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5 Anime Like 'Kimi no Na wa' ('Your Name')

Updated on October 16, 2017
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Cheeky Kid has been watching anime and reading manga for as long as he can remember. Doing so takes him to different worlds.

Kimi no Na wa. (Your Name.)
Kimi no Na wa. (Your Name.) | Source

After witnessing the marvelous way Kimi no Na wa unfolded before your eyes like magic, I absolutely understand why you’re now looking for more anime carrying some resemblance. You just can’t help it. You’re now longing for stories that are capable of touching your heart and soul. I tell you this: “You’ve come to the right place!”

I have selected some titles that are fairly equivalent to Kimi no Na wa and listed them down here. They’re all decent, that’s for certain! In fact, you might even find them really pleasant and satisfying. Without further ado, go ahead and watch them. Just come and thank me later!

Anime Similar to 'Kimi no Na Wa' ('Your Name')
1. The Anthem of the Heart
2. Patema Inverted
3. 5 Centimeters Per Second
4. Hotarubi no Mori e
5. Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

1. The Anthem of the Heart

The Anthem of the Heart
The Anthem of the Heart | Source

An underrated glorious masterpiece—that’s what The Anthem of the Heart is! I fail to understand why this anime isn’t very popular. Truth be told, it has the potential to stand on the same stage as Kimi no Na wa. So if you haven’t watched it yet, I urge you to do so immediately.

The Anthem of the Heart tells a very meaningful story about expressing one’s own thoughts and feelings. It delivers the message that fairy tales can exist in this world, but not in the way that you would expect.

Not only is this anime beautiful in terms of art and plot, it also miraculously touches your heart with its magnificent music and sound. That being said, I assure you that this anime wasn’t given the title The Anthem of the Heart for nothing!

2. Patema Inverted

Patema Inverted
Patema Inverted | Source

Just like Kimi no Na wa, Patema Inverted showcases a spectacular tale intertwining the fate two people living in two different worlds. In the case of this anime, the worlds presented are of those who are living with their feet on the ground but restricted from looking at the sky and those who are living inversely underground cursed to fall into the sky if they ever step out of their safe zone.

This anime is presented into two different perspectives: upright and inverted. Essentially, you can watch this show even if your screen is turned upside-down, which is quite meaningful per se. Notwithstanding its forgettable soundtrack, Patema Inverted counterbalances itself by delivering a unique perspective-altering experience merged with beautiful sceneries.

3. 5 Centimeters Per Second

5 Centimeters Per Second
5 Centimeters Per Second | Source

Before anything else, here’s a fun fact: 5 Centimeters Per Second was also written and directed by Makoto Shinkai (writer and director of Kimi no Na wa). No wonder they’re both so similar yet also different in some aspects. Actually, I can see one major facet of 5 Centimeters Per Second as a total antithesis of that of Kimi no Na wa—the plot! If Kimi no Na wa beguiles us to witness the convergence of two people from two different worlds, then 5 Centimeters Per Second entices us to spectate the snailish divergence of two people who were once virtually inseparable.

5 Centimeters Per Second is an anime that will ensnare you and vigorously make you feel what the main characters are feeling. “Relatable” is actually the word the best suits it. Dovetailing everything with the gorgeously detailed visuals and carefully keyed melodies, this show is a work of art that will surely leave a long-lasting impression in you.

4. Hotarubi no Mori e

Hotarubi no Mori e
Hotarubi no Mori e | Source

Hotarubi no Mori e is a brilliant piece of work that I wholeheartedly recommend to you. Not only is it short for having just a duration of 45 or so minutes, it is also packed with soul-touching drama, subtle romance, and evocative lessons—all stunningly compressed into those meaningful minutes.

In this story, you’ll find two people twirled around by the playful hands of fate. They both exists, but not on the same plane. They can see and feel each other, but not touch. They both live very different realities, but they are connected by an unusual bond that shouldn’t have been possible in the first place. This is an enchanting tale like no other. If possible, you should watch it right now before it vanishes from your memory.

5. Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day
Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day | Source

Among the titles listed here, Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day seems to be the most popular. As a matter of fact, it could already be considered a classic. I would actually find it surprising if you haven’t watched it yet. But then again, if you actually haven’t seen it, then now’s the right time. This is the sort of anime that will make you feel so grateful and beholden that you’ve watched it.

By the way, aside from what I’ve already said, Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day excels in most, if not all, of the criteria for a truly remarkable anime. I assure you that this anime will always have a spot in your heart after you’ve watched it. A final word for you: “Don’t forget to bring some tissues!”

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    • AlexisG profile image

      Alexis 5 weeks ago

      Missed out on "Your Name" when it was in theaters, but I'm hoping to watch it sometime in the nearish future. Of the list, I've seen Patema Inverted & 5 Centimeters Per Second. Both were good.