While Makoto Shinkai’s latest film, your name., is breaking the Japanese box office while taking in Hayao Miyazaki-like numbers back in Japan. In addition, it is also quickly taking over the international scene, as it just won the Best Animated Film award at the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival in Spain.
Japanese animated films have made big impressions in the past Sitges film festivals, as a lot of them have won the Best Animated Film award in the past, and they include Miss Hokusai in 2015, Wolf Children in 2012, Summer Wars in 2009, and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time in in 2006.
In contrast, only Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away has won an Oscar during the Academy Awards. This begs the question that if Shinkai truly is the “Post-Miyazaki Director,” would an Oscar be next?
your name. is now the 5th highest grossing animated movie in Japan, earning 12.8 billion yen as of 2nd October, dethroning the previous #5, Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises, which earned 12.02 billion yen. That also makes it the 6th highest-grossing Japanese film, and 15th highest-grossing Japanese or overseas film overall.
The film has now earned more than Jurassic Park and Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, and the only anime movies to gross higher are Ghibli and Miyazaki’s Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, and Ponyo. The film also managed to reach the fabled 10 Billion yen mark faster than Disney’s Frozen, which reached that mark in 37 days. your name. reached 10 billion in just 28 days.
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