With the global success of 2016’s Your Name, Makoto Shinkai established himself as one of the world’s top animé directors. This week, his next film was officially announced. Titled Weather Child: Weathering With You, it’ll be released worldwide on July 19, 2019.
Here’s the plot synopsis, according to Animé News Network:
In the film’s story, high school student Hodaka leaves his home on an isolated island and moves to Tokyo, but he immediately becomes broke. He lives his days in isolation, but finally finds a job as a writer for a shady occult magazine. After he starts his job, the weather has been rainy day after day. In a corner of the crowded and busy city, Hodaka meets a young woman named Hina. Due to certain circumstances, Hina and her younger brother live together, but have a cheerful and sturdy life. Hina also has a certain power: the power to stop the rain and clear the sky.
Shinkai’s work has been praised for its blend of highly detailed artwork, rich animation, melodrama, and sci-fi/fantasy elements. Based on the description above, as well as the initial artwork released, Weather Child looks like it’ll contain more of the same — which is not at all a bad thing.
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