I finally watched Your Name. The story, acting and music were all good but most of all I was overwhelmed by the beauty of [the] images. Each cut was amazing,"
Other users posted pictures of real-life locations that the film modelled after, with fans descending upon locations such as Shinkai's home town in Nagano Prefecture, the Gifu prefecture and even Tokyo.
Based on a novel, it tells the story of Mitsuha, a female high school student in a rural Japanese town, and Taki, a male high school student in central Tokyo.
In a remote rural town in Japan, Mitsuha lived a sad life. She’s longing for metropolis. One day, she dreamt that she turned into a boy and the scene in her eyes was the streets in Tokyo. On the other hand, the boy Taki who is a student in high school in Tokyo also had a strange dream. In his dream, he became a girl in a small town. So the two strangers began a journey to find each other.
"I wonder if he appeared in my dream because I fell asleep thinking of him. I wouldn't have woken up if I had known it was a dream."
“Soul, as the wind blew the trees, deep rustling. People are always looking for somebody, always waiting for someone, and always feeling anxious about anxious about the destiny.
In Makoto Shinkai’s world, even so, still full of hope.”