Review: Your Name. (Makoto Shinkai, 2016)

Japanese animation Your Name arrives on the UK’s shores with a degree of hype behind it unlike anything anime usually receives (unless Studio Ghibli is somehow involved). The reason: just three months into its theatrical run back home, Makoto Shinkai’s film is already, at the very least at the time of writing, the seventh-highest earning film – foreign or domestic – ever released in Japan.

Shinkai is best known to date for a filmography generally praised to the heavens for their dazzling, painterly animation, but often less so the scripts and characters they support. That complaint is less applicable to Your Name, a film where his effervescent young protagonists shine just as much as the glistening background details of every composition…

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