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  • Writer's pictureAkiko Murakami

Kimi no Na wa,

Do you know a rather new anime director, Makoto Shinkai?

He made a beautiful movie titled "Your Name" in 2016, and made a super success, and many Japanese has been waiting for his up coming reliease of his new movie just the same timing as the start of the summer vacation.

Director Hayao MIYAZAKI's anime movies by STUDIO GHIBLI has been leading the Japanese anime movie industry and made them well known among the international society. In fact, I have met many guests who mentioned during our conversations on their favorite movies by Miyazaki, and some had actually been to GHIBLI MUSEUM in Tokyo. I hear getting their limited tickets is so hard...

However, as Miyazaki is reaching an age to retire from his director job, there are many younger generations of film makers and directors growing in Japan. ​Among them, Makoto Shinkai is a BIG one.

After the success with "Your Name" in Japan, Hollywood came up with an surprising idea---to make a live-action version of "Your Name"!!

As in the following article by "Sora News 24",

Hollywood Your Name anime live-action movie will feature Native American girl, Chicago boy

"After becoming the biggest international anime film success of all time, the next stop for creator Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name is a live-action American remake. Since the project’s initial announcement in September of 2017 Hollywood A-lister J.J. Abrams has been attached as a producer, and now the film has a director too: Marc Webb."

--------------Peronally, I liked the idea of the character setting by Hollywood. What do you think? "While the anime Your Name is centered on a boy living in Tokyo (named Taki) and a girl living in the mountainous countryside of Gifu Prefecture (Mitsuha), the Hollywood version will instead be about a boy from Chicago and a Native American girl in a rural community. The introduction of different ethnic backgrounds is an element that wasn’t present in the homogeneously Japanese anime, but Mitsuha’s background being steeped in ancient Japanese cultural traditions is both a major motivation for her actions and a critical plot point, so perhaps the American side of the production felt making the female lead Native American was the closest equivalent for an American setting." (by Casey Baseel , Feb 15, 2019)

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