Yen Audio Announces Audiobook Adaptation of Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name Novel

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© Makoto Shinkai, Kadokawa

Yen Audio has announced an upcoming audiobook adaptation of renowned director and author Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name novel, based on his anime film of the same name.

The audiobook will be available in July 2024 and will be the first Makoto Shinkai title to join Yen Audio’s extensive catalog. The voice cast for the audiobook will be announced at a later date.

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© Makoto Shinkai, Kadokawa

Your Name was adapted into a novel and released in Japan on June 18, 2016. It was published by the Yen On imprint in English on May 23, 2017, which will serve as the basis of Yen Audio’s audiobook adaptation. 

Shinkai’s anime film was first released in Japan on August 26, 2016 to critical and commercial success. Funimation released the film in North American theaters on April 7, 2017. The film has also inspired a manga adaptation and an upcoming live-action remake

Yen Press describes the novelization of Shinkai’s film as: 

Mitsuha, a high school girl living in a small town in the mountains, has a dream that she’s a boy living in Tokyo. Taki, a high school boy in Tokyo, dreams he’s a girl living in a quaint little mountain town. Sharing bodies, relationships, and lives, the two become inextricably linked—but are any connections truly inseverable in the grand tapestry of fate? Written by director Makoto Shinkai during the production of the film by the same title, your name. is in turns funny, heartwarming, and heart-wrenching as it follows the struggles of two young people determined to hold on to each other. 

Source: press release

William Moo is a freelance writer who has previously written for OTAQUEST and MANGA.TOKYO. He enjoys watching lots of anime every season and reading from time to time. You can follow him on Twitter @thewriterSITB.
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