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That summer day, up in the sky... We've dramatically changed the shape of the world.
Hina Amano

Weathering with You (JP: 天気の子 Tenki no Ko, lit. Child of Weather) is a 2019 Japanese animated fantasy-drama 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 as they did in Your Name, bringing in Toko Miura as guest vocalist on some of the songs.

The summer of his high school freshman year, Hodaka Morishima runs away from his remote island home to Tokyo. Broke from the endeavor, he is forced to work for shady occult writer Keisuke Suga and the man's hanger-on Natsumi to make ends meet in the midst of unusually heavy rain. Assigned to track down rumors of a "sunshine girl" (JP: 晴れ女 hareonna), he finds her in the person of recently-orphaned Hina Amano, who apparently has the power to change the weather temporarily. Along with Hina's kid brother Nagi, they attempt to use this power to bring the sun back while making a living from the service, but when complications mundane and mystical make themselves known, Hodaka is forced to make some painful choices.


The movie was released in Japan on July 19, 2019, with 4DX editions starting September 27. Worldwide releases followed afterward, including a premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, which is Japan's first submission to the TIFF since The Wind Rises in 2013. An English dub produced by NYAV Post was released January 2020 by GKIDS. Japanese DVD and Blu-Ray release was on May 27, 2020. English digital release will be August 4, 2020, while physical release will be September 15, and collector's edition with 4K will come out November 17.

A novel adaptation also by Shinkai was released on July 18, 2019, while a manga adaptation by Watari Kubota began in Kodansha's Afternoon on July 25. An audiobook of the novelization read by Hodaka and Hina's Japanese voice actors was released on August 28, 2020.


It was put forward by Japan as their entry for the 92nd Academy Awards' Best International Feature Film category. This was the first time in more than 20 years, since Princess Mononoke, that an anime had been chosen.

As per Handling Spoilers, trope listings are not to be spoiler-marked. Read on at your own risk!

This film contains examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Never made explicit, at least in the film proper, as Hodaka glosses over exactly why he ran away from home, but it's implied his parents were physically abusive to him by the multiple bandages he has on his face when running away at the start of the film, as well as how very negatively he reacts to the idea of returning home for any reason, well beyond what his evasive answer of the parents being "suffocating" can explain. Emotional abuse, or neglect at least, is also implied by his comment that a humble Big Mac was the best meal he'd ever had in his lifenote . The fact that he goes straight back to Tokyo by himself after his high school graduation, without the parents bothering to even go along with him to at least check out his university accommodation situation, is also telling.
  • Accidental Aiming Skills: Hodaka with the gun. Not only was his aim bad, but he succeeds in traumatizing one of the thugs who was accosting Hina.
  • Act of True Love: Hodaka does everything he can to save his beloved's life, culminating with his preventing her sacrifice and flooding Tokyo.
  • An Aesop: There are several messages that the film wanted to point out to the audience:
    • Continuing from Your Name is that finding a job in a large city like Tokyo is harder than it looks, especially if you have a shady past, lack the necessary identification, or just have an undesirable appearance. No one would accept Hodaka working with them, not even the Yakuza, because he has no credential of any kind as he's a runaway minor, and only Suga and Natsumi would take him in because Suga happened to take a liking to Hodaka earlier. Natsumi herself also struggles to find a job of her own - despite her determination - because she lacked the necessary skills and experience. Suga doesn't fare any better as he was refused work contacts multiple times because of his shady appearance and unhealthy lifestyle (which also prevents him from seeing his sick daughter as well). Lastly, Hina had to lie about her age just to get accepted for a job at a fast-food restaurant, and they fired her immediately once they discovered her forged info. Also, due to lying about her age, she was preyed on by a couple of thugs who tries to coerce her into prostitution.
    • Nature is not something to be played with. Even if Hina could change the weather for the better, she would have to pay for it with her life once she used her power one too many times. We have to learn to let nature run its course and avoid trying to alter it to our liking, as it would bring nothing but destruction.
    • Don't shoulder responsibility all by yourself. Hina has come to enjoy using her power to change the weather to make people happy, but this comes at the cost of making her weaker and weaker until it eventually claims her life. In the climax, Hodaka finally manages to convince her to make herself happy for once, and Hina finally wishes for them to be back together.
    • Every action has consequences. Hodaka runs away from home and later come into possession of a gun and almost shot someone with it, something that is bound to be noticed by the police, especially since it was caught on CCTV. Suga being a heavy drinker and smoker resulted in him not being able to see his daughter who has asthma. The cost of Hina using her power one too many times resulted in her disappearing, and Hodaka trying to bring her back to life undid the sunny weather that was given by her sacrifice, and Tokyo fell into a never-ending rainfall that eventually floods the city. Also, everyone who assisted Hodaka in escaping the police was arrested in the end.
  • Against the Grain: Both Hodaka and Keisuke defied the expectations of their seniors to follow their hearts. Hina eventually does this to put a dent in the expectations of the Weather Gods…with a little help from Hodaka, of course.
  • Age Cut: Hodaka, in the novelization, is an eighteen year old man, reflecting on his escape to Tokyo. The book is a series of flashbacks of his 16-year-old self.
  • The Alcoholic: Suga heavily drinks, usually to cope with sadness from his wife's death in a car crash several years prior to the movie. He outright has an entire area of his office set aside as a bar with the full trimmings. Natsumi has to scold him whenever he does.
  • All There in the Manual: The light novelization more or less confirms that Hodaka’s parents (or his father at least) were indeed abusive, and one of the reasons he ran away from home was because of the island’s stifling, perhaps complacent mindset. When he returned home, his parents and his school gave him an awkward, but warm welcome, implying that they softened up.
  • Always Save the Girl: At the climax of the film, Hodaka decides to give a middle finger to fate and the authorities by saving Hina and bringing her back to Earth. This trope comes into play, but is horribly deconstructed. At the cost of saving Hina, the rains come down even harder for good and Tokyo is flooded. The people learn to live with it, and the leads get their happy ending, but a good portion of Tokyo is submerged underwater.
  • Ambiguously Absent Parent: Hina and Nagi's mother is shown in hospital at the start of the film and is dead by the time Hodaka comes into the picture around a year later. Their father never comes up at all. That he is dead too is implied by how the police never suggest putting them into his custody, but nothing is stated outright.
  • Apocalypse How: City-wide societal disruption. By the end of the film, Hodaka bringing Hina back from the clouds causes the rain to return, more intensely than before and just as unceasing. In the span of three years, all of Tokyo and some of the surrounding area is flooded beyond recognition. The people are nevertheless shown to have made strides in adapting to such conditions. Whether or not other regions, or even other countries, are also affected never gets brought up at any point.
  • Assimilation Academy: Hodaka sees his high school as this in the novelization. The hint is, he was “chained down” (metaphorically).
  • Badass Driver: Natsumi of all people is an impressive scooter rider. This is highlighted when she tries to take Hodaka to the shrine to save Hina while being chased by the police with great speed and evasion skills.
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • After clearing the sky at Roppongi Hills, Hina says she's in love, then after a beat, adds that it's with the sunshine girl work.
    • In the Distant Finale, it looks like one of Hodaka's schoolmates wants to confess her feelings to him, only to ask about him being arrested in Tokyo.
  • Bait the Dog: We are first introduced to Keisuke heroically backlit by the sun after saving Hodaka on the ferry. Immediately afterward, he mooches off the boy. Ultimately downplayed, as despite his stinginess, he never does anything actually evil.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: When Hina opens her bathrobe to show Hodaka her body is turning translucent, her nipples aren't shown.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Hodaka's careless remark to Hina about wanting good weather on the night they confess their feelings for each other end up causing her to sacrifice herself for his wish. Hodaka cannot take this lying down after learning what he's done.
  • Beautiful Void: When Hina is taken to the place on top of a cumulonimbus, we see it to be a large verdant grassland, but one devoid of other life.
  • Blessed with Suck: Hina was given the gift of atmokinesis, specifically bringing sunshine to rainy places...which unfortunately will become her undoing as she is destined to become a human sacrifice.
  • Body Horror: The way Hina's body turns translucent green as her power takes its toll on her is quite disturbing.
  • The Cameo:
    • Taki, Mitsuha, Tessie, Sayaka and Yotsuha from Makoto Shinkai's earlier work Your Name appear at separate points in the film.
    • The somewhat famous meteorologist Kentaro Araki, who was consulted for the film, briefly makes an unnamed appearance as an interviewee of Hodaka's.
  • Central Theme: The individual versus society. Hodaka comes to Tokyo wanting to make his own way and is hounded by the police who insist he should go back home and to school, all the way up to his climactic choice. Hina contends with how social services thinks an orphan like her shouldn't be staying without a guardian, as well as the costs of bringing happiness to others through the sky clearing. Keisuke wants to regain custody of his daughter but must struggle against society's expectations, and wants it badly enough he kicks Hodaka out before he can be found harbouring a fugitive, even if he changes his mind later.
  • Chekhov's Gun: A literal handgun Hodaka chances upon hidden in a trashcan later gets used at two major moments.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: The thug who kicks Hodaka out of his lift lobby (which led him to finding a gun) and has Hina rescued away from him by Hodaka becomes a major lead for the police who are tracking Hodaka.
  • Chekhov's Lecture: A self-proclaimed psychic Hodaka and Natsumi interview tells them that altering the weather comes at a price, namely getting spirited away. Later, Keisuke and Natsumi visit an old priest who tells them about the legend of the weathering-altering shrine maidens and how it always ends in their sacrifice.
  • Chick Magnet: Hina's younger brother Nagisa is essentially an elementary schooler version of this trope, attracting many girls his age (much to Hodaka's justified shocked reaction).
  • Commonality Connection: Natsumi tells Hina how Keisuke, like Hodaka, was an island boy who ran away from home to Tokyo and found love there. She also rebukes Hodaka for being, like Keisuke, focused on the monetary applications of the supernatural rather than finding wonder in it. This pays off big time in the endgame; it finally sinks in for Keisuke what Hodaka was doing out of love and, realising that while he can't get Asuka back, Hodaka still can save Hina, he gets in the way of the police for Hodaka's sake.
  • Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: Hina is initially less than enthused about how Hodaka rescues her from the thugs.
  • Confusing Multiple Negatives: After Hina clears the sky at Roppongi Hills, she tells Hodaka that she might not not not a few times have found what she wants in life, causing Hodaka to be confused as to whether she has or has not.
  • Conscience Makes You Go Back: After the police start sniffing around his office for Hodaka, Suga kicks him out so as to not endanger his custody situation with his daughter. The guilt, along with Natsumi and Rain's disapproval, causes him to go look for Hodaka the next day to try to help him out with the police. When things go south in the ruined building as Hodaka races for the weather shrine, Suga interferes with the police so that Hodaka can reach it, even when he had a gun pointed at him just moments before.
  • Continuity Nod: Taki and Mitsuha of Your Name fame both have minor roles in this movie, though, ironically, their names are not mentioned apart from a fleeting glimpse of "Tachibana" at the former's grandmother's house while the latter can be seen wearing a work tag with her surname on it. Word of God says that this story takes place just before they re-encountered each other as adults.
  • Contrived Coincidence:
    • Hodaka just happens to encounter Keisuke, seemingly the sole man willing to offer him an employment opportunity despite his circumstances, on the ferry taking him from his home island to Tokyo.
    • Hodaka just happens to try taking shelter at the McDonald's Hina is working at, and later is in the right time and place to see the thug trying to lead her into his nightclub.
    • When Hina is in the clouds and the ring falls through her body that's turning intangible, it lands exactly in front of Hodaka just as he's being taken by the police.
    • Natsumi just happens to be riding around in the right time and place to help Hodaka escape the police.
  • Control Freak: Hodaka's father. It's strongly implied that he's somewhat domineering and controlling towards his son, as evidenced by the photograph of him and Hodaka that Takai presents to Hina as well as Hodaka's feelings toward him in the novelization.
  • Crapsaccharine World: While Shinkai has never shied away from depicting the loneliness of urban life, this is easily his most cynical work yet. Tokyo is depicted as a place that, beneath the glitz and glamour, has No Sympathy for runaways, orphans, and struggling entrepreneurs who are also still-grieving widowers, and colourfully-lit signs hide dens of iniquity.
  • Creator Cameo: Shinkai's cat avatar can be seen as a fridge magnet on Keisuke's fridge.
  • Cue the Sun:
    • Hina noticing sunbeams piercing through the clouds and highlighting the derelict building's rooftop from her mother's hospital room kicks off the plot.
    • A burst of rain also cuts off to give Keisuke some backlighting of sunshine after saving Hodaka on the ferry.
    • Hina later invokes this when she begins monetizing her ability to bring forth sunshine, as she realizes that seeing sunlight from the rain brings people joy.
  • Dark Reprise: The second half of "Clear Sky and Loss" is a more sombre rearrangement of "Fireworks Festival", without the choir.
  • Darker and Edgier: Zig-zagged. On the one hand, the gun use makes this a darker work than Your Name, but Voices, Place Promised and Lost Voices amply show Shinkai is no stranger to violence in his creations. On the other, it's barely minutes in before viewers are confronted with squalid derelict buildings and the red light district of Kabukicho in all its "glory", and very strongly implies that the two thugs trying to get Hina to go along with them are trying to get her into prostitution, a display unprecedented for Shinkai and rarely seen outside anime explicitly in the crime genre.
  • Determinator: Hodaka didn't give up where many people did. And as a result, Hina survives thanks to his efforts.
  • Distant Finale: After Hodaka succeeds in bringing Hina back, he is promptly arrested, put on probation, and sent home. The movie epilogue skips three years; Tokyo is flooded, Hodaka is graduating from high school, and he hasn't seen Hina in the three years since he left Tokyo. The movie ends with him talking to Keisuke and reuniting with Hina.
  • Drowning Pit: The sinking city becomes this after the avoided sacrifice, especially for the occupants of the street levels or lower. Though depending on how long it took for the people to move to higher ground, this may be played straight for the unlucky ones.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Hina and Nagi both make brief appearances before they are properly introduced—Hina sneakily gives Hodaka a free burger when he's alone and hungry in the restaurant she works at, and he spots Nagi in the back of a bus flirting with two different girls.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Hodaka and friends suffer and struggle at every turn before the Weather Gods are rejected of their sacrifice.
  • Eiffel Tower Effect: In addition to Shinkai's now-obligatory use of the NTT DoCoMo Yoyogi Building, one of the first landmarks Hodaka sees on entering Tokyo is the Rainbow Bridge, one important scene is set in the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, and Tokyo Tower and Skytree are prominent sights in other scenes.
  • Empty Piles of Clothing: Hina's bathrobe gets left behind when she's taken to the sky. Oddly, she's fully-dressed when next we see her up there.
  • Equivalent Exchange: Hina clearing the weather seems to slightly decrease the temperature the next day, and the rainwater itself ends up in a weird floating blob somewhere in the area. After she does it numerous times, a massive electrified storm system shows up carrying record-breaking amounts of rain, and it gets so cold that it snows in the middle of summer. The only way to prevent the backlash and restore normal weather is for Hina to sacrifice herself.
  • Everything's Cuter with Kittens: Hodaka adopts a stray cat which he calls Ame ("Rain") and keeps at Suga's office. In the Distant Finale, Rain has grown up into a large and plump cat.
  • Family Portrait of Characterization: The photograph of Hodaka and his dad that Takai presents to Hina shows their dynamic perfectly and given Hodaka’s expression, his unhappiness of living with them lead him to leaving his home.
    • In the manga, we see some pictures of Hina and Nagi along with their mother, showing how happy they were.
  • The Foreign Subtitle: Released in German as Weathering With You: Das Mädchen, das die Sonne berührtenote .
  • Foreshadowing:
    • One of the responses Hodaka gets from Yahoo! Answers about what work he can get is "sex club waiter". He later encounters Hina implied to be being lured into doing this.
    • A news bulletin briefly discusses a case of illegal possession of guns and ammo shortly before Hodaka encounters one.
    • One of the articles Keisuke shows Hodaka when introducing what K&A Planning does is titled "The many human sacrifices that protect Tokyo".
    • The thug that attempts to hire Hina as a prostitute later yells that he did not know she was a minor while he's being chased by the police. As it turns out, Hina is only 15, instead of being 18 as she lied in her work resume and to Hodaka.
    • Similarly, after Hina shows Hodaka her power for the first time and introduces herself, Hodaka remarks she doesn't look her age.
    • The first time Hodaka goes to Hina's house, he passes by two women talking about how she can't live by herself without any parents. Sure enough, social services becomes an issue.
    • The day after clearing the sky at Roppongi Hills, a news report mentions the rain is back as if in backlash.
    • Due to The Law of Conservation of Detail, when Hodaka says that he is planning on taking One Last Job for a father and daughter to play in a park, one might have guessed from how it's been earlier said Keisuke has a daughter whose asthma acts up in the rain who it was going to be.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Hodaka is phlegmatic, Hina is sanguine, Natsumi is choleric, and Suga is melancholic.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • Unlike Taki and Mitsuha's obvious, lengthy appearances, Tessie and Sayaka are only briefly seen from behind after Hina clears the sky for the first time as part of the weather clearing service, meaning one probably won't notice without specifically looking out for them. Similarly, Yotsuha can be briefly seen from the side among her classmates, admiring the sunshine after Hina's sacrifice.
    • Hina's choker can be seen broken in two after she is rescued and returns to Earth, signifying her no longer being beholden to the weather maiden duties.
    • In the final part, Taki's grandmother is shown wearing a wristband that looks a lot like a Miyamizu braided cord. Given comments from Shinkai that Taki and Mitsuha had gotten married by then, it might actually be one.
  • Friendless Background: Hodaka, due to his family's strict upbringing.
  • From Bad to Worse: Things go downhill fast after Hina clears the sky one last time for Keisuke and his daughter. On the way back to Hina's apartment, she gets taken partially up into the sky. The police knock on her door looking for Hodaka and telling that social services will be around shortly. They flee as the rain intensifies first to flooding, then to snowfall. The police nearly get a hold of Hodaka. A few moments of levity interject at the love hotel, but soon turns grim again as Hina contemplates her fate, and by the time Hodaka awakens the next morning she is gone and the police are at the hotel room's door.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Keisuke, who has beat Hodaka to the derelict building, slaps the latter in an attempt to get him to see reason.
  • The Ghost: Mr. Morishima is revealed in the light novel to be a Jerkass who physically abuses Hodaka and is presumably a Fantasy-Forbidding Father. However, he is only seen in a photograph of him and Hodaka on a school day (note the uniform) and it seems apparent that Hodaka is still suffering from the trauma. The same applies to the weather gods who want Hina to be sacrificed.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: Halfway through the film, the police becomes aware of Hodaka's status as a runaway who also happens to possess an illegal gun, so they send out officers to seek him out. Two prominent inspectors are shown leading them, with one being a strict By The Book cop who's condescending to everything Hodaka had gone through and is willing to use violence to bring him in, while the other is a much older cop who's more sympathetic to the young boy's plight and even realizes that Hodaka must have done everything he did for a reason - to see Hina again. Not that it stops him from drawing a gun on Hodaka after resisting arrest to do so.
  • Gray Rain of Depression: Discussed; the bleak weather mirroring Hodaka's early prospects in Tokyo is contrasted with the uplifting mood one gets from blue skies and sunshine. It's also inverted as well after Hina's sacrifice. Before that, blue skies and sunny weather signifies joyful happiness, but now the harsh sunlight only reminds Hodaka of what Hina did to achieve it. While everybody else is happy with the now clear weather, Hodaka could only look up to the sky in despair.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Without so much as making a physical appearance, Hodaka’s parents and the weather gods are practically responsible for all the bad things that happen in the story.
  • The Greatest Story Never Told: How Hodaka saved Hina. According to his opening narration, he never told the story before, not even to his parents or his classmates and probation officer.
  • Headbutt of Love: Hodaka and Hina adopt this posture when falling from the sky after her rescue.
  • The Heavy: A traditional Big Bad, as in an entity driving the plot by his deliberate, malicious action, is hard to pin down in this storynote , Inspector Takai and his army of policemen and women are, in many different ways, the most visible antagonistic forces to Hodaka, Hina and Nagi.
  • Homage: Like in Your Name, part of the climax involves a side character giving a protagonist a scooter ride that gets impeded halfway, forcing that protagonist to complete the journey on foot. In both, the side character is also amused by the prospect of now being a criminal.
  • Heroic Sacrifice (Inverted) First played straight as Hina is the Weather maiden and has to sacrifice herself to save Tokyo from getting drowned by the neverending rain. But then Hodaka saves Hina sacrificing the whole city just for her.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Upon realizing that his wish to eradicate the unending downpour in Tokyo has resulted in Hina's sacrifice as the latest weather maiden, he decides to go back for her.
  • Invisible Parents: Hodaka’s father slightly averts this, as he is seen in a photograph, but his mother plays this trope straight.
  • Inspector Javert: The police chase after Hodaka for pretty understandable reasons: (1) He's a runaway minor and (2) he's in unlawful possession of a gun. Once they see that Hina and Nagi are minors living alone, they take an interest and call social services on them. Still, even with the Mexican Standoff that happens near the end and Suga stepping in, they never get particularly harsh with the parties involved.
  • Internal Homage:
    • The Distant Finale follows an earlier scene in showing similar shots of Hodaka on a ferry coming to Tokyo. It serves to demonstrate how the flooding caused by Hina's rescue has changed things.
    • There are three similarly-composed shots of Hodaka walking up the path from Tabata Station South Exit to Hina's house, all illustrating how things change as the film goes on.
  • Ironic Echo: When Hodaka first visits Hina's house, she catches him looking at her breasts and angrily asks him where he's looking. Later in the love hotel, after opening her bathrobe to reveal that she's turning translucent, she asks again, but this time with great sadness.
  • Jerkass:
    • The sleazy host who beats up Hodaka and tries to pressure an underage Hina into hostess work.
    • Dectective Takai for his Lack of Empathy towards a emotionaly distraught Hodaka and treating the situation like an annoyance.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Keisuke Suga, who mooches off Hodaka after saving his life at the start of the film, shamelessly underpays him while employing him (Natsumi is shocked to hear that he's only paying Hodaka 3,000 yen per month, which is about US$30, rather than the 30,000 she guessed) and fires him when the police start looking for him because he doesn't want trouble, but is a devoted father to his sick daughter, lets Hodaka stay at the office and pays for his food and even his phone bill despite him being a runaway, gives him a generous amount of money as "severance pay" after making him leave, and ultimately gets into a fight with the police, leading to his own arrest, to give Hodaka a chance to save Hina.
  • Kick the Dog: A thug trips Hodaka as he's passing for no good reason, then later punches him hard in the face when Hodaka tries to rescue Hina (after slapping him) from being coerced into a service girl job. Remember, Hodaka is still a kid, so he basically commits a blatant child abuse here.
    • Hodaka’s dad according to the novelization. Hodaka himself admits that his father beat him up.
  • Kid-anova: Nagi isn't even in junior high school yet but strings along multiple girls at once.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Hodaka is shown looking after a cat despite his own troubles, even taking it with him when he starts working for Suga.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler:
    • The Weathering with You exhibition first held at Matsuya Ginza in Tokyo between September 25 to October 7 2019 shows storyboards and even selections of full clips from absolutely everything in the film, meaning anyone who goes there without seeing the film first is going to have a bad time.
    • The music video for "Grand Escape" spoils almost everything, including Hodaka taking Hina back to Earth and the flooded Tokyo at the end.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Except for Natsumi, nearly everyone wears one, maybe two outfits across the entire story. Including Mitsuha in her cameo wearing the same outfit as in the final scene of your name, which has created no shortage of confusion among less careful viewers regarding the two films' timelines.
  • The Lost Lenore: Keisuke still misses his wife Asuka who was killed in a car accident years ago, as evidenced by how he drunkenly mumbles her name.
  • Love Hotels: when Hodaka, Hina and Nagi go on the run, one of these is the only place that will take them in without asking for ID or other inconvenient questions. The room they get has a jacuzzi, karaoke system and its own food and drink vending machines, and nothing untoward happens.
  • Male Gaze:
    • The camera sometimes draws focus to Natsumi's body, with poor Hodaka having to take the blame whenever he watches her assets accidentally.
    • Played for drama when Hina sheds her bathrobe in front of Hodaka... to show him how her body has become translucent as her sacrifice approaches.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • The title of the film itself (according to the characters In-Universe) came from the title given to ancient female shrine maidens (天気の巫女) who work to appease the gods to create more livable weather for the denizens of Japan. Unfortunately, upon reaching a certain point of time, these maidens must sacrifice their lives to ensure that the weather will stay stable for the longest time.
    • Tying in with her Weather Manipulation abilities and how she brings the sunshine during times of rain, Hina's name appropriately means "sun".
  • Man Bites Man: Hodaka bites Keisuke's arm when the latter tries stopping him in the derelict building.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Natsumi, being an older and attractive woman, provides much of the fanservice present in the film.
  • Mood Whiplash: After a tense encounter with the police in the midst of snowfall, Hodaka, Hina and Nagi manage to find a love hotel willing to take them, where they party and feast. However, the good mood is attenuated by the Last Supper vibes of the whole thing, and the grim mood of the previous scenes reasserts itself shortly afterwards.
  • Moral Myopia: The thug who tries to push Hina into hostess work and assails Hodaka is later briefly shown at home with who appear to be his wife and child looking at the sunshine after Hina's sacrifice, which only makes his previous acts even more despicable.
  • Motor Mouth: Natsumi tends to run her mouth when stressed.
  • My Eyes Are Up Here: Natsumi makes fun of Hodaka a couple of times for ogling her chest. Later Played for Drama when Hina shows him that the top half of her torso has become transparent, because she's a Human Sacrifice; she half-jokingly asks what he's staring at.
  • Mysterious Past: Makoto Shinkai deliberately left Hodaka’s backstory up to the audience to provide their own interpretations. Defied in the novelization and the manga.
  • The Needs of the Many: As the weather gets worse, Keisuke muses aloud if letting Hina be sacrificed in exchange for restoring sunshine to the millions of Tokyoites isn't a fair bargain. It speaks to the gravity of the situation that Natsumi, who is usually quick to rebuke him for being foolish and had in fact done so mere moments earlier, doesn't say anything this time.
  • Never Trust a Trailer:
    • The Japanese trailers made things appear as if Hodaka and Hina would fall afoul of criminals taking an interest in their venture. "It's time to grow up, young man" is juxtaposed with the firing of a gun, making it seem as if a criminal is threatening Hodaka. Ultimately, while criminals do make some appearances, they don't end up being the central antagonist, and the line in question appears in quite a different context.
    • One of the trailers played "Grand Escape" over the weather clearing montage, whereas in the film proper it plays when Hodaka is taking Hina back to the human world.
    • Hina is briefly shown pushing a trolley near the Tokyo Teleport Station. This is a Missing Trailer Scene; what actually happens there is different. invoked
  • Next Sunday A.D.: The film's setting, for the most part in 2021, does not appear substantially different technologically from its 2019 initial release year.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Because the film does not specify Hodaka’s reasons for running away, the bandages on his face and his negative reactions to going home makes it clear that he was suffering a terrible life off-screen.
  • Off the Wagon: Keisuke struggles with the desire to light up a cigarette throughout the film because it's no good for his asthmatic daughter. He finally loses it in guilt after kicking Hodaka out to protect himself.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: Contrasting the triumphant choir that plays after Hina clears the sky at Roppongi Hills, as the weather gets worse, an eerie choir in the background music emphasises how dire things are getting.
  • Orange/Blue Contrast: After Hina clears the sky for the fireworks festival, one of the following shots has a blue-lit NTT DoCoMo Tower in the foreground and an orange-red lit Tokyo Tower in the background.
  • Out-of-Genre Experience:
    • It is impossible to miss when "Hodaka's Escape/Kid's Plot" plays, because with its heavy electronic elements, it is just so different from the rest of Radwimps's output on the soundtrack.
    • While the supernatural has been part of the film since the first scene, the appearances of the dragon-kamisama feel more like something out of kaiju film or Cosmic Horror Story. After all, what do you call entities big enough to stretch across the sky, against which buildings are small and humans are too tiny to be seen?
  • Perma-Stubble: Keisuke never seems able to get a clean shave.
  • Police Are Useless: Played With. While the police are generally compotent, they serve as an obstacle for the main characters who are runaways regardles of their justified reasons.
  • Pop-Star Composer: RADWIMPS returns to do this film's soundtrack after having done so for Your Name.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: After a period of time of using their powers, the shrine maidens will be taken away in exchange for a long period of stable weather. Hodaka's refusal to accept this drives the last part of the film.
  • Product Placement:
  • Promotion to Parent: Nagi is eager to see Hina and Hodaka get together because ever since their mother died, she's had to work for a living to provide for him, with little chance to properly be a teenager.
  • Pun-Based Title: "Tenki no Ko" is a play on tenki yohou (天気予報, weather report), as can be seen from how the tentative title uses just that.
  • Race for Your Love: When Natsumi's scooter gets stuck in impassable water, Hodaka mounts a fence and runs along the railway to get to the derelict building with the rooftop shrine to try rescuing Hina.
  • Real-Place Background: In addition to the accurate recreation of various parts of Tokyo that is Shinkai's trademark, Hodaka's home island is apparently Kozushima.
  • Really 17 Years Old: Hina tells Hodaka (16) that she's turning 18, teasing that he should be acting more respectfully towards her. Hodaka later finds out from the police that she is actually only 15, having lied about her age on her resume when applying for work.
  • Reclining Venus: The odalisque position is evoked when Hodaka finds Natsumi sleeping on the couch for the first time.
  • Relative Error: Natsumi and Suga are fairly comfortable around each other, to the point of her calling him "Kei-chan" - the combination of diminutive and chan honorific being something younger women usually don't call older men - leading Hodaka to assume that they're a couple. To his embarrassment, the two are actually uncle and niece, making their relationship purely familial. In Hodaka's defence, Natsumi did pointedly (although possibly unintentionally) give him this impression when they first met (holding up her hand with little finger extended, indicating they're in a relationship).
  • Remember the New Guy?: Taki having a living grandmother or a grandfather who was still alive during the main part of that film was never mentioned or even hinted at in Your Name.
  • Rescue Romance: Hodaka rescues Hina when she is accosted by a duo of thugs. He falls for her, and upon rescuing her in the end, tells her that he loves her more than any blue sky.
  • Retirony: After the fireworks festival, Hodaka began to realize that Hina using her power to change the weather is taking a toll on her, and so planned for fulfilling Suga's request for one sunny day to spend some time with his daughter as their One Last Job. Of course, that's when things started to go downhill and the stormy weather that evening turned out to be the most violent yet, so Hina had no choice but to use her power again to bring back the sunny weather, which resulted in her disappearing into the sky.
  • Riddle for the Ages:
    • It's never explicitly addressed, at least in the film proper, why exactly Hodaka ran away from home or why he responds so negatively to going back. If you read the light novelization, you may (or may not) be surprised to know that he was being abused by his father and his school.
    • Why exactly did Keisuke just happen to be on the same ferry Hodaka was taking to Tokyo?
    • The origin of the gun also never gets resolved, outside of an enigmatic reference to a "Shibata". Though not explicitly explained, a news bulletin early in the movie describes a large number of guns that were seized by police, implying that the gun Hodaka found was stashed away or ditched to prevent it falling into police hands. As the gun in question is a Makarov, a Russian pistol that entered production in 1949, it's possible the one Hodaka finds was smuggled into Japan at some point.
    • Did Hodaka really make the right choice, or not?
  • Rising Water, Rising Tension: Almost inevitably, Hodaka’s mission to rescue Hina involves a race through the streets of Tokyo that are slowly filling with water. Guess what happens in the end.
  • Rule of Cool: In reality, there is no lift that opens directly onto the Sky Deck of Roppongi Hills Mori Tower - one has to walk through some corridors and up stairs from the lift first - and directly walking from one side of the Sky Deck to the other over the helipad in the centre is forbidden, as is going onto the elevated structures. Damn if it doesn't look awe-inspiring when Hina does it, though.
  • Rule of Funny: Hodaka remembers things in the light novel that were said when he wasn’t even in the room.
  • The Runaway: The movie has at least four:
    • Hodaka runs away from Kozushima to Tokyo to escape the troubles of his home life.
    • Keisuke ran away to Tokyo to get away from the expectations his parents had for him.
    • Hina and Nagi have become fugitives due to Parental Abandonment.
  • Running Gag: Hodaka gets caught looking at a girl in a momentarily revealing position and challenged on it by her, prompting him to deny that he was looking.
  • Running Gagged: When Hina opens her robe in the hotel to show him that her torso is almost completely translucent, she accuses him of looking at her breasts (as he keeps doing by accident in other instances) in an attempt to lighten the mood. Hodaka initially denies it, then tearfully breaks down sobbing while admitting that he did look.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: The owner of the Internet cafe Hodaka initially stays in after arriving in Tokyo perpetually has sinisterly opaque spectacle lenses.
  • Scenery Gorn: Despite the Tokyoites' generally upbeat adaptation to the disaster, the sight of a lot of Tokyo being underwater is quite unsettling.
  • Scenery Porn: Makoto Shinkai's trademark stunning sceneries frequently appear throughout the film.
  • Screw Destiny: In the latter parts of the story, Hodaka's main goal is to save Hina from her fate as the weather maiden which has her disappear from the world after using her powers a certain number of times.
  • Second-Face Smoke: Keisuke does this in front of his mother-in-law.
  • Senpai/Kōhai: After learning that Nagi is far more capable at interacting with girls than he is, Hodaka refers to him as "senpai" for the rest of the movie.
  • Shipper on Deck: Nagi approves of Hodaka falling for his sister, because Hina dropped out of school to work in order to look after him, and he wants her to have more normal teenage experiences while she can. Being the Kid-anova he is, this unsurprisingly extends to her falling in love.
  • Shared Dream: After Hina's Heroic Sacrifice, multiple people report having the same dream of her being taken away to the sky, just before waking up to find the world sunny and warm.
  • Shock and Awe: The first time Hodaka is on the verge of being arrested by the police when he, Hina and Nagi are on the run, a distraught Hina calls down an enormous bolt of lightning that blasts a nearby truck into a fireball, distracting the cops long enough for them to escape.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Small Town Boredom: One of the interpretations of Hodaka running away is that he was bored of his seemingly shallow lifestyle.
  • Smoking Is Not Cool: In addition to being a heavy drinker, Suga also smokes a lot as well. He attempts to quit in order to get close to his daughter, who was taken away from Suga to be raised by her grandmother because she has asthma, and Suga isn't allowed to be with her until he can quit his smoking habits. Natsumi and even the cat Ame also disapprove of him smoking. It's a sign that things have gone downhill when Suga, who almost managed to quit smoking, goes back to smoke and drink heavily after he's forced to kick Hodaka out of his home due to being wanted by police and realizing that Hina had to sacrifice herself to bring back the good weather. He seemed to at least quit it for good by the ending, though, considering that he managed to get his daughter back after all.
  • Snow Means Death: As bad as the constant rainfall is, it's not until unseasonable snow starts falling that things race to their nadir.
  • The Sky Is an Ocean: The sky is considered an ecosystem we know very little about, and it seems to host supernatural water-based creatures at the very least.
  • Spiritual Antithesis: It contrasts strongly with Your Name. Both films involve a rural and a Tokyo-based urban protagonist, with the former fleeing rural life in favour of Tokyo only to find it not as glamorous as thought to be, as well as a strong fantastic element, but their end results are vastly different. Taki falls in love enough not only with Mitsuha but also with Itomori and its people that he saves them all from Tiamat; Hodaka loves Hina but has little affection for the city that is apathetic at best to his plight and chooses to let it drown to get her back.
  • Spirited Young Lady: Hodaka is a male version of this trope. Outwardly, he is everything a well-brought-up boy should be, but he is not exactly poised or well-mannered, he dreams of exploring the world, following the light he saw on his home island, and discovering his own quest for independence. Despite his seemingly high-class upbringing, he is very witty, clumsy and his relationship with his father is an unloving one. When Hina is being sacrificed, he loses all his country clod qualities and battles against all of the odds to bring her back.
  • Spoiler Title: Some of the titles on the soundtrack, like "Hina, Fading Away" are ominous, to say the least. Other titles, although not as ominous as the previous example, still refer to some spoilerific scenes in the movie.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: In the usual Shinkai fashion, from two different angles. The first is the police trying to send Hodaka back to his island home while social services tries to take Hina in due to her orphan status. The second is Hina's fate as the sunshine girl to be sacrificed in exchange for stable weather. In the end, this is subverted; Hodaka rescues Hina heedless of the cost, and despite being caught and sent back to finish his high schooling afterwards, they eventually reunite.
  • Stepford Smiler: The ending theme implies Hina has either turned into one or already was one after all is said and done:
    The world rests upon your tiny shoulders
    I'm the only one who notices that, and I'm on the verge of tears
    You notice that, and you ask me "are you alright?"
    And I reply "I'm okay" immediately, but...
    Why is it you ask me such a thing
    Even though you're the one about to collapse?
  • Stiff Upper Lip: Some peoples' reaction to the fact that the city has sunk.
  • Sunken City: When Hodaka returns to Tokyo 3 years later, the city has become almost completely submerged because of all the rain, since Hina isn't using her powers anymore and cannot stop it.
  • Theme-and-Variations Soundtrack: Some of the tracks are remixes of "Grand Escape", "Is there still anything Love can do?" or "We'll be alright".
  • Time Skip: After the opening scene when Hina first goes under the torii and is introduced to her power, we jump forward a year to meet Hodaka.
  • Tokyo Is the Center of the Universe: The Kanto region, of which Tokyo is part of and the main setting of this film, is inundated with unusually heavy rainfall and the price extracted for denying Hina's sacrifice is the flooding of much of the city, with no mention of any other country, or the rest of Japan, for that matter, being plagued by it. Or if the Weather Gods will follow this up with other cities or continents suffering similar events.
  • Too Long; Didn't Dub: In the English dub, Hodaka still calls Nagi "senpai." The subtitles also leave this untranslated, and neither explains the joke (normally a senpai is someone older and more experienced, but Nagi is several years younger than Hodaka). By contrast, in the Russian dub Hodaka calls Nagi "professor".
  • Took a Level in Kindness: It’s implied in the light novelization that Hodaka’s mother and father saw the error of their ways and gave him a warm, yet awkward return. The same applies to Keisuke’s in-laws.
  • Tragic Keepsake:
    • The choker with the raindrop pendant Hina wears throughout most of the film initially appears in her dying mother's hand in the opening scene.
    • The ring Hodaka buys Hina becomes this when it falls back to the ground following her sacrifice and turning intangible.
  • Unkempt Beauty: Hina towards the end, even after she spent a long fall through the sky and has spent most of the building climax outdoors in the rain.
  • The Unreveal: Unless you’ve read the novelization, or paid very close attention to the movie, Hodaka’s motives for running away will always remain a mystery.
  • Uptown Boy: Hodaka is, depending on how much money his family has, an upper-middle class boy with issues that are not too dissimilar to that of a Lonely Rich Kid.
  • Urban Fantasy: The crazy rainfall, Hina's ability to temporarily dispel it and the consequences thereof are driving supernatural elements of the plot. Later on, different anomalies such as invisible giant squids and small fishes made out of water also appeared more frequently, showing this trope in full power.
  • Weather Dissonance: Hodaka comes to Tokyo during a summer where it unusually rains every day. At one point, snow falls in the middle of summer. It turns out that this has happened multiple times throughout history, and the solution is to sacrifice the weather maiden — in this case, Hina. Hodaka chooses to save Hina instead, resulting in endless rainfall for the Tokyo region.
  • Welcome to the Big City: Hodaka deals with this when he first arrives in Tokyo. Before he takes up Suga's offer for the job as a writer for a shady occult magazine, he has to move from place to place to evade the police who are after him for being a homeless child without any guardians whatsoever. He struggles to get by before deciding to go to Suga.
  • While Rome Burns: The scene just after Hodaka, Hina, and Nagi escaped the police and managed to check in to a hotel to lay low for a while has shades of this, considering that this is basically their Darkest Hour yet. Hodaka has become a wanted man, while both Hina and Nagi are unsupervised children and are being threatened with getting taken in by social workers. They have nowhere else to go, and to top it off, a typhoon has struck Tokyo. All they can do is party hard inside their hotel room and enjoy what little peace and quiet that they can get before all hell breaks loose. Doubly so for Hina, who just realized that she has to sacrifice herself to bring back the good weather. For all she knows, this is her last night alive.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: The light novelization has the Framing Device of being recounted by the 18 year old Hodaka, although there are a number of scenes in the book that he did not witness and is unlikely to have known the details of.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Nagi exchanges clothes with one of his girlfriends in a ploy to escape police custody and reach the weather shrine.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Hina's younger brother Nagi, who's not only a Chick Magnet at such a young age, but actually gives useful relationship advice to Hodaka so he could take care of his sister as well. This makes Hodaka respect him so much that he affectionately calls Nagi his 'senpai'. In the climax, he manages to outsmart an adult policewoman by coordinating with two of his 'girlfriends' and have one of them distracting the officer while he exchanged clothes with the other to sneak out of the school.