Makoto Shinkai’s Message to North American Fans – Reveals His next Film Will Be out by 2020


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 wahas 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.

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 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.


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