From the spectacle that was “Kimi no Na Wa” (Your Name) in 2016, Makoto Shinkai brings us once again, the biggest anime movie of the year. Your Name, told us the story about a teenage boy and girl that would swap bodies when they woke up. It was such a big hit and is currently standing at second (next to Spirited Away) highest grossing Japanese films both in Japan and worldwide. However, “Tenki no Ko” (Weathering with You), brings us another romantic fantasy drama that has passed the record of Your Name in its first three days! Now currently number 9 in the list of biggest Japanese films only in its first month. If that wasn’t enough, it is now Japan’s official entry to the Oscars for Best International Feature Film.
Weathering with You is set in Japan during a period of exceptionally rainy weather. The movie tells the story of Hodaka Morishima (16), a high-school teenager who has run away to Tokyo and befriends an orphan girl named Hina Amano (18), who appears to be able to manipulate the weather. As cheesy as it sounds, the long rain spell could be a metaphor for Hodaka’s miserable life before Hina came along and became his sunshine.
Just like the outstanding artwork from the previous film, the animation was an amazing portrayal for this slice of life love story about the innocence of love and the chaos of the world. Giving justice to its name, the way the weather was animated was absolutely stunning. From the way the raindrops would look like swimming fishes when Hina was there to the warmth of the sun breaking through the gloomy sky, it felt like you could really feel the weather and emotions through a 2D movie. It was truly exceptional.
This movie was a bit harsher than Your Name. There were scenes where Hodaka and Hina would run into gangsters and uptight police that would then deepen their relationship with each other after. It even involved a gun and a police chase that felt unnecessary but definitely was fun to watch. The whole theme of the previous film could still be felt within Weathering with You in its sense of love story within a sci-fi environment all set in the everyday Japanese culture. It really deserves all the recognition it’s getting and I can’t wait to see how further it will go for the rest of its air.