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This supernatural romance is the highest-grossing anime ever in Japan. Writer-director Makoto Shinkai (The Place Promised In Our Early Days, The Garden of Words) twists the formula seen in films like Ghost, Big, The Lake House, The Time Traveler's Wife into a crowd-pleasing tale of a high school boy in Tokyo and a teenage girl in rural Japan who inexplicably switch bodies. The Freaky Friday-like situation is played for a few laughs, but mostly explores cultural differences, slowly allowing its two characters to sympathize with one another. The story adds a more cosmic element about halfway through, morphing from a small-scale romance to an epic race-against-time. But it remains emotional, intriguing and vividly animated. Screening in Japanese with English subtitles and English dubbed. FULL REVIEW: Hugely popular Japanese anime explodes on American shores by Devin D. O’Leary (4/6/2017). 106 minutes PG.