UK based anime distributor and licensor All the Anime has revealed the first trailer for the English dubbing of Makoto Shinkai’s Kimi no Na wa. (your name.). The video shows off the first footage of the film with English voices, before its UK debut. The English cast consists of: Michael Sinterniklaas (Kenji Koiso in Summer Wars) as Taki Tachibana, Stephanie Sheh (Usagi Tsukino from Sailor Moon) as Mitsuha Miyamizu, Kyle Hebert (Gohan from Dragon Ball Z) as Katsuhiko Teshigawara, and Cassandra Morris (Taiga Aisaka in Toradora!) as Sayaka Natori.
Kimi no Na wa. will be out in theatres across the UK and Ireland from November 18 (you can find more details here). The film will be releasing in 85 regions around the world.
Since the film’s debut on August 26, a total of 13.5 million tickets have been sold throughout Japan within 77 days, earning over ¥17.97 Billion (~ US$171.65 Million). It is also still currently the 4th highest grossing anime film behind Studio Ghibli’s Princess Mononoke, Kimi no Na wa. is currently the 7th highest grossing film in japan and the 4th highest grossing domestically made film. It has even surpassed Hollywood blockbusters including 2009’s Avatar, 2002’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and 1993’s Jurassic Park.
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
- Princess Mononoke ¥19.3 Billion
- Kimi no Na wa. ¥17.6 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.
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)
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?