Makoto Shinkai's 'your name.' Film Earns 3.8 Billion Yen in 10 Days
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Media trade paper Bunka Tsūshin reported on Monday that, as of Sunday, September 4, Makoto Shinkai's new your name. (Kimi no Na wa.) anime film has earned 3.8 billion yen (about US$36.75 million), 10 days after its August 26 opening in Japan.
The film earned 1,277,960,000 yen (about US$12.51 million) in its first three days, and ranked #1 during the August 27-28 weekend. 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'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. Shinkai published the original novel that inspired the film on June 18. The book ranked #1 on Oricon's weekly bunko (trade paperback) chart for the August 22-28 week, having sold an estimated 74,000 copies.