Kimi no Na Wa (Your Name) was released last year to critical acclaim all over the world. Since its release, it has risen to become the 3rd highest grossing film ever released in Japan where it earned an estimated $192.5 million. The worldwide box office take for Kimi no Na Wa has reached $290 million and continues to rise.

Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away previously held the record at $289 million. Not only is this an amazing accomplishment for the Japanese film industry, but also for Japanese animation as well. The movie has been submitted as a nominee for Best Animated Feature at the 89th Academy Awards.

Mitsuha is the daughter of the mayor of a small mountain town. She’s a straightforward high school girl who lives with her sister and her grandmother and has no qualms about letting it be known that she’s uninterested in Shinto rituals or helping her father’s electoral campaign. Instead she dreams of leaving the boring town and trying her luck in Tokyo. Taki is a high school boy in Tokyo who works part-time in an Italian restaurant and aspires to become an architect or an artist. Every night he has a strange dream where he becomes…a high school girl in a small mountain town.

Kimi no Na Wa was directed by Makato Shinkai (Voices of a Distant Star, She and Her Cat: Everything Flows, and The Garden of Words). Animation for the film was headed by Masashi Ando (Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, and Paprika). Having already garnered more money worldwide than its predecessor, it’s anyone’s guess how much Kimi no Na Wa might take in when it’s released in the United States on April 7th of this year.

Category: Cartoons, Film

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