Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan’s most popular animators.His amazing
drawing skills,entertaining plots,and well-rounded characters have made
timeless masterpieces out of films such as”Princess Mononoke”and”My
Neighbor Totoro.”

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Hayao Miyazaki, the Japanese filmmaker who brought us “My Neighbor
Totoro,” “Spirited Away” and “Howl’s Moving Castle,” announced his
retirement in 2013。 His final feature-length movie was slated to be
“The Wind Rises,” the story of Japanese aircraft designer Jiro

A mega-hit anime not produced by the named Studio Ghibli, the
up-and-coming animator Makoto Shinkai’s fifth feature-length film,YOUR
NAME is Japanese box office champion in 2016, grossed¥23 billion (circa
US$190 million), the fourth largest in the history ever.

Hayao Miyazaki was born in Tokyo in 1941.His family owned a factory that
built airplanes,and he fell in love with planes and flying at an early
age.Anyone familiar with his films has seen the often breathtaking
flying scenes that are his personal trademark.


It starts as a gender-swapping yarn in the present day, Mitsuha, a
motherless high school girl from a mountainous region, who lives with
her grandma and a younger sister in their family shrine whereas her
estranged father is running for the mayor of the town, grouses about her
stagnant rural life and dreams of being a boy living in the big city,
when a mysterious comet strikes across the firmament, it seems her wish
is granted, she wakes up in the body of Taki, a high school boy in
Tokyo, and vice versa, the swapping alternates on a daily basis and
rebounds to both despite the initial confusion and the side effect of
fading memories, Mitsuha becomes popular in the school with Taki takes
over her body whilst Miki, the co-worker whom Taki has a crush on,
starts to feel closer to him thanks to Mitsuha’s feminine intervention.
Laden with generic but scintillating humor (Mitsuha’s habitual gazing
and fondling of her boobs when her body is inhabited by Taki, but
ostensibly not the other way around), zippy editing rhythm and hooky
J-Pop anthems, the chucklesome paragraph reaches a halt when one day,
Taki finds out that the swapping stops, and what follows are his dogged
endeavor to looking for Mitsuha’s village whose name eludes him with a
bolt from the blue waiting down the line.


But this week, a NHK television special called “The Man Who Is Not
Done: Hayao Miyazaki,” revealed that he is endeavoring to finish
another feature-length film。

Apparently and inexplicably, their temporalities are not uniform, but
separated by three years, andShinkai’s savvy script circumspectly
introduces the time-warp into the plot, which evolves into a touching
and urgent past-changing undertaking for Mitsuha, facilitated by the
numinous power of the traditional mouth-chewed sake andinterlaced with
atranscendent vis-à-vis in the twilight hour during which the two nearly
have time to write down their names. The cataclysm cannot be averted but
at least many lives are saved, yet, hampered by the fading memories of
each other’s names, will they be reunited in the same universe? You bet!
Although the ending has a strained elation blatantly turning a blind on
the odds of two individuals actually pass by each other randomly in a
metropolis like Tokyo.

Miyazaki’s career as an animator began in 1963 when he joined Toei
Animation to work on a TV series called”Wolf Boy Ken.”


Shinkai’s virtuosity of devising picturesque scenery is an extraordinary
feat to be reckoned with, a spate of celestial splendor and
awe-inspiring landscape are scenery porn to hungry eyes, sometimes
spiffed up by flashy juxtapositions of memories and hand-written
sketches. Nevertheless, being someone who hasn’t been versed in the
realm of anime, one might wantonly hazard that the human character is a
weak link in the process, their looks are invariably pedestrian and shy
of memorable distinctions, perhaps it is an intrinsic defect in the
animation where the niceties of facial expressions are still quite a
challenge to visualize in technique terms. However, nothing can possibly
deny that YOUR NAME is a massive success and an infallible testimony of
Shinkai’s faculty to carry on the anime torch from royalties like Hayao
Miyazaki and Isao Takahata.