Anime hit 'your name.' finally coming to theaters in U.S. and Canada

TOKYO —

If you enjoy anime or Asian cinema, odds are you’ve been hearing a lot about “your name.”, director Makoto Shinkai’s latest completed project. After all, it’s been shattering all sorts of box office records since it opened in Japan at the end of last summer.

However, if you’re a North America-based anime fan, the many times you’ve heard about “your name.” is probably in stark contrast to the precious few opportunities you’ve had to actually see it. While the film had its world premiere at Los Angeles’ Anime Expo in July, and also showed briefly at a single theater in the City of Angels to qualify it for consideration for an Oscar nomination, those are the only two screenings that have been held for “your name.” thus far in North America, even as theatergoers in the UK, China, and South Korea have already been able to watch it on the big screen.

So it’s to great rejoicing that U.S. anime distributor Funimation has finally announced the North American theatrical run for “your name.” will get underway on April 7, with a total of 200 screens currently committed to show the film.

While the advent of multi-audio track DVDs and Blu-rays has taken much of the fire out of the great “subbed vs. dubbed” debate that once raged so hotly among English-speaking anime fans, Funimation recognizes that certain individuals still have very strong preferences in the matter, and so “your name.” will be shown in both subtitled and dubbed formats in the U.S. and Canada. What’s more, the dubbed version will feature new English vocals for the film’s four songs from Japanese rock band Radwimps, with the lyrics written and sung by Yojiro Noda, who filled those same roles for the original Japanese versions.

While the North American theatrical run is still three months off, the new songs seem to be essentially finished. For two weeks starting from January 28, theaters in Japan will start screening a special version of “your name.” that keeps the Japanese dialogue, but with English songs.

The reworked music even has Shinkai’s blessing, as the director commented: “In ‘your name.’, there’s a connection between the theme songs, the character’s dialogue, and the story itself…With the English songs, I hope that North American audiences will be able to enjoy ‘your name.’ on an even deeper level.”

Source: Yahoo! News Japan via Otakomu

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  • 0

    Geoff Gillespie

    After all the fuss made about this movie I finally got to see it. Very disappointing...

  • 2

    gokai_wo_maneku

    @Geoff, it is a matter of taste and age. I saw it while on a plane going to the US, and maybe it was the small screen, but I didn't get why it was so highly reviewed either. But to each his own. I loved the Rockey Horror Picture Show, but my friends thought it was stupid.

  • 0

    Pacech1967

    Liked this movie and Rocky Horror, not putting anyone one down for their likes/dislikes or think anything less of them.

    Yes, the Body switch theme has been overdone as have been many themes and genres.

  • 2

    Alex Hutchins

    "Kimi no Na wa" was very tastefully done and I'm happy the English-speaking masses will have something besides Miyazaki films to reference when they claim to love Japanese films, still forgetting of course that none of these animated pieces (or shoddily done samurai action flicks) really eclipses the work of Ozu or Kurokawa. But alas, we can never expect much!

  • 0

    Pukey2

    I saw it on the plane too. Quite enjoyable but I wouldn't pay to watch it or even watch it again for free. Once is enough.

  • -1

    biswarup5

    watch it everyone

  • -1

    socrateos

    Kiki's Delivery Service (魔女の宅急便) is still the best anime movie to me.

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