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One day, Taki wakes up in a different body. The body of Mitsuha . The next day, Mitsuha wakes up back in her own form but with only vague memories of the day before. And, of course, the same thing happens for Taki  though discussion with the people around them, Mitsuha and Taki figure out that they’re switching places randomly, but only after sleep. They work to help each other, leaving each other notes and diaries about what happened when they switched places. Mitsuha falls in love with Taki. She decides to go to Tokyo to meet him. She reaches Tokyo and looks for him. His phone seems to be not-reachable. She stumbles on  a train. This Taki she meets is still 3 years before he experiences any body-switching with Mitsuha. As a result, he has no clue who Mitsuha is. Upset, Mitsuha leaves the train. Taki asks for her name and she tells him her name and hands him her red thread. The red thread now binds the two of them.

During the events of Mitsuha’s switching, there is a comet that is passing by. A town’s festival is on the same day as the Comet’s closest proximity to Earth. Mitsuha cuts her hair to match the length of Taki’s as she’s now clearly grown very fond of him. She’s dressed in a kimono and meets with Teshi and Sayaka. They are surprised to see her with short hair. They head to a vantage point to see the comet clearly. Unfortunately, the comet splits and one fragment drops into Earth. It happens strike and kill hundreds of people in the town. Mitsuha, Teshi and Sayaka die too. The school is left unharmed and so is the shrine.

Now, Taki doesn’t know he’s switching bodies with the same girl from the train. Taki also doesn’t know that he’s switching bodies with Mitsuha from 3 years in the past. He understands that he’s in a small town when he’s switching bodies but never bothers to find the name of the town he is in. All he knows is that the switching is for real. One fine day the switching abruptly stops. This is because back in the past, the comet has killed Mitsuha, Taki doesn’t know this. But he still has the thread and this continues to bind Taki to Mitsuha. He decides to go looking for Mitsuha.. And he find the town of Itomori is gone he goes to the to the family shrine. Taki makes his way to the location where he remembers the Shrine to be. One part of Taki’s mind is telling him that he was just remembering a dream of the comet and the news connected to Itomori. The other part is telling him that there is a reality to all of this. He treks and finds the shrine. He realizes that it was no dream. He heads to the shrine and enters. He sees the kuchikamizake inside. While his memories of leaving the sake are only days old, the actual event happened 3 years ago.

That explains the mould on the containers. Taki sips Mitsuha’s sake. He tries to get up. He slips and falls to the ground. He also slips and falls through time. Here. he sees the whole story of Mitsuha. Her birth, her mother, her father, her grandmother, her switching, her trip to Tokyo to meet Taki, Taki receiving the red thread on the train, the comet, her death. Teshi and Mitsuha as Taki make an evacuation plan. They plan to place a homemade bomb at the electric sub-station. They also plan to hack into the town’s PA system from the school. Sayaka is part of the broadcasting club at school so she will make a false announcement saying that an explosion has started a forest fire. And this fire is spreading to town so the town’s residents need to clear to the school. The reason for the fake announcement is that no one would believe an information that the comet is going to split and destroy Itomori. Mitsuha as Taki is also to go and get her dad to help evacuate the town.

The plan is set in motion. Mitsuha as Taki goes to meet her dad. She fails to convince him. He thinks that his daughter has gone mad. Mitsuha as Taki meets Teshi and Sayaka and tells them that she couldn’t convince her dad. She tells them to continue with the plan and heads to the shrine. Taki realizes that if he is in Mitsuha’s body, she would be in his body in the shrine.

Taki (as Mitsuha) wakes up in the shrine and heads out to see that the town of Itomori is destroyed. Mitsuha doesn’t know that her switching with Taki has been happening 3 years in the future. Mitsuha (as Taki) arrives. They two start running and calling out to each other. Dusk is approaching. They can hear each other but can’t see each other. This is because they are in the same place but are 3 years apart. Here’s a note to make. You can see two lakes behind Taki as Mitsuha and one lake behind Mitsuha as Taki. As the sun sets, twilight happens. They see each other.

Mitsuha now knows the dangers of the comet. But she begins to forget Taki. When she sees her hand, she realizes that Taki has written “I love you” and not his name. She joins Teshi to plant the bomb in the sub-station. The explosion causes people to worry. Sayaka makes the false announcement of the forest fires. But she is soon caught. Teshi is caught too. Mitsuha runs to her father’s place to try to convince him.The comet strikes, the town is destroyed. But since everyone has evacuated, the news reports this now there is no deaths Now it is 8 years after the comet strike. Which means 8 years have passed for Mitsuha since she’s met Taki. 5 years have passed for Taki since he’s last met Mitsuha. Mitsuha has finished up with school and has eventually found a job in Tokyo. Taki too has graduated and is looking for a job. These are the opening scenes of Kimi No Na Wa.

Over all the years, Taki and Mitsuha are left with a feeling that they are looking for something or someone. Though they can’t recollect any of their switchings, they sense a connect. This is amplified by the “I love you” that Taki writes on Mitsuha’s hands. In their last moment together, Taki expresses his feelings for Mitsuha and not just his name. Also, Mitsuha wears the thread which Taki has kept for 3 years and during their switches. A combination of the thread and their mutual feeling for one another leaves them in a state of a subliminal hunt for each other. We see Taki and Mitsuha walking past each other through various moments in Tokyo. Taki even happens to be in a diner where Teshi and Sayaka are eating. Looks like the two of them are now together and live in Tokyo. Taki faintly remembers their names but the two leave the diner. Okudera comes to meet Taki. She’s now married. The two of them talk and mention that they can’t remember much from the day they went to Itomori. She wishes him good luck and leaves.

Taki and Mitsuha finally see each other from their respective trains. They run around looking for each other and finally find one another. On the stairs, they continue to pass by without speaking. After all, both are finding it awkward to randomly talk to a stranger they’ve never met. But Taki breaks the silence by asking Mitsuha if they’ve met before. She replies by saying she thinks so too. Their connection is reestablished, they shed a tear, they ask for each other’s names and  the film ends.

This movie was amazing the quality of the animation was really good the plot is a little confusing when you first start it then at the end you will understand it overall it was good you need to see this movie.

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