Well then, my random question that I had been posting for awhile on this blog’s heading just got its answer, magically.
Q: When an asteroid hit the Earth, what would you do?
A: I would go switching bodies with a girl, who lived in the area affected three years ago and should have been dead by the actual time, make a ruckus in some Autumn festival to evacuate townspeople and save the day (and especially save the girl).
Thank you Kimi No Na Wa for helping me found the answer :’)
Beside that, there are a lot of things that I love about this movie.
From the start, I felt so nostalgic when watching this movie (later on I realized that it produced by the same director as the brilliant movie “5 cm per second”)
The intro music remind me of Bump of Chicken (although it’s not them sadly), the artwork of the characters are simple yet the background scenery details are drawn very accurate and beautiful, matched with soothing theme song.
The storyline itself is like a fortune cookie, you know that it’s a cookie but you don’t know what is written in the piece of paper inside. It definitely have the right of our applause for its element of surprises. You know from the trailer and from the intro that there is this shrine girl who could switch place with some random guy in Tokyo, and there’s this komet Tiamat which will pass by Japan in the next days. So what then?
As the movie developed, you realized that none of them coincidentally happened.
I wouldn’t tell the rest of the story, because it’s tiring and pointless. You should watch it for yourself.
What I want to talk about is about the Time. The concept of Time.
I assumed that Japanese somehow obsessed with Time. As there is this movie ‘the girl who can leap time’ and many more. They really could visualized this concept of Time briliantly, with some romantic spices.
The concept of time (or life) itself had been explained analogically by Paulo Coelho in his book Aleph as the train with many carriages. Sometime we sit in one carriage, sometime we sit in another, and sometime we cross to the other when we’ve been dreaming. Every moment actually happened in that one train but because of we’re in different carriages we didn’t know what others do in each carriages.
The concept ressonate well with Kimi no Nawa universe, especially when the boy stands on top of the hill and also the girl is standing at the same place but they separated by like 3 years of time. And just one brief moment when the sun is setting down they get to see each other, and the moment is disappear when the sun’s gone. It is like you open the carriage’s door that lead to another carriage and see the person inside and the the door closed and you couldn’t see the person anymore.
Well for me, it is very hard to understand The Kimi no Nawa or Paulo Coelho universe of life and time. But one thing for sure, I know that if an asteroid hit the earth, you could still put some effort to survive. We deserve to live and an asteroid is just one obstacle that we need to overcome.