2022/10/19 Notification

“Shinkai Makoto Works POSTER CALENDAR 2023” on sale

The “Shinkai Makoto Works POSTER CALENDAR 2023” will be sold starting 11 November(Friday).

Every year, CoMix Wave Films releases a calendar featuring the works of Director Makoto
Shinkai. This year, we’re making a major overhaul to the A2-variant size calendar using
poster visuals from his works.
In order to maximize the visuals, the date portion is focused on the bottom part of the
calendar and can be removed after use. The used calendar pages can then be rehung as proper posters.

The calendar features the full lineup from “Voices of a Distant Star” to his
latest work, “Suzume.” Please continue to enjoy the works of Makoto Shinkai in 2023.

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Please click here for details and pre-order.

2022/8/8 Notification

Cross-Border E-Commerce Is Now Available

You can reach shop CWF merchandise from the website below.

Animate International

2022/4/11 Notification

“Suzume no Tojimari (working title)” Gets a New Poster, Theatrical Release Date, and Special Movie

A new poster has been released featuring the main character, Suzume, for the first time.
The theatrical release date has also been set for 11 November, 2022 in JAPAN.


Additionally, a special movie is available!

For more information, please check official website.

2022/1/7 Notification

2021, 2022

 I am currently working on an animated film called “Suzume no Tojimari.”
 I had a press conference for the announcement the other day. But if I’m being honest, I would have felt less stressed if I could have held off on the announcement until production was completed, so I could really take my time on it. Part of the reason I held the press conference anyway was because I wanted to tell everyone what I’ve been working on, but more than anything, I personally wanted to make it a “theatrical release.” I wanted to tell people who work in the film industry, “I’m working on a film like this,” then ask them, “when it’s finished, will you play it on a theater screen?”” Nowadays, we can watch all kinds of movies through online streaming services, but I still think that there is a kind of “cinematic experience” that can only be found in theaters, and that it still has value.
 Now, setting the inside story aside, the creation of this new film has been very tough. As I work on it, I often find myself thinking about what a difficult film I’ve started (although the film itself will be fun and entertaining!).
 When I think back on “Your Name.,” leaving aside the production work at the studio, I don’t remember having this much trouble laying out the film in storyboards (or maybe I just forgot). It may be because that film was a sort of culmination of my life’s work. Then I felt like “Weathering With You” was like an extension of “Your Name.,” so I didn’t have much trouble with that either (or maybe I just forgot).
 In contrast, for this new film, I sometimes feel uncomfortable, as if I am trying to picture something I do not have in my mind to begin with. I feel as if I am walking in the dark without direction, memory, or know-how. I think I’m putting in all the effort to make the film good enough, but I’ve been finding myself wondering if I’m just not qualified or capable enough.
 There is only one consolation for me. One thing that I know for sure.
 That is the fact that as long as I keep writing even just one word or drawing one line every day for years, the film production will eventually be finished. Even if I don’t want to or cannot do it adequately, I will write and draw every day continuously. Experience tells me that in the end, that is all I need to keep doing. Twenty years as a filmmaker hasn’t made me much better at filmmaking, but it has taught me that much.
 That’s what I’ve been telling myself as I sit at my desk for the past year. I wonder how you spent your time. Let’s hope we all will walk in a brighter way in 2022. I hope you are looking forward to watching “Suzume no Tojimari”.
 I wish you all the best in the new year!

December 31, 2021 Makoto Shinkai


2021/11/17 Notification

The 2022 calendar of Shinkai Makoto works is now available for pre-orders!

VILLAGE VANGUARD is now taking reservations for the 2022 calendar of Shinkai Makoto works.
The calendar comprises scenes selected from his past seven works, “The Voice of a Distant Star” to “Weathering With You,” themed around the concept of ‘Nostalgia’.

Carefully-selected images depicting moving moments for the shows’ female leads will lead you to recall and relive the experience of watching them for the first time.

The calendar highlights both release date anniversaries and significant days from the works themselves!
In addition to its functionality as a calendar, it can also be used to brighten up your space.

Make your new year a joyful one with Shinkai’s leading ladies!

Price: 1,000 yen (tax not included)
Specs: Saddle stitch, 6 pages (two months per page)
Size: W310 H220 (double page spread, A3 type)
Material: Paper
*This item can be shipped only within Japan, and is not eligible for international shipping.

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Please check VILLAGE VANGUARD ONLINE STORE for details.

2021/11/1 Notification

『背伸び』(Senobi) by Nana Mori, with lyrics by Makoto Shinkai, is now available digitally!

New song 『背伸び』(Senobi) by Nana Mori began digital distribution on Oct. 27th. Makato Shinkai wrote the lyrics.


Please click here for details.

2021/7/2 Notification

Second Set of “The Garden of Words” LINE Themes Now On Sale!

“Wisteria trellis,” the second set of creator LINE themes based on “The Garden of Words” is now on sale!
Change your theme to a world of wisteria and brighten up the rainy season!


Product: “The Garden of Words” Wisteria trellis Line Theme
Category: Creator Themes
Price: 150 LINE Coins/370 Yen (*As of June 2021)
For more information, see the URL below

LINE Store Official Homepage

2021/4/12 Notification

“The Works of Makoto Shinkai – The Garden of Words Background Collection” is coming soon…!

Makoto Shinkai’s film “The Garden of Words” was released in 2013 to acclaim from the world of film aficionados. An art book featuring its lavish and detailed art design will finally be released in Japan on 24 June.
The release will contain over 140 backgrounds as well as design documents, storyboards, and other “making of” material. Interviews with director Makoto Shinkai and art director Hiroshi Takiguchi will also be included.

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2017/5/23 Notification

The 36th Fujimoto Award : Makoto Shinkai won Fujimoto Award

Director Makoto Shinkai and Producer Noritaka Kawaguchi, Yoshihiro Furusawa, Genki Kawamura, won Fujimoto Award at the 36th Fujimoto Award.This award praising distinguished movie producer.

Please see Fujimoto Award Official Page(Japanese only)for more details.

2017/5/23 Notification

The 20th JAPAN MEDIA ARTS FESTIVAL : “Your name.” received Grand Prize

“Your name.” received Grand Prize in the Animation Division at the 20th JAPAN MEDIA ARTS FESTIVAL

Please see 20th JAPAN MEDIA ARTS FESTIVAL Official Sitefor more details.(English)