Makoto Shinkai Anime
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Director of the successful films Your Name and Weathering With You, Makoto Shinkai told one of the major Japanese magazine The Mainichi Shimbun’s Mantan-Web on Tuesday that he is considering his next work.

Makoto Shinkai said:

“I’ve thought about it, and I’ve vaguely figured out the direction, but it’s certainly not at the stage where I can talk about it yet. It’s something I’ve been agonizing over,”

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Your Name which is the film he directed before Weathering With You, debuted on 2016 while Weathering With You appeared in 2019. When asked whether he will have the option to keep up a three-year discharge plan he said:

 “I do think that if we are able to make a film every three years, the audience will be able to keep up without giving up on me. The question is whether I’ll be able to release something in three years, and I still don’t know at this point. I’ll do my best.”

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Shinkai in the interview opened up himself about the Weathering With You half of a year following its discharge in Japan:

I’m glad that I was able to create a film that I felt I should create“. He described it as an “incorrect story” about “a world that isn’t saved.” 

The Weathering With You film opened on January 17 in Japan and has become a worldwide success with record-breaking sales of more than $186.9 million (worldwide).

GKIDS portrays the film:

“The summer of his high school freshman year, Hodaka runs away from his remote island home to Tokyo, and quickly finds himself pushed to his financial and personal limits. The weather is unusually gloomy and rainy every day, as if to suggest his future. He lives his days in isolation, but finally finds work as a writer for a mysterious occult magazine. Then one day, Hodaka meets Hina on a busy street corner. This bright and strong-­willed girl possesses a strange and wonderful ability: the power to stop the rain and clear the sky…”


(c) Makoto Shinkai / “Weathering With You” Production Committee