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Check out Flixist's review of Your Name

10:00 AM on 04.05.2017 // Nick Valdez

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Body swapping comedies are a huge subgenre in anime, but they haven't been explored in film in quite a while. The latest major effort is Makoto Shinkai's Your Name, and it's the highest grossing anime film of all time. But how does it stack up? 

Hubert Vigilla reviewed the film over at Flixist, and here's a bit of what he had to say about it: 

Makoto Shinkai's Your Name is the highest-grossing anime film of all-time, and it hasn't even come out in the United States yet. It beat Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away; give it a few more months and Your Name may beat Spirited Away as the highest-grossing Japanese film of all-time.

Shinkai built a strong following thanks to his OVA short Voices of a Distant Star (2003) and his feature-length debut The Place Promised in Our Early Days (2004). Some herald Shinkai as the next Miyazaki. (Mamoru Hosoda, director of The Girl Who Leapt Through TimeSummer Wars, and most recently The Boy and the Beast also comes up in these discussions.) Yet Your Name seems like a fluke mega-hit. That may be a western perspective. It's a body swap movie, that quintessential 1970s/1980s comedy subgenre genre, and it's so earnest that it doesn't have the feel of your usual blockuster cash grab.

Since its release in Japan last year, the buzz for Your Name has been ecstatic. Some critics wondered why it wasn't up for a Best Animated Film Academy Award. It's sort of warranted. Just sort of. While I liked Your Name, I'm not sure I like-liked it

You can read the full review here.

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