Academy Award
The anime fantasy drama movie Your Name is among those nominated for the of Japan Academy Awards, a ceremony celebrated for Japanese filmmakers since 1978. Being nominated with the likes of One Piece Film Gold and Shape of Voice, Your Name is up for ‘Animation of the Year’, as well as ‘Director of the Year’ when the event takes place in March.

Your Name presents a anime film with combined elements of romance, fantasy and drama, which released back in 2016. Written and directed by Makoto Shinkai, Your Name is based on the novel of the same name, with characters designed by Masayoshi Tanaka and music by the J-rock band Radwimps.

The film first premiered on July 3rd last year at the Anime Expo 2016 in Los Angeles, California. It went on to premiere in Japan just over a month later on August 26th, and had previously been announced to have been licensed by Funimation. 
As for its reception, Your Name was very well received, gaining critical acclaim from fans and critics alike. The film was given praise for its animation in particular, which explains its nomination at the Japan Academy Awards. This led to it becoming the highest-grossing anime film in history, with Your Name’s emotional narrative impacting on its audience, which gained Your Name a gross of over $330 million.

The 40th edition of the Japan Academy Prize will take place on March 3rd, 2017, at the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa in Tokyo, Japan. This will showcase the finest filmmakers in this particular industry, which will be presented by the Nippon Academy-Sho Association.


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