Tenki no Ko or Weather Child is my favorite anime film by Makoto Shinkai at the moment. The works of this most talented person have never left me in doubt that in the near future I will get pleasure from viewing. And this work is no exception.
Weather Child is a love story that is a favorite theme of Makoto Shinkai and is also spiced up with Shinto streaks, just like his famous previous film Your Name. The anime itself is probably suitable for people over 10 years old. But that doesn’t mean that younger people shouldn’t watch it, but it’s possible that kids won’t fully understand the movie’s message yet.
The story of Tenki no Ko this time has a much heavier and more serious theme than Kimi no na wa (Your Name). Following the journey of the protagonist, the film deals with the theme of growing up, sometimes even forced, taking responsibility for their actions. Also, anime reveals to the viewer much more of the bad sides of human nature than can be seen in real life.
Weather Child did a good job in every aspect of it. The movie is about 110 minutes long, but the time flies when you watch it. If I personally assigned genres to this film based on my feelings after watching it, it would be romance, drama, supernatural.
This film is not only about love and responsibility, it is about the clash of ideals and lifestyles of the young and the older generation of people in Japan. The younger generation who are chasing their dreams with all their might; an adult generation who has to give up their dreams to face a harsh reality; an older generation with a hard and cold head, which does not accept anything new, or vice versa, accepts changes and the way things are in essence. This movie has a lot of meaning and what you can get out of it.
The characters are really pleasing, and there is nothing stupid, supernatural about them. Two teenagers with their own struggles. One is trying to feel at home in a brand new environment, while the other is trying to make ends meet by supporting himself and his brother. The interactions between the two main characters are also very refreshing and quite realistic, with little details that matter and move the story forward. I found myself rooting for the two main characters. What I really really appreciate is watching them grow closer while their personalities complement each other and the actions perfectly reflect their age. My only small gripe was that while I enjoyed watching Hodaka’s relationship with Hina develop, I really didn’t feel like he personally grew outside of it as much as I would have liked by the end.
The secondary characters also all contribute to the overall picture and are quite well written. Nagi, Keisuke, and Natsumi are really a likable bunch of different supporting characters, and seeing their efforts, or in Keisuke’s case, conflicting efforts, to support Hodaka towards the end was really nice. They all bring important aspects that complement the story, allowing the two main characters to shine.
I do not want to reveal the details of the plot, because I want people to see the film for themselves and experience the full range of emotions. Therefore, I will borrow his brief description.
16-year-old Hodaka Morishima runs away from home in Tokyo, where he immediately runs out of money. Not only can he not find a job without documents, but it also rains endlessly outside, and the sky is constantly overcast. In desperation, the guy turns to a former fellow traveler, and he not only takes him to his magazine, writing about the supernatural, but also provides housing. One day, Hodaka meets a girl named Hina Amano, who has the amazing ability to disperse the clouds and stop the rain.
Many people were immediately struck by the art in the trailers, how detailed and beautifully it was done. The character design is simple and effective. Underrated aspects such as the rain animation or the more “physical” character interactions in the ruined building are very well crafted to match the realistic backdrop. Attention to detail is one of the hallmarks of Shinkai’s work. This is what makes the film visually stunning.
The quality of the animation is also at a high level. Beautiful cinematography, creative camera angle, even the CGI is breathtaking. There are a lot of shots where they mix CGI, but they are so harmonious that you won’t be able to tell the difference.
For lovers of Easter eggs, there is a pleasant surprise here if you have watched “Your Name” before.
As for the sound part, there is not much to say other than that it really brought a lot of good things to the film. The Radwimps were successful again, as they were with Kimi no na wa. The music and soundtrack by Radwimps is fantastic and the track they put into the movie is sure to be remembered by the audience. The voice acting can’t go unmentioned either, as it really brought the characters to life. There was not a single time where something would sound forced or out of place, it really deserves a lot of praise.
I was just in awe of this movie. The story is great, the characters are well developed, and the art is just fire. One scene in particular, which you know if you’ve seen the movie, really gave me goosebumps, and if the anime had been cut off at that point, it would have been just brain-bending. But Makoto Shinkai once again managed to give me a pleasant pastime with a bittersweet aftertaste.