MANILA -- Japanese animator and director Makoto Shinkai thanked his fans in the Philippines after a local television airing of his 2016 movie "Your Name" topped the country's trending topics on Maundy Thursday.
The Filipino-dubbed version of "Your Name," also known by its original title "Kimi no Na wa," was shown on ABS-CBN 2 as part of its Holy Week programming.
"Your Name" soon became the most talked about topic on Twitter as viewers and anime fans reminisced about the romantic fantasy drama flick, which holds the title for the highest-grossing anime film of all time.
After a viewer in the Philippines tagged Shinkai in a post about his movie's trending status, the director tweeted:
"Thank you to all the fans in the Philippines! The world is tough time now please take care of your days."
Tokyo and some areas of Japan have been declared under a state of emergency on Wednesday due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Philippine island of Luzon has been on lockdown for nearly a month to prevent the spread of the infection as positive cases in the country breached 4,000.
"Your Name" was first shown on ABS-CBN 2 in 2018, 2 years after a local cinema run.
Aside from the hit movie, the Kapamilya network also slated 2 other Japanese romantic drama animation films to air this Holy Week, both being carried on the channel for the first time.
The 2016 movie "A Silent Voice" airs on Good Friday at 8 a.m, while "Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom?" from 2017 will be shown on Holy Saturday at the same time slot.