Your Name.

Your Name. ★★★★½

One of the most beautiful animated movies I've ever watched, and not just in the animation alone. The story of these "star-crossed" (or in this case, comet-crossed) friends is so creative and so awesome to watch unfold. The voice acting is great, even if the main cast is relatively small. I had no idea going in that this would be a sci-fi romance (which, as most of you know, is one of my favorite genre combos). Much like ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, it shows us the importance of our memories - something we often take for granted. Not only that, but the twenty minutes alone hit you hard emotionally, as you are rooting for our heroes to reunite (when the odds are so stacked against them). Toho's films never disappoint me. It should come as no surprise that this is my absolute favorite animated movie of 2016, and it's a crying shame it didn't get nominated at the Academy Awards. At times, it doesn't even feel like a movie, but more of an experience.

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