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Radwimps Preview English Versions of Your Name Songs

Makoto Shinkai fans in particular and curious anime fans at large may be wondering why mega-hit Your Name is taking so long to be released in America when it’s already come out in China, South Korea, Australia and the U.K., among others.

This may be a contributing factor, at least: Radwimps, the Japanese band behind the film’s soundtrack, have been working on English versions of the film’s songs to be used in the Funimation-dubbed release.

The songs that are getting English versions include “Dream lantern,” “Zenzenzense,” “Sparkle,” and “Nandemonaiya,” all of which are previewed in a new video out today.

Radwimps’ lead singer Yojiro Noda reportedly spent some of his childhood in the States, lending the lyrics (and pronunciation) a bit more credibility than your average attempts at English versions of J-pop tunes.

Your Name fans in Japan, meanwhile, have already had a chance to preview these songs via a short English-subtitled run of the film in January, but American fans will be the first to see the all-English version of the film, starring Michael Sinterniklaas and Stephanie Sheh, when it opens April 7.

Source: ANN

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.