Four anime films by Makoto Shinkai, the director of 2016 your namewill soon be available in North America through film distributor GKIDS.
According to the company’s official Twitter account, it acquired the rights in 2002 Voice from a distant star, 2004 The place promised in our beginnings, 2007 5 centimeters per second and 2011 Children chasing lost voices. All four titles “will be heading to home entertainment platforms later this year in their original Japanese versions with English subtitles and English dubs.”
GKIDS is proud to announce the acquisition of the North American rights to four titles from visionary director Makoto Shinkai. This slate includes VOICES FROM A DISTANT STAR, THE PROMISED PLACE IN OUR EARLY DAYS, 5 CENTIMETERS PER SECOND, and CHILDREN WHO CHASE LOST VOICES. pic.twitter.com/aMx8mszPw9
— GKIDS Films (@GKIDSfilms) March 10, 2022
Voice from a distant star tells the story of two close childhood friends who are separated when one of them is sent deep into space to fight in a war against aliens. The film stars Chihiro Suzuki (Yu Gi Oh! TRUE) and Sumi Mutoh (xxxHOLIC) in the original Japanese version and Adam Conlon (princess tutu) and Cynthia Martinez (Girls and Panzer) in the English dubbed version.
Set after World War II in an alternate history where the Soviet Union rules over half of Japan, The place promised at our beginnings follows two friends who drift apart after another friend goes missing. However, they reunite years later and realize that their missing friend may be the key to saving their country and the whole world. The Japanese cast includes Kazuhiko Inoue (The attack of the Titans) and Yuka Nanri (space dandy), and the English cast includes Chris Patton (Haikyu!!) and Jessica Boone (Vinland Saga).
5 centimeters per second follows a boy named Takaki Tōno through three memorable moments in his young life, focusing on his relationships with the girls around him. Kenji Mizuhashi (The Way of the Husband at Home) and Satomi Hanamura (Beyblade Burst) features in the Japanese version of the film and Johnny Yong Bosch (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba) and Tara Platt (Boruto: Naruto Next Generations) appear in the English version.
The children who hunt the lost voices tells the story of Asuna Watase, a feisty but isolated young girl who is forced to grow up quickly after the death of her father. One day, she meets a mysterious boy named Shun, who claims to be from Agartha, the land of the dead. The original Japanese version of the film stars Hisako Kanemoto (Mushoku Tensei: Unemployed Reincarnation) as Asuna and Miyu Irino (end of platinum) like Shun. The characters are portrayed respectively by Hilary Haag (Food wars! Shokugeki no Soma) and Corey Hartzog (Akame ga kill) in the English dub.
At the time of writing, the official dates for GKIDS’ North American release of these films are unknown.
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