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Makoto Shinkai's New Anime Film Reveals Title, Story, July 19 Debut

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Tenki no Ko: Weathering With You film centers on girl who can stop rain

CoMix Wave Films announced on Thursday that Makoto Shinkai's new anime film is titled Tenki no Ko: Weathering With You (Weather Child: Weathering With You), and the film will open in Japan on July 19, 2019.

The tagline on the above image reads, "This is the story of the world's secret that only she and I know."

In the film's story, high school student Hodaka leaves his home on an isolated island and moves to Tokyo, but he immediately becomes broke. He lives his days in isolation, but finally finds a job as a writer for a shady occult magazine. After he starts his job, the weather has been rainy day after day. In a corner of the crowded and busy city, Hodaka meets a young woman named Hina. Due to certain circumstances, Hina and her younger brother live together, but have a cheerful and sturdy life. Hina also has a certain power: the power to stop the rain and clear the sky.

Shinkai is credited with the original work, and is also directing and writing the film's scripts for CoMix Wave Films. Masayoshi Tanaka (your name., anohana, The Anthem of the Heart) is designing the characters, Atsushi Tamura (The Cat Returns, Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin) is the animation director, and Hiroshi Takiguchi (The Garden of Words, Ajin) is the art director. Story Inc. is credited as producer, and TOHO will distribute the film.

The film will star Kotarō Daigo as Hodaka Morishima and Nana Mori as Hina Amano. (Note: name romanizations are not confirmed.)

Shinkai previously teased in August that he was working on a new feature film for 2019. He also stated in October 2016 that his next work will probably be about young boys and girls in adolescence.

Shinkai's your name. film opened in Japan in August 2016, and has become the fourth highest-grossing film of all time in Japan, the second highest-grossing Japanese film, and the second highest-grossing anime film, with earnings of more than 25 billion yen (about US$225 million). Worldwide, it is the highest-grossing anime film, having earned more than an estimated US$355 million.

Update: Shinkai confirmed on Thursday that the film will get a worldwide release, and releases have already been decided for North America, Europe, Asia, and South America. Source: Eiga.com

Sources: Tenki no Ko: Weathering With You anime film's website, CoMix Wave Film's English Facebook page, Comic Natalie

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