Looks like i'm one of the first reviews here, I'll go in the history books, lol! Well, let me start by saying Tenki no Ko is a great continuation of the form that Shinkai's been in for the past decade starting with Garden of Words. The character designs, story, pacing, art, animation and sound are all top notch as to be expected.
I, however do encourage you to lower your expectations. Not that the film isn't good, it is. Great even and really enjoyable for me. It's just not Kimi No Na Wa 2, which I feel many people will be expecting going in and be
disappointed. This is a different type of story and film that in my opinion feels closer to 5CM per second and Garden of Words than to Kimi No Na Wa. Keep that in mind going in. That doesn't spoil anything, the endings are different, before anyone(mod) complains. I'm just referring to the storytelling method and type of story being told. It's much more grounded and is its own unique thing involving a much more realistic narrative and a fresh MC backstory/internal struggle.
What do I mean by that? I don't think I'm spoiling anything here by saying that the plot while being fantastical, is very grounded in nature. A huge part of Kimi No Na Wa was the magical aspect, here you've got that, but the story is much more rooted in the characters, their interactions and relationships. The whole "weathering with you" is more secondary to the actual inner struggle that the MC is going through and the hardships he's been through which will resonate with many.
Art was top notch as I said before, usual Shinkai style with amazing detailed environments and amazingly detailed character designs. Sound was also really good, soundtrack was great and definitely set the tone for several scenes during the climax. Can't wait for it to be released. Additionally the sound design with rain, weather and other day to day things sounded extremely lifelike and added to the immersion of several scenes. Animation was mainly stellar, but there were a few choppy scenes that I noticed when the characters were running or moving rapidly and I found it a bit jarring, not the biggest deal, but it was there. Mainly, the way the characters' necks and legs moved.
Pacing was good in my opinion, I didn't ever feel overwhelmed by the story, confused or lost. I felt that the script took me from A to Z properly and characters were given their time to shine. Main story and subplots progress smoothly.
Now for the negatives. The CGI was, in my opinion, kinda iffy at times and was a bit subpar in general. I personally think that if I can tell there's CGI being used, it's bad. That could just be me, but there's several scenes where the CGI is really noticeable and so I have to dock points for that. That's my personal definition. I also saw very little actual growth out of the MC from start to end. I know it's a film and not a series, but I wish I would have seen more of his development. I like to see Protags grow and evolve over the course of a film and learn new things. I did not get that in this film.
Additionally, By the end of the film, there are still some unresolved questions and plot threads that I really wish would have been answered during the film, but I do have the Light Novel and am hoping that we will get more answers in that. I also found the ending to be really abrupt and not well led into. Again, think 5CM per Second and Garden of Words type endings. I reiterate, that's not spoiling anything, I'm just comparing it to comparable works and types of stories. The ending is its own thing and completely unrelated. I just dislike how it was abrupt and left more to be desired. I like to see endings eased into. Hopefully the LN will tie up what the film couldn't.
Overall, I really enjoyed it and while it won't break records like Kimi No Na Wa did due to its more grounded nature, it is a really solid film with a unique story, beautiful character designs, great soundtrack and amazing art that I definitely recommend checking out if you can. I imagine there won't be many people reviewing it on here for a year or so, so if you have any questions regarding the film or Light Novel, feel free to hit me up/add me.
“Hey can I copy your works”
“Of Course, make sure just change it up a bit so it doesn’t look to obvious”
This is snarky little thought that I came up with when I just got back from seeing this film in the theaters. However, in essence it is pretty much understandable to compare Tenki no Ko with Kimi no Nawa or even call this movie as its spiritual successor. Aside from the obvious the two movies are made by the same person, it also share the same universe where mystic/magic do appears in a grounded realistic setting as a main feature for the plot, RADWIMPS is
once again present for providing the insert song/OST throughout the movie, and the two main protagonist of Kimi no Nawa did made a cameo appearances.
The plot plays out exactly same too, with the first half of the movie coming up with mix up of Melancholic but very cheerful type of movie and the second half had drastic change in tone ;becoming dark and full of intensity. Most of the jokes including some perverts jokes, reverting-expectations jokes, mascot jokes and pretty much everything else that you’ve seen in Kimi no Nawa, to my eyes this is very poor attempts, because it didn’t give any variety and it seems as though Shinkai’s very content with his usual formula (but then again why doesn’t he feel the need to fix something that he thinks is not broken).
But the problem of this movie is not that it is feels like a rehearse or it is a worse version to Kimi no Nawa. The problem with this movie is that judge on its own, it still feature the similar trait(or dare I say problems) of usual Makoto Shinkai’s movie; while the movie had an excellent production values it does not had a genuine plot and characters. It seems Shinkai has an idea but he doesn’t really manage to pull off the execution. Plot conveniences appear one after another, making it seems as though the objective is just to make the story progress whether is it believable. One of the examples is a scene when kids manage to escape from police station full of police and I do believe anyone with their right mind will find it odds and quite puzzling.
In the setting that is very unforgiving and cruel, the violence’s in the movie is extremely tame. There’s literally many chance when characters could die (and even implication of death of people) but the anime gets away with it and the characters never felt show any emotion on it whatsoever. The economic struggles the characters facing too is only explored in very superficial level and never goes depth, making the drama that the characters lacks of money is not very useful.
The romance is very tame too. With the amount events of relationship that the two protagonist present, I would believe they are at a stage where they are at least make a kiss. The girl even doesn’t mind to open her bath robe, but even so the romantic action is quite lacking. I guess both elements did not present so intensely because the targeted audience is for kids to young teenager, but even so why show those somewhat adult content from the first place and also there’s no excuse for that, as there are also others kiddy show that manage to show itself quite believable.
I guess my biggest disappointment is that Hina wasn’t a more fleshed out character. She’s too innocent and pure-hearted that at times she felt like a concept. At times, she didn’t feel real. Even her first and second encounter with Hidaka is also very questionable change of heart. Hidaka’s the prototypical anime protagonist, so we hear his thoughts, anxieties, frustrations, moments of bliss and joy, so on and so forth. We drag in too many side characters that don’t get enough development to stand out on their own, and as a result, they just needlessly pad out the film’s length. Had this been an anime series instead, we could then fully explore these characters and their issues. But in a two hour movie, the drama felt too forced between the characters and some of them become friends way too easily. Meanwhile the security was so useless; they’re dumb, unprofessional and incomptences making the films looks like Sunday morning cartoons.
And then there’s the second half of the show where things becomes chaotic and full of intensity. The ending was kind of resembling Life is Strange Video Games with the movie chose the ‘selfish’ options instead of the 'saint' which is not a bad thing at all. However, at this point the movie has become utter-train wreck. Aside from the usual plot convenient that happens, there’s also the usage of deus-ex machine that turn around reality with very little explanation. But the film doesn’t end there, what’s more? There’s a time-skip present which makes the consequences of the present time action been throw-out of window.
Having said that. You won’t find me complaining about the movie’s aesthetic. It is simply excellent, it’s always a pleasure to experience an anime film on the big screen and as expected, the art is simply gorgeous. Every background is full of detail and lively, it’s pretty much a joy to watch throughout, the character’s design is the same as Kimi no Nawa but it is they are quite distinguishable and have different feature on them. I feel like the animation could have been better specifically when the movie tries to show the fireworks happens all around city and I found the people standing still instead of cheering because the situations is happiness, but that’s just personal nitpicking and never it does hammering the quality of the animation at all. On the whole, it is just great production.
It doesn’t sound half bad either. The voice acting is generally very good; the background sound specifically the rain sound (which will feature a lot) is pretty spot on for building the atmosphere. Watching on theaters really enhance the assessment on the movie especially when you heard it on full volumes. Though one thing I did not like is that the trick that the movie uses when they want to insert some Theme Song/OST. The movie really likes to show the viewers some dialogue-less scene of the characters spending their moment or cinematic porn of the landscapes with the back sounds appears for like every 20 minutes throughout the movie. I feel like this is cheap effort to induces feels to viewers but I think the movie should do this with their story and not with their supporting elements.
All in all. I feel like Tenki no Ko is just really wants to follow the successful of Kimi no Nawa but it never feels had a major deviation from its predecessor. So in the end, we got an the all-too-familiar product and this time I feel the execution is worse. On its own, it’s never being a good movie; there are some genuinely emotional moments in this movie that could move some viewers I guess. Nevertheless, it is a thoroughly frustrating movie. If you want to finish your Makoto Shinkai’s movie collection or you just want to watch some gorgeous animation spectacles. Go for it. Otherwise, I’d really can’t recommend it.
I guess what I learned is that Mc Donald isn’t so bad restaurant after all.
After having just watched Tenki no Ko in Koufu, I have decided I'll make this my first review, which I'll make spoiler free and using the categorisation format. I am currently stuck between whether I'd call this movie a 9 or a 10, so as I've only seen it once and don't want to over analyse, enjoyment comes first after all, I've put the lower to account for that hype we all feel when we first watch an anticipated release.
Story-8: The synopsis provided on the site is ample, so you can read that yourself and I'll cover my personal takes. While many
will foremost associate Shinkai with Kimi no na wa and will expect connection to it, this takes on an approach far more grounded in realism and it's the characters constant interaction and chemistry which draws people in. More like say, Kotonoha no niwa, but still very different. There's no anime movie out there the same as this, it feels fresh and individual. Without giving any spoilers, it takes the very simple concept of a girl who can make the rain disappear by praying and really makes strong use of it, with a well paced and natural progression but also realistic, yet interesting issues which arise from having this power. There were one or two slight loose ends though, and I would have liked a slightly further drawn out ending. overall very well written and interesting.
Art-10: This will have instantly gripped many people as early as the trailers to how well it was done. The character designs are simple and effective, continuing this realistic feel and there was nothing crazy. Underrated aspects even like the rain animation, or the more physical character interactions in the crumbled building with the police at the end are very well done to go with the realistic backgrounds. Of the many places in Toukyou referenced, anyone who has spent time in Shinjuku in particular will really feel a level of satisfaction watching this due to the well illustrated background references. These small details really help bring the movie to life and help create a connection with the audience. My one small complaint being the product placement early on wasn't overly discrete. In the grand scheme that's nothing though as this movie is truly visually stunning.
Sound-10: Not a lot to say other than that it really brings a lot to the movie. RADWIMPS have really brung their A game again, as they did in Kimi no na wa. While theres no chart destroying song like Zenzenzense, the soundtrack perfectly adds to the emotions specific scenes try to convey. The falling scene with Grand Escape will sending shivers down near any viewer's back, but also more subtle ones like the more electro/beat backing in the chase scene adding a greater sense of urgency. Voice acting also can't really be flawed as they really brought the characters to life, with a personal special mention to Daigo Kotarou, the voice of Hodaka. There was nothing that sounded forced or out of place, really deserves huge credit.
Characters-9: The characters are really refreshing and there is nothing stupid, over the top about them. Thankfully no annoying anime tropes. Two teenagers with their own struggles, one trying to make himself at home in a vastly new environment while the other tries to make ends meet supporting herself and her brother. To be safe incase some see it as a spoiler, the detail with Hina's age was a very good touch, anyone who's shared her struggle has been there. The interactions between the two main characters too are very refreshing and again realistic, with small details making all the difference and driving the story. I really found myself caring about the two main characters which is something I really highly value, watching the two of them get closer while their personalities compliment each other and actions perfectly reflect their ages. My one slight complaint being that while I loved watching Hodaka's relationship with Hina grow, I didn't really feel that he had personally grown outside this as much as I'd have liked by the end. The supporting characters too also all bring something to the table and are equally consistently written. Nagi, Keisuke and Natsumi really provide a likable bunch of different supporting characters, and seeing their efforts, or in Keisuke's case, conflicted effort, to support Hodaka towards the end was really beautiful. Seeing Keisuke make the necessary clutch decision really made me smile. They all bring important aspects which add to the story, while letting the main two characters shine. Finally shoutout the Taki and Mitsuha references!
Enjoyment-10: I was hyped for this movie and it payed off, I really enjoyed it. While the story was great, the character in particular really resonated with me and I left that cinema thoroughly satisfied. One scene in particular, which you'll know if you've seen the movie really gave me goosebumps, and I'm a very emotionally monotone person, so that takes a lot of doing.
Overall-9: To be precise I'd call this a 9.5 out of 10 for me. I don't believe it's perfect, but I very thoroughly enjoyed it and believe it could have been a 10 with a slightly more drawn out ending and one or two threads smoothed. To the international audience, be patient, you'll really enjoy this one. It's not Kimi no na wa, so don't go in expecting it to be. It's very different in how it carries itself, so please, judge it on it's own merit and don't go in expecting too much. A very strong showing from Shinkai as expected and I'll continue to look forward to his future projects.
The part I enjoyed the most was the short cameos by the main characters of Kimi no na Wa.
Okay, that's not true. The best part of this movie was the stunning visuals, a good soundtrack and a creative, compelling idea. But the faults of this movie weigh down the positives greatly, and overall the movie was all over the place and simply boring. This review will only contain minor spoilers.
The aspect Makoto Shinkai has always struggled with has taken yet another step back, as the story was filled with plot holes, things just happening to make the story move along, and failed
to create a good pace or flow.
The story as usual centers around a shy high school boy who is awkward around girls and feels unsatisfied with life. Then he meets a girl that changes this through some sort of magical encounter that revolves around Shinto religion (Japan's major religion alongside Buddhism) in an attempt to justify the supernatural aspect of the film. The story also has no real meaning or message to it and is just meant to be fun to watch, with the main theme being "forbidden love," basically a love story that the world is preventing, but the characters persevere in an attempt to be together.
I could write an essay about why the plot and story were not very good, but heading into the movie I expected that. The part that was the most disappointing was the lack of great scenes. Shinkai's other works have stories and plots equally as bad, but a number of great scenes or moments make up for it. This movie felt like a buildup for the majority of the time, making the movie extremely boring to watch. Then the climax is visually incredible and pairs really well with the song that plays, but is a very generic anime scene that I've seen since the early Studio Ghibli films with nothing particularly interesting or special going on.
The lack of things tying back to other parts of the story was also extremely disappointing. There was very little foreshadowing or even little occurrences that would be mentioned later to make a scene more emotional. For all the plot setup this movie had, it should have been able to include more details during that time so that some of the more grand, emotional scenes would feel... well, emotional and grand.
And finally, the comedy was not funny at all. Being in a packed theater with over 300 people, I figured someone would laugh... at least once. But that was how bad the comedy was. Usually a theater will have someone who forces themselves to laugh at every joke, but the jokes were just simply not funny at all.
One of the most well animated anime in terms of visuals that I have ever seen. Is it my favorite style? No, as their aren't really any sakuga showcases (moments when the quality of the animation improves drastically), and the animation is not particularly creative.
But the details and the overall animation quality is at another level. If you have read the plot or watched any trailers of Tenki no Ko, you would know that many scenes need to look like time lapses, as the landscape of the city goes from pouring rain to a sunny day in a matter of seconds. These scenes look absolutely stunning, and the beauty as well as the details of Tokyo's landscape is a pleasure to see.
The food as usual looks mouthwatering, the insert shots of the city are beautiful, and the detail taken to animate each and every drop of rain is simply amazing. A good amount of camera movement and never just holding on a single shot for an extended period of time shows that there was no laziness when it came to the visuals and the visual direction. It's a shame that the rest of the movie fails to be as good as the visuals. It's like a video game in which you max out only one or two stats and have nothing left for the other parts.
While the movie does have a couple of great songs, it fails to have a great instrumental OST (original soundtrack). A good deal of the non-vocal music in the show was just the piano cover of some of the main songs. However, the songs were really good, and they played at the right times and fit the movie well.
The characters were simply generic and uninteresting. This is a usual in Shinkai films, but usually the characters are more relatable, making them more likable. But in this case, since the story was so supernatural and also dealt with aspects of life that most people have never gone through, it made the characters not just boring but also unlikable, and by the end of the movie I really did not care about any of them.
We have the light and cheerful girl with no personality beyond that. The young, awkward boy who wants to do something with his life. The slightly older girl that's simply there to look pretty. The dude in a mid life crisis. The sibling that's just kind of there. And a bunch of other side characters that are plot devices. Characters are so important in a slice of life, and the failure to have likable, relatable characters really brought down the enjoyment of the show for me.
In conclusion, having seen this movie in the theater, this should about wrap up the movie:
-No one laughed
-No one cried
-No one cheered or got excited
-No one clapped at the end
Tenki no Ko is worth seeing just for the visuals and soundtrack, but for me it was 1 hour and 54 minutes that can only be described as a complete mess and for the most part boring to watch.
Kimi no na wa/Your Name is my most favorite anime movie of all time and my favorite from Shinkai Makoto. That movie is my inspiration and the reason why I currently live in work/study here Tokyo. I watched 天気の子/Tenki no Ko/Weathering With You Twice yesterday at theater near place I live, Theater is pack full of people only fews seat left. And please bear with my bad english
Tenki no ko/Weathering With You is a story about love of two peoples which is the favorite style of Shinkai Makoto and also have Shinto belief just
like his famous previous film, But if Kimi no na wa is for all age all gender everyone can watch kind of movie, I would say that Tenki no Ko is probably for people from age of 10+ . But I won't say that people who's not above 10 shouldn't watch it but in my oppinion people who's younger maybe will have a time understanding the message of a movie.
Because story of Tenki no Ko this time around deal with much more heavier theme and topic than Kimi no na wa that you can just enjoy the journey of the main character. its deal with the topic of responsibilities of growing up to be an adult, to take responsibilities of your action and movie bring out much more bad side of human that people does in real life in general.
Movie itself done a good job bringing the people along with the show and I can say that I enjoy the ride of the movie as much as Kimi no na wa if not more. Movie length is about 110 ish minutes but I don't felt like it that long at all, even though I watch it 2 times back to back it just felt like I breeze through it a great kind of breeze through enjoyable and fun.
If I have to describe this film genre from what I've experienced myself I would tag it as: Romance, Drama, Super Natural.
I can say that one of the few things that this film does it better than Kimi no na wa is Side Character. Tenki no Ko give a lot more time to side character and it show. They have much more depth and the motive and character action in general are much more believable this time, Also especially the love story between the main characters it have far more dept and much more believable. I think it maybe because this film are dealing with more realistic and heavier theme. So if you are the one of the many who criticized this aspect in Kimi no na wa I hope you are looking forward to see this by yourself.
Maybe this is just my opinion and I am the only one who think this, But after I watched this film and I've living here in Japan for quite some time. I can relate and understand the character so much. The movie is not just about love and responsibility, Its a clash of ideal and way to live of younger generation and older generation of people over here in Japan. A younger generation who chase their dream with all their might/ a young adult who have to abandon their dream to face cruel of reality/ an older generation head strong and don't accept anything new or change/ an older generation who accept change and how things are. This film have a lot of message and what you can takeaway from it. I can say this with confident because I've met all these type of people over here in Japan.
The Animation quality is just as you guys know, whole movie is nothing but 5 wallpapers per second. Beautiful cinematography, creative camera angle even the CGI is breath taking. There is a lot of shot that they blend CGI in but it so good you won't be able to tell the differences and one more thing that I think this movie have better than your name is Character animation, the movement and sakuga scene are top notch. even though it style is a different from Kotonoha no niwa but I would say that it on the same league. (not to mention female character design of Hina and Natsumi plus the animation quality fluidity woo bois that's some top tier waifu material right there)
The Music and soundtrack by Radwimps are fantastic the track that they insert in the film gonna stuck in mind of the people who watched it for sure. Lyric and meaning of the song that go along with the important scene in the movie it build the feels that made me tears up 3 4 times while watching it for sure. And for sure it not only just me who only shed tears because when the movie end I saw a lot of people who wipe there tears and their eye red because of crying lol.
One of my favorite song of this movie is 'Ai ni dekiru koto wa mada arukai' which translate to 'Is there still anything thing that love can do?' The melody and meaning of this song just so good it resonate with the plot of the film just like song in Kimi no na wa. After I watched it I found myself humming and sing it catch phrase of this song a lot and I say this as someone who at first feel indifferent about the song when watching this movie Trailer.
Easter egg/Fanservice/Comedy are also great its not too much not too little and that's perfect in movie like this. And yes especially the Easter Egg+Fanservice part, The people who love and have watched previous Shinkai film gonna be rejoice for sure. From my experienced who watched it movie theater in Japan which Japanese people have so much manner that they always quiet and silent no matter how much hype or funny the scene are you won't here a single laugh or scream, and I can still heard a little bit scream of joy and happy when Easter Egg and Fanservice scene happened.
Due to time constraint nature of a anime movie length some people maybe will have a problem with some part of the movie, for example some question won't get an answer but I don' think it's important to the film or necessary to explain it because the message of the film has already been delivered so, After I watch it I can understand if people going to want more out of it because I too want more out it but just like I said it's not necessary it just about closure thing.
Lastly what I want to say is that even you are the people who don't like or don't really enjoy the style of Shinkai Makoto at least you should watch it once. The Animation the beautifulness and eye candy aspect of it already worth your time and your ticket price. And even though I compared Tenki no Ko and Kimi no na wa a a lot but, my advice is don't go in expect it to be next 'Your Name'. Expect it to be different than what Your Name is and then see what's different between these two. Expect it to be it own thing. What differences that are good/great. See it for what it is and I think you going to have a great time and meaningful message that this movie try to give.
So this is my verdict and summary of Tenki no ko.
If Kimi no na wa/Your Name is a perfect 10/10 for me
Tenki no Ko/Weathering With You is a 9-9.5/10 for sure.
Its a another really great film from Shinkai Makoto if you really enjoy his work I wholeheartedly recommend you to watch this movie for sure. It's a very enjoyable experienced and another feels trip from Shinkai what not to like?
And I can easily see some people who going to like this movie even more than Kimi no na wa or Other Shinkai films and I'm not going to be surprised if someone say this is his/her favorite Shinkai film because a lot of aspect in this Movie is really that good.
PS.After I watched this film the second times I can already see the real life place that inspire scene in the film that gonna be famous spot in the future already just like famous 'Kimi no na wa' Suga shrine stair for example. I also definitely would like to go visit it too but before that I have to know the location first so.
That's it guys, Thank you for reading my thought and review and yeah thank you for bearing with my bad english. I hope you guy in the west doesn't have to wait too long like Kimi no na wa because even in my birth country it already schedule to air on November so good luck everyone.
When the trailer for Tenki no Ko first released, I think I wasn't the only one who leapt out of my seat and screamed for joy, sharing it on all the social media platforms. The staff lineup was looking quite similar to Kimi no Na wa (Your Name), meaning it could possibly reach the same heights as the film which brought Makoto Shinkai to the spotlight of anime media. I was very hyped for it, and finally got to watch it this weekend, when it released. So how was it?
Directing, visuals, audio were superb. Story was alright except the main "complication" was just filler. Characters
were a disappointment.
The pacing is quite good throughout the entire film. The premise is set up, there are many areas to expand upon to increase the depth of the story, the main characters discover a problem with these weather powers, they do something about it. It was easy to follow what was happening. However, there were two main areas in the story which drew back the quality of the film. First, what seemed like important parts of the film were never expanded upon. The skies or clouds and what goes on aside from the ordinary human world isn't explained other than a very brief folktale an old guy mentions. The "fish" keep appearing and being mentioned throughout the film but it never really amounts to anything. Makoto had so much he could draw on, but he didn't. Secondly, the "bad guys" of the film are useless wastes of screen time. They contribute nothing to the story, they can't do the simplest of tasks for which they're employed. They're a major complication in the film, but when the film came to a close, I sat there looking at the credits and thinking this anime was ruined by their existence. There wasn't really anything which made the story stand out either.
Beautiful art all around. Characters, backgrounds, visual effects, all of them were comparable to Your Name. Just from the credits, you can see they took pride in this. About 75% of staff were on illustration, painting, or animation.
RADWIMPS provides many insert songs and the ending soundtrack. They're filled with energy and lightheartedness, again similar to Your Name. Mokoto manages to keep music or audio effects going throughout the film, leaving absence in some short moments to take in the tranquility of the situation. He plays with your emotions through the audio components of the film.
As mentioned in the character section, the antagonist(s) aren't really anything. You could get rid of them and the movie would still go on and finish with the same ending. Some minor characters who help Hodaka, the protagonist, are integral in the story, but also do some silly things, almost as if they have no common sense. They don't get much development either, such as just finding out about their family situation. Hodaka seems quite linear and reminds me of Eren from Attack on Titan. His actions follow a simple rule - run away from home, and help Hina, the heroine. Everything he does is rash and unrealistic/unfeasible except that it magically works out thanks to main character protection. He doesn't change much. Also we don't get to learn about why he hates home, and his excuse for being led to Tokyo by rays of sunlight is ridiculous. The only character who changes a fair bit and we find out more about their situation and thought pattern is Hina. She goes from being in the dumps emotionally, to finding reason to live, and some love thrown in there. She wants to help everyone but chooses not to, for the sake of being with Hodaka some time in the future.
If you add up the numbers, it would be closer to an 8, but the imbalance between production media and quality of the story and characters reduces the enjoyability after reaching the end of the film. Great art can only carry a story so far.
Watching the movie is enjoyable because the story progresses, it's cute seeing the protagonist and heroine interact, the art, animation and music is amazing. It's only after finishing the movie that you realise the problems, reflecting upon what they could've done instead to make good use of screen time.
In particular, I enjoyed the Easter eggs paying tribute to Your Name. Some of the stupid things the minor characters did were funny because they were just so ridiculously unbelievable. Did he really just do that?!
Regarding low score of story and characters, I consider a basic story that makes sense a pass mark 5/10. It's not necessarily bad, but there was so much room to work with, and Makoto didn't take advantage of any of that.
APPALLING. The destruction of HALF of Tokyo, Japan’s most economically viable area, was economic genocide perpetrated by a horny 16 year old. Sure, saving your “Girlfriend” is cool, but did you take into account the SEVERE economic recession caused by crumbling Aggregate Demand (AD) in the financial and political nexus of Japan? I don’t think so!!!! The billions of damaged infrastructure caused by Hokoda’s headass refusal to consider the crippling debt the Japanese government owes (>200%) and beleaguered Aggregate Supply caused by an aging workforce caused the Japanese economy to go into a DEEP recession. When investment is crippled when MEI is lackluster and
consumption crumpled because of decreasing nominal income rates and the lack of availability of credit, YOU HAVE A FUCKING HIGH ASS RECESSION. Hodoka’s action has only 1 upside: MAKING SPACE FOR AT LEAST 6 SEAWORLDS. Guys! They abuse animals! Not fucking cool. This should come across as a lesson for all horny teenagers trying to run away from home: IF YOU MEET A GIRL WHO GETS FUCKED BY THE CLIMATE, THINK OF THE POTENTIAL ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES. Nice going, dipshit!
Time to flood this review section with my showering praises! Bad joke sorry. Being serious though, if I want to summarize Tenki no Ko with one phrase, that will be, lacking of confidence to make bold moves. Yes, I actually said that on a film that our best boy, Makoto Shinkai made. He has always made really bold moves on his movie with no drawbacks at all. However, Tenki no Ko felt different. It felt as if he was being nervous when he was producing this film, there was that sense of nervousness inside the story. Not a smart play there, my friend, many people
will prefer bold moves compared to what you did here for this movie. However, I will give props to many things that this movie has done right, in this review. In the most spoiler-free way that you've ever seen in your life! >.>
Story wise, no matter how much I love Shinkai films, I'll have to say it in the most un-biased way possible. If you love a bold, powerful story, whether if it's sad or not. As long as it's bold. I will not recommend you to watch this film. Tenki no Ko was definitely an emotional one in a certain type of way, but at the same time, due to it not being daring enough to push it further. I felt that it was not strong enough to create a real powerful heart breaker that will literally make half of the people in the theaters go, " Somebody is cutting onions here ". The story felt wacky, literally. The scenes felt amusing to me rather than what they wanted me to feel sometimes. I don't know if it's just me, or everybody else too. The story just feels off the mark compared to other movies that I've thought were great. Such as 'Your Name.' , 'A Silent Voice' etc. This movie still hits objective of it being a romance movie with the feels rolling like the wheels of a train. (If you got that you are the 1% that can understand my genuine jokes)
Speaking of trains, let's look at RADWIMPS. (Reference to their MV for 'Is there still anything that love can do', an OST used for Tenki no Ko) | They have once again outdone themselves with the music, especially 'Is there still anything that love can do?' , which plays as the camera flows through the soundscapes like a typical Shinkai film. I also felt the real push when they used the OST 'Grand Escape' in the film, at the best time as well. It was placed in so well that it contributed a lot to the emotions that you were supposed to feel during that scene. Want to know which scene? Well, too bad it's a spoiler-free review or I would have showered spoilers on you all! (sorry.) As for voice actors go, I really love how instead of choosing crazy popular voice actors such as HanaKana, they chose voice actors who basically never had a role ever as the main character of the movie. Even if that was their first time playing the movie, they sounded beautiful. I highly respect that point. "That scores high points!" , is what Komachi will say. (Reference to anime Oregairu) The foley sounds were incredibly well made, the raindrops sounded pretty legit, the walking felt really in sync with the character too. Okay that's really all I have to say for that LOL.
CoMix Wave Films never ever disappoint me when it comes to visuals. Be it 'Your Name.' , 'The Garden of Words' , '5 Centimetres per Second' or other films, the shadow, the lighting & even the raindrops look incredibly well drawn. They really spent a lot of effort & budget into this movie, and I really appreciate it. The way the water moves upwards into the sky truly look beautiful, as if I'm literally in heaven. The way Hina was designed was really cute and meaningful. The water pendant on her made her feel more like a sunshine girl than just having a title. The jacket kind of top was also trying to signify a similar thing as well. Hodoka's design was pretty plain and normal, but that actually was probably done on purpose. In contrast to the sunshine girl who could control weather, Hodoka was just a normal boy who has ran away from his home, unemployed and has no money. Honestly no words to say for such amazing visuals other than amazing job team.
To keep a spoiler-free review, I'll only talk about Hina and Hodaka. Hina is a sweet, carefree girl that is able to control weather. Hodoka is a daring, brave young soul that is willing to do anything for save a person that he loves. The comedy that they build together is pretty enjoyable and the other emotions that they create together is really really adorable. I really cannot elaborate because I got to keep it as spoiler-free as possible so yeah.
I honestly really enjoyed the film, it was a bunch of mixed emotions entering me and it felt like my feelings were getting blended during the time I was watching the movie. Joy, happiness, sorrow, proud, admiration & many more. This movie honestly has a lot to offer itself if you just take out its few flaws that it holds. I will recommend this film to anybody that is a real big fan of Makoto Shinkai because this is definitely something more different compared to his other films that he made. Other people who aren't fans of Makoto Shinkai are also recommended as well as long as you don't hate Slice of Life mixed with Drama. It creates an effect that may seem undesirable to some people. Good movie.
To start off i am not a bot to anyone that think i live in the states. i have recently watched tenki no ko (weathering with you) and all i can think to myself was how beautifully executed this movie was from the characters to the general enjoyment of this film
Story: the story follows a runaway student from his home located on a small isolated island who runs away to tokyo. that is all i can say for as far as spoiler free explanations go, but knowing the story all i can say it is a phenomenally great story. 10/10
Art: for art it goes without
saying as a Makoto Shinkai film it is bound to have beautiful scenery that will just blow you away with the beautiful scenery that would give you the feeling that your not watching a movie but walking in the crowded streets of tokyo and in this film it does exactly that, it just shows such a normal feeling of a normal street in a random city along with everything else around the streets and it just ceases to amaze me that there are big time companies like macdonalds appear so naturally in an anime and yet it doesn't have any of those fake brands in an anime to act like there is a macdonalds but instead its something like a wakdonalds or something like that to not get sued by the company for copyright issues and this is an exception to anime watchers but Makoto Shinkai just goes to great lengths to get the license required to show company names like macdonalds and in japan it is hard to get these kinds of licenses and just goes to show how passionate Makoto Shinkai is with these films he makes and just shows everyone else how passionate these artists can be with each project they make and truly show the difference between the other directors of other big time series films like one piece movies or conan movies, you can just see how passonate Makoto shinkai is compared to other people because hayao miyazaki just goes to great lengths to make the viewers feel like their experiencing the movie first hand with the incredibly realistic atmosphere and just shows all the difference between a genuinely passionate directors who want the viewers to genuinely enjoy these movies and the other directors who are just out for the money the fans of the series are just willing to give for some non canonical story that will not matter.10/10
sound: As for sound im not sure how to put it because in this film sound didnt really take part in much of the scenes except for the scenes that would really have made it more realistic effect but i cannot go in depth with the sounds because that would enter spoiler territory. 10/10
character: Character building in this movie has really been taken to another level with each character have characters fro kimi no na wa look like a stepping stone for greater movies and just get gets you to wonder if Makoto Shinkai can genuinely make a better film or not. thats as far as i can go without getting into spoiler territory 10/10
enjoyment: as far as enjoyment goes it was phenomenal from tense and heart pounding scenes that get you wanting to cheer on the main character and keep wanting to tell im directly to him to keep going and to not give up. 10/10
overall: in conclusion I really cannot put it in to word about how beautiful this movie is from the characters to the stories to the magnificent scenery which jut make kimi no na wa look like a simple stepping stone for greater movies to be made. 10/10
You'll be disappointed if you're expecting a tear-jerker anime like Kimi no Na Wa. However, if you drop all expectations that it will surpass its predecessor, it's quite the masterpiece on its own.
Director Shinkai seems to really love Shinjuku station. As someone who has been living at Shinjuku for years, I'd say he really brought out the feel of it - from the moody-looking South Exit to the South-East area where Hodaka camps out at night; to the Kabuki-cho Mcdonalds where he first meets Hina. There's no movie magic in it; the roads and pathways all exist in real life, and the distance
was well respected. The fantastical art when the supernatural is involved was also as pleasing as it was in his previous works.
I liked it so much I bought the soundtrack immediately after watching it. The insert songs are all great, and the BGM really brings out the mood in each scene.
While cliche at parts, I found myself rooting for each of the characters when they were the focus. From the shady-at-first Suga-san to our unlucky Hodaka, to the mysterious Hina and the ambiguous relationship between Natsumi and Suga-san. Even the supporting characters are given personalities, such as the policemen who were worried at first, but became cautiously aggressive after they received a radio call. Every character was there for a reason.
I enjoyed the movie overall. The only qualm I had was that the time skip at the end was done before the credits - it would definitely be more natural if they were to do it after the credits. It wouldn't ruin your enjoyment though, so go out there and give it a chance!
Not only he keep his magic of giving feels to everyone, he even improved on his story writing and this is by far the most well-scripted one he has directed. It might not have the extraordinary hit-you-in-the-guts feel of 5 Centimeters Per Second, the poetic atmosphere of The Garden Of Words or the glamorous starry vibes of Your Name, but in their places lies a sweet story of first love, having someone that cares for you and how the skies reflect our emotions.
To put it bluntly, it has the smell of fresh air under sunny blue skies just
after raining. With Shinkai and his team's signature artwork supporting the atmosphere.
There are some parts of the story that will probably surprise you as not quite something you would expect his stories' main characters would do, but it's definitely on the good side.
It's yet another of his 10/10 work for me. If you liked any of Shinkai's works, you will love this one. Even if you don't like Your Name or 5 Centimeters Per Second or felt The Garden Of Words boring, give this one a try when you can. This is Shinkai's most "easy going" work so far and there's every single chance that you will actually like it.
This movie released the day before I got to Japan so I got the pleasure of watching it almost right away. From the reviews that I've seen so far, I can tell that quite a few people were disappointed in this movie as it wasn't a Your Name 2 kind of movie. However, I did find a lot of enjoyment in this show and it really did shine a light on both certain aspects of Tokyo that I felt was ignored in a lot of different shows.
Story has never been Shinkai's ace in the hole. The story was good but by no means out of
this world. The two exceptional parts of the story that Shinkai nailed were the ties between modern day Tokyo and the Japanese religion of Shintoism and the "underground" of Tokyo. The ties between Hina and the "Weather maidens" was very well done and Shinkai really did his research (to the best of my knowledge). The film took a dive into the more dark side of Tokyo, showing very gloomy and shady parts of the town which wasn't shown during Your Name (Your Name really showed Tokyo in a busy and bright manner). I really enjoyed this take on Tokyo, as it isn't the fairy tale paradise that some people make it out to be. The story was intriguing enough for me to keep wanting to see what happens next which gives it a 7 in my book.
The art and visuals... Oh my god...
The art was probably some of the best visuals I've ever seen in animated anything. Everything from the weather to the buildings was done meticulously and it was amazing to see on the big screen. The music was also phenomenal. I personally think that Weathering With You had better music than Your Name, which is really saying something. Grand Escape and Is There Still Anything That Love Can Do both speak for themselves but even the other songs such as Celebration and Voice of Wind were amazing to listen to in the movie. It just felt like the music really fit the atmosphere of the film very well. I honestly can't give anything but a 10 to both of these categories.
Character and Overall enjoyment:
The characters all had there own personas and they all felt like they had a specific role in the movie. For the main protagonists Hodoka and Hina, they both have specific goals and desires that they wish to fulfill and while Hodoka has a very "young and naive" kind of outlook, it really does freshen up the film. I can't really go into too many spoilers (not that there's much anyways) but I really did appreciate the characters of this movie.
Looking at this movie again, I'm pretty sure I'm going to get the DVD release in Japan when I get the chance. This is a film I'm definitely going to rewatch and re-critique but in the mean time, there wasn't really too much of a negative from this film. I honestly think that this film is going to perceived as worse than Your Name just because of the expectations it was given and the bias towards Your Name but when looking at the film and appreciating the messages it delivers, I think this film is just as good if not better than Your Name.
"Weathering with you" is a plate of spaghetti with very questionable ingredients that seems to be there for the sake of looking good, and despite it's grand presentation complete with truffles and gold plate, you can tell that the presentation is only there to hide it's many flaws, the half-cooked linguine, the hastily cooked sauce and the utter arrogance you can sense from the kitchen, expecting you to forgive all those flaws because of the restaurant's prestige.
I gave the film a rating of 6 despite my many complaints with it, and it is only because anything lower than that would be a disservice to everything
that the film does right: The art, the voice acting, the sound and most of the story.
Like many of other Shinkai's works, I felt that he has done superbly to set up the loose ends, the questions to be answered, but once again he never really tied them up. Watching the movie, I was anticipating a resolution to many of the character's difficulties and reasoning.
At the end of the film, I walked out with a lot of questions, and the only answer that I could come up with is that Shinkai never really cared about resolving the side plots, as long as the main plot could have an ending then there would be no reason to complain. But that is not, or should not be the case, and as a result this heavily compromised the characters too, which I would talk about later.
Another thing is that the story didn't deviate much from Shinkai's other works. Any more details would be spoilers so I'll leave it at that.
As expected from a Shinkai film, even if everything else falls apart, at least your eyes would still bleed rainbows. There's not much else to say about it, it's just brilliant as always.
The soundtrack was rather bland save for a few scenes. RADWIMPS had a far more memorable soundtrack for Kimi no Na wa, as this one had many samesies songs that feels like it's reused, but it actually isn't. However on my second rewatch I came to appreciate the BGM a lot more. The non-vocalized music fits every scene perfectly.
Sound effects were on point. Find a good theater to watch this as a public premiere would not do it justice.
Voice acting was very well done, no corners were cut. Not much else to say about it apart from that it's good.
I get that the show had a very limited runtime to it, and therefore a full exposition isn't really possible. However, the film packed so much into the characters but yet completely fail to flesh them out. Much of the backstories were nothing more than a single sentence, the rationale behind each character's actions depends so much on a shallow motive that makes it very hard to empathize with them. A lot of the character's difficulties turned out to be not much of one at all since the convenience factor kicks in, and the characters never really seemed to be bothered by their many limitations, very little of their actions were done to circumvent them.
The message that the romance at the end of the film sends is very dangerous. Again, any details would be spoilers, so I'll use this quote from another show I watched that I fully agree with after watching the ending:
"The kind of thinking that as long you and your own are happy then you don't care about other people is...horrifying...it was like the movie was jam-packed with people's egoism."
The characters are a model of the good old "as long as we are in love the world can go to hell" trope towards the end to an extreme level. And if people feel "inspired" by the message in the end, I think we are doomed as a society.
The last but definitely the least point of the characters to me is probably personal, but it feels like the romance is utterly shallow. The budding romance felt premature and the lengths that our MC goes for it feels extreme for how short this relationship lasted, it just feels unreal. But of course, it's the "power of love", which is a trope I can never sympathize with.
The film would've been an easy 8/10 if not for the last act putting a really bitter taste in my mouth, but the ending doesn't bring everything else down to an unwatchable level, hence the generous 6/10 despite the many complaints I've had.
Should you watch it? Yes, absolutely. Bring your whole family, your new date, your children along. It's fantastically friendly for all situations and ages, and a complete film if you don't mind the details. But if you really think about the film in a more in depth level, you will be bugged by it's many shortcomings.
Hello, this is my first time writing a review on something, I don't know why but I feel the need to write this after watching and reading the review below 7, but don't worry, I'm not here to ignite any argument with you, this is just an opinion from the prespective of a 19 years old.
Story : 8
So as everyone's been thinking for a while, Makoto Shinkai's story this time is having a direct approach, without needing us to think more deeper than usual, or should I say the word, "simple".
But that simple is simply enjoyable, two adolescent enjoying the joy of world, the idea
of changing the shape of the world, how is that not fun ? Having that kind of mindset is bringing me to understand that Makoto Shinkai is not trying to ponder with our mind this time, it's just the story he want to tell, well maybe the history behind the movie is amazing, but I'm not that smart so I'm sorry I can't bring that up without much proof.
Art : 10
Do I still need to explain this one ? I'm bringing my expectation through the roof for the art, and yes Makoto-san still delivers. Truth to be told, I lowkey hoping it's not as good as "Your Name" or at the very least just as good. But nope, the art slap you in the face
Sound : 10
Sound ? Character sound ? Song ? All of it is extremely well done. I've been listening to the OST since it came out, finding the english lyric, and try remembering it. I really love the "We'll be Alright" one especially, it depicts everything I want to say after watching the movie. Is this a spoiler ? And it's still a movie edit one, I can't imagine the full one
Character : 10
Now, this is the interesting part, everyone seems to disappointed in the character, especially background, development, waste of screen time character, etc.
Personally, for me
Hina is a 15-years old girl. Are we gonna just dish on her like that ? Is her action wrong ? not really, Can she do better ? yes but what do you expect from a 15 year old girl ? She's living her life hard enough as is from my prespective,the world is carried on her little shoulder, and she's the one asking people "Are you alright?", I just can't take it man (Is this spoiler ?)
Hodaka, 16 years old boy running away from his home. Is his action wrong ? Truth to be told, yes, he's a representation of what we will do if we didn't have any guide in life, he's struggling but he can do much more than me though ahaha... But funny thing is, he's a contrast to our side character Suga-san, where Suga-san is an adult with much more consideration.
Antagonist ? Mmmm... this time I must agree partially to most of the comments regarding this one, it's a bit lacking, but does it job.
Support/ Side Character ? They depict something that play with my young adult mind, I mean, I can't agree with their action, but I can understand why.
Enjoyment : 10
I have a blast watching this I literally just bought one more VIP seat for self-watch, so I might be biased but I tried my best, sounds so defending, eh ?
Overall : 10
I have fun watching it, everyone's inside is having fun, some cry, some sing, some smile, what I love most is everyone seems to appreciate every seconds of it. But I might be biased, once again.
Well, here goes my first review. I know I really lack explanation, but I can ensure you this one's worth the watch. So, despite many 1-star review ? You can still go and see it for yourself
Bonus one for especially patient with my review,
for the ending, I personally feel like it's rushed a bit ? Maybe Makoto-san doesn't have enough time ? or maybe that's what he want ? I like the ending, but it can be better
I was fortunate enough to be in Japan this past week not long after Tenki no Ko began airing. Even more fortunately, when I got to the theater there were a few seats lefts towards the front of the theater. Though I can't say the movie was better than Kimi no Na Wa, I can say that the Art and Sound were what you would expect from a Shinkai film. A 10/10, outstanding. Thinking back, most of the story was sort of filler and the characters were not fleshed out the best. Nonetheless, I was to busy enjoying the film and being a fan girl
to really notice.
Despite the overwhelming reviews saying that this is a masterpiece, nobody I personally know actually enjoyed this film... We were all disappointed. That's what this movie is major disappointment.
Let's start with the strongest points
Art and Sound - Goes without saying it's amazing, the soundtrack in particular is very catchy and fits well. The art is good but I would say Your Name had better art, in this movie things may look wonky sometimes.
Characters - Here's where everything about this movie fall apart, the main character is just unlikable and static. It was nice to see him change in the climax but he almost immediately
reverted. His reasons for motivation are left empty so it's very hard to sympathetise with him. As for the female lead I can't think of anything interesting to describe her. She's just like that. The best characters are from the supporting cast but even then they can be quite inconsistent at times so I don't know if I really like them.
While I'm at this, the romance is bad. I can see what the writers were going for but it just doesn't work. I do not see why male lead loves female lead so much in particular. There's nothing special in their dynamic and I think the female lead's younger brother probably cares about her more than male lead.
Story - The premises is alright but the pacing and how exposition is given is well, bad. Scenes are badly stitched together and you're left thinking "Wait is this the same movie?" There's entire plot about WHOA GUN but that doesn't go anywhere.
Overall there isn't anything special with this movie, it's hard to sympathetise with the characters. It's ambitious but with no payoff. Scenes are disjointed.
//Here's some spoiler nitpicks:
-Main protagonists never tell each other "I love you"
-Male protagonist seems to love rain in opening scene but then that's dropped.
-Male protagonist supposed to love female protagonist so much but then still get flustered as he think some other random is going to confess to him.
-Male protagonist acts as if going home is hell but then spends another 3 years at home just fine.
-Flood Tokyo for cardboard cutout girl.
-Borger scene for no reason.
-Gun for no reason.
-Female protagonist runs out of mum's hospital room for God knows what reason it's never said. I know it's said so she can pray but why that particular spot why without umbrella.
-Everything happens because movie
While Kimi no Na Wa. felt like Makoto Shinkai proving himself to the world, Tenki no Ko feels like the auteur simply being himself-- because it's time for the world to get to know him.
Tenki no Ko, in its essence, is an urban story. Here we have two teenagers (and one precocious tween) trying to navigate the cold and damp everyday life that is Tokyo by literally sweeping off the cold and the damp. Blessed with the ability to control weather, Hina (the heroine) believes that she can catch two birds with one stone and as her loyal friend/quasi-business manager, Hodaka (the hero) only wishes
for just enough money and reason for the two of them to stay together no matter what kind of storm that awaits. Predictably, not everything will go along smoothly and the storm in question may not be as on-the-nose as anyone (even the audience) can predict. However, it seems like that is exactly the narrative and the style that suit Makoto Shinkai the most.
His prior work --the forever celebrated Kimi no Na Wa.-- was a spectacular gem. However, what made that work spectacular was the fact of which it stayed true to its identity which was an anime. One couldn't help but notice the whole execution of Kimi no Na Wa. still revolved around that one-century-old formula. For Tenki no Ko, though, there is always this nuance of which the audience is missing something that may be of miniscule, but just as important. Using the layman term, for the first time ever, with this work Makoto Shinkai asks the audience to think-- especially how the overall narrative finally ends. No more blatant showstoppers and no more straightforward life lessons, either. While Kimi no Na Wa is about finding each other, these kids in Tenki No Ko are a bit smarter than that. It is not about seeking something new as it is more about protecting what is already here-- and the latter is always a more engrossing drama.
Ultimately, most otaku would definitely find Tenki No Ko as quote-en-quote 'divisive' but that may not be the case for the rest of (normie) audience. This is a work of a confident artist who had reached the top of the mountain and with Tenki no Ko, we got the answer whether he spent his time on the top by dancing and taking chances or simply putting up fences and playing it safe. Also, it is still too soon to judge either Kimi no Na Wa. or Tenki no Ko as Shinkai's magnum opus. After all, he's just getting started. We are still in the calm before the perfect storm, as it turns out.
"This is a story concerning the secrets of the world only she and I know." - Hodaka Morishima
This is my first review and it is backed-up by two movie screenings. I’ll do my best to make this SPOILER-FREE.
To begin this, Makoto Shinkai gave us a whole universe with Kotonoha No Niwa being the kickstarter followed by Kimi No Na Wa. This 2019, Tenki No Ko continues the universe’s timeline without being an “actual sequel” to Kimi No Na Wa, as in you can watch it as a stand-alone movie without watching the other said movies before it. I would like to say that, although it
had a super straightforward and bland story on paper, questionable parts, noticeable reused formulas, and some opportunities it failed to take, the film brought out that “Makoto Shinkai” magic with its characters, sound, and obviously, coming from a Shinkai film, its into-detail-art and animation.
Let us start off with the film’s story. Compared to Kimi No Na Wa which leans on magical and supernatural aspects as the main carriers of the story, Tenki No Ko’s story leans more on character and character connections, and contains more realism and down-to-earth aspects. The story is probably the balance of Kotonoha No Niwa and Kimi No Na Wa, combining that magical/supernatural aspect in relation to the Shinto Religion with realism in today’s society, with the latter being much more leaned on. Despite the combined concepts sounding nice, the story plot overall from start to finish is pretty straightforward and is quite bland and slow at the start on paper (as in if you view the story as a whole only, removing elements such as visuals and sound). Not only that, but this movie contains quite a number of plotholes, questions that were left unanswered other than the setting during the ending, and missed opportunities and concepts that could’ve been explained and dived into more in the movie with the cumulonimbus clouds’ (correct me if I’m wrong) ecosystem as an example. You can say that the story has its own inconsistencies. Not only that, but if you actually view the whole sequence of events as a whole just from the introduction itself and some angles, you can see the formula that Shinkai used in the previous film Kimi No Na Wa. For this part, I don’t want to dwell in that much because it will require details that are big potential spoilers.
In regards to characters, I honestly find the ones in the film as improvements in Shinkai’s works. The characters in Tenki No Ko are quite down-to-earth, fresh, and are pretty much relatable with very decent characterizations and character improvements. You could at least relate to a character or two, especially if you’re a struggling teen finding a bit of purpose in life while being fed up with the life you have right now, a person struggling to find a job/occupation, or a parent trying to get closer with your own family. You can even probably relate if you are a playboy. The only thing that I could say that is negative regarding the characters is that, just like mentioned previously, there were certain opportunities that could’ve been taken and in this case, the characterizations and character developments could’ve been amplified alot more if such opportunities were to be taken. An example would be Nagi Amano. The movie could’ve honestly ventured more into his character with more dialogue and interactions together with Hina and Hodaka. That doesn’t mean he is a bad character.
When it comes to Makoto Shinkai, visuals, color, saturation, artstyle, and animation bring up his works that they are probably one of the biggest highlights and signatures for his films. His visuals never fail to seize me as a viewer especially in this movie. The visual details of every part of the movie from downtown Tokyo to the room designs down to the food and even the sky are so eye catchy and colorful with the right levels of saturation that it captures you and really makes you view the film even just for the visuals. Absolutely stunning that even the flow of the animation is very smooth and crispy when needed. The only problem I have (that can honestly be ignored) are some scenes that contain 3D animation. Pretty dodgy but bearable. Actually if you compare to other anime, the 3D animation here is not that bad.
RADWIMPS are back at it again to collaborate for this project and they failed to disappoint me. The music and scores were very useful tools in storytelling and emotional buildup that they carry weight for the movie. Music such as “Grand Escape” and "Is There Anything Love Can’t Do?” and their own piano background movie edit versions ride the flow of the story well. All of these were played so well and were mixed in with the animation and artstyle extremely precise that you can dub the animation and music score as the Shinkai’s ham and eggs or the ultimate bestfriend duo. Its extremely useful and crucial in carrying the story and feel of the movie that it also serves as its own weakness. There are points in the film that have little to no music and thus, the atmosphere kind of feels flat and boring while slightly exposing flaws of the story. This isn't always the case of course, but it does happen especially during the first half of the film.
Okay, this is more of a personal experience than a pure critic-thinking level subjective-type of review portion. Let us start. I honestly felt bored abit with the first few parts of the film because it was a pretty slow first half. I believe the main reason why is that it takes time to introduce the setting, the different potential problems and solutions, and characters and since it is a film, it will take quite some time. For this film though, it took up a lot of time than expected. I personally enjoyed the dialogues between characters in most cases and I overall liked the film’s story during the second half of the movie with its climax and payoff epilogue that gave me tons goosebumps. I truly loved the attention-to-detail and care that the team worked on for the artstyle and animation to bring life in certain parts of Tokyo together with the characters combined with beautiful music and sound. On both screenings however, questions came into my head and even more questions came in at the second screening regarding certain parts of the story that don’t entirely make sense or were not explained thoroughly enough for some to understand right away.
To wrap it all up, Tenki No Ko is an imperfect film and is absolutely not a total masterpiece due to plotholes, unexplained aspects and situations, certain bland parts, the reuse of formulas, and many more, but it is still an enjoyable anime film to watch with stunning music, beautiful animation and artstyle, and relatable characters. It may not be counted as one of the top anime films for me, but nevertheless, still a decent to good 1 hour and 54 minute film that contains the signature "Shinkai magic" in it. If we are to boil every score down into one, it would exactly be 8.
"Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it." - Salvador Dali
overall, i really enjoy this movie, especially the art that makoto shinkai represent to us who watch it
not just an enjoyment that i get, but knowledge too, about weather, or about how a city can be there. makoto shinkai do a magic once again that make my eye not blink for 1 hour (i mean less blink)
even the hype is not like last series of shinkai movie, but i love this one. i think this movie recommend not only for kids, but to teenager or adult because shinkai gonna spoiled their eye to this movie.
1 think that i can to say is, LOVE
Makoto Shinkai is currently one of the fan-favorite directors in the world of Japanese animation, arguably second to Hayao Miyazaki. His previous work, Your Name, is considered as the best of all his works. Inevitably, this creates an unintended expectation over his next work, which turns out to be Weathering With You. The first time I heard about Shinkai’s next project, I was thrilled. Subjectively speaking, one of his movie, 5 Centimeters Per Second, is my one of my favorite animated movie of all time, so I’m damn excited for this one. Considering the big amount of expectations, plus seeing the trailer so masterfully composed,
I believe this movie would be an enjoyable ride.
I watched this movie on a screening yesterday, the first to be held in my country. I believed the studio is full, so I’m pretty glad to see the enthusiasm of the audience. I have to say that Weathering With You is not the second Your Name, or the conclusion of all Shinkai’s works, or even the mixed of Shinkai’s films. Weathering With You is a movie with its own identity, so I’m trying my best not to compare it to the other movies.
First, I’d like to talk about things that aren’t suited to my preferences, which is mainly the characters. The characters are mostly bland, and this later resulted in my view of the romance story. Hodaka and Hina aren’t very memorable, I almost forgot their names on my way home. For me, the movie failed to make me attached to the characters, especially when the movie itself teases so much of the side characters that it seems the plot somewhat focuses more on them. I would like to see more of Hodoka and Hina moments tho, especially the cute and adorable moments. Unfortunately, the movie didn’t exactly do that. Moreover, the romance itself isn’t the type that I prefer, so that will be a bigger subjective case. From my point of view, the sudden romance’s emphasis felt really unnatural. The pace is somewhat slow and steady on the first 2/3 part of the film, and suddenly it throttles itself into an engaging ‘what should I do’ situation in the last 1/3 part. There’s one sequence which includes action, but it’s kind of predictable so it’s not as tense as it meant to be. It tries to be climatic but failed shortly.
With all of these negatives, I would also state some of the cool aspects that Weathering With You has, especially the visuals and the sound factor. Whilst the characters are not suitable for me, the visuals surely are, as always from a Makoto Shinkai movie. The little details were carefully crafted, and the animations were fluid. The only minor downside is the CGI part (appeared in the action sequence) that could be polished more, but else than that, it was marvelous. For the sound part, I’m extremely satisfied with the comeback of RADWIMPS in Weathering With You, especially the song “Is There Still Anything That Love Can Do?”. I was awestruck when the scene played the song, that magical feeling still exists on this one. The rain sound effect is also great, sometimes you get the feeling of being there and splashed by some of the incredible rain graphics. While Your Name sounds are structured in a more orchestra-ish and grandiose way, Weathering With You takes on a more personal level. For another comparison, The Garden of Words sounds are structured poetically. Else than visuals, the cameo from Kimi no Na Wa characters are shockingly enjoyable and somewhat fresh, and it opens new possibilities of creating Shinkai's own universe.
In addition, there’s an unpredictable ‘twist’ (Due to the result of something) that exists towards the end of the movie. But rather than awestruck by it, you’ll likely to say ‘what the hell’. I have two viewpoints regarding this twist, one, it might wreck the future potentials on expanding the universe, and two, it actually adds some uniqueness potential (it would create a fresh new plotline). Weathering With You also feels like an allegory, a beautiful one to be exact. I personally love how Shinkai described the current real life situation on the movie. It's bold, fresh, and realistic.
Extra note: I think Shinkai is currently experimenting on his film’s formula. His previous works always use non-living objects as the main villain such as distance and time (5 cm per second), age and alienation (Garden of Words), attachment and memories (Your Name). In Weathering With You, such matter is less to be seen, instead, the villain is rather emphasized on some people. This is a fresh way of Shinkai to expand his formula on other sectors, but unfortunately, I have to say that his way to capture the ‘the inevitable challenge’ atmosphere in Weathering With You is weaker than his previous works. But still, it's just my personal preferences, and I have to give him credits for exploring new territories.