Your Name (Japanese: 君の名は。 Hepburn: Kimi no Na wa.) is a 2016 Japanese animated romantic drama film written and directed by Makoto Shinkai and produced by CoMix Wave Films. The film was produced by Noritaka Kawaguchi and Genki Kawamura, with music composed by Radwimps. Your Name tells the story of a high school girl in rural Japan and a high school boy in Tokyo who swap bodies. The film stars the voices of Ryunosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi, Masami Nagasawa, and Etsuko Ichihara. Shinkai's novel of the same name was published a month before the film's premiere.
Japanese theatrical release poster
|Hepburn||Kimi no Na wa.|
|Directed by||Makoto Shinkai|
|Screenplay by||Makoto Shinkai|
|Edited by||Makoto Shinkai|
|Distributed by||Toho (Japan)|
|Box office||US$358 million|
Your Name was distributed by Toho. It premiered at the Anime Expo 2016 convention in Los Angeles, California on July 3, 2016, and in Japan on August 26, 2016. It received widespread acclaim from critics, who praised the film for its animation and emotional impact, and was also a major commercial success, becoming the fourth-highest-grossing film of all time in Japan, the 7th-highest-grossing traditionally animated film, the highest-grossing anime and Japanese film and the 5th-highest-grossing non-English film worldwide[note 1], with a total gross of more than $355 million. The film won the 49th Sitges Film Festival, 2016 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, and 71st Mainichi Film Awards for Best Animated Feature Film, as well as receiving a nomination for the 40th Japan Academy Prize for the Best Animation of the Year. A live-action remake is currently in the works.
High school girl Mitsuha lives in the town of Itomori in Japan's mountainous Hida region. Bored, she wishes to be a handsome boy in her next life. She begins switching bodies intermittently with Taki, a high school boy in Tokyo, when they wake up. They communicate by leaving notes in Mitsuha's notebook and memos on Taki's phone, and sometimes by writing on each other's skin. Mitsuha causes Taki to develop a relationship with his coworker Miki, while Taki causes Mitsuha to become popular in school.
Taki, as Mitsuha, accompanies her grandmother and sister to leave the ritual alcohol kuchikamizake, made by Mitsuha, as an offering at the shrine on a mountaintop outside the town. The shrine is believed to represent the body of the village guardian god who rules human experiences and connections. Mitsuha's latest note tells Taki about a comet expected to pass Earth on the day of her town festival.
One day, Taki wakes up in his body. After an unsuccessful date with Miki, he tries to call Mitsuha, but cannot reach her, and the body switching ends. He decides to visit Itomori, but does not know its name, his memories of it are fading, and Mitsuha's messages have disappeared. A restaurant owner in Hida finally recognizes Itomori from Taki's sketch and tells him it was destroyed by a fragment of the comet. Taki finds Mitsuha's name in the records of fatalities and discovers the date of the disaster. He realizes their timelines were separated by three years.
Taki goes to the shrine to drink Mitsuha's kuchikamizake, hoping to reconnect with her body and warn her of the comet strike. Through a vision, Taki discovers that Mitsuha, having fallen in love with him, met his past self while trying to meet him personally. He wakes in her body on the morning of the town festival; Mitsuha's grandmother deduces his identity, and tells him the body switching is part of the Miyamizu family history as caretakers of the shrine. He convinces Mitsuha's friends Tessie and Sayaka to help evacuate the town by cutting the power and broadcasting a false emergency alert, but the plan fails. He realizes that Mitsuha must be in his body at the shrine and goes back to find her.
Mitsuha wakes up in Taki's body at the shrine. Although they sense each other's presence, they are separated by three years. However, when twilight falls,[note 2] they return to their own bodies and meet. They attempt to write each other's names on their hands so they will remember each other, but twilight passes and Mitsuha disappears before she can write hers.
As Mitsuha races back to town to convince her estranged father, the Itomori mayor, to evacuate the town, her memories of Taki start to fade. She realizes that Taki wrote "I love you" on her hand instead of his name. The comet piece crashes to Earth, destroying Itomori. Taki wakes up in his own time at the shrine, remembering nothing.
Five years later, Taki has graduated from university and is searching for a job. He senses he is missing something important, and learns that inhabitants of Itomori survived by following the mayor's order. He recognizes Tessie and Sayaka in a Tokyo restaurant, now engaged, but cannot identify them, and both Taki and Mitsuha's friends and family are shown to be pursuing their own paths. One day, Taki and Mitsuha see each other when their trains draw parallel, and are compelled to disembark and search for one another, finally meeting on a staircase. Feeling they have met before, they simultaneously ask for each other's name.
|Taki Tachibana (立花 瀧 Tachibana Taki)||Ryunosuke Kamiki||Michael Sinterniklaas|
|A high school boy living in Tokyo, who spends his days happily with his friends and has a part-time job in an Italian restaurant. He is short-tempered but well meaning and kind, and aspires to become an architect.|
|Mitsuha Miyamizu (宮水 三葉 Miyamizu Mitsuha)||Mone Kamishiraishi||Stephanie Sheh|
|A high school girl living in Itomori, a rural town. She is dissatisfied with small-town life and wishes to move to Tokyo. She dislikes her father and is embarrassed by his often open displays of control as well as her part as a miko in rituals for her family's shrine creating kuchikamizake, an ancient traditional way of creating sake involving chewing rice to intake yeast for fermentation.|
|Miki Okudera (奥寺 ミキ Okudera Miki)||Masami Nagasawa||Laura Post|
|A university student, she works in the same restaurant as Taki. She and Taki have a mutual crush on each other, though Taki does not want a relationship and Okudera only has feelings for him when Mitsuha is in his body. She is more commonly referred to as Ms. Okudera (Okudera-senpai) by her colleagues.|
|Hitoha Miyamizu (宮水 一葉 Miyamizu Hitoha)||Etsuko Ichihara||Glynis Ellis|
|The head of the family shrine and the grandmother of Mitsuha and Yotsuha. Their family name 宮水 literally means "shrine water". She is the master of kumihimo, which is one of her family's traditions. The town 糸守 (Itomori), where she and her family live and half of the plot's events take place, means "thread-guard".|
|Katsuhiko "Tessie" Teshigawara (勅使河原 克彦 Teshigawara Katsuhiko)||Ryo Narita||Kyle Hebert|
|Mitsuha's friend, who is an expert with construction machinery, particularly explosives. He is generally referred to as "Tessie".|
|Sayaka Natori (名取 早耶香 Natori Sayaka)||Aoi Yūki||Cassandra Morris|
|Mitsuha's friend. She is a nervous girl in the broadcast club in high school that vehemently denies her attraction to Tessie.|
|Tsukasa Fujii (藤井 司 Fujii Tsukasa)||Nobunaga Shimazaki||Ben Pronsky|
|One of Taki's friends in high school. He is often concerned about Taki whenever Mitsuha embodies him.|
|Shinta Takagi (高木 真太 Takagi Shinta)||Kaito Ishikawa||Ray Chase|
|One of Taki's friends in high school. He is optimistic and jumps to the rescue of his friends.|
|Yotsuha Miyamizu (宮水 四葉 Miyamizu Yotsuha)||Kanon Tani||Catie Harvey|
|Mitsuha's younger sister, who lives with her and their grandmother. She thinks her sister is somewhat crazy but loves her despite the situation. She participates in creating both kumihimo and kuchikamizake.|
|Toshiki Miyamizu (宮水 俊樹 Miyamizu Toshiki)||Masaki Terasoma||Scott Williams|
|Mitsuha and Yotsuha's father, who is the town's mayor. He used to be a folklorist who came to the town for research and met Mitsuha's mother. He is very strict and jaded from events that occurred in his life.|
|Futaba Miyamizu (宮水 二葉 Miyamizu Futaba)||Sayaka Ohara||Michelle Ruff|
|Mitsuha and Yotsuha's deceased mother.|
|Yukari Yukino (雪野 百香里 Yukino Yukari)||Kana Hanazawa||Katy Vaughn|
|Mitsuha, Tessie, and Sayaka's Japanese literature teacher. She teaches them the word "Kataware-doki", meaning twilight in the local Hida dialect, in her class. Yukari also appeared in The Garden of Words.|
In Makoto Shinkai's proposal sent to Toho in September 14, 2014, the film was originally titled Yume to Shiriseba (夢と知りせば If I knew it was a dream), derived from a passage in a waka, or "Japanese poem", attributed to Ono no Komachi. Its title changed to Kimi no Musubime (きみの結びめ Your Connection) and Kimi wa Kono Sekai no Hanbun (きみはこの世界のはんぶん You're half of this world) before becoming Kimi no Na Wa.
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While the town of Itomori, one of the film's settings, is fictional, the film drew inspirations from real-life locations that provided backdrop for the town. Such locations include the city of Hida in Gifu Prefecture and its library, Hida City Library.
Yojiro Noda, the lead vocalist of the Japanese rock band Radwimps, composed the theme music of Your Name. Director Makoto Shinkai requested him to compose its music "in a way that the music will (supplement) the dialogue or monologue of the characters". Your Name features the following songs performed by Radwimps:
- Yumetōrō (夢灯籠 "Dream Lantern")
- Zenzenzense (前前前世 "Past Past Past Life")
- Supākuru (スパークル "Sparkle")
- Nandemonaiya (なんでもないや "It's Nothing")
The soundtrack of the film was well received by both audiences and critics alike and is acknowledged as being one of the factors behind its success at the box office. The film's soundtrack was the runner-up in the "Best Soundtrack" category at the 2016 Newtype Anime Awards, while the song ZenZenZense was the runner-up in the "Best Theme Song Category".
The film premiered at the 2016 Anime Expo convention in Los Angeles, California on July 3, 2016, and later was released theatrically in Japan on August 26, 2016. The film is scheduled to be released in 92 countries. It was released in China by Huaxia Film Distribution on December 2, 2016. In order to qualify for the Academy Awards, the film was released for one week (December 2–8, 2016) in Los Angeles. The film was released in Australian cinemas on limited release on November 24, 2016 by Madman Entertainment in both its original Japanese and an English dub. Madman also released the film in New Zealand on December 1, 2016. The film was also released in the United Kingdom on November 18, 2016 distributed by Anime Limited. On January 17, 2017, Funimation announced that the film would be released in North American theaters on April 7, 2017.
Your Name was released in 4K UHD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD on July 26 in Japan by Toho Pictures. The release was offered in Regular, Special, and Collector's editions. FUNimation announced on July 1 at Anime Expo 2017 that the film would be released on Blu-ray and DVD by the end of 2017 but didn't specify a date. At Otakon 2017, they announced they are releasing the movie in both Standard and Limited Edition Blu-Ray + DVD Combo Packs on November 7, 2017.
In its first week, the Blu-ray standard edition sold 202,370 units, Limited First Pressing sold 125,982 units and the special edition sold 94,079 units. The DVD Standard Edition placed first, selling 215,963. Your Name is the first Anime to Place 3 BD Releases in Top 10 for 2 straight weeks.
Your Name became a huge commercial success, especially in Japan, where it grossed ¥23 billion (~US$190 million). The film achieved the second-largest gross for a domestic film in Japan, behind Spirited Away, and the fourth-largest ever, behind Titanic and Frozen. It is the first anime not directed by Hayao Miyazaki to earn more than $100 million (~￥10 billion) at the Japanese box office. It topped the box office in Japan for a record-breaking 12 non-consecutive weekends. It held the number-one position for nine consecutive weekends before being toppled by Death Note: Light Up the New World in the last weekend of October. It returned to the top for another three weeks before finally being dethroned by Hollywood blockbuster Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
The success of the film also extended beyond Japan. In China, it became the highest-grossing Japanese film in the world's second-largest movie market on December 17, 2016. It has grossed US$81.3 million in China and is the highest-grossing 2D animated film in the country. Its opening screened in over 7,000 theaters. It made an estimated $10.9 million on its opening day from 66,000 screenings and attracting over 2.77 million admissions, the biggest 2D animated opening in the country. It also held the record for the highest-grossing non-Hollywood foreign film in China, up until it was surpassed by two Indian films Dangal and Secret Superstar in May 2017 and February 2018 respectively.
It is the highest-grossing Japanese film in Thailand, with ฿44.1 million (US$1.23 million). As of December 26, the film has grossed $771,945 USD in Australia. and $95,278 USD in New Zealand. On a December 20 blog post, the Australian distributor Madman stated that the film had made over $1,000,000 AUD in the Australian box office alone before closing its limited release run. The film was number-one on its opening five days in South Korea, with 1.18 million admissions and a gross of US$8.2 million, becoming the first Japanese film since Howl's Moving Castle to reach number one in the country.
|Metacritic||79 (25 reviews)|
|Rotten Tomatoes||97% (100 reviews)|
|The Guardian||Mark Kermode
|South China Morning Post||Edmund Lee
|Financial Times||Danny Leigh
|The Independent||Geoffrey Macnab
|The Times||Kate Muir
|The Japan Times||Mark Schilling
|London Evening Standard||Charlotte O'Sullivan
|Chicago Tribune||Peter Debruge
Your Name received critical acclaim. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 97%, based on 100 reviews, and an average rating of 8.2/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "As beautifully animated as it is emotionally satisfying, Your Name adds another outstanding chapter to writer-director Makoto Shinkai's filmography." On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating, the film has a score 79 out of 100, based on 25 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
Mark Schilling of The Japan Times gave the film a rating of 4 out of 5 and praised the film's animation for its "blend of gorgeous, realistic detail and emotionally grounded fantasy". However, he criticized the film's "over-deliver[y]" of "the comedy of adolescent embarrassment and awkwardness" and its ending for being "To the surprise of no one who has ever seen a Japanese seishun eiga (youth drama)".
Reception outside of Japan was also very positive. Mark Kermode called the film his ninth favourite film to be released in the United Kingdom in 2016. US reviews were mostly positive. The New York Times described it as "a wistfully lovely Japanese tale", while The Atlantic said it was "a dazzling new work of anime". Conversely, The Boston Globe had a mixed opinion of the film, saying that it was "pretty but too complicated". Mike Toole from Anime News Network listed it as the third-best anime film of all time. Ron Clements and John Musker, directors of the Oscar-nominated animation Moana, praised the film for its beauty and uniqueness.
Despite the praise he received, Makoto Shinkai insisted that the film is not as good as it could have been: "There are things we could not do, Masashi Ando [Director of animation] wanted to keep working [on] but had to stop us for lack of money ... For me it’s incomplete, unbalanced. The plot is fine but the film is not at all perfect. Two years was not enough."
|List of awards and nominations|
|2016||49th Sitges Film Festival||Best Animated Feature Length Film||Your Name||Won|
|60th BFI London Film Festival||Best Film||Your Name||Nominated|
|18th Bucheon International Animation Festival||Best Animated Feature Special Distinction Prize||Your Name||Won|
|Best Animated Feature Audiences Prize||Your Name||Won|
|29th Tokyo International Film Festival||Arigatō Award||Makoto Shinkai||Won|
|6th Newtype Anime Awards||Best Picture (Film)||Your Name||Won|
|Best Soundtrack||Your Name||Runner-up|
|Best Theme Song Category||ZenZenZense||Runner-up|
|41st Hochi Film Award||Best Picture||Your Name||Nominated|
|29th Nikkan Sports Film Award||Best Film||Your Name||Nominated|
|Best Director||Makoto Shinkai||Won|
|2016 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards||Best Animated Film||Your Name||Won|
|Women Film Critics Circle 2016||Best Animated Female||Your Name||Nominated|
|2017||44th Annie Awards||Best Animated Feature — Independent||Your Name||Nominated|
|Outstanding Achievement, Directing in an Animated Feature Production||Makoto Shinkai||Nominated|
|21st Satellite Awards||Best Animated or Mixed Media Feature||Your Name||Nominated|
|71st Mainichi Film Awards||Best Animated Film||Your Name||Won|
|59th Blue Ribbon Awards||Best Film||Your Name||Nominated|
|Best Director||Makoto Shinkai||Nominated|
|Special Award||Your Name||Won|
|11th Asian Film Awards||Best Screenplay||Makoto Shinkai||Nominated|
|40th Japan Academy Prize||Excellent Animation of the Year||Your Name||Won|
|Animation of the Year||Your Name||Nominated|
|Director of the Year||Makoto Shinkai||Nominated|
|Screenplay of the Year||Makoto Shinkai||Won|
|Outstanding Achievement in Music||Radwimps||Won|
|36th Anima Festival||Audience Award for Best Animated Feature||Your Name||Won|
|11th Seiyu Awards||Best Actor||Ryunosuke Kamiki||Won|
|Best Actress||Mone Kamishiraishi||Won|
|Synergy Award||Your Name||Won|
|11th Asia Pacific Screen Awards||Best Animated Feature Film||Your Name||Nominated|
|7th AACTA Awards||Best Asian Film||Your Name||Nominated|
|San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards 2017||Best Animated Feature||Your Name||Nominated|
On September 27, 2017, producer J.J. Abrams and screenwriter Eric Heisserer announced that they are working on an American remake of Your Name to be released by Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot Productions.
- It was later pushed to the fifth place after Wolf Warriors 2 overtook the top position from The Mermaid.
- "Kataware-doki," the word Taki and Mitsuha use, is turned from "kawatare-doki," an old Japanese word meaning twilight. "Kawatare" (彼は誰) literally means "Who is he/she?"; "kataware" also has the same sound as a word meaning one of the couple (片割れ). In old Japan, people believed that supernatural occurrences were possible at twilight.
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