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A Study on Disaster in Your Name.(Kimi no Na wa.) by Makoto Shinkai

  • Journal of Japanese Culture
  • 2018, (79), pp.177-192
  • DOI : 10.21481/jbunka..79.201811.177
  • Publisher : The Japanese Culture Association Of Korea (Jcak)
  • Research Area : Humanities > Japanese Language and Literature
  • Received : October 11, 2018
  • Accepted : November 9, 2018
  • Published : November 30, 2018

Yun Hye Young 1

1충남대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This study examines the novel Your Name. as a key to studying the topic of disaster. First of all, this work is about disaster literacy. Nevertheless, it does not avoid depicting the horrors of disasters. It is characterized by the fact that all the victims, displaced people, and people not related to the disaster are gathered together at the scene of the disaster. They develop a connection that causes them to contemplate disasters. In particular, the switching of Taki and Mitsuha's bodies causes Taki, who is unrelated to the disaster, to visit the disaster area. There, he reconnects with the victim, Mitsuha, and through her he manages to save the lives of many people by convincing them to evacuate the area. This can be considered to imply a reflection on and regret about the Fukushima nuclear accident, which has been criticized as a disaster caused by human error. In the process of overcoming the difficulties of the disaster and cooperating with each other, Taki and Mitsuha, despite the latter’s passivity and numerous complaints, develop a strong will to live. After all, it was a young generation represented by a 17-year-old high school student who saved people from the disaster. In this work the writer, through the characters of Taki, Mitsuha, Desshi, and Sayachin, casts a lifeline to younger generations who give up on their dreams and hopes, and become isolated.

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