This novel is based on very popular animated movie, Your Name, and is written by the film's director Makoto Shinkai. This novel was a 2016 best seller in Japan.
The story is about a teenage girl named Mitsuba, who lives in a rural town, and a teenage boy named Taki living in Tokyo. Mitsuha has a dream that she is a boy living an unfamiliar life in Tokyo while Taki dreams that he is a girl living in the mountains. As they realize that they are changing places, their encounter sets the wheels of fate into motion.
More than just your average teenage love story, Your Name also mixes science fiction themes with influences of poetry from the Heian period. I believe everyone can enjoy the story but I recommend this novel especially to teenagers and people in their early twenties. And don’t forget, the DVD/Blue-Ray will be released in the beginning of November 2017!
About Yusuke Nomura
He has been working at Kinokuniya bookstores for 19 years. He is currently working at our Chicago store and is in charge of books in English. He especially likes working at the Chicago store because the store is located in a quiet area where he can relax and enjoy his shopping.