Your Name (Kimi no na wa) (Blu-ray) (2016)

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Released 8-Nov-2017

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Anime TV Spots-Japanese Promos (5:04)
Trailer-English Trailer (1:39)
Filmographies-Makoto Shinkai Filmography (9:06)
More…-TV Special (22:27)
More…-Art Cards x 2
Trailer-Madman Trailers x 4
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2016
Running Time 106:33
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Makoto Shinkai
Studio
Distributor

Madman Entertainment
Starring Mone Kamishiraishi / Stephanie Sheh
Ryunosuke Kamiki / Michael Sinterniklaas
Masami Nagasawa / Laura Post
Nobungaga Shimazaki / Ben Pronsky
Aoi Yuki / Cassandra Morris
Ryo Narita / Kyle Hebert
Etsuko Ishihara / Glynis Ellis
Kanon Tani / Catie Harvey

Case Standard Blu-ray
RPI ? Music RADWIMPS


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
Japanese DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 1080p
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     A comet that only approaches the Earth every 1,200 years is lighting up the night sky over Japan. In Itomori, an isolated small town without even a café, high school student Mitsuha (voiced by Mone Kamishiraishi / Stephanie Sheh) lives with her grandmother (Etsuko Ishihara / Glynis Ellis) and younger sister Yotsuba (Kanon Tani / Catie Harvey). Mitsuha is teased at school, both because she is a Shrine Maiden at the local temple and because her father, who left the family when her mother died, is the town Mayor running for re-election. Although Mitsuha is close friends with Sayaka (Aoi Yuki / Cassandra Morris) and construction worker Katsuhiko (Ryo Narita / Kyle Hebert) she hates her life and the town, her greatest wish in her next life is to be a boy in Tokyo.

     Her wish seems to have been granted when she wakes up one morning having exchanged bodies with Taki (Ryunosuke Kamiki / Michael Sinterniklaas), a high school student her age who lives in Tokyo with his father. Mitsuha, as Taki, attends school where she meets his best friend Tsukasa (Nobungaga Shimazaki / Ben Pronsky) and later his attractive workmate Miki Okudera (Masami Nagasawa / Laura Post), while Taki, as Mitsuha in Itomori, is stunned to find that he has breasts. He attends Mitsuha’s school and both Taki and Mitsuha commit embarrassing social gaffs because they do not know the others’ routine at all. Later they wake up as themselves in their own beds with only a vague memory of the “dream” of being someone else.

     The switch, however, occurs again and again at random intervals, and both Taki and Mitsuha realise that this is not a dream, but really happening. To avoid embarrassing mistakes they start to leave written and text messages for each other and agree on a few rules, although Taki is not altogether pleased when Mitsuha, as Taki, sets up a date with Miki. Then, on the night the comet comes into the Earth’s atmosphere, the body switching ends abruptly. Taki’s memories of his time as Mitsuha are vague and blurred, but he cannot forget her and based on a sketch from his memory he sets out to find her town, Miki and Tsukasa coming along. After a long search they find Itomori, or rather the ruins of Itomori, for they discover that the town was destroyed by a fragment of the comet three years previously and most of the inhabitants killed. Taki cannot understand; if it had all been a dream, why does he still have physical evidence that Mitsuha really existed?

     Your Name (Kimi no na wa) is the latest film from writer / director Makoto Shinkai (5 Centimeters Per Second (2007), Children Who Chase Lost Voices (2011)). I became aware of Shinkai’s work when I reviewed The Garden of Words(2013) on this site; certain themes such as time, distance, connection and loss recur in his films and it could well be that in Your Name his world view reaches its fullest expression although in Your Name he adds a reflection upon the nature of memory. Your Name is a beautiful film in all senses; visually it is stunning with fully realised and detailed backgrounds of both the city and country, including individual drops of rain which hit the puddles or nestle in a spider’s web or the comet trails in the night sky. Colours, especially green, blue, yellow are rich, the transitions between day and night, the period of twilight which is a motif of the transitions experienced by the characters, beautifully rendered. The characters are also nicely sketched and developed, likeable but not without fault!

     Your Name is a beautiful film with a story that transcends time, and place, thoughtful, funny and reflective. It is a film full of contrasts; city and country, boy and girl, youth and age, tradition and modern life which come together beautifully to provide a climax that is positive and satisfying. Your Name is a film in which, although it is based in Japanese culture, the themes are universal and easily understood so it is perhaps no surprise that Your Name is currently the highest grossing anime film worldwide.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     Your Name is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 in 1080p using the MPEG 4 AVC code.

     Your Name has beautiful visuals that are shown to great effect on this Blu-ray release. While lines are strong a lot of the film is deliberately soft, and sometimes bright, giving a dreamy feel. Transitions between day and night are stunning. Otherwise the landscapes, both city and country, are detailed and realistic, the colours deep and rich. Blacks and shadow detail are superb.

     I did not notice any marks or artefacts.

     It is anime so lip synchronisation is approximate in either dub.

     The English subtitles are in a clear white font. They are not burnt in, are error free and easy to read.

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Audio

     There are three audio options, all DTS HD- MA 5.1. The film’s score was provided by Japanese band RADWIMPS and lead singer Yojiro Noda recorded the four songs in the film in both Japanese and English. So you can select English with English songs, English with Japanese songs or Japanese with Japanese songs.

     Dialogue is clear and easy to understand. The surrounds and rears were not overused but when appropriate featured the wind, rain, thunder, traffic, the trains, crowd voices and the music. The sub-woofer added effective bass to the thunder, explosions, comet impact, trains and the music.

     The score by RADWIMPS was varied and delightful, matching the various moods of the film.

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Extras

Japanese Promos (5:04)

     Five TV spots for the film.

English Trailer (1:39)

     As it says.

Makoto Shinkai Filmography(9:06)

     A text screen explains the story of each film and is followed by previews / trailers for Shinkai’s films: Voices of a Distant Star (2002), The Place Promised in Our Early Days (2004), 5 Centimeters Per Second (2007), Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below (2011), The Garden of Words (2013) and Your Name. This compilation makes clear the common themes, and beautiful animation, in Shinkai’s films.

TV Special (22:27)

     A TV special promoting director Makoto Shinkai and Your Name hosted by cast Mone Kamishiraishi and Ryunosuke Kamiki. It includes a look at some of the locations used by the director in previous films and the recurring themes in his work while the two have a chat in a café with Shinkai and answer questions posed on cards.

Art Cards

     Two cards with artwork from the film.

Madman Trailers (5:31)

     Trailers for Boruto: Naruto The Movie, Steins; Gate The Movie: Load Region of Deja Vu, Dragon Ball Super Part 1 and The Boy and The Beast.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

     The Region A US Blu-ray of Your Name has just been released. It is a Blu-ray / DVD combo and I cannot find details of extras. There is apparently a “Limited Edition” with a soundtrack CD and a 60 page booklet which would be quite expensive. I think our release should satisfy most fans.

Summary

     Your Name is a beautiful and reflective film with universal themes, good characters and stunning visuals. Fans of quality anime or writer / director Makoto Shinkai will not be disappointed but even people not into anime should give Your Name a look.

     The video is stunning, the audio very good. Extras are OK but not extensive.

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© Ray Nyland (the bio is the thing)
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Review Equipment
DVDSony BDP-S580, using HDMI output
DisplayLG 55inch HD LCD. This display device has not been calibrated. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderNAD T737. This audio decoder/receiver has not been calibrated.
AmplificationNAD T737
SpeakersStudio Acoustics 5.1

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