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No, Shinkai is NOT the new Miyazaki

Only good news has been heard about the movie Kimi no na wa. For example, it has passed the 20 billion yen mark. It’s being considered for an Oscar nomination, which is amazing since Americans have really shit taste in what they watch (at least Spotlight was great). RADWIMPS is even getting in on the glory, with their song being on the top of ratings. Due to Kimi no na wa.’s seemingly endless hype train, which only seems even more ascertained since the movie has just hit Indonesian theaters (which also means “get ready for the cancer”), there are also some who are equating Shinkai to the glorious godfather, Hayao “Anime was a mistake” Miyazaki. This hype is not unjustified; Kimi no na wa. has indeed trumped over two of Miyazaki’s highest grossing filmsKaze ga Tachinu and Ponyo.

However, is Shinkai really the new Miyazaki? More importantly, should we think that Shinkai is even close to Miyazaki? My stance on that is no, Shinkai is NOT the new Miyazaki. Continue reading No, Shinkai is NOT the new Miyazaki

Kimi no na wa.: Shinkai’s best work to date

I already watched the shitty DVD-rip quality a week before, but I decided to hold my review until the premiere in Singapore, which was today. The student discount also made it possible for me to watch it without straining my wallet too much. Mind you, Singapore’s capitalism makes everything expensive, including drinks.

Ahem, anyway… Kimi no na wa or Your name. is indeed one of Shinkai’s best works if I do say so myself. I think of it as a spiritual successor to Shinkai’s first hit, Byousoku 5 cm, but this time, Shinkai adds some spice to what would have been a drawn-out melodrama. For the edgy, cool kids who would berate someone who actually cried during the movie, yes, the movie is indeed melodramatic at some points, but I feel that amount of melodrama is justified, as it results in a memorable story of love that crosses dimensions and parallel timelines.

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