Debuting in 2016, Kimi no Na Wa (given the English title, Your Name) not only became the film of dreams for teens in Japan, it proved to be a hit with audiences worldwide.
Your Name explores themes of young love against all odds. When the two main characters, and , get caught up in some strange magic and find themselves switching bodies on the regular, this passage into one anothers’ lives becomes a passage into the heart, though the two are separated by time and space, and an impending natural disaster that might separate them for good.
The purity of the characters, the compelling story line and nods to nostalgic cultural practices of the countryside in Japan, made the film a huge hit. (Not to mention, the soundtrack for the film was composed and recorded by the hit J-Pop band, the Radwimps!) Some people predict the following of the film for today’s youth will place it in pop culture history the same way that Ghibli films have been.
Now, exploring a new theme relevant to the ever visible effects of climate change that appeared in 2019, is a film by same director, Makoto Shinkai. Tenki no Ko, meaning literally ‘weather child.’ The English title was donned the cute, Weathering With You.
Shinkai Hits Us Again With Seemingly Impossible Love
Your Name, Mitsuha and Taki
Weathering With You, Hina and Hodaka
This film follows the lives of another young couple, Hodaka and Hina. Set against a near apocalyptic world where flood level-rain is a daily occurence. Hodaka meets Hina after running away to Tokyo from his home on a small outer island. Hodaka find work in Tokyo, and after stopping into a fastfood restaurant one day, he finds someone who piques his interest.
The heroine who appears behind the register is called Hina. After meeting and spending time with Hina, Hodaka soon learns she is a ‘weather child’ or ‘weather maiden’ who can summon blue skies and sunshine by simply wishing for them. The two begin a business to sell Hina’s talents. Hina uses her prayers to clear the skies for special events like weddings, and soon the two find their business to be booming.
With the money they earn, they indulge in the simple things (and the occasional luxury): a nice place to stay, snacks they couldn’t afford. but they find the rainy skies will not back down without a fight. It seems the more Hina uses her gift, the more violently the weather retaliates. But Hina has a secret that might put her well being and the safety of those around her at risk. When all seems about to fall apart, will the affection found in Hodaka and Hina’s relationship be washed away with the rains? We won’t give out any spoilers here, so you’ll just have to watch to find out.
Growing Up in a World of Climate Change
It’s notable how Weathering With You, set in the near future, seems to capture some of the greatest anxieties of our time. Is it possible to watch a film of a world of extreme weather and not think of warming oceans, rising sea levels, and natural disasters like hurricanes, tsunamis, and wildfire? These things seems to appear in our news more and more each day. This has particular caught the attention of some top movie reviewers outside of Japan. While some reviews might focus on the sweetness of the story (even suggesting it’s a bit too much) Mark Lieberman of the Washington Post suggests the film is a sign of the times.
And yes, modern times do beg this question. If we are standing face to the face with a possible catastrophe due to climate change, what do we make of our relationships, of love, and of the small pleasures characters Hodaka and Hina fine amidst the gloom of their everyday? In a few years, perhaps we’ll see where the film stands in history, as an eery omen of true things to pass, or a sci-fi teen romance.
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