I thoroughly enjoyed "Your Name" by Makoto Shinkai, which last year became the fourth highest-grossing film of all time in Japan. It is beautifully animated, - and that's an understatement -, and made me want to go to Japan again.

"Your Name" tells the story of Mitsuha and Taki, both high school students. Taki lives in Tokyo, Mitsuha lives with her grandmother and younger sister in Itomori, in the mountainous region of Hida. Mitsuha is bored of country life and wishes she were a boy living in Tokyo. And then one night, Mitsuha and Taki suddenly switch places: Mitsuha wakes up in Taki's body, and he in hers. After a few more switches they realize what is happening. They begin to communicate by leaving notes in Mitsuha's notebook and memos on Taki's phone. One day Taki decides to look for Mitsuha only to find out that their timelines were separated by three years. If I remember correctly this occurs somewhere halfway through the movie.

I won't give away the rest of the plot, suffice it to say that the cinema was sold out and that the entire audience was captivated until the end. I think everyone understood that the comet strike in the movie stands for an actual disaster, the Tohoku earthquake of 2011 and the subsequent meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi reactor.