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"Mitsuha, a high school girl living in a rural town deep in the mountains, has a dream that she is a boy living an unfamiliar life in Tokyo. Taki, a high school boy living in Tokyo, dreams that he is a girl living in the mountains. As they realize they are changing places, their encounter sets the cogs of fate into motion."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Yen On, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780316471862
Branch Call Number: SHINKAI
Characteristics: 184 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Engel, Taylor

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scribby
Oct 25, 2018

This novelization of an anime film relies on what is not said – characters’ thoughts (portrayed on-screen by facial expressions) are replaced by ellipses. This is standard practice in comics, though here it gives the reader a sense that the characters are in a perpetual state of astonishment – perfect in this tale where weird things happen in a sort-of Japanese version of magic realism. (Vague spoilers here) – the two main characters are sometimes deliberately confused, and the story involves: a centuries-old belief in harbingers of apocalypse (here given an unlikely cyclical nature); a plot device usually used for comedic effects but here used to invoke the always-nearby faerie otherworld; and a plot recalling Shinkai’s previous anime forays into communication and loss across distant time and space. An entertaining and quick read.

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Kovaelin
Oct 01, 2018

The story was intended to be told through visuals, so if you want to experience the real deal from the film, then it is safe to skip this.

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kwsmith
Sep 30, 2018

This is a powerful novelization of a popular Japanese animated film. In the story, a teenage boy and a teenage girl mysterious swap bodies every few days. While this initially results in mass confusion, they gradually learn to communicate with each other and then something magical happens. This excellent book reminds me of Makoto Shinkai's earlier masterpiece: *5 Centimeters Per Second* and that's a very good thing!

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milirick
Aug 06, 2018

This is the novel (not manga) version of the award winning anime and manga series. It gives more depth to the original story and provides a different insight into the anime. Worth the time to take out and read.

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JLIOlib
Mar 27, 2018

I prefer the movie to the book. It's written after the movie by the way.

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Jodondon
Oct 17, 2017

We could use some more copies

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Oct 17, 2017

Jodondon thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 25

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Aug 16, 2017

sophie_ng thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 20

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