Anime Director Yamakan Says He Envies Makoto Shinkai's your name. Film
posted on by Amanda Ellard
Here we go—the biggest landmine title is out. Whatever people have to say about it, they all seem to be saying it's a mess. I went to see it. First of all, it was a work that made me envious for the first time in a long time. A work that made me think 'Ah, I want to try this!!' And, at least now, I don't have the self confidence to create even one cut from this film. That made me unhappy and angry. I'm being a sore loser. When I was watching Shinkai's Voices of a Distant Star for the first time (at that time I was still an up-and-coming director), I was thinking 'Wah, an amazing person did this! I wonder if I'll catch up?' as I watched it drooling with my mouth open. It's been about 15 years since then and rather than the difference between us shrinking, it has largely separated. It cannot be helped. The difference between ability. I have no choice but to make work within my own means. That is what I've decided; that is how it is now, too.
Yamakan founded animation studio Ordet. He worked as a director on the second season of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens, Fractale, Senyū., Miyakawa-ke no Kūfuku and most recently, Wake Up, Girls!.
Shinkai published the original novel that inspired the film on June 18, ahead of the film's opening. The film stars Ryunosuke Kamiki (Summer Wars' Kenji, Howl's Moving Castle's Markl, The Princess and the Pilot's Charles Karino) and actress Mone Kamishiraishi (live-action Chihayafuru: Kami no Ku's Kanade Ōe). Masashi Ando (Spirited Away, When Marnie Was There, Paprika) directed the animation and Masayoshi Tanaka (anohana, The Anthem of the Heart, Toradora!) designed the characters. The film also hit first in box office ticket sells and RADWIMP's soundtrack for the film also topped music charts.