Time for some good news people – critically acclaimed animated movie “Kimi no Na wa” just won one of the most coveted awards in Hollywood. Frequently dubbed as this year’s biggest anime, the Makoto Shinkai masterpiece was awarded “Best Animated Film” in the 2016 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards. This means a lot for both producers and fans of the movie as it could heighten the possibility of an Academy Award Nomination. Previous winners of the LAFCA include Spirited Away and Kaguya-hime no Monogatari.
Much of Kimi no Na wa’s success is attributed to its its genuine story-telling. It is also recognized for its well-rounded cast of characters and gorgeously detailed animation. As you might already know, the film tells the story of a provincial girl and a city boy who miraculously swap bodies in their dreams. Fans of the film boast of its eye candy visuals and the rather original take on sci-fi elements such as time travel and body-switching.
“Kimi no Na wa” has topped the Japanese box office for more than thirteen consecutive weeks before it Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them took over. It has already surpassed Miyazaki films such as Princess Mononoke and Howl’s Moving Castle in the list of highest grossing films in Japan.
The film will be released in 85 different countries including Malaysia, Philippines and USA. In November 2016, Funimation entertainment also announced that Kimi no Na Wa was officially on the shortlist for the Academy Awards.
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