Your Name is the highest grossest anime movie of all time and with good reason. Here are some behind the scenes facts about the instant classic.
Your Name is one of the most iconic and influential anime movies of the past decade. The Makoto Shinkai directed movie tells the story of how a teenage boy and girl set out to find each other after they discover that they have strangely (and magically) swapped bodies after a strange event.
The movie had a huge impact across the globe, with the steps featured in the movie’s poster attracting a wide variety of tourists from across Japan and the world, many trying to get their photo taken in a similar manner to the two main characters.
Inspiration Behind The Comet Disaster
The comet disaster forms the central plot of the movie, with it being the driving force behind the main climax of the film. However, there was a real-world inspiration behind the disaster, an inspiration that didn’t come from outer space.
While the comet from Your Name wasn’t inspired by a real-world meteor strike, it was inspired by the devastating events of the Great Eastern Earthquake that hit Japan in 2011.
Grossed Over 1o Billion Yen
It may come as no surprise to some, but Your Name actually managed to become the highest-grossing anime movie of all time, with it managing to overcome the legendary and highly influential Studio Ghibli movie, Spirited Away.
In addition to being the highest-grossing anime movie of all time, Your Name is also the only anime movie to gross over 10 billion yen at the Japanese box office.
Red Braided Cord
Animated characters often are particularly memorable in their character design. Mitsuha’s character design is particularly eye-catching, with her red braided cord standing out immediately.
That being said, this red braided cord is far from a mere fashion statement. Instead, it represents the invisible red string of fate that is said to connect an individual to a fated person, according to Japanese mythology.
The town of Itomori is the central focus of Your Name, with the rural town being the location of the comet strike that forms the central focus of the movie. However, while the town is based on a real location, Itomori itself is a fictitious town.
Much of the town was inspired by the real-life town of Hida City, in Gifu Prefecture. The city reported an increase in tourism following the runaway success of Your Name.
Shinkai’s Previous Works
The director of Your Name, Makoto Shinkai, makes reference to some of his previous work in the movie. For instance, the restaurant that Taki works at is called “Il Giardino Delle Parole,” which translates to “The Garden of Words,” the title of Shinkai’s previous film.
And the connections to The Garden of Words doesn’t end here, the classical Japanese teacher at Mitsuha’s school is Yukari Yukino, the heroine from The Garden of Words.
The Name Of The Comet
Aside from the body swap elements that take up much of the plot, the story of Your Name focuses on the impact of a comet upon a rural town known as Itomori. The comet’s name is Tiamat and its name has some interesting basis in world mythology.
Named after the ancient Mesopotamian goddess of the ocean, Tiamat is a representation of primordial chaos, beauty, and creation. This certainly has some basis for the purpose of the comet in this movie.
Japanese Folk Story
The story of Your Name manages to combine the modern with the ancient, telling a fresh story for modern audiences that remains steeped in Japanese myth and culture, allowing for a new take on some ancient tales.
The Japanese myth that appears to hold the most influence over Your Name is the story of “Torikaebaya Monogatari,” in which a brother and sister live opposite lives as a man and a woman.
In addition to some of the best visuals and most unique story threads in recent animation, Your Name also boasted one of the most impressive and memorable soundtracks in animated movies of the past decade.
This was certainly by design, with Japanese band Radwimps working closely with the director to form a script that worked well with the music and vice versa.
As already shown in this list, names can hold some interesting information. While the comet’s name offers some insight into Middle Eastern mythology and the comet’s thematic role in the piece, Mitsuha’s name also boasts some interesting information.
Translated, Mitsuha’s name actually means three leaves. This reveals an interesting pattern in her family, with Mitsuha’s little sister meaning four leaves, her mother’s name meaning two leaves, and her grandmother’s name meaning one leaf.
The ending of Your Name was one of the most memorable and touching endings from the past decade of animated movies. That being said, there were rumors that this ending wasn’t actually the initial ending that director Makoto Shinkai had in mind.
According to rumors, Shinkai had a more bittersweet, sad ending in mind for the animated movie, and Toho, the distributor, ordered him to change it. However, Shinkai disproved this rumor by sharing screenshots of his initial screenplay on social media.
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