Weathering With You’s western release draws ever closer and excitement for it continues to build. It’s US premiere is currently set for this coming Tuesday at the Animation is Film Festival in LA, with Makoto Shinkai himself in attendance, with the film also entering the longlist for the Best Animated Feature Film at the upcoming Oscars. This is on top of having already been put forward by Japan as the country’s choice for the International Feature Film award. In order to allow fans on the east coast the opportunity to see Weathering With You ahead of its January premiere with an East Coast Premiere at Anime NYC next month.
Prior to the announcement of Weathering With You for the event, Anime NYC already had an interesting selection of animated films on show for the major New York convention, with screenings for anime such as Keep Your Hands of Eizouken!, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection, and Gundam: Reconguista in G already having been scheduled for the event next month. The news that Shinkai’s latest hit film will cap off the event is welcome news for the many people excited to see this latest work from the famous director following its successful Japanese theatrical run.
Weathering With You follows a high school freshman named Hodaka, a boy who runs away from his remote island home to Tokyo, and quickly finds himself pushed to his financial and personal limits in the big city. 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, although all is not as it seems.
Weathering With You’s Anime NYC screening will take place on the afternoon of Sunday, November 17 inside the convention’s Special Events Hall, a 2,000+ seat theater home at the event. While that venue is big enough to hopefully contain the many excited fans who will inevitably want to see the film, I wouldn’t be surprised if even this venue were to sell out. Of course, if you can’t attend Anime NYC, you can always see the film upon its US cinema run starting on January 17th, more information on which can be found at the film’s official website.