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Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name Movie to Get a 4K UHD Blu-Ray Collectors Edition Release

– Toho B5 Canvas Art and Ringbinder Revealed. CE’s 6 Part Digipak Also Revealed
And you can view them on the official Kiminona.com and Toho sites respectively.

– Preview of Special/Collectors Edition “Visual Commentary”
Official site has released a teaser about the “visual commentary video” that will come with the Special/Collectors Edition which shows Ryuunosuke, Mone and members of Radwimp making comments alongside the movie.

Update – Exclusive Limited Edition Bonus Goodies
Added information about what each online store is offering as exclusive limited edition goodies. Competition is fierce as usual with Toho offering a B5 sized canvas and ring binder for an extra 1000JPY.

Update – Release Date Confirmed!
There were doubts about the photos from the mystery Twitter account but the Japanese disc release date leak has been confirmed as real todayMakoto Shinkai has tweeted about it and an announcement by the voice actors has also been released on YouTube.

Details of the disc contents have also been confirmed as the same with a 5 disc 4K Collectors Edition available as well as the pre-order bonus film bookmarks – there will be 34 different ones in total. The movie will also come with English/Chinese subtitles as with previous movie releases.

Amazon Japan is already accepting pre-orders and is offering even more bonuses by including 2 postcards with all editions while the Collectors and Special Editions also gets an A4 sized frame.

Update – Disc Contents Leaked
Added a table for easier comparison between versions. Chackn has also revealed another photo that reveals the disc content of the actual packages so information has been added about them. That said, there is still no official confirmation this is real as real as it looks. It’s quite odd he doesn’t tag or mention “Kimi no Na wa” in his tweets but it will be interesting to see if this is real over the next month or so =P


Haven’t done a news post for a very long time but this one should be of interest for fans of Makoto Shinkai’s works like myself.

We’ve known for a long time UK will be getting a dual format release of Kimi no Na wa in October since it’s been listed on Amazon UK for some time now but, now we have a release date for Japan’s version!

Judging by this blurry photo by @Chackn on Twitter Japan will be getting 3 versions including a 4K UHD Blu-ray release on July 26th. All pre-orders will get a film strip bookmark (34 different ones in total). Here’s a table for an easier comparison of all versions:

Japan UK
Collectors Edition
12,000 Yen (£83)
Special Edition
7800 Yen (£54)
Regular Edition
Blu-ray 4800 Yen (£33)
DVD 3800 Yen (£26)
Collectors Edition £19.99
– 2x Movie discs (1x 4K UHD)
– 3x Bonus discs
– 100 page booklet.
– Movie script.
– Mini character stickers.
– 6 part digipak
– Movie + 2x bonus discs
– 100 page booklet.
– Mini character stickers.
– 1x Movie disc
– Mini character stickers.
– Blu-ray + DVD movie disc.
– OST
– Collectors Packaging

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Makoto Shinkai Walker Book

Makoto Shinkai Walker Book

It’s been a while since Makoto Shinkai released his first art book, “A Sky Longing for Memories” (which you can get an English copy of by Vertical Comics). Now he’s released a new one at around the same time as his latest youth movie, “Your Name” and it’s a B2 sized, 160 page book subtitled “Walker: Hikari no Kiseki [Trails of Light]”.

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5 Centimetres Per Second Novel English Translation Completed

Finally got round to picking up the half done translation. Pretty hard to believe it’s been two years since then. Time flies, eh?

If I wasn’t a software developer myself it would have been quite tricky translating all the parts about programming. Other than the finished translation, you’ll also find I’ve added Shinkai’s Twitter feed to the bottom of the site and also a new guestbook feature! Anyone still remember those? You know, those days of dial-up 56k modems and before social media sites took over, it was a page where you left a little message for the website owner and its visitors.

Anyway, as with the previous stories, it contains a lot of new material – a lot more which should help clear up any questions you may have about the final episode of the movie. You can view a detailed comparison if you can’t be bothered reading through the translation. In the afterword of this novel, Shinkai notes that he started writing this novel when 5cm first premiered 2007 March in Shibuya and acts as a supplement to the movie.

Since then, there has also been a Manga version of the movie which I haven’t had a read yet. Other 5cm fans say there is new material in there too but maybe it’s just the same as the novel. There has also been another novel appropriately named as “One More Side” where a different author (under the supervision of Shinkai) takes a different approach to 5cm – mostly from Akari’s perspective instead of Takaki’s.

500 of you have said you want to see an official English version since the launch of my site. It might be worth asking Shinkai on Twitter about this too if you have an account.

Anyway, Takaki’s back story can get pretty depressing in the novel so don’t expect a heart-warming Christmas story!

Aside from that… Enjoy and happy holidays! =)

Read 5 Centimetres Per Second in English

20th June 2013 Update:
The site has now been taken down but you may still get most of the content including the translations in PDF here.

5 Centimetres per Second Novels

Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo Blu-ray Collector’s Edition… With English Subtitles! | 星を追う子ども特別限定生産版 | 追逐繁星的孩子Blu-ray限定生産版有簡體中英文字幕!

Happy New Year, readers!

Feels like it’s been a while since my last post but very busy with my full time job these days. You will find me Tweeting more on Twitter since it’s quick and short compared to lengthy articles like these.

But anyway…

Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo is about a young girl named Asuna creates a small radio and goes up to a cliff. Using a memento her father left her to complete the circuit, she manages to catch some kind of song which wasn’t something from one of the local radio stations. She was mesmerised by the happy and at the same time sad feelings that it conveyed. Not long later, there were reports that perhaps a wild bear was on the rampage in the forest but Asuna soon learns it was an alien creature. Fortunately, she is saved by the young man Shun and soon learns a secret organisation “Arch Angels” was seeking the secret underground world he came from for its powers to grant any wish. Asuna had the key to open the entrance. From there, Asuna goes on a journey in the world of Agartha to learn more about where this song came from.

Hence the Engrishy name, “Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below”. I say Engrishy because it’s not exactly a great title for marketing ^^;

As you’ll know from my 5cm posts, I wasn’t really impressed by Shinkai’s first two movies so I was pretty cautious when Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo, his latest work, was announced. At the same time, I was expecting it to be better than 5cm because with every new movie released, his direction seemed better. After watching a “preview” of it, I decided to go ahead and import the collector’s edition.

There’s still a long way to go before Shinkai’s work will be one of those that sell out on day one but he’ll get there I’m sure.

And yes, it contains English subtitles (and Simplified Chinese)!

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Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo Blu-ray/DVD November Releases Includes English Subtitles!

Makoto Shinkai just announced via Twitter that the Blu-ray and DVD release of his latest movie, “Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo” will be available in Japan on November 25th and the good news is both versions will include English subtitles!

As with previous releases, a small booklet is included and bonus disc features will include…

  • Trailers.
  • Documentary
  • Cast and Director Interview

An alternative commentary track will be exclusive to the Blu-ray edition while the slightly more expensive Blu-Ray Collector’s Box  costing 8715 Yen (US$115) will also include…

  • Film strip
  • Story boarding in colour
  • A special preview of the Manga, chapter one
  • “Hello, Goodbye & Hello” Theme Song PV