weathering with you review

Makoto Shinkai is a filmmaker whose heart lies with the cosmos. The Your Name director looks at the world through a lens so expansive that sometimes humans can get lost in it — his earliest films more often than not forgot about the character and favored the awe inspired by natural phenomena: meteor showers, typhoons, the unchanging rhythm of the seasons. Like Hayao Miyazaki, who Shinkai has frequently been compared to as the anime legend’s widely regarded successor, Shinkai bows to the might of nature — though his films don’t have quite the deep political messaging as Miyazaki’s.

Shinkai’s strengths lie in his breathtaking animated tributes to the power of nature, rendered in stunning photorealistic animation, and the ripples that natural phenomena send to affect the little people on Earth. It’s why his early films would often feel cold and distant, and his characters vague outlines of people. But with the globally successful Your Name, Shinkai gained a sense of humor. He found a funny bone, a perfect compromise between his cosmic ambition and his intimate character writing. He swings even further in that lighthearted direction with Weathering With You, a whimsical supernatural romance with a pointed environmental message that is even more vibrant than his 2016 mega-hit, but doesn’t quite pack the same emotional wallop.

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weathering with you trailer

Makoto Shinkai‘s films have the ability to impart an immense sadness upon its viewers — but the greatest sadness surrounding his newest film Weathering With You is that U.S. audiences have to wait another two months to see it. GKIDS has released yet another trailer for Japan’s Oscar contender, but it’s only a cruel reminder that Shinkai’s highly anticipated follow-up to his sublime 2016 hit Your Name is not hitting U.S. theaters until January. Watch the official new Weathering With You trailer and prepare yourself to cry an ocean’s worth of tears.

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weathering with you trailer

Makoto Shinkai‘s highly anticipated follow-up to his sublime 2016 hit Your Name has been on a hot streak since its summer premiere in Japan, where it became the country’s biggest box office hit of the year. Since then, Weathering With You has earned raves at every film festival it has opened at, including the Toronto International Film Festival where it made its North American premiere. The cherry on top of Weathering With You‘s successful summer was its submission to be Japan’s entry for Best International Film — a first for an anime film since Princess Mononoke in 1998.

Now GKIDS, the film’s U.S. distributor, has released a new Weathering With You trailer along with an official release date…for 2020. Yes, we’ll have to wait another three months until we see Shinkai’s acclaimed sci-fi romance, but at least we have a gorgeous new Weathering With You trailer to tide us over.

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weathering with you trailer

There’s no one who can animate rain like Makoto Shinkai, the director of the 2016 global anime hit Your Name, so it’s no surprise that he would make an entire film about a character that can control the weather. Weathering With You looks to be another cerebral sci-fi tearjerker that could potentially earn the filmmaker his long-deserved Oscar nod. Watch the new Weathering With You trailer below.

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weathering with you us release

In 2017, Your Name helped put anime back on the global map as acclaimed, prestigious films worthy of awards recognition. Three years later, director Makoto Shinkai‘s highly anticipated follow-up will finally be making its way to the States. Weathering With You, Shinkai’s latest visually stunning and cerebral sci-fi drama, will be released in Japan this summer, but has already been picked up for U.S. distribution by the animation distributor GKIDS.

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weathering with you trailer

Three years after Makoto Shinkai delivered his acclaimed 2016 masterpiece Your Name, the anime director is delivering what looks to be another gorgeous, visually stunning film with Weathering With YouAnd based on the trailer, Shinkai’s follow-up film will be just as cerebral and ambitious as his 2016 mega-hit. Watch the Weathering With You trailer below.

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anime film directors

(Welcome to Let’s Get Animated!, a column that spotlights the best of film animation. In this edition: the best modern anime film directors to keep an eye on.)

Ask any animation buff and they can list off a handful of great Western animation directors, and one Japanese one. Despite anime’s place on the global stage — dominating the pop culture stratosphere since the ‘90s and going on to win prestige thanks to the efforts of Studio Ghibli — most people still think of Hayao Miyazaki as the lone renowned anime filmmaker. But simply taking a shallow dive into the anime industry proves that is not the case.

That’s right, I’m back to talking about anime. While last time I gave you a beginner’s guide to the best gateway anime, this month I’ll be covering some of the most promising and accomplished anime film directors working today. Most of these filmmakers have had to ward off breathless press questions about whether they consider themselves “the Next Miyazaki” or had their films endlessly compared to Studio Ghibli’s catalogue. But these filmmakers have more than proved that they can stand on their own.

Let it be known that this list will exclusively cover directors still working today, and who work mostly in film. (So, no Isao Takahata, or Satoshi Kon, who is a master due for his own column sometime in the future.)

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