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Your Name

2016 Japanese animated film

Your Name (Japanese: 君の名は。, Hepburn: Kimi no Na wa.) is a Japanese anime drama movie. It was released in 2016. The director of the movie was Makoto Shinkai and it was produced by Moritaka Kawaguchi and Genki Kawamura. The music for the movie was written by Radwimps. Your Name is about two high school students that can switch bodies. One lives in rural Japan and one lives in Tokyo. The movie has the voices of Ryunosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi, Masami Nagasawa, and Etsuko Ichihara. The director, Makoto Shinkai also wrote a book that was called the same name as the movie. The book was released one month before the movie was released.

Your Name
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Japanese君の名は。
HepburnKimi no Na wa.
LiterallyYour Name.
Directed byMakoto Shinkai
Produced by
  • Noritaka Kawaguchi
  • Genki Kawamura
Screenplay byMakoto Shinkai
Starring
Music byRadwimps
CinematographyMakoto Shinkai
Edited byMakoto Shinkai
Production
company
Distributed byToho (Japan)
Release date
  • 3 July 2016 (2016-07-03) (Anime Expo)
  • 26 August 2016 (2016-08-26) (Japan)
Running time
107 minutes[1]
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese
Box officeUS$355.3 million[2]

Your Name was first played at Anime Expo 2016 in Los Angeles, United States.[3] It was played in Japan on 26 August 2016. The movie made a lot of money. It became the fourth-highest-earning movie in Japan, the seventh-highest-earning animated movie, the highest-earning anime movie,[4] and the fifth-highest earning movie in the world that was not in English. Movie critics liked the movie, saying that the animation and emotion were very well done. The movie won the "Best Animated Feature Film" prize. It won at the 49th Sitges Film Festival,[5] the 2016 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards[6] and the 71st Mainichi Film Awards.[7] The movie was also nominated for the 40th Japan Acedemy Prize.[8]

Contents

PlotEdit

 
The staircase where Taki and Mitsuha meet at the end of the movie

Mitsuha is a high school girl that lives in Itomori. It is a town in the Hida region of Japan. She works as a shrine maiden at her family's temple. She begins having dreams where she is a boy that lives in Tokyo. She thinks that something is wrong when she finds "Who are you?" written in her notebook and when her friends tell her she was being strange. Taki is a high school boy that lives in Tokyo. He is also having dreams where he is Mitsuha. His friends tell him that he was being strange. They find out that they can switch bodies when they wake up. They begin communicating with each other. Taki leaves notes in Mitsuha's notebook and Mitsuha leaves memos in Taki's phone. They change each other's lives during this time.

When Taki is being Mitsuha, he goes with Mitsuha's grandmother and sister to a shrine outside of the town. They leave kuchikamizake there as an offering to the village god. Mitsuha's note on Taki's phone tells Taki that a comet will pass Japan in the sky.

Taki wakes up in his body. He tries to call Mitsuha on his cell phone but it doesn't work. The body switching between Taki and Mitsuha also ends. He goes to visit Itomori with his friends Miki and Tsukasa but can't find his way there. The memos that Mitsuha left on his phone are disappearing. He meets a person that lived in Itomori and tells Taki that it was destroyed by a comet. Taki realizes that Mitsuha died when Itomori was destroyed. He also realized that their body switching was three years apart. Taki goes to the shrine that he went to as Mitsuha and drinks her kuchikamizake. By doing this, he wanted to do the body switching again. Taki has a vision. Through this, he learned about Mitsuha's past and finds out that she fell in love with him. He then wakes up in Mitsuha's body before the comet hits Itomori. He tells Mitsuha's grandmother who he is and then gets her friends to help evacuate the town. After this, he goes to the shrine because he thinks that Mitsuha is in his body at the shrine.

Mitsuha is in Taki's body at the shrine. They are both at the shrine but are three years apart. When twilight (kataware-doki) happens, they meet each other. They also return to their own bodies. To remember each other, they try to write each other's name on their hands, but twilight is over and Mitsuha disappears. Mitsuha goes back to town but she begins forgetting who Taki is. Mitsuha convinces the mayor to evacuate the town. The comet crashes into Itomori and destroys it. Taki wakes up in his time.

Five years later, Taki graduates from university. He thinks he has forgotten something important, but can't find what it is. After a news broadcast, he researches about Itomori and he finds out that the people that lived in Itomori survived the comet. Taki and Mitsuha see each other when their trains go next to each other. They meet on a staircase. They ask for each other's name because they thought that they had met before.

ProductionEdit

 
Lake Itomori is based on Lake Suwa in Nagano

Makoto Shinkai began writing the script for the movie in 2014.[9] He said that he used one of his other movies, Cross Road to create the story.[10] The story was inspired by many things. It was inspired by Shūzō Oshimi's Inside Mari, Ranma ½, a novel from the Heian period called Torikaebaya Monogatari, and a short-story by Greg Egan called The Safe-Deposit Box.[11] Shinkai also said that after the sinking of MV Sewol in 2014, he wanted to make a story about a disaster.[12][13]

Itomori is not a real town, but it was based on real places. The village shrine area was based on Aogashima Island, and the lake that was beside Itomori was based on Lake Suwa in Nagano, Japan. Many other places in the movie are real. For example, the Hida City Library is real.[14][15]

The production of the movie took two years. The story and characters were created from May 2014 to September 2014. Makoto Shinkai did this with Genki Kawamura.[16] When Makoto Shinkai told the people working at Toho about the movie on 14 September 2014, the movie was called Yume to Shiriseba (夢と知りせば, If I knew it was a dream). After, the movie was also called Kimi no Musubime (きみの結びめ, Your Connection) and Kimi wa Kono Sekai no Hanbun (きみはこの世界のはんぶん, You're half of this world), then it became Kimi no Na wa.[17] Yume to Shiriseba e came from a waka (Japanese poem) that was written by Ono no Komachi.[18]

The animation for the movie began in February 2015. In December 2015, the main work was done. In July 2016, everything had been finished.

MusicEdit

The producers of the movie asked Radwimps to make the music for the movie. The music was finished in March 2015. Yojiro Noda (who is the leader of Radwimps) created the music for Your Name. The director, Makoto Shinkai asked Yojiro Noda to create the music so that it will go along with the speech of the characters.[19] The movie features the songs below that were performed by Radwimps:

  • Yumetōrō (夢灯籠, "Dream Lantern")
  • Zenzenzense (前前前世, "Past Past Past Life")
  • Supākuru (スパークル, "Sparkle")[20]
  • Nandemonaiya (なんでもないや, "It's Nothing")

ReleaseEdit

 
Map of the countries where the movie came out (green)

The movie was first shown at Anime Expo 2016 on 3 July 2016. This was in Los Angeles, California.[3] Later, the movie came out in theatres in Japan on 26 August 2016. The movie was going to be released in 92 countries.[21][22][23] The movie came out in China on 2 December 2016. It was released by Huaxia Film Distribution and Access Bright.[22][24] The movie came out in Los Angeles for one week, from 2 December to 8 December 2016. This was so that it could qualify for an Academy Award.[4] The movie came out in Australia on 24 November 2016 and it came out in New Zealand on 1 December 2016. They were both released by Madman Entertainment.[25] In the United Kingdom, the movie came out on 18 November 2016. It was released by Anime Limited.[26] On 17 January 2017, Funimation said that the movie was going to be released in North America on 7 April 2017.[27][28]

Home mediaEdit

Your Name came out in 4K UHD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD. It came out on these on 26 July 2017 in Japan and was released by Toho Pictures. It came out in Regular, Special, and Collector's versions.[29] On 1 July 2017, Funimation said at Anime Expo that the movie would be released on Blu-ray and DVD before the end of 2017. They didn't say when it would be released though.[30] At Otakon 2017, Funimation said that they were going to release the movie in Standard and Limited Edition Blu-Ray + DVD Combo Packs. They released it on 7 November 2017.[31][32]

In its first week, the standard Blu-ray sold 202 370 units. The Limited First Pressing sold 125 982 units and the special edition sold 94 079 units.[33]

ReactionsEdit

Your Name made a lot of money, especially in Japan.[34] In Japan, the movie made ¥23 billion, or around US$192 million.[35] The movie made the second-most money in Japan for a Japanese-made movie. The movie in first was Spirited Away. It also made the fourth-most money ever in Japan.[36] Your Name was the first anime movie that was not directed by Hayao Miyazaki to make more than $100 million (around ¥10 billion) in Japan.[37] It was near the top of the box office in Japan for twelve weekends. This broke a lot of records. It was at the number one spot for nine weekends. In the last weekend of October, it went back to the top for three more weeks.[38][39]

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