Distributor of anime Your Name reportedly responds to rumors of live-action adaptation

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Anime fans have been buzzing about a possible foreign adaptation of director Makoto Shinkai’s hit.

In recent years, it’s becoming increasingly common for anime and manga to serve as the basis for live-action movies and TV series. It’s a phenomenon that’s not just limited to Japan, as media producers from other Asian countries have also mined Japanese animation and comics in looking for their next big hit.

Titles that can appeal to a broader audience than hard-core otaku make particularly attractive candidates, as do those that take place in a modern, mundane setting. Director Makoto Shinkai’s startlingly successful anime film Your Name meets both of those criteria, which has fueled rumors that the story of body-swapping teens will be turned into a Korean TV drama.

Your Name’s impressive opening in South Korea, which occurred just this month, seems to have lent the rumors an extra air of believability. There’s also a bit of precedent in the form of the Korean live-action drama adaptations of popular anime Hana Yori Dango and Itazura na Kiss.