#1 Japanese Anime “Your Name.” Opens Nationwide; Several Screenings in NYC

Your Name., Japanese director Makoto Shinkai’s popular wildly anime, which was the 2016 #1 box office hit in Japan, opens in New York-area theaters Friday, April 7. The anime was screened in LA last December for an Oscar-qualifying run that played to sold-out audiences and was well received. Its East Coast premiere as the Opening Spotlight film of the New York International Children’s Film Festival in March sold out on the first day tickets went on sale.

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“Your Name” directed by Makoto Shinkai

But don’t worry; there are plenty of showtimes and theaters for the nationwide release. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to see Mitsuha and Taki, two teenagers who live separate lives in different cities. Out of the blue, for reasons unknown, they switch bodies. Beyond all of the physical awkwardness of their strange, new bodies, they must learn to navigate each other’s social realms and habits as they continue to swap back and forth unexpectedly. Incredibly, they adapt and form an intense bond by leaving each other messages. But can they manipulate fate and the destructive forces of the heavens to meet in person?

Written, directed, and animated by anime master Makoto Shinkai (5 Centimeters Per Second) the film’s world is one where teenagers are full of sensitivity in the best sense: Open to every experience and exchange and truly eager to know one another.

For theaters and showtimes, please visit Funimation’s website. NOTE: Pay particular attention when purchasing tickets, as some screenings are English-dubbed versions while others are in Japanese with English subtitles.