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Oldtaku no Radio # 008 – your name.

©2016 TOHO / CoMix Wave Films / KADOKAWA / JR Kikaku / AMUSE / voque ting / Lawson HMV Entertainment

©2016 TOHO / CoMix Wave Films / KADOKAWA / JR Kikaku / AMUSE / voque ting / Lawson HMV Entertainment

Because we were not invited to the cool podcast (actually, we recorded this before the AGP), the Oldtaku crew and special guest Scott Spaziani recorded our own your name. podcast. Scott and Ink are seasoned Shinkai viewers (both have panels on the director that they present at cons), and this is Jared’s first exposure to the cloud/foot/loneliness director extraordinaire. We kept the first half free of spoilers by discussing themes and technique, but the second half contains spoilers galore for the purpose of digging into the meat of the movie. While it’s almost impossible to spoil Shinkai’s movies, which are more about experiencing the journey than knowing the ticketed endpoint, certain plot points in your name. are better experienced unadulterated the first time around. (So listen to the spoilers section at your own risk!)

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Runtime: 1 hr, 49 min

Show Notes

  • Opening Song: “Through the Glass” by Kaz Mirblouk
  • 00:18 – The corniest intro ever!
  • 00:47 – Introductions and summary.
  • 02:18 – Spoiler free discussion.
    • Structure
    • Linearity
    • Emotional context/audience manipulation
    • The supernatural
    • The techn(olog)ical
    • Character design/Art
    • (Ink references this Reverse Thieves review.)
    • Feet
    • Clouds
    • your name.‘s place in Shinkai’s repertoire
    • Time management
    • Sub and dub (use of sound)
  • 40:50 – Here there be spoilers!
    • The (third) impact
    • Time itself!
    • Carrot yanking
    • Upending expectations
    • Building an emotional rollercoaster
    • Resolutions
    • 59:20 – Five Centimeters per Second spoiler
    • 59:50 – Carry on
    • Unexplored backstories and relevance/potential thereof
    • Dreams and fading memories
    • Interview with Shinkai about your name. (
    • Negative message about rural Japan?
  • 1:21:30 – Twitter questions!
  • Ending Song: “Money 1973” by NO FUTURE
  • 1:45:10 – ?
  • 1:46:07 – Goddamnit
  • – Header picture via ANN’s interview with CoMix Wave’s Koichiro Ito.
    – Scott’s review of your name. can be found on Otaku in Review.
    – Ink’ review of your name. can be found on Fandom Post.
    – Evan “VamptVo” Minto’s review of your name. can be found right here on Ani-Gamers.
    – Twitter: Ani-Gamers, Oldtaku no Radio, ScottInk, Jared
    – Scott Spaziani writes (for) Otaku in Review.
    – Ink also writes for Otaku USA Magazine and The Fandom Post.
    – Jared also writes for The Electrum Edition and Wave Motion Cannon.
    • Ink's profile

      Ink contributes his own pieces and edits those of others pertaining to anime, manga, and games. His reviews and analyses have also appeared in the pages of Otaku USA as well as online over at The Fandom Post and Taiiku Podcast.

    • Jared Nelson's profile

      Jared discovered anime in the early 1990s through stacks of third-hand fandubs and Streamline Pictures tapes. By the tender age of 16, he was humming Macross 7 songs in art class, dreaming of Asuka Langley and hanging Rurouni Kenshin posters on his wall. A few years later he moved to Japan where he worked as an ALT (assistant language teacher) in Ibaraki and Fukuoka Prefectures. While he returned home with a deep appreciation for Japan, its culture, and its public transit system, Jared fell out of anime fandom and only returned in 2010. A self-proclaimed 3rd-level bard, Jared enjoys tabletop gaming and game design, video gaming, giant robots, history, comics, and most recently manga. He is also eternally late to the party.

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