“Your Name” (Kimi no Na wa) surpasses “Spirted Away” as highest grossing film in Japan

It looks like the hype for Makoto Shinkai’s “Your Name” won’t be dying down anytime soon, the film has shattered records originally set by Hayao Miyazaki’s iconic 2001 film “Spirited Away“. “Your Name” has currently grossed $331.6 million USD at the box office, simultaneously making it the highest grossing anime film in the world, and the highest grossing film in Japan of all time. “Spirted Away” originally grossed $289.1 million USD. The box office numbers for “Your Name” are expected to dramatically increase over the course of the year as it’s set to hit theaters in over 90 more countries.

“Your Name” made it’s premiere at the 2016 Anime Expo convention in Los Angeles, it later hit Japanese theaters on August 26th 2016. The plot of the film is as follows:

Mitsuha Miyamizu, a high school girl, yearns to live the life of a boy in the bustling city of Tokyo—a dream that stands in stark contrast to her present life in the countryside. Meanwhile in the city, Taki Tachibana lives a busy life as a high school student while juggling his part-time job and hopes for a future in architecture.

One day, Mitsuha awakens in a room that is not her own and suddenly finds herself living the dream life in Tokyo—but in Taki’s body! Elsewhere, Taki finds himself living Mitsuha’s life in the humble countryside. In pursuit of an answer to this strange phenomenon, they begin to search for one another.

Kimi no Na wa (Your Name). revolves around Mitsuha and Taki’s actions, which begin to have a dramatic impact on each other’s lives, weaving them into a fabric held together by fate and circumstance.

Have you seen the film yet? A trailer for it can be seen below.

  • Comments

    • Nervi Taralin


    • 8giggles

      Woah. That’s the one record I didn’t expect it to break.
      I really hope this ultimately gets RADWIMPS into several countries, even if it’s just Anime conventions.
      In particular, I’m hoping to see them here in the US & the East Coast area.

    • eplizo
    • light

      Well congratulations, i have yet to see it though

    • shirogane

      Does this mean Miyazaki is un-retiring for sure??

    • iWatson

      I loved this film~~

    • Hermione Granger

      what a perverted movie, i am never gonna watch this, that is for sure!.

      • Fii

        Grow up. This is not the first movie to have body switching happen. After the initial understanding of the switch, it becomes a moving love story.

        • overrated animation film

          The “love” story is shallow. I’m still wondering how they “fell in love”. They seemed more like casual friends/classmates than like people in love with each other. The body swapping and “time travel” are overused tropes in anime.
          The animation is really beautiful, but the music is repetitive and way too present on some parts of the film.

    • anon

      Even when adjusted for inflation?

      • Ricardo

        Just checked, and no. Inflation calculation puts Spirited Away at nearly 400 million.

        • anon

          Thanks for checking! So Your Name. probably won’t surpass Spirited Away then. Unless it does really well overseas, which unless it’s Ghibli-doesn’t really happen.

    • honey girl

      Lmao THAT’S the the plot? 😂😂😂 Oooookay Japan…

      • anon

        watch first and then judge. Not everything is out of nothing.

      • poton

        why be so fucking negative?

    • Nikki ok

      hm it’s beautiful animation wise but the plot is not something very interesting, like spirited away is a movie you can watch again and again and it’ll still be good but for kimi no na wa one time is enough

    • pondloso

      if i’m correct Spirited Away still lead with 62.2 billion yen (30.8 in japan and 31.4 worldwide)
      Kimi no Na wa is 61 billion yen (23.2 in japan and 37.8 worldwide)
      but whit good chance 1.2 billion yen is not impossible

      i love both but for me Spirited Away is a a lot better they story really original
      but for international market in that day japan anime not much know in theater
      and Spirited Away like the on of the first row they make the way for other anime.

    • ProllyWild

      incredible film. shinkai’s works are all great. I can see why comparisons are drawn to miyazaki because shinkai has his own visual style and theme that carries through his films. Shinkai’s style normally tends to deal with issues of communication and the characters being unable to convey their feelings because of some major obstacle. In previous works things like distance, time, status and even difference in species have been used to show how people have feelings and messages they want to convey but for some reason or another are unable to. Any description of this movie’s plot is likely not at all doing it justice without spoiling some key twists in the story. Its not at all as shallow as the descriptions and trailers make it seem.

    • bailey darbii

      it was good but….not that good plot wise, imo.

      spirited away was an epic imagination made into a movie and given a solid plot.

      • Ash

        Yeah Spirited Away is by far a better film. I doubt anyone is gonna take away from that achievement. Unless anime fans are like Jpop diva fans and are all like SPIRITED AWAY FLOP YOUR NAME SLAY or some shit.

    • lwavesurfer

      Spirited Away has a better story line.

    • JangJangJang

      The reason why i love Spirited Away so much, because of the plot and OST. Kimi No Na Wa has good plot eventhough its not that refreshing but not ost.

    • Ricardo

      Once you account for inflation, it is still nowhere close.

    • Kyoko

      I’m going to watch it next week since they’re finally airing it in my country as well, but all the comments on here make me a bit wary…

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