Japanese anime film director and manga artist Makoto Shinkai’s new movie “Tenki no Ko” (Weathering With You) was released earlier this week in Japan, and the film has already grossed 1.64 billion yen ($15 million) in box office sales in the first 3 days.
Makoto Shinkai is known for his recurrent love & distance themed stories, with breathtaking visual art style. He was called “The New Miyazaki” by many critics.
Here are 4 Makoto Shinkai movies you should definitely watch.
5 Centimeters per Second
“5 Centimeters per Second” is a three-act movie centered on a boy named Takaki. The story focuses on his distant relationship with his close friend Akari, after she was transferred to another city due to her family’s jobs. As years pass by, the distance slowly makes their strong feelings for each other fade away, and only memories of moments they shared together keep them yet connected.
Highly praised anime movie “Your Name” is a supernatural romance anime focusing on Mitsuha, a high school girl living in the countryside, wants to live in the city, and Taki, a high school student living in Tokyo.
One day, Mitsuha has a dream where she lives in Tokyo, but in Taki’s body. Reciprocally, Taki finds himself living in the country in Mitsuha’s body. What is the secret behind this supernatural phenomenon?
The Garden of Words
Takeo is a high school boy who dreams to become a shoemaker. On a rainy day, he skips class to instead design shoes in a Japanese garden. And there, he meets a beautiful women, Yukari. Since then, they start to go to the same garden during rainy days, and begin to learn more about each other.
The rainy season is coming to its end. What will their relationship become?
Weathering With You
The latest Shinkai Makoto movie “Weathering With You” focuses on Hodaka, a high school boy who leaves his remote island to live in Tokyo, but quickly comes to experience financial problems. In the constant rainy city of Tokyo, he lives in isolation, but finally finds a job as as writer for a occult magazine.
One day, he meets a young girl named Hina, who has the unique and mysterious power to stop the rain and clear the sky.