11:00am PT by Carolyn Giardina
Japanese Anime Phenomenon ‘Your Name’ Gets North American Release Date
Funimation Films will open Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name in North America on April 7.
Last weekend, the hand-drawn film was honored as best animated feature at the Los Angeles Film Critics Awards. Your Name, which also had a 2016 qualifying run and is in contention for the best-animated feature Oscar, has already found box-office success in Asia — it has become the fourth highest-grossing film ever released in Japan, behind Hayao Miyazaki's Oscar-winning Spirited Away, James Cameron's Titanic and Disney's Frozen.
Your Name follows two teenagers, Mitsuha and Taki, who mysteriously and randomly swap bodies. They are strangers, but they build a strong connection as their lives become intertwined. As they try to meet, they also aim to use their powers to prevent a disaster.
The film will be released in both English-language dub as well as the original Japanese-language with English subtitles.