The Voice Acting of Kimi no na Wa: A Loving Nerd’s Micrograph

Spoiler Warning: If you haven’t seen Kimi no na Wa, and don’t want spoilers, don’t read this micrograph.  Duh. 

Hey everyone, I am trying something new with this Micrograph series, where I can make a tiny little essay about something that I appreciate, but I don’t neccesarily think that I would be able to write a full length post about it.

This time, I wanted to talk about a film that I love so much, Makoto Shinkai’s Kimi no na Wa (or, in english, Your Name, which doesn’t rhyme and therefore isn’t as cool.) Specifically, how the film’s voice acting really does an amazing job of displaying character.

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If you are reading this post, I can assume that you understand the basic premise of Kimi no na Wa, which lies in the body-switching of the two main characters that spans the first half of the movie.

Now. This is where the genius voice acting comes in. When Mitsuha, the main female character of the movie is in her male counterpart’s body, (his name is Taki) she obviously tries to use the same vocal patterns that she normally does. This makes Taki’s voice sound awkwardly feminine, and A LOT like Mitsuha’s voice actor. The same goes in the reverse, Mitsuha’s voice actress sounds a lot like Taki’s voice actor when he is in her body.

This is such a small and subtle thing, but it is genius. It not only helps the audience be able to tell which character is which throughout the movie, it also serves as a sign of growth and recognition of each other. This is shown through both characters changing how they talk in each other’s bodies over time, so as not to arouse suspicion.

The subtlety and depth of little details in Makoto Shinkai’s work never fails to impress me.

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