On Friday, April 7, Kimi No Na Wa (English: Your Name) will be released in US theaters. This Makoto Shinkai movie has broken records around the world, becoming the highest grossing anime film of all time, even outperforming Ghibli classics Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle. It is (as of this writing) the fourth highest grossing film (animated or otherwise) in Japan. It has received a 97% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
I have long been a fan of Makoto Shinkai, even as far back as his first major work, Voices of a Distant Star. His other films include The Place Promised in our Early Days, and 5 Centimeters Per Second. While those efforts hold a very special place in my anime universe, Kimi No Na Wa has surpassed them all for me in terms of story, characterization, animation quality, and music.
I highly recommend this film for older teenagers and adults. It is rated PG-13, and contains some mature humor and potentially intense scenes. It does explore themes and practices related to Shintoism. I prefer subtitles, and without spoiling anything I think there are times in this film where a dub could easily gloss over differences in the language that are important to understanding the plot.
I will contribute a more thorough (and possibly spoiler-ific) recap and discussion of the film once its US tour has ended.