Set in Japan during a period of exceptionally rainy weather, the film tells the story of a high-school boy who runs away from his rural home to Tokyo and befriends an orphan girl who has the ability to manipulate the weather.
Original Title: Tenki No Ko (Literally “Child of Weather”)
Rating: NR (for suggestive material, some violence and language)
Genre: Animation, Fantasy, Romance
Directed By: Makoto Shinkai
Written By: Makoto Shinkai
Language: Japanese (Subtitled in English)
Release Date: Jan 15, 2020
Worldwide Gross: $11,100,000
Runtime: 111 minutes
Hodaka Morishima (森嶋 帆高, Morishima Hodaka)
He is a freshman at Kōzu-shima high school. He ran away from home by ferry to Tokyo. There is no detailed explanation of the reason for leaving home in the film. Because he was a runaway and could not present his identification, he cannot get a part-time job so he had to spend his days at an Internet cafe. He obtains a handgun from the waste bin discarded by Shibata, a criminal who is arrested for possessing a large number of firearms. Hodaka gets into trouble with Kimura, a club owner who tries to recruit Hina, who was looking for a high paying job. Hodaka accidentally fired the gun, trying to threaten him, but the bullet missed. Hodaka is hired by Keisuke, who offers him a job. His life in Tokyo was smooth sailing, but he was pursued by the police for two reasons: the fact that the shot was caught on security cameras and his family had reported him missing.
Hina Amano (天野 陽菜, Amano Hina)
She is a third year junior high school student, born on August 22. She started working part-time at McDonald’s in Kabukicho, but later she was fired because she falsely represented her age. She was 14 years old when she meets Hodaka, but she told him she would be 18 on her next birthday.
By passing through a small shrine gate on the roof of an abandoned building in Yoyogi, she gained the ability to temporarily clear a localized area by praying. But it also came at the cost of her body gradually becoming more transparent with each use of that ability, and turning into water at the end. Initially, she was unaware of this, and even considered the “100% sunshine girl” business to be her calling, but she later realized this when Natsumi showed her a video of a priest of a weather shrine recounting weather maiden lore.
Keisuke Suga (須賀 圭介, Suga Keisuke)
A middle-aged man working in a small occult magazine publishing company. He writes articles for weekly occult magazines, but he makes fun of superstitions and the like, and he thinks his readers do not believe in the content of his articles as much as he does. On his way to Tokyo, he saves Hodaka from falling, which the latter then bought a meal and beer for him in the ship’s dining room. Keisuke gave Hodaka his business card. Later, he hired Hodaka as his assistant when he came to visit him. He used the “100% sunshine girl” service to meet his daughter Moka who had been taken in by his mother-in-law Mamiya. Mamiya would not let his daughter visit him on rainy days because she has asthma.
Natsumi Suga (須賀 夏美, Suga Natsumi)
Keisuke’s niece and a college student working part-time at his office. Hodaka at first thought she was Keisuke’s mistress because of her bewitching appearance, her behavior, calling Keisuke “Kei-chan”, and the fact that she raised her little finger when explaining her relationship with Keisuke. In addition to working at the office, she unsuccessfully worked hard to get a job.
Nagisa (Nagi) Amano (天野 凪, Amano Nagi)
He is Hina’s younger brother studying in fifth grade. At first, he had a bad impression of Hodaka, but when Hina and Hodaka started the “100% sunshine girl” business, he became friends with him. He also became friends with Keisuke’s daughter on the very first day they met. Due to his childhood experience, he makes mature comments that are not typical of elementary students. Hodaka calls him “sempai”.