Whilst the international release of Makoto Shinkai’s Kimi no Na wa. (your name.) anime film is well underway, the Japanese release of the film is breaking more milestones. The film has grossed over ¥19.5 Billion (~ US$174 Million), beating Princess Mononoke to claim the title of the 6th highest grossing film in Japan of all time.
Since the film’s debut on August 26, a total of 14.99 million tickets have been sold throughout Japan within 100 days. The film has surpassed Studio Ghibli’s 1997 Princess Mononoke as the 6th highest grossing film in japan and the 3rd highest grossing domestically made film (all of which are Studio Ghibli’s). It has even surpassed Hollywood blockbusters including 2009’s Avatar, 2002’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and 1993’s Jurassic Park. The film is barely below 2nd place Howl’s Moving Castle, which sits at ¥19.6 Billion (~ US$175 Million).
Current projections of the film suspect that the movie will finish with ¥20 Billion (~ US$191.05 Million) after its entire run. The current top 5 highest grossing anime films in Japan are:
- Spirited Away ¥30.8 Billion
- Howl’s Moving Castle ¥19.6 Billion
- Kimi no Na wa. ¥19.5 Billion
- Princess Mononoke ¥19.3 Billion
- Ponyo ¥15.5 Billion
North American anime licensor and distributor Funimation have confirmed that the film has been submitted as a possible nominee for Best Animated Feature at the upcoming 89th Academy Awards. Considerations for film nominations closed on November 1st. To be eligible for an Oscar nomination, films must be screened in Los Angeles County within the 2016 Calendar year for at least 7 days.
Kimi no Na wa. will have its Academy Awards qualifying run from December 2-8 at Los Angeles’ Laemmle Music Hall.
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 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!)
- 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 is currently releasing in 85 regions around the world, including Australia, New Zealand and the UK.