Probably all of you have already heard, or watched Kimi no Na wa., the wonderful anime movie written and directed by Makoto Shinkai. Before the movie arrived in theaters, it was anticipated in June 2016 by a light novel, of course, by Makoto Shinkai. The story of this supernatural, drama light novel revolves around two high school students. On one side there's Mitsuha Miyamizu, a girl whose dream is to live the chaotic Tokyo life as a boy, when her present life is in a boring countryside. On the other side, there's Taki Tachibana, who lives a busy life in Tokyo, while working part-time, hoping to become an architect.
One day, Mitsuha wakes up in Taki's body, and finds herself in her dream life in Tokyo. At the same time, of course, Taki finds himself in Mitsuha's body, in the humble countryside. Both Mitsuha and Taki need answers about what happened, and so their adventure begins as they start looking for each other!Kimi no na wa. became a huge success; as a movie, it topped the box-office in Japan for 12 non-consecutive weekends. As a light novel anticipating the movie premiere by one month, it sold over 1.3 million copies. It says a lot about a story able to touch people's hearts!
Seeing how you all enjoyed Kimi no Na Wa., our purpose for this list is to talk about other similar light novels, sharing with some important traits. Stick with us until the end, all the more if Kimi no Na Wa. left you craving for more!
Similar Light Novels to Kimi no Na wa. / Similar Light Novels to Your Name.
1. Kokoro Connect
- Authors: Anda, Sadanatsu (Story) Shiromizakana (Art)
- Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, School life, Seinen, Slice of life, Supernatural
- Volumes: 11
- Published: 2010
Seeing how there is no club in which they fit, five students at Yamaboshi Academy form the “StuCS” – Student Cultural Society. The club is made of personalities very different from one another. One day, Aoki – the class clown – and Yui – a karate kid – experience a supernatural phenomenon. They switch bodies for a short period, but the event keeps happening randomly among all the members of the club. By doing so, their inner demons are in plain sight, and so their friendship may end up torn apart...
Kokoro Connect and Kimi no na wa. both are light novels exploring the difficulties that swapping bodies may imply. The protagonists of both these stories come to know the hidden emotions of their counterparts, and their experiences; as a consequence, their bonds become stronger. While Kokoro Connect is heavier on the drama part, both these light novels feature romance, humor, and good feelings. If you enjoyed Kimi no na wa. for the body-swapping theme, Kokoro Connect will be your cup of tea!
2. Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time)
- Authors: Yasutaka, Tsutsui
- Genres: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Seinen
- Volumes: 1
- Published: 1967
Kazuko Yoshiama is a third-year middle school student. She's cleaning the science lab, when she smells a lavender scent, and faints. Four days later, and after a lot of strange events, Kazuko is transported 24 hours in the past at the exact moment of a car accident. According to her science teacher, Kazuko has acquired the ability to teleport, and time-leap. But it's when she meets a mysterious man who is a time-traveler from AD 2660 that Kazuko's life is turned upside down for good...
We know, this should be a list of six light novels, but Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo is a novel. Yet, we thought it deserved a mention here, as it shares a lot in common with Kimi no na wa. These two works have both supernatural elements inserted in the lives of high school students, and middle school students, which gradually accentuate the drama part. Both these books deal with themes like time-travel, and feature Sci-Fi undertones, yet they focus on the daily deeds of young persons, and romance, too. If you wish to read something very similar to Kimi no na wa, in the form of a novel, you should give Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo a shot!
3. Byousoku 5 Centimeter (5 Centimeters Per Second)
- Authors: Shinkai, Makoto
- Genres: Drama, Romance, Seinen, Slice of life
- Volumes: 1
- Published: 2007
Takaki Toono and Akari Shinohara are two close friends, and classmates. Their lives separate when, due to her family's job, Akari moves to another region of Japan. In spite the distance, the two friends keep in touch through letters, but as time goes by, their contact between one another gradually fades. However, both of them still recall their time spent together, and think of one another, wondering if they will have another chance to meet someday...
Byousoku 5 Centimeter and Kimi no na wa are two masterpieces by the same author, and this should work as a guarantee of their similarities. Even if in the first, the supernatural part lacks altogether, both these stories feature the same concept of a romance across distance – physical, emotional. The protagonists' interactions are very similar, and what's more, there's a bittersweet feeling accompanying every page of both these light novels. If you liked Kimi no na wa for its themes of separation and searching, Byousoku 5 Centimeter should be your next step!
Any Light Novels Similar to Your Name. / Any Light Novels Similar to Kimi no Na wa. ?
4. Violet Evergarden
- Authors: Akatsuki, Kana (Story) Takase, Akiko (Art)
- Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Slice of life
- Volumes: 2
- Published: 2015
“Auto-Memories Dolls” were invented by Dr. Orland, with the purpose of recording one's words, or emotions. After the work of Dr. Orland is acknowledged, the dolls were eventually loaned by the companies. Seeing the work of the Auto-Memories Dolls, Violet Evergarden, a beautiful woman with a difficult past, decides to take up their duties. She meets various clients, each of them with unique requests, and as she learns about them, Violet's past is also learned step by step.
It's true that the premises clearly say how Violet Evergarden and Kimi no Na wa have very different plots. Yet, the reason why Violet Evergarden is on this list is right because it shares with Kimi no na wa the most essential trait. In fact, you'll find in it the same emotional storytelling, a bittersweet atmosphere able to both make the readers shed tears, or laugh, and an interesting plot able to suck the readers in. Give Violet Evergarden a shot and see for yourself!
5. Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki (Wolf Children)
- Authors: Hosoda, Mamoru (Story) Karasuba, Ame – Sadamoto, Yoshiyuki (Art)
- Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Seinen, Slice of life, Tragedy
- Volumes: 1
- Published: 2012
Hana is a 19-year-old college student who falls in love with a mysterious man who attends one of her classes without being neither a student, nor a human being. Actually, the man is a werewolf transforming during full moon nights, but the love he and Hana share remains strong. The couple decide to form a family, and soon Hana gives birth to two children, Ame (which means rain), and Yuki (which means snow). However, when Hana's lover dies, the girl is left to raise her wild-natured children all alone, so she decides to move to the countryside, where hopefully Ame and Yuki can live free from society's judgments...
Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki and Kimi no na wa are both heartfelt light novels sending the readers on a roller-coaster of feels and making them shed tears. Although different in their plots, these two stories share a good characterization, in-depth analysis of the characters, and light fantasy and Sci-Fi elements. It's not a stretch to say that if you enjoyed one, you'll end up enjoying the other all the same!
6. Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora (Looking Up At The Half-Moon)
- Authors: Hashimoto, Tsumugu (Story) Yamamoto, Keiji (Art)
- Genres: Drama, Romance, Seinen
- Volumes: 8
- Published: 2003
Ezaki Yuuichi contracted hepatitis A, so he ended up confined to a hospital, alone and bored. In order to relieve his boredom, though, he has come up with a plan that usually puts himself in danger with the nurse: he sneaks out of the hospital. Akiba Rika is a girl staying in the hospital with Yuuichi, and after meeting, the two of them start spending time together. Yet, although beautiful, Rika's personality is very bad. In fact, she's moody and selfish. When the two of them fall in love with each other, though, the truth about Rika's condition is revealed...
Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora and Kimi no na wa share a sad romance which may not be meant to be. Two people end up bonding, getting to know each other step by step, but when love blossoms the reality strikes hard. While reading Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora, you'll get the same atmospheres you had while reading Kimi no na wa. These two stories share a good characters' development, and bittersweet vibes as the readers begin to understand what the outcome will be. For Hanbun, too, prepare some tissues!
With this, our list of 6 light novels like Kimi no Na wa comes to an end! We tried to put in it those works sharing with Kimi no Na wa the most important traits, the basic concepts, or even the same good vibes. We truly hope you enjoyed the ride as much as we did, and if you know other light novels that could fit this list, please, don't hesitate to let us know in the comments below! See you next time!