Makoto Shinkai’s first film since 2006’s smash hit Your Name, Weathering With You, hits Japanese theaters July 19. To build up the hype, Your Name was shown on Japanese TV June 30 — and following the film came a short scene from Weathering With You.
The scene is largely made up of shots we’ve already seen in the trailer, but we do get a few more seconds of high-grade Shinkai footage, including “mysterious girl” Hina Amano (Nana Mori), who has the power to change the weather by praying.
In the scene, Hina visits a small Shinto shrine on the top of a building during a rainy day, and after praying, launches into the sky along with the rain, which she notes look like swimming fish. Her look of surprise may mean this scene depicts the very first instance of her controlling the weather.
The narrator, ostensibly main character Hotaka Morisaki (Kotaro Daigo), then says: “that landscape, everything I saw that day… I now wonder if it was all a dream. But it wasn’t a dream. That summer day, in the sky, we changed the shape of the world.”
In North America, GKIDS has licensed the film for theatrical distribution. It will screen in limited release in 2019 to qualify for award season, then go wide in 2020 in English and Japanese.