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FIM110.2 Kimi no Na wa. (Makoto Shinkai, 2016, Your Name.)
« on: November 09, 2018, 04:05:48 PM »
Kimi no Na wa. (Your Name., 2016) is a Japanese anime film written and directed by Makoto Shinkai. It currently holds the title of highest grossing anime film of all time (, 2018). Kimi no Na wa. tells the story of Mitsuha and Taki, two high school students whose minds begin switching body’s during their sleep. However, we are taken on a much deeper emotional story with Makoto Shinkai using film form, specifically mise-en-scène, cinematography and sound, to create its rich subtext. In Kimi no Na wa. The subtext refers to how we are all connected, people, places and times.

Once you are aware that the lines are the central motif of the movie, you begin to see them everywhere through the use of mise-en-scene and cinematography. The first line of the movie is created by a falling meteor heading towards Itomori, a connection between the meteor and the comet Tiamat that it broke apart from. However we soon learn this isn't the only connection, and that the comet possesses an orbital period of 1,200 years past earth and that meteors have broken away and has at least hit the area twice. Once during the formation of Lake Itomori and another creating Goshintai, the crater where the body of the Miyamizu family shine's god lies. So from the opening seconds we are exposed to the subtext of connections through the mise-en-scene of the sky above Itomori and the cinematography capturing the meteor and the tail creating the line in the whole shot. This shot also shows the connection between the Comet Tiamat and the small town of Itomori, something that we learn of later in the movie. Immediately following this first opening shot, we are introduced to Taki and Mitsuha. Awaking from a dream crying, unable to remember what the dream is, feeling that they are connected to something but unable to remember what it is. So they are left with a sensation that they have somehow lost something. As a result, they are always searching for someone, something, ever since that day five years ago they both stared at the sky seeing that great celestial line cross the sky. We later learn that not only are Taki and Mitsuha connected to his great line, but all of Japan is through various shots of different mise-en-scenes used to show people all over Japan either looking at this line in the sky or watching it from their televisions. So if we later find this line connects all of Japan and not just the protagonists, how are they connected? The answer, they are connected by the most important line of the movie which is depicted by Mitsuha's hair braid, which I believe represents the red string of fate. For those unaware of this legend, the following is a quote from The legend of the red string of Japan by (MONASTERIO, 2015). "According to this myth, everyone's pinky finger is tied to an invisible red string that will lead him or her to another person with whom they will make history." We first see this during the films opening sequence, the characters back to to back against a white background in a mid shot surrounded by Mitsuha's red hair braid. Also the last shot of the opening sequence as they step away from each other, being connected by this line, the red string of fate. Outside of the opening sequence while dreaming, just before Taki wakes up in Mitsuha's body of the first time, we are shown the first time they also 'meet' in Tokyo. During this exchange, Mitsuha unties her hair braid, and extends it towards Taki to grab and take it. During this shot, the mise-en-scene changes from her departing the train onto the station surrounded by people to the people surrounding the two fading and disappearing from the shot as they form their connection. (2018). Your Name. (2017) - Box Office Mojo. [online] Available at: [Accessed 6 Nov. 2018].

MONASTERIO, L. (2015). The legend of the red string of Japan. Retrieved from
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