Makoto Shinkai’s Kimi no Na wa (Your Name) is a one-of-a-kind anime success story. It is natural that a title of this caliber is crazy popular in Japan, but Your Name claims the title of most commercially successful anime of all-time and is currently ranked as the 7th highest-grossing animated movie in the history of anime.
Apart from its engaging and charming story, fans count it's unprecedented success to its top-notch, eye-candy level animation. Shinkai's films are all stunning, enough if we remember the scenes of another popular title The Garden of Words.
Though Itomori is a fictional town, Shinkai's inspiration were actual locations, such as Tokyo and Gifu. We have already featured these real-life locations compared with the scenes in the movie. These cinemagraphs by cyan1618 capture the most memorable moments of Your Name perfectly, giving another reason to watch or rewatch Shinkai's masterpiece.
Gifu and Itomori represent the rural life and Tokyo's industrial aesthetics and massive scale embody the two worlds the main characters belong to.
Apart from Shinkai's work, Masashi Ando' butter-smooth animations also deserve credit. Ando is a real veteran in the industry as he has worked on highly-acclaimed titles, such as Spirited Away, A Letter to Momo and Satoshi Kon's masterpiece, Paprika.
Some subtle body movements and sudden, small gestures take the quality of the anime to an all-time-classic level. As producing these detailed animations are incredibly time-consuming, fans always welcome when animators don't take the shortcut and get into the details on the level of Kimi no Na wa.
The beautiful scenes are often popular locations, especially in the case of Tokyo. Common areas, such as a pedestrian bridge and a frequently Instagrammed intersection, are treated with the same attention as the cafe scene in the National Art Center in Roppongi.
A majority of Your Name‘s iconic scenes were drawn by Takashi Hashimoto. Hashimoto has enormous experience and has worked on over 200 anime so far.
Another favorite "tool" in Shinkai's arsenal is to match the environment to the emotions of the characters and amplify them by the weather and the scene. The sun sets behind the NTT DOCOMO Yoyogi Building, marking the end of a busy day or a snowy scene used to show sentimentality.
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