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This has really been a proposal I've been thinking of doing for a really, really long time since 10 April, 2020, when I first created the page about her before it was deleted on 21 September, 2021 for plagiarism and it is about Mitsuha Miyamizu from Makoto Shinkai's Your Name. I originally cancelled it thinking she's standard, but after being convinced that she has the potential to barely enter PG with one Goodness Zone act, I have decided to go try with the proposal.

What is the work?

Your Name is a 2016 romantic fantasy film directed by the legendary Makoto Shinkai. The story is about two lovers swapping bodies and possessing a magical connection.

Who is she?

Mitsuha Miyamizu is the female main protagonist of Your Name. A high school girl and shrine maiden dissatisfied with her life in Itomori, wanting to live in the big city of Tokyo.

What did she do?

Mitsuha Miyamizu is a high school girl living in the rural town of Itomori, Japan. Bored of the town, she wishes to be a Tokyo boy in her next life. One day, she inexplicably begins to switch bodies intermittently with Taki Tachibana, a high school boy in Tokyo, experiencing their different lives. Mitsuha (in Taki's body) sets Taki up on a date with coworker Miki Okudera, while Taki (in Mitsuha's body) causes Mitsuha to become popular at school. One day, Taki, in Mitsuha's body, accompanies Mitsuha's grandmother and younger sister to leave the ritual alcohol kuchikamizake, made by the sisters, as an offering at the Shinto shrine located on a mountaintop outside the town. Taki reads a note from Mitsuha about the comet Tiamat, expected to pass nearest to Earth on the day of the autumn festival. The next day, Taki wakes up in his body and goes on a date with Miki, who tells him she enjoyed the date but also that she can tell he is preoccupied with thoughts of someone else. Taki attempts to call Mitsuha on the phone but cannot reach her as the body-switching ends.

They travel to Gifu by train on a trip to Hida in search of Mitsuha. However, Taki does not know the name of Itomori, relying on his sketches of the surrounding landscape from memory. A restaurant owner in Takayama recognizes the town in the sketch, being from there. He takes Taki and his friends to the ruins of Itomori, where 500 residents were killed when Tiamat unexpectedly fragmented as it passed by Earth in 2013. Taki observes Mitsuha's messages disappearing from his phone, and his memories of her begining to fade, realizing that they were separated by time, as he is in 2016. Taki finds Mitsuha's name in the record of fatalities. Miki and Tsukasa return to Tokyo, but Taki goes to the shrine, hoping to reconnect with Mitsuha and warn her about Tiamat. He drinks Mitsuha's kuchikamizake and then lapses into a vision, where he glimpses Mitsuha's past. He recalls that he encountered Mitsuha on a train when she came to Tokyo the day before the event to find him, though Taki did not recognize her as the body-switching was yet to occur in his timeframe. Before leaving the train in embarrassment, Mitsuha had handed him her hair ribbon, which he has since worn on his wrist as a good-luck charm.

Taki wakes up in Mitsuha's body at her house that morning of the festival. Hitoha deduces that the body switching ability runs in the Miyamizu bloodline. Taki has Tessie and Sayaka to tell the citizens of Itomori to evacuate with a false emergency alert and shutting off the power supply, but to no avail. Taki heads to the shrine, realizing that Mitsuha must be in his body, while Mitsuha wakes up in Taki's body. At sunset, the two sense each other's presence on the mountaintop but are separated by time and cannot see each other. Magic Hour passes, and they return to their own bodies. Taki returns Mitsuha's ribbon, and they attempt to write their names on each other's palms so that they will remember each other. Mitsuha can write hers, twilight passes, and they revert to their respective timeframes. When the evacuation plan fails, Mitsuha has to convince her father, Toshiki, the mayor of Itomori, to evacuate everyone. Before doing so, Mitsuha notices her memories of Taki are fading away and discovers he wrote "I love you" on her hand instead of his own name. Tiamat crashes, and Taki, in his own timeframe, remembers nothing.

Since then, Mitsuha has moved to Tokyo. Sometime later, she and Taki glimpse at each other when their respective trains pass each other and are instantly drawn to seek one another, disembarking and racing to find the other, stopping at the Suga Shrine. Taki calls out to Mitsuha, saying that he feels he knows her, and she responds likewise. Finally found what each other had long searched for, they shed tears of happiness and ask each other for their name.

Admirable Standard

Mitsuha definitely sets the standard of Your Name and Weathering with You, with the films being set in the same universe through her and Taki's cameos in the latter. She earns the distinction of standing out with only having one unique act of crossing the Goodness Zone, which is by telling her father to evacuate everyone from Itomori which led to 500 people being spared from getting destroyed by Tiamat, after her attempt to do so in Taki's body by pulling the false emergency alert and cutting the power supply didn't work.

Corrupting Factors

Her desire to live in the big city is not a selfish motive; it is mainly a safety measure as she would be ridiculed by her classmates for her background. She also forbids Taki from looking at or touching her body while swapped, and her physical body's corrupting factors while swapped are not a prevention from PG, because it is being controlled by Taki.

Final Verdict

This looks hard due to only having one Admirable Standard act, but she gets a yes.

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