In terms of animation, the film is quite simply gorgeous. Every frame is a painting of ingenious colour and striking lighting. Whether it’s the movement of the protagonists, breathtaking vistas, or creative dream sequences, the medium has been well selected as it’s able to capture the brightness and hope of youth as well as maturity and grandeur. The story, when it wants to move at a faster pace, employs the music and original songs of Radwimps, again capturing youth and maturity for this stunning coming of age tale.
Your Name deserves all the recognition it has been receiving and then some. It is, without a hint of hyperbole, one of the greatest anime ever produced. With gorgeous art, compelling characters, tragedy, humour, sci-fi and romance, Shinkai proves himself to be a master of all trades. Your Name isn’t just a wonderful experience, but a magical escape into an inspiring tale. A reflection on youth, love, and finding yourself, Your Name will be mentioned in the same breath as the best work of Hayao Miyazaki, in spite of it’s unique tone and Shinkai’s individual voice.