The local Regency theaters were offering a fan showing of Mokoto Shinkai’s latest work,
My wife and I met after work and had a nice meal at Olive Garden restaurant, then wandered over to the theater. There would be a dubbed showing in one theater with a subbed showing starting an hour later in a second theater.
When we got there we discovered the tickets were $20 each with no senior discounts. My wife balked. In her opinion, no movie, let alone an anime, was worth $20. I differed.
My experience with theatrical anime releases is that they may not soon be available to stream. I’m still waiting for The Night is Young Girl, Walk On to be available. I kick myself for not seeing it when I could.
She went on home and watched recordings of Poldark from PBS Masterpiece Theater on the DVR while I stayed for the movie.
She doesn’t “get” most anime. I’d tried to get her into Cells at Work., a hilarious interpretation of the biological workings of the body. She said it was too childish and suitable only for elementary schoolers. Yeah, but she’d enjoyed Little Witch Academia.
Somehow that was “different”. She still wasn’t having it.
If there is one thing Makoto Shinkai is good at it is rain. In The Garden of Words, his mastery of the art of rain was complete with rain almost being its own character. Since I obviously couldn’t do screen grabs off the movie screen, the pictures here are all links to the Makoto Shinkai, “Weathering with You” Wiki.
Both theaters were about half occupied. Not bad for Tuesday evening.
“Weathering with You” is all about rain. Rain, rain, incessant rain. And cold too. Feels like
winter but it is August. People are desperate for sun but it never appears.
Enter Hodoka Morishima. He is a 15-year-old runaway from a remote island, struggling to stay alive in the tough city of Tokyo. A man named Keisuke Suga saves him when Hodoka almost falls off a ferry. He later gives Hodaka a job doing the scutwork for his
cheap tabloid. Keisuke, his adult niece Natsumi and Hodoka all live together in a rundown apartment where the tabloid is edited.
Sorry, Hodoka. She is quite lovely and her breasts are really nice but she is not his mistress.
Keisuke has his own issues. His wife died recently. He’s trying to get custody of his daughter. The grandmother is blocking it because of his lifestyle.
He meets a girl, Hina Amano. Her mother died a year ago. She’s the Sunshine Girl, able to poke small holes of sunlight in the endless storm. She got her power from a shrine on top of a derelict building when she fervently prayed to have one period of sunshine so she could walk with her ailing mother in the sun one more time before she died.
She was kind to him at a McDonald’s with a free hamburger. Some time later he encounters her
again, this time she is being coaxed into a questionable job at a scuzzy looking club. Hodoka grabs her to try to pull her away from the nightclub owner. There’s a scuffle where Hodoka pulls a gun he’d found earlier in the trash there. The two of them run away.
Hina has a little brother, Nagi. He’s quite the ladies’ man for a middle schooler. They are living together in a tiny apartment. The two are desperately trying not to be separated. Mother is dead now and there’s no father in the picture, so she’s telling everyone she’s 18 to get jobs. It’s obvious she’s as young as Hodoka but everyone believes her, including Hodoka.
Hodoka comes up with the idea to rent out her ability. She becomes self-supporting. For a while the three are happy. But the police have a missing person bulletin on him and he shows up on the security footage of the nightclub, gun in hand. Hina and her brother are also being hunted for by children’s protective services. Meanwhile, Tokyo is literally being submerged.
And there is a price the Sunshine Girl must pay if she uses her power.
If you liked Your Name, you will surely like Weathering with You. Obviously not the same plot but it bears enough similarities. The characters had the same feel about them. Keisuke reminded me of a more domesticated version of Spike from Cowboy Bebop. I enjoyed it and think it was worth every penny.