There are lots of animated films out there, but none has ever touched my heart like Kimi No Na Wa did.
You see, this critically acclaimed masterpiece of the legendary Makoto Shinkai from last year is one film that will make any generation realize how wonderful life truly is – despite not knowing what the future is like, despite not knowing what your future is like. In the case of Mitsuha, a high-school student living in the rural town of Itomori; and Taki, a high-school student living in the urban city of Tokyo; their future will depend on what they’ll learn about each other and the rest of their future will depend on what they’ll learn about the world – and yes, with a little help from their sudden ability to swap bodies every other day.
That is, until it all stopped – Mitsuha can’t be contacted, Taki can’t swap bodies with her anymore. This is due to a rare occurrence involving a comet that only comes every 1,200 years. But the rest of the story, well…you’ll have to watch for yourself.
Now, as per this blog post’s title, what makes Kimi No Na Wa the best animated film of today’s generation?
It teaches us the importance of faith.
Having faith on a lesser parent to save everyone in your town from being totally wiped out is one thing. Having faith on a greater power to save your loved ones from the agony of pain, even if it means living with it yourself for who knows until when, is another thing. For Mitsuha, both are equally important – and it’s all thanks to Taki.
It teaches us the importance of patience.
As they say, good things come to those who wait. While Mitsuha and Taki had to endure the fact that they’re from two different worlds, they also had to endure the fact that they’re from two different times. And the best thing about these? They both endured, even if it means they have to wait for who knows when they could be together again and for who knows where they can be together again.
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