and Review

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    • He wanted to confess right when they would be comparing what they’ve written on their hands, after Mitsuha finishes writting her name. However, hearbreakingly, the moment that Mitsuha began to write her name was the time that Kataware-doki as over.

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      • Mitsuha said “Now I will never know his name.” She said this after reading “I love you” written on her hand by Taki. She was happy to see “I love you” when she expected to see “Taki” written on her hand. She was happy that Taki loves her too. She couldn’t remember his name at that time. But why wasn’t she sad that Taki did not write his name on her hand? She would know he loved her but not know what his name was anymore.

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      • She felt bittersweet on Taki’s gesture. Upon finding out what Taki had written on her hand, she knew what Taki was intending to do at the mountaintop. For him, it doesn’t matter if she knows his name. All that matters for him is that he loves her. Koi (love) in the kokoro (inner feeling) in the end was more powerful than the kioku (memory) in the atama (head).

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      • They did not say that in the anime “Koi (love) in the kokoro (inner feeling) in the end was more powerful than the kioku (memory) in the atama (head)” Won’t Mitsuha be like “Aw he wanted to confess to me but I don’t even know his name”

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      • That was implied, by the way. To Mitsuha, it seemed that Taki valued for Mitsuha to know of his love than his name. Love is greater than our identities, because sometimes, love identifies who we are.

        I already put it on the review itself: that …. Taki was planning to confess on that mountaintop, and that sudden separation was something that he was aware of.

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      • Oh so Taki implied “That was implied, by the way. To Mitsuha, it seemed that Taki valued for Mitsuha to know of his love than his name.” When he wrote “I love you” instead of his name? Why did Taki find being loved to be more important than the memory of a name?

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  2. I watched the anime a few days back, and by far this is my favorite Makoto Shinkai movie! Wait, this is my favorite movie of all time! No doubt about it! I did have some thoughts and questions about the movie, but I figured it out myself. And after reading your brilliantly written review, the experience of the movie is enhanced by 100% thanks to you my friend! This is a very well and nicely written review which I could say covers everything about the movie! I dont think I can find any other review as good as this one. Most probably none will even come close to being good as yours! ^^

    Thank you for the review!
    I LOVED IT!
    💕💕💕

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  3. I just reread your plot and review and I saw this “the history behind the Shintoist tradition of the Miyamizu’s (which played a huge role in the story) were long gone because of the Mayuguro (the name of the person who accidentally started the fire…Poor Mayuguro says Yotsuha) fire, and like every tradition, the rituals were still being practiced without clear reasons.” big role? Does it got to do with giving Mitsuha’s sake to the guardian god?

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    • “The Miyamizu family starts their long trek into the body of their shrine’s god, which is clearly a meteor crater, as her grandmother shares the story of the word “Musubi”, a word which is the old way of calling their local guardian god whose powers were tying threads (the braided cords were the townsfolk tribute to their local guardian god), connecting people, and controlling time. Into the braided cords that the representation of time was imparted…where like time, the threads converge, take shape, twist, tangle, unravel, break, and connect again (A clear metaphorical premonition). Musubi generally equates into four things: knotting, time, asking a favor from the local guardian god, and connecting souls.”
      “With Musubi, the reason behind the kuchikamisake is finally explained. The kuchikamisake that Mitsuha made represents her soul, her other half, apart from her body, and it is used as an offering to the local god which connects the god with the people by leaving it in the kakuriyo (Underworld), which is the hypocenter of the meteor crater.”

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  4. The Kakuriyo (Underworld), is at the center of an extinct volcano (Aogashima).
    There is a drawing in the cave of when the comet split 1200 years ago and formed Lake
    Itomori (Lake Suwa).
    – On what looked like the village’s official website, a large heading read ‘Origin of Itomori Lake’. Along with it were the phrases ‘The meteorite lake from 1200 years ago’ and ‘extremely rare in Japan’. “Meteorite lake! At least once before, a meteorite fell on this town!”
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      • Wait a minute, if Taki(Mitsuha) cried herself to sleep, why would she question herself why tears were steaming down her face while she was doing her hair? I don’t understand why they had tears coming down when didn’t even they don’t even know why? Help

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  5. I have a question, why did the journal entries Mitsuha wrote in Taki’s phone while in his body, disappeared? She was in his time line use Ong his hand to write it so it was written in Taki’s timeline. Why did it disappear?

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  6. Really excellent guide through this amazing story. You’re awake! You were paying attention! I’ve only watched once so far and I see Shinkai has done an amazing thing: picked me up and put me inside another person. Twice. Isn’t it what a story is supposed to do? Thanks for putting your perceptions online–really insightful and better than most critical reviews.

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  7. Nice review! Some of the reviews I’ve read suggested that this movie is overrated, have you ever think so too at some point during your time producing this review?

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    • To be honest, since it was recommended to me by the person that I hold dear, I watched the movie with full attention so that I can discuss it with her elaborately. It was the second week of September that I first saw the movie. I paid attention to minor details right away, and therefore, I finished the movie never puzzled over what happened. Like I said, I quickly related to the plot because I watched Il Mare, Secret Garden, Secret, and the Yui Goido Arc of The World God Only Knows. One thing that I noted different was that the body switching was like a dream to them, therefore memories wil be hazy and it is easy for Taki and Mitsuha to overlook that they were living three years apart. I wrote this review in response to the speculations of a plot hole, doing the same method as girlfriday and javabeans on Dramabeans the way they elaborate the plot. I read the light novel a month after I wrote this, and I’ve found it that my plot matched the light novel.

      For the overrated case, I guess that no is the answer to the question. Overhyping tended to form an opinion of being overrated as time passes by. Makoto-san was alarmed by the overhyping, for it brought him under the shadow of Miyazaki Hayao, even though they were different people. It quickly toppled 49 Days as my no.1 tear-jerker. However, it still doesn’t topple Oregairu as my No.1 light novel.

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      • Wow, actually Kimi No Na Wa is the first anime movie of it’s kind (romantic,sci-fi,from shinkai makoto) that I tried to watch and I loved it from the first moment I saw it. I never know there’s a tons of movie from shinkai makoto and others of this genre.
        About the overrated part, the author of the review wrote that the development between Taki and Mitsuha’s relationship doesn’t grow exceptionally well since the start of their body swapping, but in my opinion, how can they become closer and established their romantic relationship when at that time mitsuha discover that taki have a crush on ms. okudera

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      • The development of their relationship was potrayed well enough during the time when Zen zen Zense was being played. For a whole month (Sept 7-Oct 2), they were switching bodies. They bicker on their notes. They were dumbfounded by each other’s situation. They were jolted off their comfort zones by their meddling. As the time passed by, they began to be comfortable of each other and their situation. It is like a blooming of a flower. The warmth that they gave to each other thawed their frozen hearts. But Mitsuha now faced the wall. .the catalyst that got them closer in the first place.. Okudera Miki. Mitsuha did not notice or never had the chance to notice the change in Taki, unlike Okudera. Mitsuha misunderstood that Taki still liked Okudera-senpai and thought that her feelings would never reach him in the first place, hence her noble idiocy of sacrifice, which she regretted and protested immediately. That is why she went to Tokyo, which ended up in rejection (Like Sung Hyun in Il Mare). She thought that the memories that she shared with Taki were all lies. However, that misunderstanding was resolved when they finally met due to the magic of Kataware-doki. Although the genuinity of the memories were reaffirmed, they were being taken away from both Taki and Mitsuha, causing emotional distraught. When she found what Taki wrote on her hand, her distraught was resolved and she was no longer grasping in the dark, nor that she was lonely, as she found out that they indeed love each other, which was the most beautiful thing, which brought a refreshing tide of bittersweet emotions.

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      • ‘regretted and protested immediately.’ is that the part where she unintentionally cried? Why was it bittersweet at that part where she saw ‘I love you’ instead of his name?

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      • For the first question, sometimes, only when we send them off is when we will be realizing their value.

        For the second question: because, even though she would never get to know his name (for a long time), she knew that she was in love and the person that she loves loves her too.

        Just read the light novel.

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  8. Yeah, the zen zen zense theme scene should clearly shows taki and mitsuha relationship blossoming, I think anyone that tries to do the review about Kimi No Na Wa should at least watch it more than once before doing the review if they had a difficulty understanding it while trying to watch Kimi No Na Wa for the first time

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    • We can’t help them, for they were doing their review as first-time watchers. They didn’t consult at all at the light novel nor paid more attention to catch up with the story. Like I said on the review, the movie was overloaded with excellent writing, art, and music, to the point that many people would understably overlook so fine details. There is too much to bask upon. 😀

      Recall the Chimera Ant Arc of Hunter X Hunter. It was so well-written, well-integrated, and well-delivered that some audience could not process them all.

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  9. I don’t know if anyone have come up with this but after watching Kimi No Na Wa a few times I’d came up with a theory about mitsuha and taki timeline but I suspected it to be more to supernatural kind and I afraid people will have a hard time buying it

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  10. Okay, it goes like this, through my time of watching the movie, I’ve notice that during Taki went back to his body after the scene that Mitsuha had switch with him before, during when he checks his phone during breakfast, he is seen wearing kumihimo on his right hand, therefore I’ve come up with a “3 stage timeline” for Kimi No Na Wa story in which:
    * 1st stage occurs in 2013 during Mitsuha gives Taki her kumihimo,
    * 2nd stage during the body swapping and time travel event and
    * 3rd stage during the alternate timeline in which Mitsuha has been revived
    – what do you think?

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    • 1st stage my guess is Mitsuha act based upon her dream when she gives Taki her kumihimo, which triggers the 2nd stage after 3 years of the comet event in which the kumihimo activates it’s power (again, only guessing) relishing the body swapping and time travelling nature between our protagonist which leads to Mitsuha again delivering the kumihimo to Taki but this time it’s because of the feelings she had towards Taki, not because of the dream like the 1st stage and after the comet event had occur, the kumihimo power seems to be at lost because mitsuha had died (if we followed the theory it seems that mitsuha had died twice but this is time travel we talked about) until Taki drinks the kuchikamisake to reverse the time thus creating an alternate timeline as the ones we had in which our protagonist meets during kataware-doki (I’m already confused with my explanation, I will stop now, (<,<) )

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      • Too superficial. And it’s much different from the light novel. The light novel, which was published two months before the movie was shown, has already given sufficient explanation on what happened. I really suggest that you should read it.

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  11. Currently reading it, the dialogue is expanded well and it also clears a few question in my mind, by the way the above theory is not entirely about the whole story, it’s just about how the kumihimo reaches Taki at the first time before the body swapping event occurs (well sorry if the explanation is a bit off, it’s been a while since i’m using english while writing and speaking)

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  12. Oh, I didn’t mean that the timeline is changed heavily (see how rusty my english were) in alternate / different way, but changed slightly in terms of purpose (e.g. before Taki drink the kuchikamisake, Mitsuha went to the festival to see the comet but after the kuchikamisake event, Mitsuha (and Taki) tries their hardest to save itomori resident from their demise (sorry, my reply isn’t been portrayed as I want in my head)

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  13. i have a question please ..
    how does mitsuha comes back to life although the comet killed her ! ?
    did the act of drinking her sake bring her to life or what ??

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    • Remember what grandma said: in the kakuriyo where connection is made between men and the shrine’s god, something has to be left behind. When Taki, in Mitsuha’s body, went to the Kakuriyo, he (she) left her kuchikamisake, which represents her soul. Taki later on retrieved it, and Mitsuha’s soul in the kuchikamisake seeped through Taki again, jumpstarting the switch again, along with the fulfillment of Taki’s wish of another chance, in exchange for leaving behind their memories of each other, which were the most precious things to them.

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  15. Excellent and detailed (very detailed) review with great pix! Near the end of the movie, there is a sequence of flashes of newspaper clippings and TV news reports, do you know of anyone translating what were said in those frames? I am interested in reading the extra details in English of what were said. For example, did the news say more about her father the mayor?
    P.S. By the way, I read in the comments people asking and you explaining why Taki didn’t write down his name on her hand, I suppose there may not be a “right” theory. Anyway, I don’t know this person but I like his explanation the most and found it rather poetic. https://youtu.be/poBqr-Sex18?t=9m4s

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    • Those were actually just fillers (they were not present on the light novel) and were not actually significant on the main plot.

      Taki’s reason was implied on Mitsuha’s reaction (on the light novel) after she saw what he wrote. He wanted to get his feelings across and wanted to confess those feelings to Mitsuha, but their meeting was cut short.

      Even though they’ve forgotten each other’s name and memories, the thought of them loving each other gave warmth and strength to Mitsuha.

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  16. Hi I’ll like to discuss why Taki unconsciously cried after he woke up and questioned himself why he cried. I can’t think of an answer but I can’t think of a reason why Mitsuha would cried herself to sleep either. It was before she went to find Taki so she did not have a bad day in Taki’s body or anything

    Same for Mitsuha who unconsciously cried and questioned herself why she cried while tying her hair before deciding to go find Taki. I have no idea why she cried. It was way after she got up from bed so Taki could not have cried himself in Mitsuha’s body, anyways he swapped at the mountain too.

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    • Taki’s dream on Mitsuha’s body ended there, but that doesn’t mean Mitsuha’s dream om Taki’s body would be cut off. In the first place, the length of duration or time spent on the dreams is not at all related to how long the individuals have slept. And that doesn’t really meant that Taki snapped back to his body right away after those words from grandma. For Taki, those words from grandma were so striking that the events that followed after faded in comparison as if he just happened to run on auto-pilot and things just ran on fast-forward.

      Mitsuha has set Taki up on a date with Okudera — she’s sending him off to Okudera. Like I’ve said on the earlier replies, Mitsuha knew that she fell for Taki already, but she stumbled upon a wall, Okudera Miki. She thought that Taki still liked Okudera. She had no ways of confirming it herself with Taki and she had no way of seeing Taki’s change of heart, because she was in his body. She was stuck with that supposition: Taki still liking Okudera. She thought that it was for the best, and in tears and despite her internal protests, she set up the date.

      Taki’s back was lying flat on bed when he woke up, that meant that the welled-up tears made by Mitsuha on his body were still there.

      In Mitsuha’s case on her body, the dreams, even though she doesn’t remember, have stirred up her emotions so great that her body responded subconsciously.

      Remember the epilogue at the beginning. That pretty much answered your questions.

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      • Somehow your answer seem legit hehe thanks. What’s the epilogue( you mean the flash forward?) how does that link to the tears? and how many times did you watch the movie

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      • On the opening sequence (after the comet scene)…where Mitsuha just cried herself in her sleep while Taki looked his hand. Sending somebody that she love might be her recurring dream, while forgetting somebody who wrote at his hand was Taki’s dream.

        I already listened to Sparkle before I watched the movie itself…so I foresaw a sad twist ahead. But even though I’ve prepared for that twist, I was still blown away when it unfolded. I got 90% of what I’ve written here on my first time watching it, because I was familiar already to the themes employed. Of course, I was crying lots on the first time that I’ve watched it.

        I decided to write a review when I found out that the movie reviews were scarce at that time and that there were talks of a plot hole. I watched it the second time to confirm what the framework of the plot that I derived. My main reason of writing it was to show it to the girl that I’m chasing for 1.5 years already, the one who convinced me to watch the movie – Christelle Alava.https://joshuaagar.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/fb_img_1444474053963.jpg

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