After such a long wait it’s hard to believe, but the first UK showings of your namewill begin tomorrow. Now the reviews are rolling in, we can see what see what the big names like the BBC and EMPIRE think, and so far it’s been starry eyes all around. EMPIRE have called it “This decade’s Spirited Away“, and Total Film said it “Brims with emotion and invention. Both magazines give it five stars, and BBC Radio 1 gave it four. If you weren’t sure about whether to go and see it, at this point it seems a shame to miss out on an event that’s uniting nations in praise. Head over to the official website, where you can find your nearest showing and buy tickets.

As we’re standing on the edge of its theatrical release, this extended synopsis of the film is getting us even more hyped up:

Your Name is the story of a teenage boy and girl who have never met, but who start to magically swap minds and live each other’s lives. Mitsuha, a teenage girl student, lives in a small mountain town, but longs for the bright lights of Tokyo far away. Then she is astonished to wake one morning in the body of Taki, a teenage Tokyo schoolboy – who in turn wakes up in Mitsuha’s body!

Switching back and forth between two lives, locations and genders, Mitsuha and Taki must cope with their fantastic shared situation. At first they are outraged and mortified by what’s happening, but soon they start enjoying their double lives, though they never meet directly. Eventually, though, one of the youngsters will learn the devastating truth behind what’s happening…

Your Name is directed by Makoto Shinkai, who is often hailed as Japan’s successor to Hayao Miyazaki. In Your Name, Shinkai creates a film which leaps between the urban bustle of central Tokyo and the rural beauty of a country backwater, presented in the radiant detail that has made Shinkai’s films beloved by animation fans.

In Japan it’s earned over 17 billion yen, which equates to £135 million GBP. At the BrFI London Film Festival, it was the first ever Japanese animated film entered in the festival’s official competition. It’s now in consideration for the Academy Awards’ Best Animated Feature Award, and in with a real chance of swiping that Oscar. Meanwhile, it continues to hold #1 at the Japanese box office. We’re in the middle of something special, and we can’t wait to be part of it by seeing it for ourselves.

Anime Limited recently announced that the original one-day event had “evolved” into a platformed release. So while the original November 24th showings will go ahead as planned in over 120 cinemas, earlier and later dates are now slated too. Here are all the details:

November 18 to 23: Sixteen Showcase cinemas will be screening the film twice a day, once dubbed and once subtitled.

November 24: Over 120 venues will screen your name., most in Japanese with subs. ‘The Cineworlds in Glasgow, Dublin, Birmingham have all added second screens on the 24th of November while the Odeon on Panton Street in London is now onto its third screen.’

November 25 to 30: Select venues are scheduled to hold the film, so far including the Vue cinemas in Shepherd’s Bush and Stratford, Odeon cinemas in London (Panton Street), Kingston, Birmingham, Manchester, Southampton, plus individual screenings in Brighton (Duke of York), Glasgow (Glasgow Film Theatre), Aberystwyth (Aberystwyth Arts Centre) and Leeds (Hyde Park Picturehouse).

December 4: Dubbed screenings in 13 cinemas across UK and Ireland.

December 9 to January 27: ‘We have a range of screenings with independent cinemas booked in for this period in another 4-5 venues so far.’

More screenings are almost certain to be added over the next few weeks, so keep an eye out on the event’s official website.

As for that dub mentioned above, Anime Limited have released a trailer featuring the dub cast FUNimation recently revealed. They compared their English voice actors with the original Japanese cast as follows:

Taki Tachibana
A kind but occasionally short-tempered high school boy who has an interest in architecture.
Japanese voice actor: Ryunosuke Kamiki
Kenji Koiso (Summer Wars), Sho (The Secret World of Arrietty)
English voice actor: Michael Sinterniklaas
Kenji Koiso (Summer Wars), Masakazu Masaki (Time of Eve)

Mitsuha Miyamizu
A high school girl who lives in the rural countryside but dreams of one day living in Tokyo.
Japanese voice actor: Mone Kamishiraishi
Kanade Ooe (Chihayafuru – Live-Action Movie)
English voice actor: Stephanie Sheh
Usagi Tsukino (Sailor Moon), Kayo Hinazuki (ERASED)

Katsuhiko Teshigawara & Sayaka Natori
Mitsuha’s best friends and classmates. They both seem very close…

Katsuhiko Teshigawara
Japanese voice actor: Ryo Narita
Curve (One Piece Film: Gold)
English voice actor: Kyle Hebert
Gohan (Dragon Ball Z), Kamina (Gurren Lagann)

Sayaka Natori
Japanese voice actor: Aoi Yuki
Madoka Kaname (Puella Magi Madoka Magica), Kayo Hinazuki (ERASED)
English voice actor: Cassandra Morris
Taiga Aisaka (Toradora!), Suguha Kirigaya/Leafa (Sword Art Online)

Miki Okudera
Taki’s beautiful and mature senpai at his part-time job
Japanese voice actor: Masami Nagasawa
Umi Matsuzaki (From Up on Poppy Hill), Yabu Oda (I Am a Hero)
English voice actor: Laura Post
Ragyo Kiryuin (Kill la Kill), Nozomi Tojo (Love Live!)

Tsukasa Fujii
One of Taki’s best friends and classmates
Japanese voice actor: Nobunaga Shimazaki
Haruka Nanase (Free!), Makoto Sunakawa (My LOVE Story!!)
English voice actor: Ben Pronsky
Harklight (Aldnoah.Zero)

Shinta Takagi
One of Taki’s best friends and classmates
Japanese voice actor: Kaito Ishikawa
Genos (One-Punch Man), Tobio Kageyama (Haikyu!)
English voice actor: Ray Chase
Noctis Lucis Caelum (Final Fantasy XV), Dr. Genus (One-Punch Man)

Yotsuha Miyamizu
Mitsuha’s little sister
Japanese voice actor: Kanon Tani
Menma (Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day – Live-Action Movie)
English voice actor: Catie Harvey

Hitoha Miyamizu
Mitsuha’s grandmother
Japanese voice actor: Etsuko Ichihara
English voice actor: Glyins Ellis

Toshiki Miyamizu
Mitsuha’s stern father, and the local mayor
Japanese voice actor: Masaki Terasoma
Hidan (Naruto Shippuden)
English voice actor: Scott Williams

Yukari Yukino
Mitsuha’s teacher at school. Fans of director Makoto Shinkai’s work will recognize her as the female lead in his previous film, The Garden of Words.
Japanese voice actor: Kana Hanazawa
Akane Tsunemori (PSYCHO-PASS), Rize Kamishiro (Tokyo Ghoul)
English voice actor: Katy Vaughn

Anime Limited confirmed their acquisition of Makoto Shinkai’s film for the UK and Ireland in September. They will also be releasing it on Blu-ray and DVD sometime in 2017.

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