With the recent North American launch and success of Kimi no Na wa. (your name.), director Makoto Shinkai released a video thanking all the fans who were finally able to see the movie in the states and hoping those who haven’t seen it will enjoy it. He also reveals that his next film will be out within the next three years.
In the video he is happy that North American fans are finally able to see film and briefly describes it. He also hopes that fans are able to enjoy the film despite it featuring many traditional Japanese culture and crafts. But, he mentions that the overall story is something that everyone can enjoy, especially since him and his hard working staff spent two years on the film. He goes on to mention that he hopes that fans will also enjoy his next film, which he hopes to release before 2020.
Kimi no Na wa. has finally released in theatres across North America on Friday, April 7th. Distributor Funimation has revealed that the film has earned over $1.7 Million (~ ¥188 Million) at the North American box office across 303 screens in its opening weekend. Across the region, the movie has earned an average of $5,281 per screen, placing 4th in the week’s new releases and 13th in overall gross.
The North American release has the option for fans to see either the Japanese dub with English subtitles version or an English dub version (the main cast for both versions can be seen below).
Details about screenings can be found on Funimation’s website: http://www.funimationfilms.com/movie/yourname/
Here is the film’s English subtitled trailer:
And here is the English dub trailer:
Kimi no Na wa. has broken numerous records where it has now been crowned the highest grossing anime film of all time. It has currently grossed over ¥33.93 Billion (~ US$290 Million) at the international box office, overtaking Spirited Away which ended its international run at ¥32.96 Billion (~ US$289 Million). The large bulk of the gross was domestically in Japan where, since the film’s debut on August 26, it has earned over ¥22.4 Billion (~ US$192.5 Million). In Japan, it is currently the 4th highest grossing film of all time.
The main cast includes:
- Ryunosuke Kamiki (Kenji Koiso from Summer Wars) will voice Taki Tachibana
- Michael Sinterniklaas (Kenji Koiso in Summer Wars) as Taki Tachibana
- Mone Kamishiraishi (Kanade Ooe from Chihayafuru Live Action Films) is voicing as Mitsuha Miyamizu
- Stephanie Sheh (Usagi Tsukino from Sailor Moon) as Mitsuha Miyamizu
- Masami Nagasawa (Umi Matsuzaki in From Up on Poppy Hill) voices Miki Okudera
- Laura Post (Nozomi Tojo in School Idol Project ) voices Miki Okudera
- Etsuko Ichihara (Hilda from Taiyou no Ouji: Horus no Daibouken) as Mitsuha’s Grandmother
- Glyins Ellis (Debut Role) is voicing Mitsuha’s Grandmother
- Ryo Narita (First Major Anime Role) voicing the role of Katsuhiko Teshigawara
- Kyle Hebert (Gohan from Dragon Ball Z) as Katsuhiko Teshigawara
- Aoi Yuuki (Madoka Kaname in Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica) voicing as Sayaka Natori
- Cassandra Morris (Taiga Aisaka in Toradora!) as Sayaka Natori
- Nobunaga Shimazaki (Haruka Nanase in Free!) as Tsukasa Fujii
- Ben Pronsky (Takashi Kamiyama from Cromartie High School) as Tsukasa Fujii
- Kaito Ishikawa (Tsumugu Kihara from Nagi no Asukara) is voicing Shinta Takagi
- Ray Chase (Yu Otosaka in Charlotte) voicing as Shinta Takagi
- Kanon Tani (Debut Role) stars as Yotsuha Miyamizu
- Catie Harvey (Debut Role) as Yotsuha Miyamizu
The production staff of the 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)
Japanese band RADWIMPS recorded new English versions of the songs used in the dubbing of the film. They produced over 20 tracks for the film’s Japanese release.
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 screening in cinemas in the North American region until the end of April. It is available in both English audio and Japanese audio with English subtitles.