Weathering with You (JP:天気の子 Tenki no Ko, lit. Child of Weather) is a 2019 Japanese animated film. The seventh major release by Makoto Shinkai, it is produced by CoMix Wave Films and distributed by Toho with RADWIMPS returning for the score.
The summer of his high school freshman year, Hodaka Morishima runs away from his remote island home to Tokyo, an endeavour that leaves him broke and forced to work for a shady occult magazine to make ends meet in the midst of unusually heavy rain. One day, he meets Hina Amano, a mysterious girl who apparently has the power to change the weather. The intentions of the two to use this power for good come unglued, however, when sinister forces take an interest in her.
The movie was released in Japan on July 19, 2019, with worldwide releases planned but exact dates still unknown; GKIDS has licensed it for distribution in North America, with an "awards qualifying" limited run in 2019 and a wider release with both subtitles and English dub in 2020. A novel adaptation also by Shinkai was released on July 18, while a manga adaptation by Watari Kubota is scheduled to begin in Kodansha's Afternoon on July 25.
This film contains examples of:
- Darker and Edgier: Subverted; while the gun use and apparent crime story elements suggest this will be a darker work than Your Name, Voices, Place Promised and Lost Voices amply show Shinkai is no stranger to violence in his creations.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: Hodaka is shown looking after a cat despite his own troubles.
- Knight of Cerebus: It is suggested that the villains will only come in partway through the film, if the way the second trailer introduced them by the sudden discharge of a firearm is any indication.
- Magic Realism: It appears that Hina is the sole unicorn in the garden of an otherwise mundane Japan.
- Pun-Based Title: "Tenki no Ko" is a play on tenki yohou (天気予報, weather report).
- Shout-Out: One of the characters brandishes a magazine with a cover very similar to another that appeared in Your Name. In the July 2nd, 2019 trailer, the immediate next shot is an article on a comet.
- Spoiler Title: Some of the titles on the soundtrack, like "Hina, Fading Away" are ominous to say the least.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: A Shinkai staple; the trailers suggest the antagonists try to separate Hodaka and Hina.
- Unsettling Gender Reveal: Nagisa has a feminine hairstyle and face that makes the obviously male voice coming from it quite startling.
- Welcome to the Big City: From preview material, it seems Hodaka's transition to Tokyo life goes poorly.