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  • Accidental Innuendo: When searching for Taki in Tokyo, Mitsuha says that "I'll know that you were the one who was inside me."
  • Award Snub:
    • Didn't get a nomination for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars 2017 despite being on the shortlist. While the usual award favorites (Zootopia, Moana, Kubo and the Two Strings and My Life as a Zucchini) got their nominations, the fifth spot went to The Red Turtle which is a French co-production with Studio Ghibli. This made anime fans assume that the Academy only recognizes anime movies under Ghibli. Funimation only showed the film in one week in Los Angeles in order to it to be included in the nomination shortlist. The film did win an award for Best Animated Feature by the Los Angeles Film Critics Circle and got two Annie Awards nominations, but without a wide release, the Academy voters were unable to see the film.
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    • Despite breaking box office records in Japan, the film had to settle for the recognition of Excellent Animation of the Year by the Japan Academy, while In This Corner of the World won as Best Animation of the Year. The film did win two other contested Japan Academy prizes (Best Screenplay - Makoto Shinkai and Outstanding Achievement in Music - RADWIMPS).
  • Awesome Art: Those long scenery shots will leave you in awe, and are a Creator Thumbprint of Makoto Shinkai. Even people who don't like the film give it credit.
    • The animation of minor things, like realistic writing, rain fall, pseudo-dolly camera moves, should fall under this category as well.
  • Awesome Music: Arguably all songs in the film qualify, courtesy of RADWIMPS.
    • "Yume Tourou (Dream Lantern)", the opening theme.
    • "Zen Zen Zense (Past Past Past Life)", a catchy insert song with meaningful lyrics that plays during the Body Swap sequence between Taki and Mitsuha along with their antics.
    • "Hajimete no Tokyo (First View of Tokyo)", a short piano piece that encapsulate the wonders of modern Tokyo.
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    • "Kataware Doki", a melancholy piece including a slowed piano and string (violin?) rearrangement of "Yume Tourou" that plays when Taki and Mitsuha meet across time at twilight on the lip of the crater.
    • "Sparkle", a very emotional insert song that plays in the climax when Mitsuha tries to save Itomori's residents from the comet fragment impact.
    • "Nandemonaiya", the ending theme with heart-rending lyrics.
      • A cover version sung by Mitsuha's voice actor, Mone Kamishiraishi, is equally awesome.
  • Bellisario's Maxim: A common defence offered against certain apparent plot holes like Taki and Mitsuha not realising the years and days of the week are different is that the body swap experiences are dreamlike, with all the tenuous grasp on reality that entails, and therefore the details should not be scrutinised too closely.
  • Broken Base:
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    • Whether the score is fitting and suitably atmospheric, or the vocal ones generic and insipid and the ambient pieces just forgettable.
    • Whether the plot twists are part of the appeal that elevates the film beyond just another "Freaky Friday" Flip, or simply make it more convoluted than needed, specially considering that the biggest one (Taki and Mitsuha were also time travelling while switching bodies), creates some major Plot Holesnote .
    • Whether this is Shinkai's best work yet, or weaker than those that came before and only so much more successful due to selling out to the mainstream.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Miki and Tsukasa both wore engagement rings in the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue. While the story does not provide any information on who they are married to (and the novelization even hinted that it's not between the two of them), fans often preferred to depict the two as being married to each other. The Funny Background Events that the two did when accompanying Taki on his attempt to find Mitsuha is very much interpretable as Ship Tease.
    • There are loads of fan content that pair Miki with Mitsuha. This is very much a result of the fact that most of the interactions that pushed Miki and Taki closer are actually initiated by Mitsuha!Taki, and it is shown that Miki likes Mitsuha!Taki more than Taki!Taki.
  • Fandom Rivalry: On certain forums, with A Silent Voice and In This Corner of the World, due to their movies coming out in 2016. You can't go one thread without comparing the three.
  • Fanfic Fuel: The way the film ends, with Taki and Mitsuha asking each other their names but stopping short of showing what happens next, invites fans to draw their own conclusions as to what follows. Do they instantly remember everything? Do they only remember gradually or at a later time? Do they remember only partly or even not at all, but reforge a relationship anyway? Continuation Fics have explored all these possibilities.
  • Genius Bonus: A scientist on (in-universe) TV says that the comet splitting apart was unexpected because it was outside the Earth's Roche limit. The real-life incident of a comet breaking apart and hitting Jupiter also gets a mention.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • Its theatrical release enjoys massive popularity and very positive critique in Thailand, a rare incident where a manga-esque animated movie (which the general public there deems childish) toppled the charts over live-action films. It helps that there is already a strong fanbase for manga and Japanese animations.
    • Also huge in China, to the point where its opening weekend there actually outdid the opening weekend in Japan.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In the film's ending, as Taki is applying for an architect job, one of the comments he uses to convince employers to hire him is "You never know when Tokyo might disappear as well...". Come Weathering With You's ending, Taki's prediction actually comes true when most of Tokyo is flooded due to the neverending rainfall.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The announced American remake casts Mitsuha's equivalent as a Native American girl. The voices for Taki and Mitsuha in the English Dub also portrayed romantic interests in Freedom, where the latter's character just so happened to be a Native American girl.
    • Early concept art showed proto-Taki with a gun in hand. Come Weathering With You, that film's lead Hodaka does end up using a gun.
    • Around the release of Joker (2019), edits and art started appearing that combined Arthur's dancing at a staircase with the staircase scene of this film. Some time later, cue this interview with Shinkai where he brought up Joker in relation to Weathering.
  • Hype Backlash: Some people consider the movie overly hyped, considering that it ranked #1 in MyAnimeList and became the highest grossing anime film in the world. While critics agree that the art and animation is incredible and the story is fine, some believe it's hardly the masterpiece that many claimed. Even Makoto Shinkai himself believes it's overrated, since it still has flaws, there are some things that he left out, and he feels the public's obsession with it is unhealthy. A part of Shinkai's fans also believe that although Your Name is a very good film, it is noticeably weaker than his previous works, and therefore can not obviously be called a "masterpiece" due to this.
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks!: This film was practically not appreciably criticized during its release, but in combination with Hype Backlash above, criticism began to grow in volume after part of the audience and Shinkai himself began to talk about the excessive hype surrounding it. And given the growing popularity, such an attitude will potentially only grow.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: Some critics pointed out that the movie does not make an attempt to stand out from other Japanese youth drama.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Another Side: Earthbound turns Toshiki from a standard Jerkass Archnemesis Dad into this by showing how he got that way. Disowned by his original family for not marrying the woman they had in mind for him. Never fully got along with Hitoha, who saw him as an corrupting outsider who made Futaba go against her wishes. Then Futaba gets sick and dies without his getting the chance to be by her side in her final moments because he was desperately searching for outside doctors who could help. Consumed by grief, with clear signs of depression, and everyone else seems to be moving on just fine when he's still stuck. And then the final nail in the coffin gets hammered in when Hitoha tells him to get lost for his troubles and Mitsuha and Yotsuha reject his offer to go with him. It's easy to see how he could have grown a shell of brusque bitterness to hide his grief and vulnerability.
  • Les Yay:
    • Mitsuha takes an immediate liking to Miki and starts hanging out with her when in Taki's body. Miki, for her part, only gets attracted to Taki because he "shows his more feminine side," i.e. when Mitsuha's consciousness is in him.
    • Taki's influence also causes Mitsuha's popularity to rise among the girls in her hometown, which includes receiving love letters. Although this surprises Mitsuha it doesn't seem to bother her all that much.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • The movie poster became a subject of fan edits, changing both characters into someone else from different franchises, such as a Death Note or Ace Combat crossover.
    • "That's also a Musubi!", in reference to Mitsuha's grandmother's repeated phrase and one of the recurring Arc Words. It's prevalent among fan arts, fan comics or comments related to the film.
    • Drawing other female characters in Mitsuha's signature complicated folded twin braid hairstyle.
    • Parodying the Human Notepad splitscreen scene with different characters.
    • "Kimi No Nawa/Your Rope", drawing Mitsuha in bondage with the red braided cord as a pun on the title.
    • "Kimi No Gojira/Your Godzilla", crossovers with Godzilla due to Shin Godzilla coming out close by.
    • At 4chan's Anime and Manga board:
    • The phrase "From the new Hayao Miyazaki" from the advertisement of the international release of the film also caused a lot of jokes among the anime community, especially in combination with Shinkai's own hatred for such comparisons, which resulted in a lot of parodies and alterations in this style of advertising to other most anticipated works of 2017-18.
    • Drawing female characters from other works with kuchikamizake in their mouths.
    • Saying that almost every frame is wallpaper worthy, carrying on a tradition from Shinkai's earlier films.
  • Misblamed:
    • The dubbed songs in the English dub were actually written and recorded by Radwimps themselves, but as articles like this one show, there are people who are not aware of that and wrongly blame it on the dubbers making unnecessary changes.
    • The Westernization of the live action version is actually demanded by the Japanese rights holders, who specifically said that they could do it natively if they wanted a 100% loyal adaptation using Japanese, but that has not stopped countless people from claiming that it's only because of Hollywood.
  • Narm:
    • Mitsuha's grandmother's repeated delivery of the musubi line as she calls seemingly everything an example of it starts to veer into Overly Long Gag territory and get a bit awkward after a while.
    • Taki declaring his intention to remember Mitsuha's name after she disappears from the twilight meeting at the lip of the mountain shrine crater starts out powerful, but it becomes a bit odd after he starts interspersing it with asking himself who he was trying to remember, and also being too distraught or something to even recover the marker and write her name until only after he's said it a few times. Even if he didn't know the right kanji, he could probably have written the hiragana, which Mitsuha had done so before.
  • Nausea Fuel: Kuchikamizakenote  anyone? They don't shy away from showing you the whole process, either.
  • Older Than They Think: Although without the "Freaky Friday" Flip shenanigans, there have been previous works involving characters communicating across time, including but not limited to Frequency, Il Mare and its Hollywood remake The Lake House. All the three mentioned here also have one side being Dead All Along and Set Right What Once Went Wrong elements. Frequency also has the communication being tied to a cosmic event - the aurora borealis in its case, Comet Tiamat for here. There is also one major significant different between Il Mare, and by extension The Lake House, and this work. In those live-action works, there is a period of time during the past and present characters' interactions across time in which the person in the past is still living in the present person's time, until their death in some way, shape, or form, and with them dying in the arms of the person in the present, the latter not knowing this fact until later. In this work, by the time Mitsuha and Taki start jumping between other and time, Mitsuha had already been dead for almost 3 years.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Parts of "Kataware Doki" sound enough like Yiruma's "River Flows In You" that covers have seamlessly incorporated the latter.
  • Urban Legend of Zelda: Shinkai had to joss rumours that the film was originally supposed to end after Taki and Mitsuha pass each other on the overhead bridge.
  • Viewers Are Geniuses: Toshiki and Yotsuha's sections of Another Side: Earthbound include extended discussions on Shinto as regards the Miyamizu Shrine, the deeper significance behind which is likely to go over the heads of the uninitiated.
  • Woolseyism: In the English dub, after a moment of own-gender-mixup, Mitsuha-in-Taki's-body brushes off the incident by saying "guys just want to have fun."

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