The Director of the Anime classic movie “Your Name” Makoto Shinkai returns with his big screen follow up. Another young teen adventure story with a hint of possible romance.
Hodaka is a young boy that runs away from home and lands in Tokyo, with very little money and nowhere to really go. Tokyo also just happens to in the middle of one its rainiest seasons ever with rain not stopping for months. Hodaka does come across a few nice citizens on the rainy streets that show a little mercy to him, providing some shelter or a free meal.
He crosses paths with a young girl named Hina, and she shares a secret with him. She has the magical ability to clear up the rain for a small amount of time within a small section. With the city constantly in showers, they decide to use her powers to offer sunshine to potential buyers for a fee. Needless to say, business starts booming, but they discover there may be a price to pay for manipulating Mother Nature.
This movie had some of the most gorgeous animation I have EVER seen. It’s completely engrossing. The story is captivating from the beginning, the secondary characters are fantastic, and just like other Anime movies, the music cues bulldoze their way right into the narrative, giving the feeling that you’re suddenly watching a music video.
The story is captivating from the beginning, although there are some unusual choices made by the main character in reference to a loaded gun he finds on the streets. There’s also some bold choices made towards the end that I didn’t think matched with the rest of the movie, although character wise, it makes sense.
“Weathering With You” is a beautifully rendered anime that is trying to speak a little to the topic of Global Warming and life in Tokyo using the framework of a teen drama/fantasy/romance.
4 out of 5
– “Marquee Mark” Markellus