Makoto Shinkai (5 Centimeters Per Second, The Garden of Words) finally has a big box office hit in his hands with the recent release of Kimi no Na wa. (your name.), which has earn an impressive ¥3.8 Billion (~ US$36.75 Million) in just 10 days, according to reports from trade paper Bunka Tsushin.
Kimi no Na wa. released on Friday, August 26 to 301 screens across Japan and had one of the biggest anime openings in the nation. In its first two days the film earned over ¥770 Million (~ US$7.50 million) and ¥1.28 Billion (~ US$12.5 Million) after three days (ending on the weekend), ranking 1st at the Japanese box office. Over 688,000 admissions were sold during the weekend. Film distributor Toho estimates that the film will gross a total of ¥6 Billion (~ US$58.81 Million).
By comparison, Shinkai’s previous film The Garden of Words (Kotonoha no Niwa) grossed approximately ¥200 Million (~US$1.95 Million) after a period of 4 weeks. The opening figures for the film rivals some of Japan’s biggest anime films. The highest grossing anime film being Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away(Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi) which earned approximately ¥4.2 Billion in 10 days (~ US$40.7 Million), which went on to gross ¥30.4 Billion (~ US$289 Million).
The film is also set to release in 85 regions around the world.
The main cast includes:
- Ryunosuke Kamiki (Kenji Koiso from Summer Wars) will voice Taki Tachibana
- Mone Kamishiraishi (Kanade Ooe from Chihayafuru Live Action Films) is voicing as Mitsuha Miyamizu
- Masami Nagasawa (Umi Matsuzaki in From Up on Poppy Hill) voices Miki
- Etsuko Ichihara (Hilda from Taiyou no Ouji: Horus no Daibouken) as Mitsuha’s Grandmother
- Ryo Narita (First Major Anime Role) voicing the role of Katsuhiko Teshigawara
- Aoi Yuuki (Madoka Kaname in Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica) voicing as Sayaka Natori
- Nobunaga Shimazaki (Haruka Nanase in Free!) as Tsukasa Fujii
- Kaito Ishikawa (Tsumugu Kihara from Nagi no Asukara) is voicing Shinta Takagi
- Kanon Tani (Debut Role) stars as Yotsuha Miyamizu
The production staff of the anime movie consists of:
- Director and Series Composer: Makoto Shinkai (5 Centimeters Per Second, The Garden of Words)
- Animation Director: Masashi Ando (Spirited Away, Paprika)
- Anime Character Designer: Masayoshi Tanaka (AnoHana, Toradora!)
- Music Composer: Sayoko Narukawa (Debut Production)
- Animation Studio: CoMix Wave Inc. (Children Who Chase Lost Voices, Hana to Alice Satsujin Jiken)
Here is the film’s most recent trailer:
And the previous 90 second trailer:
Kimi no Na wa. synopsis:
The story is set one month after a comet has fallen for the first time in a thousand years in Japan. Mitsuha is a female high school student who lives in a rural town nestled deep in the mountains. Her father is the mayor and isn’t at home much, and she lives with her elementary school-aged little sister and her grandmother. Mitsuha has an honest personality, but she doesn’t like the customs of her family’s Shinto shrine, nor does she like her father participating in an election campaign. She laments that she lives in a confined rural town, and yearns for the wonderful lifestyle of living in Tokyo.
Taki is a male high school student who lives in central Tokyo. He spends time with his friends, works part-time at an Italian restaurant, and is interested in architecture and fine arts. One day, Mitsuha has a dream where she is a young man. Taki also has a dream where he is a female high school student in a town in the mountains that he has never been to. What is the secret to their dreams of personal experience?
Makoto Shinkai is a well known anime director who got his start in the industry in 1997 directing the short film Other Worlds. His first major breakthrough in the industry was 2002’s Voices of a Distant Star, which won various awards including the Animation Kobe award and the Seiun Award. Since his debut 20 years ago, his films have received acclaim and recognition for the films’ plot, use of mature themes and breathtaking visuals. One of his more recent hits is 2007’s 5 Centimeters Per Second, which won the award for Best Animated Feature Film at the 2007 Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Shinkai’s most recent feature film is 2013’s The Garden of Words.
Kimi no Na wa. is currently out in theatres across Japan. The movie will also release in 85 regions around the world; more information will be revealed at a later date.
Source Article - Bunka Tsūshin
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