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Your Name Tops The Blu Ray/DVD Charts In Japan

No surprise to hear that one of the most stunning animated film’s to ever grace the silver screen, Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name, is enjoying massive success upon its home release on both DVD and Blu-Ray in Japan. The DVD release is enjoying topping the charts overall for it’s second consecutive week.

Here’s a breakdown of the releases and how they’re doing in the sales chart:

  • Blu-ray collector’s edition 4K Ultra HD – 126,000 units/6,000 units (132,000 units)
  • Blu-ray special edition – 94,000 units/7,000 units (101,000 units)
  • Blu-ray standard edition – 202,000 units/25,000 units (227,000 units)
  • DVD standard edition – 216,000 units/39,000 units (255,000 units)

The first group of numbers are first week sales while the second week are the second set of numbers. We can’t wait for the home release of Your Name in Australia and we do know that Madman will be releasing it before the end of the year. I just hope there’s a Collector’s Edition because I’ll snap that one up for sure! In case you haven’t seen it, here’s what we thought of it.

Your Name Dated For Japan Home Release

Now here’s one movie that I can’t wait to receive a home release and will probably lash out and buy an import copy as well. Your Name was an absolute masterclass in storytelling, animation and music and when this fine site reviewed it, we gave it a justifiably high score.

So it with bated breath that we came across the following news revealing that Makoto Shinkai’s masterpiece will be receiving a home release in Japan on July 26, 2017 for both DVD and Blu Ray. The Blu Ray will come in a couple of different flavours with a Special and Collector’s Edition marked for release. As a bonus, people who pre-order the film in Japan will be receiving one of 34-type film bookmarks until they’re all gone.

Ermagerd…it’s so beautiful…

Your Name Continues To Break The Box Office In Japan

Makoto Shinkai’s latest offering, Your Name, is doing massive business in Japan right now. So much so that it recently surpassed Studio Ghibli’s Howl’s Moving Castle to become the second highest grossing film in Japan.

How well has it gone in Japan? How about to the tune of approximately $US176 million dollars. Releasing in Japan on August 26, industry experts are predicting that it’ll surpass the 20 billion yen threshold soon as it shows no sign of slowing down. If you haven’t seen it, shame on you. Here’s a trailer below and also my review from when I saw it the other day…absolutely breathtaking.

https://youtu.be/hRfHcp2GjVI

Review: Your Name (Movie)

Your Name (Kimi no Na wa) is the latest offering from Makoto Shinkai who has also done such beautiful films as 5 Centimeters Per Second, The Garden Of Words and Children Who Chase Lost Voices. Your Name is a completely stunning film for so many reasons which needs to be seen by lovers of excellent and evocative storytelling.

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The story traces the lives of Mitsuha who lives in a countryside area outside of Tokyo and Taki, a young schoolboy who lives miles away in Tokyo.

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Mitsuha constantly bemoans about her boring life to her two closest friends from the lack of shops in the area to not being able to enjoy a cafe and generally having nothing to do.

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Taki for the most part has the life of an everyday teenager who lives with his father. In the background of these two lives is a celestial event in the form of a comet which hasn’t been seen in 1200 years and will be visible to people as it streaks across the sky. One day, the two teenagers wake up and come to work out that they have swapped bodies. This leads to hilarious and very interesting encounters with each other’s friends. They begin to leave notes for each other in a digital diary so they know what each has done during the body swap. These body swaps are completely random and can occur when they least expect it and only happens when they wake up for the day.

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The two become obsessed with finding each other but this is not without its ups and down which leads to some extremely dramatic moments in the film. The story is so well paced, it’s an absolute joy to watch with stunning bits of cinematography thrown in for good measure. Makoto san has crafted an amazing story which never bores or slows down and keeps the viewer on their toes for the duration of the film. It’s a highly evocative bit of storytelling and will have you reaching for tissues at various points. I won’t lie and admit that I got teary in no less than three parts of the film.

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The scripting is very tight and so well balanced, you’ll wish that more storytellers would follow suit. It’s a very complex story at times which might leave you a bit lost in places but it always keeps the viewer hooked and picks up the pieces when you may have temporarily lost your way. This is not an easy thing to do and some films can have trouble with this but Your Name is definitely the rule to the exception.

The artwork is some of the best ever committed to film bar none. It’s beautiful, stunning, sublime and absolutely level with the storytelling. The artwork is rich and full of some of the most detailed scenes I’ve ever seen in animated film. From the sun dappled ripples across a lake to the fine details on a can of coffee from a vending machine, it’s an absolute delight. I’ve said this in previous reviews but seeing real life locales faithfully drawn is always great to see. The train carriages are all recreated with all the right colours for the destinations as well as the inside of the carriage down to the keep clear sign on the doors which are spot on.

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It’s this level of detail that is a visual smorgasbord for your eyes. There’s so much going on that you don’t know where to look but despite this, even if you don’t look at what the focus is supposed to be, you don’t feel like you’ve missed anything. There are various settings in the film from the lush green countrysides, the stone grey urban sprawl with neon dipped store signs spread sporadically across the city down to the way little things like clothes blow and sway in the breeze. It’s all been done before of course but the art director and artists involved in this have added new elements which give it a new level of realism. Of particular note is the way the scenes with the comet in the sky have been animated. the way the camera rolls around and over the protagonists looking skywards unaware that each is doing the same miles away is amazingly beautiful.

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The music is totally amazing and is yet another one to the add to the collection. I really like it when some films break into a song as the story progresses. It helps to break some of the drama which can be overwhelming and also helps to bring a new level of comedy to the film. For a taste of the theme song, have a look at the trailer below which highlights the track from RADWIMPS which serves the film very well.

Scenes are beautifully filled in by chirps and singing of birds, the sound of burning wood, running water and just general nature sounds and urban backdrops. It’s so good to see a film with such a strong art style, storytelling and doesn’t fall over in an area which can be looked over at times. The sound direction never comes across as artificial and only helps to pace an already well told story.

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I’ll go on record and say that this is the best animated film I’ve seen so far and is easily the best from Makoto Shinkai. Your Name is an absolute masterclass in storytelling and it would be a massive disservice to yourself if you didn’t see it. Even if you think you won’t like it, it’s still worth watching just for the artwork which is worth the price of admission alone. It’s an excellent piece of storytelling and directing which doesn’t come along too often and will leave you wanting to view it again and again to get something new out of it each time. What you feel in your chest is real and unavoidable as you hope that everything tuns out in the best possible way as you connect with the characters and become completely invested with the story. Also, Madman need to be applauded for bringing this film out. It’s a feast for the eyes, ears, feelings and leaves you with an immense sense of hope, hope that everything can come together when everything seems against you. Brilliant.

Final score: 10/10

2013 Sees New Movie From Makoto Shinkai

Makoto Shinkai, who brought us the amazing The Place Promised in Our Early DaysVoices of a Distant Star and 5 Centimers Per Second, has announced that he will be bringing a new project to the screen in the first half of 2013.

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The Garden of Kotonoha looks set to take a look at “story of ‘sad loneliness’ older than ‘love’. Makoto-san added that he means to explore a relationship that goes further back than Japan’s conceptual and linguistic interpretation of love as we know it from a Western sense.

Makoto Debuts Movie @ Otakon ’11

Makoto Shinkai, director of the sublime “5 Centimetres Per Second” and often described as the new Hayao Miyazaki, will have his latest film debut at Otakon ’11 at the Baltimore Convention Centre, Maryland next week. Children who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below tells the story of growing up between boys and girls and the trials and tribulations that they face. This looks set to be another masterpiece filled with beautiful scenery, memorable characters and an amazing script that draws the viewer in with each passing minute. There’s a who’s who of voice cast along for the ride with Hisako Kanemoto (Sound of the Sky, Squid Girl), Miyu Irino (Spirited Away, Mobile Suit Gundam 00), and veteran Kazuhiko Inoue (Cyborg 009, Naruto, The Place Promised in Our Early Days) all lending their vocal talents. The theme song has been provided by Anri kumaki, a well known and established singer in Japan, who has been writing songs since the ripe old age of 17.

This movie has literally just been completed so when it debuts at Otakon ’11, it will be in Japanese with no subtitles to be seen so best make sure your language skills up to the test if you plan on being in attendance. At the completion of the viewing there will also be a Q&A session with Makoto Shinkai himself as an added bonus. So don’t forget, those all important dates for Otakon ’11 are July 29 –  July 31.

PS. Latest Update! I’ve just been made aware that the plans have changed and the movie will now be screening with subtitles, great news!