According to Variety Magazine, FUNimation, which had previously acquired the license to Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name (Kimi no Na wa), will be releasing the movie in U.S. theaters. One of the sites that will host the film is Los Angeles County in California. This is significant because if a film is run there for at least one week, then it will be considered for an Oscar at the Academy Awards. While no set in stone date has been announced as of yet, FUNimation said that the film will be distributed to theaters before the end of 2016. FUNimation stated that Your Name will also be released in a digital format; however, it is likely that it will be after a theatrical release and not simultaneously.
MyAnimeList.net describes the story of Your Name as follows:
The story is set one month after a comet has fallen for the first time in a thousand years in Japan. Mitsuha, a high school girl living in the countryside, wants to live in the city because she is tired of life in the country. Then, there’s Taki. He’s a high school student living in Tokyo with his friends while working as a part-timer at an Italian restaurant. He also has a strong interest in fine arts involving architecture. One day, Mitsuha dreams of herself as a young man. On the other hand, Taki also has a dream where he is a female student attending high school in the countryside. What’s the secret behind their dreams?
The film is slated to open in a total of 85 countries worldwide and premiered back in July 3 at the Los Angeles Anime Expo. FUNimation acquired the license for North American distribution shortly after the film’s worldwide debut in Los Angeles.
Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name has been a hot topic in the anime world and the film is one of the most successful animated films in Japan’s history. A list of accolades can be found at the following post here on The Outerhaven.