Makoto Shinkai Says He Forgot to Add Clouds to Weathering With You's Climactic Scene
posted on by Kim Morrissy
Weathering With You was released on Bluray and DVD in Japan on Wednesday, and to celebrate the occasion, director Makoto Shinkai shared some tidbits about the film on Twitter. In particular, Shinkai pointed out one major difference between the film's theatrical release and its home video version: a cut from the original version of the climax scene set in the sky didn't have a layer of clouds because Shinkai forgot about it.
ちなみにDVD/BD、ほぼ気付かれないような微妙な修正を何箇所かしておりますが、一番わかりやすいのはここかも。上が劇場公開版、下がパッケージ版です。スクリーンで雲のレイヤーを表示し忘れたのに気づいた時には血の気が引きました笑。でもまあ、今となっては劇場版は貴重な状態だったかも。ははは。 pic.twitter.com/3mhghwKKbW— 新海誠 (@shinkaimakoto) May 27, 2020
He wrote: "Incidentally, most of the corrections in the DVD/BD are minor things that can hardly be noticed, but this might be the easiest change to appreciate. Above is the theatrical version, and below is the home video release. When I realized that I had forgotten to add a layer of clouds to the screen, my blood ran cold. But, well, looking back, the theatrical version captures something important. Hahaha."
Shinkai also posted his outline of the film's plot (it explains the whole plot, so beware of spoilers). He commented: "Before I started the script work on Weathering With You, I would refine the structure of the plot while using this kind of graph. (Parts of it are different from the completed film.) This brings back memories."
GKIDS and Shout! Factory's release of the film on DVD and Bluray will come out in North America on September 15. A limited-edition Collector's Set will ship in November. They will also release the film digitally on August 4.
The anime film originally opened in 359 theaters and 448 screens in Japan last July, and is now the #7 highest-earning domestic film of all time in Japan and was the highest-grossing film in Japan in 2019. The film has earned 14.02 billion yen (about US$129 million) in Japan as of December 8.
Update: Tweaked the translation.
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