Makoto Shinkai to make another beautiful film

When ‘Your Name’ came out back in 2016, the world was shook-eth with Makoto Shinkai’s art direction, easily taking over the number two spot of Japan’s highest-grossing domestic film, just after Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘Spirited Away’. Staying at the number one position in the box office, nine weeks after it’s release, as well as holding a solid 97 percent approval rate on Rotten Tomatoes, Makoto Shinkai is back at it again with the release of his newest trailer art, cast, and plot for his next project.

(Image from Variety)

Incredible visuals from ‘Your Name’ (Image from BostonHassle)

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In Japanese, the movie will be called 天気の子 (literally meaning, “Children of the Weather’) or “Weathering with You” in the official English translation. Not to ruin it for you, but the story is set around a first-year high school boy called Hodaka Morishima, who runs away from his home in the countryside to the bustling streets of Tokyo. A series of unfortunate events occur and our boy Morishima eventually finds work as a writer for an occult and spiritual magazine before meeting a girl named Haruna Amano during a rainstorm. There, she promises Morishima that it will stop raining, and in some twist of luck or magic, the rain stops and the sun is out.

Understandably. there are lots of speculation about the film’s plot coming into fruition on the internet. For example, 天野 (“Amano") shares the first character of 天気 (“Weather”) used in the title, but more interesting, is that it also shares the first kanji of 天照 (“Amaterasu”), the goddess of the sun and the most important deity of Shinto faith.

The byline of the poster is translated as “This is a story about the secret of the world that only she and I know”. (Image from Sora News)

Set to come out on the 19th of July next year, the one thing that can be guaranteed is that it will be entertaining and will guarantee laughter and tears, and is focusing on the idea that this movie is best suited for everyone. In addition to direction, Shinkai himself is also head writer, as well as Your Name’s character designer Masayoshi Tanaka will return to give us those incredible character visuals.

(Sources: Livedoor, Weathering on You Official Website, SoraNews)

Elise Meng