‘Your Name’ Live-Action Adaptation: Yay or Nay?

Kimi no Na wa (lit. Your Name) , radwimpsstaff/youtube

It was recently announced that the highest-grossing anime film of all-time titled Kimi no Na wa (lit. Your Name) would get a live-action adaptation. Fans have expressed their opinions on the news.

The film had screen time in many countries around the globe. This was mainly due to a good storyline and lovely animation style of Makoto Shinkai. The attention garnered then resulted in an upcoming Hollywood version. Toho, a film distributing company, recently announced that the Paramount Pictures and Abram’s Bad Robot Productions would take on the project.

Makoto Shinkai was the director, screenplay head, and the writer of Kimi no Na wa. In the Hollywood version, J.J. Abrams will take on the director role. His sample works are the Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Trek.

The whitewashing of Your Name?

Since the announcement of the English version of the Japanese film, people had mixed reactions. Some expressed that the Americans are whitewashing the Japanese characters set in the modern city of Tokyo and the rural town called Hida. Also, many expect that the upcoming film version will be a flop just like in Netflix’s Death Note and the Dragonball movie a few years back.

However, there are also some open-minded fans who think that the American producers will do justice to the original version. Although this might be whitewashing with employing American characters in an American setting, the fans believe that they won’t matter much as long as it sticks to the storyline of the original story. But, it’s still too soon to confirm that the US version will have an all-American ensemble.

Success of Your Name Globally

Kimi no Na wa was released in Japanese theaters in August 2016. It then became the top 1 in highest-grossing Japan anime films beating Spirited Away (2001) and Howl’s Moving Castle (2004). It also became the fourth highest-grossing animated film worldwide just after Frozen (2013).