Makoto Shinkai’s Weathering With You Getting September Release

Makoto Shinkai‘s Your Name transported the director into international limelight. It fastly became a box office hit in the UK which is unusual for anime at cinemas, it did help was was Japan’s first anime entry for the Academy Awards’ Best International Feature Film in over 20 years. That help give his latest creating Weathering With You a cinematic release in the UK earlier this year, next month you can own it!

Coming to Blu-ray, DVD and a Collector’s Edition, the UK critically acclaimed Weathering With You is an uplifting timely arrival for the world we find ourselves in.

Ever since we were swept away by 2016’s phenomenal Your Name? The question perched almost nervously on our lips, has been how Makoto Shinkai could top what many consider to be his magnum opus.  Weathering With You, is certainly an unique anime that compliments his previous film…

High school freshman Hodaka Morishima leaves his home on an isolated island and moves to Tokyo, but he quickly finds himself in financial trouble. Living his days in isolation, he eventually lands a job as a writer for a shady occult magazine. Then one day in an alley, Hodaka meets a young girl named Hina Amano, bright and strong-­willed, who possesses a strange and wonderful ability: the power to stop the rain and clear the sky.

Standard Blu-ray and DVD Release Extras

English dub and original Japanese with English subtitles
Interview with Director Makoto Shinkai
Talk Show: Makoto Shinkai and Yumiko Udo
“Weather Front” Featurette
Exploring Makoto Shinkai’s Filmography
Theatrical Trailers and TV Spots

Collector’s Edition Steelbook Release Extras

Steelbook packaging
Weathering With You Blu-ray
Weathering With You DVD
Original Soundtrack CD
English dub and original Japanese with English subtitles
Interview with Director Makoto Shinkai
Talk Show: Makoto Shinkai and Yumiko Udo
“Weather Front” Featurette
Exploring Makoto Shinkai’s Filmography
Theatrical Trailers and TV Spots

The sensational animation of CoMix Wave Films returns us to the incredibly detailed and lifelike Tokyo, where even neon lights are reflected in puddles with pinpoint realism. This isn’t the same bright metropolis where Mitsuha delighted in upmarket cafés, however. This Tokyo is unforgiving, with its decaying, seedy underbelly on full display. Not being able to go out and play in the sun doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy those rainy days in though, and the connection forged between Hodaka and Hina in spite of this backdrop, is the film’s marvellous rainbow.

Like how Your Name captured Japan’s cultural zeitgeist with the backdrop of a natural disaster, the freak rainstorm central to Weathering with You and the story that builds around it taps into the collective consciousness about the ongoing climate disaster. The film also wonderfully blends themes of traditionalism versus modernisation that have been central to Shinkai’s other works, creating a detailed, and delightfully complex world that reflects our own.

Weathering With You will be released DVD, Blu-Ray and Steelbook Blu-Ray from 28th September.