Makoto Shinkai's 'your name.' Also Tops Paperback Book & Album Charts

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RADWIMPS' soundtrack ranked #1; separate child-oriented tie-in book ranked #14 on overall chart

Kimi no Na wa. (your name.), Makoto Shinkai's original novel that inspired the film of the same name, sold an estimated 74,000 copies during the August 22-28 week to rank #1 on Oricon's weekly bunko (trade paperback) chart. This is the first time the book ranked #1 since its June 18 publication by Kadokawa. The book had sold 42,000 to rank #2 on the chart in the previous week.

The different your name. children's book tie-in with illustrations by Chiko ranked #14 in the weekly general book chart in the same week — up from #51 the previous week. Kadokawa published the book on July 15. In addition, RADWIMPS' Kimi no na wa. album containing the film's soundtrack ranked #1 in Oricon's weekly album chart in the same week, selling an estimated 57,878 copies. RADWIMPS composed over 20 tracks for the film's soundtrack.

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.

The film itself has earned 1,277,960,000 yen (about US$12.51 million) in three days since opening last Friday. It ranked #1 on the August 27-28 weekend by selling 688,000 tickets for 930 million yen (US$9.1 million). The film opened in Japan on 301 screens, and TOHO predicts that it will gross a total of 6 billion yen (US$58.8 million).

The film held its world premiere on July 3 in Los Angeles during Anime Expo, and it is slated to open in 85 countries and regions.

The 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?

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.

Source: Animate Times

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