The summer of his high school freshman year, Hodaka runs away from his remote island home to Tokyo, and quickly finds himself pushed to his financial and personal limits. The weather is unusually gloomy and rainy every day, as if to suggest his future. He lives his days in isolation, but finally finds work as a writer for a mysterious occult magazine. Then one day, Hodaka meets Hina on a busy street corner. This bright and strong-willed girl possesses a strange and wonderful ability: the power to stop the rain and clear the sky...
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.
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.
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.