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Makoto Shinkai’s film Kimi no Na wa celebrates 5th anniversary

On August 26, 2021 in Japan it will be five years since the premiere of the film directed by Makoto Shinkai, Kimi no Na wa (Your Name). The director shared an update through his official Twitter account where he wrote, “It has been five years since the release of“ Kimi no Na wa ”. I would like to thank everyone who saw it that day. The world is changing so rapidly that it amazes me that it was only five years ago. I hope that by the time I can present the new movie I’m working on, the bitterness in our society has cleared up a bit.

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Kimi no Na wa premiered at the 2016 Anime Expo in Los Angeles on July 3, 2016 and opened in theaters in Japan on August 26, 2016 and in the United States on April 7, 2017. It received generally favorable reviews, with praise for the animation, music and emotional weight. The film grossed more than 41.44 billion yen (more than 376.4 million US dollars) worldwide, currently being the third most successful anime film of all time.

Synopsis of Kimi no Na wa

Mitsuha Miyamizu, a high school girl, yearns to live the life of a boy in the bustling city of Tokyo, a dream that contrasts with her current life in the country. Meanwhile, in the city, Taki Tachibana lives a busy life as a high school student as he balances her part-time job with his hopes for a future in architecture. One day, Mitsuha wakes up in a room that is not hers and suddenly she finds herself living her dream life in Tokyo, but in Taki’s body! On the other hand, Taki finds himself living Mitsuha’s life in the humble countryside. In search of an answer to this strange phenomenon, they begin to search for each other. Kimi no Na wa revolves around the actions of Mitsuha and Taki, which begin to have a dramatic impact on each other’s lives, weaving them into a fabric bound together by fate and circumstance.

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