Weathering With You is a blockbuster anime romance from Makoto Shinkai, the director behind 2016’s Your Identify. Your Identify, which put a cosmic spin on the basic body-swapping trope, was an exceptional hit the world over when it was launched, together with in Japan the place it turned second solely to Spirited Away and now, Demon Slayer: Mugen Practice, in field workplace receipts. Whereas Weathering With You hasn’t fairly taken the globe by storm in the identical approach, it nonetheless turned the highest-grossing movie in its dwelling nation in 2019 and had a strong U.S opening.
The 2 movies have many issues in frequent, from their preponderance with the heavens to a teenage romantic pairing torn aside by (nearly) insurmountable, fantastical forces. Actually, the overwhelming majority of Shinkai’s work might be outlined by “Shinkai-isms” like these. Your Identify took this one step additional by together with a couple of nods to his earlier movie, The Backyard of Phrases, and a minor cameo from one in all its characters. Weathering With You continues this development in an much more noticeable approach.
Weathering With You Options Cameos From Your Identify’s Foremost Characters
Moderately than merely a passing reference to Your Identify, Weathering With You options one other Shinkai character cameo — and a big one, at that. It is from one in all Your Identify‘s central characters: Taki Tachibana. Taki is visiting his grandmother, Fumi, in Tokyo — Weathering With You‘s rain-drenched setting — when Hodaka, Hina and her youthful brother Nagi additionally arrive on the aged’s lady’s home. Fumi is one in all Hina’s clients, trying to make use of her “weather maiden” energy to make the solar shine, whereas Taki helps his grandmother with a ceremony to honor his departed grandfather.
Not solely is Taki a lingering presence through the scene, he truly impacts the movie’s story: providing some romantic recommendation to his fellow Shinkai-penned romantic lead, Hodaka, on discovering the perfect reward to woo Hina with. Hodaka ultimately settles on shopping for her a hoop, which then results in one other stunning cameo from Your Identify. This time it is the movie’s lead feminine character: Mitsuha Miyamizu. Mitsuha is working on the jewellery retailer that Hodaka goes to and helps him select the right ring.
Are Weathering With You and Your Identify Within the Similar Universe?
Does this imply we’re coping with a shared Shinkai-verse? Sure and no. That is, in reality, a multi-Shinkai-verse. Timeline savvy followers have sleuthed out that Weathering With You begins in 2021 whereas Mitsuha and Taki’s emotionally-charged reunion on the climax of Your Identify takes place in 2022 — in a noticeably not underwater Tokyo. Which means to ensure that the cameos to make sense, these two movies should happen in parallel worlds, which is not a giant leap of logic contemplating the time-bending nature of Your Identify, or the supernatural premise of Weathering With You.
If the longer term brings extra successes and even larger identify recognition, possibly we are able to anticipate the Shinkai multiverse to maintain on increasing.