So, I had been wanting to watch Kimi No Na Wa (Translated to ‘Your Name’ in English) for quite some time now ever since I saw the movie’s poster on Twitter. It included really beautiful graphic designs thus it had really drawn me in then (curse my obsession with pretty things). When I talked to my friend about it recently, he had urged me to go watch it and unable to wait any longer, I did.
Oh boy, did I regret (for a good reason).
The whole anime takes place within a period of 8 years with a 3 year gap happening simultaneously in the show. It is by far, the second saddest anime I’ve watched – first being Hotarubi No Mori E. But somehow, I felt that the ending for this show could have been better and somehow, it felt incomplete.
Putting all personal feelings aside however, I felt that the whole play of fate and predestination carried a really big impact on the show together with whole play of time as well. It first starts off a little confusing as the main characters, Taki and Mitsuha, start switching bodies but they don’t explain it until the first quarter when realization hits the both of them.
It is then that they start setting ground rules for each other and helping them in their daily lives. Nevertheless, they start to fall for one another. But before things could escalate, the switching stops and Taki sets out to find out why, and to find the girl he had unknowingly fell in love with. However, when he lands himself at his destination, he realized that he was switching bodies with a girl who had died 3 years ago. The town she lived in was hit by a comet and was wiped out.
He later finds the shrine that he visited in Mitsuha’s body and drinks the sake inside. Now this is where things got confusing for me because I did not really understand the ritual Mitsuka had placed in the sake. However, it is here where religious beliefs in the show play out and the both of them had to leave behind their memories in order to save Mitsuha and her town.
When they both meet at Twilight (the time of supernatural occurrences), Taki returns the red braid that she had given him, back to her and they promised to write each other’s names down before Twilight ends. Unfortunately, time had run out for them and Mitsuha disappears before she could write her name. After, they start to forget the other’s existence.
But of course, Mitsuha later saves the town from the comet (with a lot of dramatic interference and memories) and lives for another 5 years where the both of them meet again in Tokyo. As they walk past each other, fate plays out as they both turn and ask for the other’s name, and the show ends.
I found predestination to play out really well during the whole duration of the movie because of the red braid that connected the both of them. In Chinese beliefs, every person is tied to their soulmate by an invincible red string called The Red String of Fate. In Kimi No Na Wa, the braid played that role as its physical state that connected the two’s fate.
When the braid was given to Taki by Mitsuha 3 years ago, it allowed the memories of their switch to stay a little longer in his mind 3 years after. When it was given back to Mitsuha, it allowed her to remember what she had to do: to save her town.
Now my personal feelings come in and honestly I can’t help but feel saddened when the both of them started forgetting the other. It was honestly a really memorable scene because after all the obstacles they overcame to find each other, they had to forget each other in the end. And when Taki wrote “I love you” instead of his name, which after gave her the final strength to move forward. Oh god, that scene.
Nevertheless, Kimi No Na Wa was a really good movie (still not over the incomplete ending) and I hope there would be more movies/anime like this. I’m ready to kill my heart for that.