Last year, director Makoto Shinkai returned to the silver screen with his latest work entitled, Your Name, a film depicting two youths inexplicably switching bodies in a romantic fantasy drama. It received universal acclaim and I am still patiently waiting for a Western release or fansub to appear. However, in 2007, Shinkai released another emotionally-driven film, 5 Centimeters Per Second, and it focused on the relationship between a boy and a girl in Japan. The story itself reminds me of "On Seeing The 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning" by Haruki Murakami—and the even more recent film La La Land (directed by Damien Chazelle) to an extent—wherein a man and woman end up passing each other by on the street, and ultimately, passing each other by in life.
While all of the aforementioned stories depict a bright, piercing romance, they perhaps even more so depict the disheartening inevitability of fate. Similarly, all of these stories and themes cry parallel to Frank Ocean's momentous release of Endless and Blond last summer. On the former, a song called "Wither" plays after eight other excellently crafted tracks. The song's title itself is a homophone between "Wither" and "With Her;" while the subject matter describes the revivification of another relationship between two lovers. Frank sings about his time spent with his significant other, and as all good things must end, he reflects upon his time with her and how he has undeniably "enjoyed sunshine." In sum, the pairing of Makoto Shinkai and Frank Ocean is not that far of a reach at all.