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Funimation Licenses Makoto Shinkai's your name. Film for Theaters, Home Video (Updated)

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Reported at world premiere with director of 5 Centimeters Per Second, Garden of Words

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Lisle Wilkerson, the Anime Expo emcee of "Makoto Shinkai's your name. World Premiere & Panel," reported at the end of the panel that Funimation acquired the your name. (Kimi no Na wa.) film for release in North America. The same event hosted Shinkai at the world premiere of the film, just four days after Shinkai completed production. The audience gave the film three standing ovations.

Boy: I've been searching for something for a while.
Text: A high school boy who lives in the heart of the city - Taki
Text: A girl who lives in the boonies - Mitsuha
Mitsuha: Oh, don't tell me...
Taki: We switched places...
Mitsuha and Taki: ...in our dreams?!
Text: Their bodies switched places.
Mitsuha: The guys are starting! I've gotta watch out for my skirt.
Taki: Um, Mitsuha...
Text: The switched up daily life of two people who would never have met each other.
Taki: Don't mess with my relationships, alright?
Taki: That girl!
Mitsuha: That guy!
Woman: You're dreaming right now.
Text: The dream that they should have seen.
Operator Voice: The number you have dialed is out of coverage area...
Taki: What did I just...
Mitsuha: If we don't do anything, everyone will die tonight.
Yotsuba: Mitsuha, you're acting funny.
Taki: What did you think of what he said?
Taki: No. It wasn't a dream.
Text: A story of a miraculous day when the stars fell.
Grandmother: Dreams eventually disappear when you wake up.
Miki: I liked it.
Taki: Back then, you...
Mitsuha: Back then, I...
Text: I'm searching for you...
Taki: Don't worry. I'm sure we'll make it.
Text: Who I've never met.
Taki: Mitsuha!
Mitsuha: I can't remember his name!
Boy: You're the one that started this!
Taki: I had been thinking to tell you that wherever you are in the world, I'm going to go and see you no matter what!
Mitsuha: Who is he?
Taki: Someone I don't want to forget.
Mitsuha: Someone I didn't want to forget.
Taki: Someone I couldn't ever forget.
Mitsuha: Your name...
Taki: Your name!
Taki: The scene looked like something out of a dream.
Mitsuha: And it was truly...
Taki and Mitsuha: Something to behold.

The Kimi no Na wa. film's "story of miracles and love" revolves around Mitsuha and Taki. 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?

The film stars (Top row, from left to right in image above) Ryunosuke Kamiki (Summer Wars' Kenji, Howl's Moving Castle's Markl, The Princess and the Pilot's Charles Karino) as Taki Tachibana and actress Mone Kamishiraishi (live-action Chihayafuru: Kami no Ku's Kanade Ōe) as Mitsuha Miyamizu. Masami Nagasawa (Detroit Metal City's Yuri, From Up On Poppy Hill's UMI) plays Miki, an older schoolmate whom Taki admires, and Etsuko Ichihara (Horus, Prince of the Sun's Hilda, Miyori no Mori's Granny) plays Mitsuha's grandmother.

(Bottom row, from left to right in image above) Ryō Narita and Aoi Yūki play Mitsuha's classmates Katsuhiko Teshigawara and Sayaka Natori, respectively. Nobunaga Shimazaki and Kaito Ishikawa play Taki's classmates Tsukasa Fujii and Shinta Takagi, respectively. Child actor Kanon Tani plays Mitsuha's younger sister Yotsuba Miyamizu.

Shinkai also wrote the script for the film. Masashi Ando (Spirited Away, When Marnie Was There, Paprika) served as the animation director and Masayoshi Tanaka (anohana, The Anthem of the Heart, Toradora!) designed the characters. CoMix Wave Inc. animated the film.

Shinkai published the original novel that inspired the film on June 18, ahead of the film's opening. Shinkai has previously written novels tied to his 5 Centimeters Per Second and The Garden of Words films. In addition, his Voices of a Distant Star and The Place Promised in Our Early Days films have received novelizations by different authors.

Update: Funimation confirmed that it will release the film in theaters and on home video.

Update 2: Japanese title spelling corrected. Thanks, Kougeru

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