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Makoto Shinkai brings a magic touch to anime

'Your Name' director blends fantastic plot with eye-popping detail

The low-profile Makoto Shinkai is at the forefront of a new wave of anime filmmakers.

TOKYO At a special Christmas showing of "Your Name" held in Shinjuku on Dec. 23, fans of Makoto Shinkai's blockbuster anime were encouraged to celebrate the film by cheering, crying and singing together -- and many did all three at once.

The girls came dressed as Mitsuha, the high school heroine, and the boys as Taki, the handsome Tokyo teenager, who mysteriously switch bodies and then try to find each other.

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