Following its major success and news of becoming the 4th highest grossing anime film in Japan of all time, a brand new visual has been released for Makoto Shinkai’s Kimi no Na wa. (your name.).
Kimi no Na wa. is currently sitting at a gross of ¥16.41 Billion (~ US$157.25 Million) at the Japanese box office after 60 days and is still ranked #1 at the weekly box office. It has surpassed former 4th spot Ponyo, Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki’s 2008 animated film that ended its run at ¥15.5 Billion (~ US$148.54 Million).
The current top 5 highest grossing anime films in Japan are:
- Spirited Away
- Howl’s Moving Castle
- Princess Mononoke
- Kimi no Na wa.
The film is currently the highest grossing 2016 film in Japan and the 9th highest grossing film of all time in Japan, earning more than many HollyWood blockbusters including 2009’s Avatar and 1993’s Jurassic Park, whilst reaching the ¥10 Billion (~ US$97.6 Million) milestone faster than Disney’s Frozen (28 days vs 37 days). Within the first 40 days, Kimi no Na wa. has sold over 10 million tickets.
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 English subtitled trailer:
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. 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?
Kimi no Na wa. is currently still in theatres across Japan. The film will be out in theatres across Australian and New Zealand on November 24 being distributed by Madman Entertainment. Funimation will also have a limited North American release before the end of the year. The film is set to release in 85 regions around the world.
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