High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must adjust their lives around each other.
|Release Date||:||August 26, 2016|
|Genres||:||Romance, Animation, Drama|
|Production Company||:||CoMix Wave Films|
|Writers||:||Makoto Shinkai, Makoto Shinkai|
|Casts||:||Ryunosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi, Masami Nagasawa, Etsuko Ichihara, Ryou Narita, Aoi Yuki, Nobunaga Shimazaki, Kaito Ishikawa, Tani Kanon, Masaki Terasoma, Sayaka Ohara, Kana Hanazawa, Kazuhiko Inoue|
|Plot Keywords||:||supernatural, romance, school, star crossed lovers, anime, body switching|
In truth, the most competitive area of fiction is not invasions from outer space or talking dogs or impossible missions but rather the most basic narrative of all, the love story.
And this is also the most overcrowded field, and the most difficult to do right.
This film, this story, is extraordinary. It reminds me of MY SASSY GIRL, a love story from Asia that captured the imagination of the world and has almost become a franchise, it's been copied so many times.
It also brings to mind Richard Matheson's classic BID TIME RETURN, another love story for the ages that uses time juxtaposition. (Done as the movie SOMEWHERE IN TIME, 1980).
I already gave this the highest rating on the IMDb.
The animation is stunning and complimentary to this one-of-a-kind tale.
All things considered, I would like to avoid the ongoing arguments about which Japanese animation studio is better, or worse, than the other.
I prefer to simply be grateful that Japanese anime exists at all, because I cannot imagine any other country producing something this moving, this powerful, in graphic form.