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Weathering with You

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Charming, romantic, powerful anime fantasy has some edge.

Movie PG-13 2020 111 minutes
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
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Writer-director Makoto Shinkai has crafted another charming, visually impressive animated story that's both magical and romantic. This movie, like Shinkai's Your Name, is an exploration of friendship, family, and folklore, as well as a slow-burning first love story. There's also an underlying but not heavy-handed environmentalist message about the way weather can affect people and even cause disaster. Hodaka's coming-of-age plot burns brightest, as does the blooming romance between him and Hina. Irresistibly sweet and brave (if occasionally too courageous for his own good), Hodaka is easy to root for, even though Shinkai doesn't delve into the reasons he runs away from home.

The music includes soaring J-pop songs that are subtitled and nicely accompany major turning points in the movie. And the supernatural sequences are stunning with swirling storms and fires. Hina is portrayed as a special, beautiful force of good, and it's plain to see why she's a beloved older sister -- and Hodaka's crush. Fans of Japanese anime won't need much convincing to see Weathering with You, but it should also appeal to older tweens, teens, and adults who appreciate more mature animation.

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