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Makoto Shinkai's 'your name.' Anime Film Opens Today in U.S., Canada

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Funimation screens film with English subtitles, dub

Funimation opened Makoto Shinkai's your name. anime film on Friday in the United States and Canada. Tickets for the film are available through Funimation's website. The company is hosting film screenings in both the original Japanese with English subtitles and an English dub. The film is screening on more than 200 screens with English subtitles or dub in North America.

The English dub cast includes:

Funimation describes the film:

The day the stars fell, two lives changed forever. High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki's body, and he in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must adjust their lives around each other. Yet, somehow, it works. They build a connection and communicate by leaving notes, messages, and more importantly, an imprint.

When a dazzling comet lights up the night's sky, it dawns on them. They want something more from this connection—a chance to meet, an opportunity to truly know each other. Tugging at the string of fate, they try to find a way to each other. But distance isn't the only thing keeping them apart. Is their bond strong enough to face the cruel irony of time? Or is their meeting nothing more than a wish upon the stars?

RADWIMPS created all-new English-language versions of the songs it created for the original film, and the new versions will be featured in the English-dubbed version of the film. Lead singer Yōjirō Noda spent part of his childhood in the United States.

The film opened in Japan last August, and has become the fourth highest-grossing film of all time in Japan, the second highest-grossing Japanese film, and the second highest-grossing anime film. As of January, the film had earned US$281 million worldwide and topped Spirited Away in its worldwide box office total. While Spirited Away is still the highest grossing anime film domestically, your name. is the highest-grossing anime film worldwide.

The film is slated to open in 92 countries and territories. The anime has already earned box-office achievements in South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Taiwan, in addition to Japan. The Los Angeles Film Critics Association awarded the film with its Best Animated Film award in December.

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