A scene from Your Name would be controversial today, says Makoto Shinkai — Kudasai

the japanese medium Weekly Playboy from the publisher Shueisha shared an interview with the director and filmmaker Makoto Shinkairegarding the premiere of his new feature film Suzume no Tojimari (Suzume’s Door-Locking). Although details about the production of the film were discussed in the interview, an excerpt was shared in comment forums where Shinkai comments on how outdated a certain erotic element is nowadays.

The interview snippet wrote:

  • And I’m sorry to say that this is a serious story, but I think one of the key points of this movie is that the “teenage virginity” that is unique to Shinkai-sensei has been removed in a positive sense.
  • I have no intention of intentionally changing my style, but the tolerance of the times towards entertainment has changed a lot. For example, the year after the release of Kimi no Na wa (Your Name), the “#MeToo movement” took place in the film industry, which caused several changes in the way of viewing erotic humor.
  • The scene in Kimi no Na wa (Your Name) in which Taki Tachibana rubs the breasts of Mitsuha Miyamizu, whose bodies switch each time they wake up, would be rejected today. Even though I thought it was a dream and it’s a scene where a girl massages her own breasts, most of today’s audience wouldn’t look kindly on it.
  • So from now on, I also have to worry about what people will think every time Kimi no Na wa (Your Name) airs on TV, like the “Friday Road Show” (laughs). So much has changed in just six years what is and is not an allowed expression in anime.

Summarizing the above, the director Makoto Shinkai refers to a scene from the popular feature film Kimi no Na wa (Your Name). It should be remembered that in the history of said film, the protagonists Taki Tachibana (man) and Mitsuha Miyamizu (female) swap bodies, and in one of the first interactions, Taki, inside Mitsuha’s body, massages her breasts as a comedic device. You can watch the scene below:

Makoto Shinkai points out that due to the way viewers’ thinking has evolved in the past six years since the film was released, such a scene would become controversial today. It seems that the director is aware of what has been happening on social media in recent years, so it is understandable why he decides not to take risks, especially when you consider that his films are international in stature, Not just for Japanese audiences.

Sinopsis de Kimi no Na wa

Mitsuha Miyamizu, a high school girl, longs to live the life of a boy in the bustling city of Tokyo, a dream that contrasts with her current life in the countryside. Meanwhile, back in the city, Taki Tachibana lives a busy life as a high school student while juggling her part-time job with her hopes for a future in architecture. One day, Mitsuha wakes up in a room that is not her own and suddenly she finds herself living the dream life in Tokyo, but in Taki’s body! On the other hand, Taki finds himself living Mitsuha’s life in the humble countryside. In search of an answer to this strange phenomenon, they begin to search for each other. Kimi no Na wa revolves around the actions of Mitsuha and Taki, which begin to have a dramatic impact on each other’s lives, weaving them into a fabric bound together by fate and circumstance.

Fuente: Weekly Playboy


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