Makoto Shinkai’s (5 Centimeters Per Second, The Garden of Words) newest film Kimi no Na wa. (your name.) has held the #1 spot at the Japanese box office for over 6 weeks. The movie has now earned over ¥13 Billion ($126.9 Million USD) making it currently the 5th highest grossing anime film in Japan of all time.
Kimi no Na wa. has sold over 10 million tickets in Japan within its 39 days. The film surpassed Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro) and Studio Ghibli’s (Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro) 2013 anime title The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu), which ended its run at ¥12.02 Billion ($117.4 Million USD).
The film is currently the highest grossing 2016 film in Japan and the 15th highest grossing film of all time in Japan, earning more than many HollyWood blockbusters including Jurassic Park and reaching the ¥10 Billion ($97.6 Million USD) milestone faster than Disney’s Frozen (28 days vs 37). The top 4 highest anime films are all Ghibli and Miyazaki films:
- Spirited Away
- Howl’s Moving Castle
- Princess Mononoke
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). 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.
Distributor Toho initially projected that the film would generate ¥6 Billion (~ US$58.68 Million) in its entire run.
The film is also set to release in 85 regions around the world.
- 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
- 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 Yotsuba 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!)
- Animation Studio: CoMix Wave Inc. (Children Who Chase Lost Voices, Hana to Alice Satsujin Jiken)
Here is the film’s most recent 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 and is the 5th highest anime film of all time in Japan (behind Ghibli’s classics). The movie will also release in 85 regions around the world; more information about the international release will be revealed at a later date.
Source: Anime News Network