Millions of people have seen Makoto Shinkai’s newest anime, but no one’s heard it like this yet.
It’s been a long, long time since there’s been as much built-up excitement for an overseas anime release as there is for Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name. With the modern Japanese animation industry so focused on TV series, and the international market so dominated by online streaming, anime fans outside of Japan can enjoy most franchises almost simultaneously with viewers in the medium’s home country.
But with Your Name being a movie, and one that’s earned theatrical releases in English-speaking territories, there’s a wait as distribution rights and logistics get sorted. All the while, Your Name continues to break records (and become cakes) in Japan, which makes the anticipation all the more intense.
Now, those who prefer to watch their anime dubbed have one more thing to get hyped about, as the first English-language trailer for Your Name has been released.
This Friday, anime distributor Anime Limited, through its All the Anime label, will be kicking off roughly two weeks’ worth of Your Name screenings in the U.K. and Ireland. Playing the part of Tokyoite and male lead Taki is Michael Sinterniklaas, who’s been giving English voices to anime characters since the 1990s and is known to fans of Western animation for his portrayal of Dean on The Venture Bros.
Meanwhile, country girl and shrine maiden Mitsuha shares her English voice with Sailor Moon herself, as voice actress Stephanie Sheh has landed the prestigious role.
▼ You can definitely hear a bit of Usagi in Mitsuha’s anguished protests of her unsatisfying rural life.
The official U.K. Your Name website has a complete list of theaters and times for the English-dubbed screenings (there’s also mention of screenings in the original Japanese with English subtitles, but the list is currently blank). The site allows users to purchase advance tickets, so if you’re interested in hearing more of Sinterniklaas and Sheh’s work in Japan’s biggest box office hit of the year, you can reserve yours here.
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