When Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement back in 2013, a collective sigh was heard amongst anime lovers both in Japan and abroad. The renowned director behind Studio Ghibli and its many touching animation pictures created a lasting legacy in Japanese entertainment that seemingly could never be matched. However, following the extremely successful release of Makoto Shinkai’s your name., there’s a glimmering hope that a potential successor to Miyazaki has been found. Shinkai’s blockbuster has already hit the ¥10 billion JPY (approximately $99 million USD) mark in 28 days since its initial release, making it the ninth-highest grossing Japanese film ever. The movie is also the only Japanese animation work to rack up ¥10 billion JPY in revenues apart from Miyazaki’s works. Now only time will tell whether your name. will eventually see a U.S. release.
- Japan Today
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