your name.

Mitsuha Miyamizu and Tachibana Taki finally realize the cause of all their strange dreams and the weird looks they’ve been receiving- the two have been switching bodies! After being charmed by each other’s lives, and Taki realizing that “at irregular intervals (he swaps) bodies with Mitsuha Miyamizu, who lives way out in the sticks. It triggers when (they) fall asleep” (54), the two set ground rules so that they don’t interfere with each other’s lives. Mitsuha and Taki are impressive in that they figure out ways to leave memos for each on their smartphones, but it reveals that both of them are still immature when they get angry at each other for breaking the rules. They act out of character in each other’s lives; Taki “(tears) up the court playing basketball in gym” (56) and Mitsuha goes “messing with (Taki’s) relationships” (56). The characters demonstrate social responsibility quite well by solving their body-swapping problem peacefully, and the two maintain each other’s relationships effectively, albeit a little too well. Taki tends to be hotheaded, while Mitsuha is a mild-mannered, feminine shrine maiden. I am very satisfied with how the author developed the two protagonists, and how they handled the situation. The actions they take in each other’s bodies display their respective temperaments and problem-solving skills. I cannot personally admit to having any body-switching endeavours, but I think that I can relate to how Mitsuha feels when she sees the first view of Tokyo, and when she tries to improve her relationships with others. I can also relate to how Taki is hotheaded and quick to act, and I think that I would solve a conflict similarly. Both Mitsuha and Taki are role models in their own ways; Taki being headstrong and able to tolerate others’ bullying, and Mitsuha always wanting to help others.



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  1. Michelle,

    A great first response to your independent novel study!

    – Quote integration / evidence flows smoothly into your own writing and is a pleasure to read. One small tip, remember to use square brackets […] when making edits to chosen quotations.
    – Excellent discussion of characters’ strengths and weakness, as well as some well thought through connections to BC’s social responsibility core competency. Well done.

    – How might you elaborate on the internal and external struggles that both characters undergo within the text? Remember to use the literary language we have discussed in class.
    – I would love to hear more about your personal connections to your reading. For example, in what specific ways do you relate with how Mitsuha feels when she sees the first view of Tokyo, and when she tries to improve her relationships with others?

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