In This Corner of the World crossed the 1 billion yen ($8.5 million) milestone during it's 8th week in the Japanese box office. The movie joins Your Name and A Silent Voice as recent anime movies to make at least 1 billion yen during its theatrical Japanese run.
In This Corner of the World joins Little Witch Academia and Under the Dog as crowdfunding success stories for the anime industry.
The movie began production in 2012 and turned to crowdfunding in 2015, where it raised 39 million yen ($335,765), which was used as a part of its 250 million yen ($2.2 million) budget. This is proof that crowdfunding is changing anime by helping support passionate creators who clearly are able to make content that the community loves.
In This Corner of the World continues the trend of positivity and hope overcoming personal tragedy. The movie is an adaptation of award winning manga To All The Corners of the World.
The story is about a young woman named Suzu Urano. In 1944, she moves to the small town of Kure, which is just outside of Hiroshima. Suzu recently married Shuusaku Houjou, who works as a clerk at a naval base. Living with her new family, Suzu starts getting used to a quiet life until the U.S. air raids start happening.
In This Corner of the World contrasts the idyllic traditional Japanese life with the devastation of war. Studio MAPPA sent staff members to Hiroshima and Kure to gather real stories and research old photos to bring the era to life.
Even though In This Corner of the World opened on November 12, 2016, it has already been winning accolades on the award circuit.
The 3rd Hiroshima International Film Festival awarded it the Hiroshima Film Peace Award. The prestigious 38th Yokohama Film Festival awarded it as Best Film over Your Name.
The movie also has a chance to nab awards at the 71st Mainichi Film Awards and the 59th Blue Ribbon Awards.
It looks like the studio's hard work is paying off, as In This Corner of the World joins a short list of anime movies that have found success in the box office.
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