Weathering With You Submitted for Consideration for the Best International Feature Film Award at the Oscars

Japan has submitted Makoto Shinkai’s Weathering With You (Tenki no Ko) anime film for consideration in the Best International Feature Film category at the 92nd Academy Awards. The film is the first anime that Japan has submitted in the category since Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke in 1998. The award was known as the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film until this year.

Weathering With You opened in Japanese theaters on July 19, 2019. It has earned 10,073,344,500 yen (about US$94.59 million) by selling 7,519,350 tickets in 34 days, making it the #10 highest-earning Japanese films of all time. The last Japanese film to earn over 10 billion yen was Shinkai’s previous film your name. three years ago. Weathering With You is also now the highest-grossing Japanese film so far in 2019.

Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) will host the North American premiere of Weathering With You as part of its Special Presentations category. The film is eligible to win the Audience Award. The 44th TIFF will be held at theaters in Toronto, Ontario from September 5-15, 2019.

Source: ANN

Toronto International Film Fest to Host the North American Premiere the Weathering With You Anime Film

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has announced that it will host the North American premiere of Makoto Shinkai’s new film Weathering With You (Tenki no Ko) as part of its Special Presentations category. The film is eligible to win the Audience Award.

Weathering With You opened in 359 theaters and 448 screens in Japan on July 19, 2019. 1,159,020 tickets were sold to earn 1,643,809,400 yen (about US$15.22 million) in its first three days. The film sold 830,000 tickets and earned 1.185 billion yen (about US$10.98 million) from Saturday to Sunday.

The 44th TIFF will be held at theaters in Toronto, Ontario from September 5-15, 2019.

Source: ANN

GKIDS Licenses Makoto Shinkai’s Weathering With You Anime Film

GKIDS has announced that it has licensed Makoto Shinkai’s new anime film Weathering With You (Tenki no Ko). The film will have an “awards qualifying” theatrical run in 2019, with a broader theatrical release scheduled for early 2020 with both English subtitles and English-dubbed screenings.

Weathering With You will open in Japanese theaters on July 19, 2019.

Source: ANN

Information on Makoto Shinkai’s Next Anime Film

CoMix Wave Films has announced that Makoto Shinkai’s new anime film is titled Tenki no Ko: Weathering With You (Weather Child: Weathering With You), and the film will open in Japan on July 19, 2019.

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 is credited with the original work, and is also directing and writing the film’s scripts for CoMix Wave Films. Masayoshi Tanaka is designing the characters, Atsushi Tamura is the animation director, and Hiroshi Takiguchi is the art director. STORY inc. is credited as producer, and TOHO will distribute the film.

The film will star Kotaro Daigo as Hodaka Morishima and Nana Mori as Hina Amano.

Shinkai has said that the film will get a worldwide release, and releases have already been decided for North America, Europe, Asia, and South America.

Source: ANN

Anime Book Review: your name.

your name. is a novel that tells the story audiences are familiar with from the anime film of the same name.

your name.
Written by: Makoto Shinkai
Publisher: Kadokawa
English Publisher: Yen Press
Release Date: May 23, 2017

From reading the Afterword written by Shinkai, it appears that the novel came out before the movie did in Japan; at the time he wrote the Afterword, the film was still in production.

Since I had already seen the your name. film before reading this book, I already had a basic idea of what to expect. There were a couple of scenes in the book that were embellished on slightly compared to what was shown in the film, but for the most part, the story of the film and book are very similar. The best example of this embellishment comes in the scene where Mitsuha discovers she’s in Taki’s body for the first time.

The biggest difference between the two mediums is the fact that in the book, Shinkai has the story being told from a first person perspective. Since there are two protagonists, Taki and Mitsuha, this means that the first person perspective shifts between these two characters. Most of the time, the book makes it clear when you’re shifting from one character’s perspective to another. However, there were a couple of times that I had to re-read a section to make sure I was following which character was telling the story.

After I finished reading your name., I thought it was just as strong of a story in this version as it was in the anime film. I was quite impressed by how Shinkai was able to convey the emotions and tensions of the story in a prose format. Even though there may not be the visual or audio clues that you would get when you’re watching the movie, the reader can still sense and understand what’s going on and how important the plot points are to the story. In a lot of respects, the book captures the wonder of the characters and the urgency of the story for the reader in the same way the film does for its viewers.

The book may be close to 200 pages long, but it’s actually a fairly quick and easy read if you can find the time to sit and read for a while. All of the pages included in the book contain text. Since the book was written before the movie finished production, there are no stills from the film included to pad the page count. The only image from the your name. anime film to appear anywhere is on the front cover.

This book will obviously have an appeal to readers who are already familiar with the movie, but I think it’s an easy enough story to follow and enjoy for readers who have never seen the film.

If you consider yourself a fan of the your name. anime film, I would highly encourage you to add this novelization of the story to your personal library.

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association Names Shinkai’s your name. as Best Animated Film

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) has awarded Makoto Shinkai’s your name. anime film with its Best Animated Film award. The LAFCA previously awarded Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away with the Best Animated Film award in 2002, and the film went on to win the Best Animated Feature award in the Academy Awards in 2003. The LAFCA also awarded Isao Takahata’s The Tale of the Princess Kaguya as Best Animated Film in 2014.

your name. has earned 19,492,000,000 yen (about US$174 million) as of November 27, 2016, surpassing the 19.3 billion yen earnings of Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke anime film. Shinkai’s film is now the the sixth highest-grossing film of all time in Japan, the third highest-grossing Japanese film in Japan, and the third highest-grossing anime film in Japan.

Source: ANN

Shinkai’s your name. Film Wins Best Animated Film at Spain’s Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival

The 49th annual Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival in Spain has announced that Makoto Shinkai’s your name. (Kimi no Na wa.) film won the festival’s Best Animated Feature Film award.

Shinkai’s latest film has ranked at number one for seven straight weekends since opening, and it is already 2016’s highest-grossing film in Japan. As of October 14, 2016, 50 days after the film opened, it has sold about 11.49 million tickets and earned about 14.9 billion yen (about US$143 million).

your name. held its world premiere on July 3, 2016 in Los Angeles during Anime Expo, and it is slated to open in 85 countries and regions.

Shinkai also wrote the script for the film. Masashi Ando served as the animation director and Masayoshi Tanaka designed the characters. CoMix Wave Inc. animated the film.

Previous anime films that have won the same award at Sitges include: Miss Hokusai in 2015, Wolf Children in 2012, Summer Warsin 2009, and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time in in 2006.

Source: ANN