If you haven't seen the anime movie that took over the box office and fans hearts, Your Name, you are missing out on a legendary work of art. The film exploded in popularity worldwide, becoming the highest grossing anime of all time. Many are anxious of what is to come from the director behind the box-office hit, Makoto Shinkai, with many giving him the high praise of calling him the new Miyazaki. Yesterday, the director revealed some exciting news on his Twitter, that has fans excited for what is to come.
Yesterday was the 26th Annual Japan Movie Critics Awards in Tokyo, and Shinkai was absent from the ceremony. The actor won Best Animation Director Award, for his work on Your Name at the ceremony, and his production producer accepted the award in his place. The producer made a short statement when receiving the award for Shinkai, stating, "I'm afraid director Shinkai cannot come due to various circumstances. But I'd like to express my gratitude instead."
This mysterious statement made the audience confused on where the director was, but he later explained why he was missing on Twitter that night. He explained the reasoning behind his absence in the tweet below, "I received the best animation director award at the Annual Japan Movie Critics Awards. I was not able to attend because I am now working on my new project, but I am very honored. Thank you very much!"
日本映画批評家大賞にて監督賞をいただきました。新作作業中につき僕自身は出席は出来なかったのですが、たいへん光栄に思います。ありがとうございました！— 新海誠 (@shinkaimakoto) May 16, 2017
新海誠監督：「君の名は。」で監督賞受賞もプロデューサーが代理出席 新作への言及なし https://t.co/5RMgC0SQKV
So it looks like its official that Shinkai is working on a new project. Fans can only wait patiently to see what is to come from the director, and if it will be able to top Your Name's success.
If you are unfamiliar with story Funimation describes the story as the following:
The day the stars fell, two lives changed forever. High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must adjust their lives around each other. Yet, somehow, it works. They build a connection and communicate by leaving notes, messages, and more importantly, an imprint.
When a dazzling comet lights up the night’s sky, it dawns on them. They want something more from this connection—a chance to meet, an opportunity to truly know each other. Tugging at the string of fate, they try to find a way to each other. But distance isn’t the only thing keeping them apart. Is their bond strong enough to face the cruel irony of time? Or is their meeting nothing more than a wish upon the stars?