Saturday, 7 January 2017


Starring vocal talents of Ryo Narita, Aoi Yūki, Nobunaga Shimazaki, Kaito Ishikawa and Kanon Tani. Written and directed by Makoto Shinkai and based on his manga. 107 minutes long. Certificate 12a.

A stunning, beautifully animated and staggering engrossing story of star crossed young lovers. The story is rather complicated but very worth while sticking with. Set in present day Japan, the story unfolds during the visit of a comet which last passed Earth over 12 hundred years ago. One day a young Tokyo boy wakes up in the body of a Japanese coastal girl with no idea what is going on. It transpires that without warning these two students will swap bodies for a day and the film follows the consequences of what has happened as each grapples with the bizarreness of the situation while trying to make a go of it. This flits between funny, touching and dramatic.  Then the third act arrives and literally changes everything and the film becomes a very touching and dramatic adventure of two young lovers literally out of time.

What elevates this above the norm is that despite it being an anime it's shot as if it's a live action film. The shots and cinematography are just sublime and I loved every minute of this touching and heart rending movie. If you get a chance to see it on the big screen do, it's just wonderful.

Not a thing to fault this wonderful, beautiful and compelling film. 10/10

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