Kimi no na wa. (2016)
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Man, it's going to be hard for any other 2016 movie to beat this. While the core concept isn't super original in Japanese anime and Manga, it's played so fresh and exciting in this film. As with all of Makoto Shinkai's films it's incredibly beautiful in themes and visually stunning. Also like his other films, it deals with long distance relationships, memories, and love and connection that can't be stopped by great distances. A really incredible film.
I'll be the first to say that this is one of the best animated movies I've ever seen. *MINOR SPOILER ALERT!* The first half starts off by appearing to be just your basic cute, funny drama/slice of life anime with the 2 main characters inexplicably switching bodies with each other. (A pretty overdone, basic concept.) But, then there's a twist halfway through the film that makes you go "Oh! So, that's why this has been happening!" And, from then on you are shown more and more of how brilliant this movie is. I honestly didn't want this movie to end. I wanted it to keep going. I highly recommend this film.
Makoto Shinkai (5 cm per Second) does it again with Your Name, another gorgeous anime about love across great distances, this time with the intriguing premise that the two teenage leads are body swapping across space-time, literally, if I may use the Western term here, soul mates. The small town girl dreaming of the big city, and the city boy haunted by the ghost of a girl he has never actually met, their situation rife with both comic and tragic possibilities, but hopeful opportunities as well in the greater scheme of the universe. Despite advertising the Japanese, subtitled version, our local theater nevertheless showed the English dub. It's good, but since the director worked intimately with RADWIMPS on the score and soundtrack, and these were replaced as well, I think it may be worth checking out in the original language sooner than later.
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This movie ranks #5 in Animation
This movie ranks #7 in Romance
This movie ranks #9 in 2010s
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This movie ranks #77 in Top 250
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This movie ranks #336 in All-Time Worldwide Box office