Makato Shinkai’s “Kimi No Na Wa” or “Your Name” continues to conquer audiences all over the world. Since it August release, the mystical body-swapping film has spent 12 weeks atop the Japanese box office and has earned ￥19.4 billion ($196 million) in ticket sales.
Your Name is the first anime outside Studio Ghibli to earn more than $100 million in ticket sales. It blew past Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke for the third highest spot in the Japanese all-time box office. Based on its strong trajectory, Your Name is also poised to topple Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle. With the film’s spectacular animation and elegant narration, writer-director Shinkai has been dubbed as the next Hayao Miyazaki. Given his critical and commercial success, Shinkai might indeed be the future of Japanese animation.
The Shinkai masterpiece follows the story of two teenagers, Mitsuha Miyamizu and Taki Tachibana. Mone Kamishiraishi (from Wolf Children and Chihayafuru (Part 1&2)) lends her voice for Mitsuha. Ryunosuke Kamiki (from Summer Wars, The Princess and the Pilot, and Bakuman) takes the reigns as Taki. Mitsuha and Taki live miles apart and yet they are united in their dreams. The sci-fi gender-bending story escalates when a once-in-a-life time comet threatens their world. The film then elevates into an elegant meditation about adulthood, identity, loss, and survival.
Your Name had its world premiere last July 3 at the Anime Expo 2016 in Los Angeles, California. It will be released in at least 85 countries, all over the world including the U.S.