Makoto Shinkai's 'your name.' Novel Has Over 1 Million Copies in Print
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Kimi no Na wa. (your name.), Makoto Shinkai's original novel that inspired the film of the same name, has about 1,029,000 copies in print as of Tuesday. The novel and other tie-in books have about 1,820,000 copies in print. Related books and publications include the Kimi no Na wa. AnotherSide: Earthbound spinoff novel by Arata Kanō, a children's book tie-in with illustrations by Chiko, the first volume of the manga adaptation by Kotone Ranmaru, the Shinkai Makoto Kantoku Sakuhin Kimi no Na wa. Kōshiki Visual Guide Book, and the Shinkai Makoto Walker primer to the director's works.
The film sold 800,000 tickets over the past weekend for 1,076,000,000 yen (about US$10.6 million), to maintain its #1 ranking for the fourth straight weekend. As of Monday, the film earned 9.1 billion yen (about US$89 million) and sold 6.98 million tickets after 24 days in theaters. The film is poised to be the first anime film not made by Studio Ghibli or director Hayao Miyazaki to earn over 10 billion yen (about US$98 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.
Source: Animate Times
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