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Anime Smash Hit Your Name returns to UK Cinemas this August

Date: 2017 June 12 15:06

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UK based anime fans who missed the super smash hit movie Your Name will want to set a date of Wednesday 23rd August 2017 to catch the movie on the big screen. This time we mean really BIG screen, as they'll be IMAX Screenings of the feature film too.

The Makoto Shinkai movie won critics praise around the world and become a surprise box office smash in Japan and beyond. The IMAX screenings will be in Japanese with subtitles, as currently that's the only version that exists in the colossal IMAX format, while regular sized cinemas will be showing a mix of screenings dubbed into English and in Japanese with English subtitles. We urge you to watch this movie on a cinema screen while you can. It was the anime movie of 2016 and should be seen on a cinema screen to do it justice. An IMAX screening is incredibility rare for an anime title, so if you can catch it there, it's an insanely rare treat. As always we advise you book early for these screenings to avoid disappointment. We also suspect those who have caught it before at the cinema will want to catch it again while they can.

If you want to know more about the film you can read our review of Your Name and our interview with the film's director Makoto Shinkai.

The movie is not out on DVD or blu-ray in the UK yet. As we've mentioned before distributors Anime Limited have set the provisional release date for Monday 30th October 2017. They do however state that this date is likely to change and hopefully they'll be able to release it earlier.

You can pre-order one of 3 editions via
Your Name on DVD from
Your Name on Blu-ray from
Your Name Collectors Edition on Blu-ray and DVD Combi-pack from

Anime Limited have confirmed at this time they are uncertain if there will be an Ultimate Edition. All editions will contain the movie dubbed in English and in Japanese with subtitles. They've yet to clarify the contents of each edition as it's still early days yet.

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Press release as follows:


In Cinemas 23rd August 2017
IMAX® screenings with Japanese audio and English subtitles.
Regular screenings with both Japanese and English-language audio options

Distributor: Anime Limited and National Amusements

Your Name

The body-swapping romance that captivated the world returns to cinemas bigger than ever before. Whether you missed it the first time round, or simply want to relive its beautiful splendor, Your Name is an IMAX experience like no other.


"One thing is certain. If we see each other, we’ll know."

Mitsuha (Mone Kamishiraishi) and Taki (Ryunosuke Kamiki) have never met, but when the frustrated country girl wishes of a life in the big city, they will forge a connection both unexplainable and unforgettable.

In their dreams, the two swap lives, cultures and genders as they learn more about, and grow closer to, each other. What was once a shock becomes a joy-filled double life, but what will happen when they discover the red string of fate tying them together?

Key Talent:

Director & Screenplay: Makoto Shinkai (The Place Promised In Our Early Days, 5 Centimeters per Second)

Studio: CoMix Wave Films (Garden of Words, Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below)

Music by: RADWIMPS

Character Designers: Masayoshi Tanaka (The Anthem of the Heart) & Masashi Ando (Spirited Away)


Ryunosuke Kamiki (Spirited Away, Arrietty)

Mone Kamishiraishi (Wolf Children)

Masami Nagasawa (From Up On Poppy Hill)

Aoi Yūki (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Erased)

Kana Hanazawa (Nisekoi, Psycho-Pass)

Ryo Narita (One Piece: Film Gold)

We Like It Because:

Audiences across the world fell in love with Your Name last year, with heavy praise awarded by renowned critics like Robbie Collin and Mark Kermode; the latter naming it in their Top 10 of 2016.

With its stunningly gorgeous animation, powerful J-Rock soundtrack and cast of loveable, relatable characters, it’s no surprise Your Name resonated so strongly with fans, making it the highest-grossing Japanese anime movie of all time - topping the record set by Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away.

Undeniably his greatest work yet, Your Name feels like the perfect culmination of themes explored throughout Makoto Shinkai’s filmography, such as the impact of distance on young love seen in Voices of a Distant Star, 5 Centimeters per Second and more, making this essential viewing for any Shinkai fan.

Editor’s Notes:

Selected Accolades:

49th Sitges Film Festival: Best Animated Feature Length Film (Won)

40th Japan Academy Prize: Excellent Animation of the Year (Won)

2016 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards: Best Animated Film (Won)

60th London Film Festival: Best Film (Nominated)

44th Annie Awards: Best Animated Feature - Independent (Nominated)

★★★★★ EMPIRE


★★★★★ The Daily Telegraph

About Makoto Shinkai:

After making his debut in 1999 with the award-winning short She & Her Cat, Makoto Shinkai left his full-time job at video game developer Falcom to develop Voices of a Distant Star (2002), which he produced, wrote and directed himself.

Two years later, his first feature-length film The Place Promised in our Early Days was released to critical acclaim, launching a career that would be followed by the Miyazaki-esque fantasy Children Who Chase Lost Voices (released in the UK as Journey to Agartha), the emotional drama The Garden of Words and his first break-out mainstream success, Your Name.

About Anime Limited:

Based out of Glasgow in Scotland, Anime Limited brings a fresh approach to distributing the best in anime direct from Japan. As an independent company, the emphasis is on breathing new life into much loved classics and introducing the cutting edge of theatrical offerings. With a focus on bringing more anime to the big screen, releasing beautifully packaged collector’s editions and trying new ways to reach fans digitally, Anime Limited is committed to offering a wide range of experiences for UK audiences.

Source: Anime Limited
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