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Weathering With You

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  711 ratings  ·  128 reviews
Longing to escape his island home, a boy named Hodaka runs away during his first summer of high school to find a new life in Tokyo. As rain falls for days on end and Hodaka struggles to adjust, he meets a girl named Hina who holds a mysterious power: With a single prayer, she can part the clouds and bring back the sun. But her power comes at a price, and as the weather spi ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published December 17th 2019 by Yen On (first published July 18th 2019)
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The first book I read this year.

Novel-wise, I personally think this is one of Shinkai’s best works. There’s something so warm and heartfelt about it, and I feel connected to the characters more intimately compared to Your Name.

Plot-wise it’s bittersweet as always. I haven’t seen the movie (missed the Japanese version when it came out in theatres) but would love a chance to catch the American version if it ever gets released somewhere. But then again, I know I’d love it as much as I love all of S
Neil R. Coulter
Nov 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I was fortunate to get to see Weathering With You in the theater earlier this year, and I loved it. When I saw that Makoto Shinkai had written the novelization of the film (just as he did earlier for your name.), I checked it out from the library and read it all within one day. It's a fun way to revisit the story. What you miss in this version is, of course, the stunning visuals and musical score. But what you gain is a little more time with the characters, learning what they're thinking. Shinka ...more
Sep 13, 2020 rated it liked it
The story is mainly about the rain which never stopped until the 'Sunshine girl' prayed for a sunny weather.It tells about two high schoolers named Hodaka and Hina. Hodaka lived with his family in a island. But he was so pissed of his daily life that he left home and ran away to Tokyo.On the other hand, Hina was living with her younger brother Nagi. She had a mysterious power of controlling the weather. But she had to pay something if she used the power.

Honestly, this was boring!! The story was
Mar 01, 2020 rated it liked it
The bad: I'm reading the novel without having watched the movie, which on one hand probably doesn't give me the context others might have, but on the other hand might also allow me to have a less biased view. Although the rich and beautiful descriptions of Tokyo life and of the protagonist's shenanigans are interesting enough, the plot is fairly simple and the book isn't remarkable by any means - just good enough.

The good: the best part of the book are definitely the vivid and colorful descripti
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a novel, this book is much better than your name. Like a million times better. The characters are more fleshed out, motivations are a bit clearer here, and I think the story is just overall more compelling. The afterward and essay both have reduced me to tears.

As a movie, I still think your name. is just slightly better (but probably because I've seen it more times).

Basically, read this book. Have Makoto Shinkai write and direct your life because at least you'll have a happy ending despite al
Belle Ellrich
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
After hearing recommendation after recommendation for Makoto Shinkai's latest novel WEATHERING WITH YOU, I finally decided to buy the book off of Amazon.

And let me tell you, I was HOOKED from page one.

Shinkai has an addictive and beautiful way of storytelling, and I found myself wanting to finish this read in one sitting. However, because of life, I had to hold back on that need.

This book follows four characters. Don't let that intimidate you! It doesn't actively focus on all four, but it makes
Dec 17, 2019 marked it as to-read
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May 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf, owl-2020
DNF-ed. Very slow book. Shallow characters, thin plot, and poor writing. It's sometimes confusing to figure out who is talking. This is like the movie script written down almost exactly, which makes it lack interesting content because it is without the movie's imagery. The movie was just okay in my opinion, and the book is worse. :( Wish I could have finished, but it's just not worth my time, and I gave it 50% before stopping. ...more
Feb 20, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

It's mainly repeating the movie, means that the author has successfully turned the animated version into words which is not an easy simple work. As the author said in the book, he put some details that has not appeared in the movie but didn't make a big difference. The fact that I've watched the movie before helped me in imagining the story, a lot. The movie is slightly better than the book, imo.
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: have-physical
3.5/5* It was a nice quick read. It is very similar to the movie which I really enjoyed. The author/director actually mentions that in the afterward that any differences are really just due to mediums. I'm not sure how it would be if I hadn't already seen the movie. ...more
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's Makoto Shinkai alright and with an actual ending to it unlike Your Name FYI I loved Your Name. It's just too great ...more
Jul 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Is it weird I actually liked the Afterafterword (by RADWIMPS's Yojiro Noda) more than the novel? It helped me understand and come to terms with the ending of the movie, which was what spurred me to read the book to begin with. ...more
Feb 28, 2020 rated it liked it
I imagine I'm going to enjoy the movie more than the book. Hopefully reading the book first will have enhanced my enjoyment of the film. Can't wait to see it!

This is a beautiful story with depth and energy that will thrive on screen. The book needed editing. So much editing. The problem might have been in translation, which felt hit or miss. Sometimes the words and articulation were nothing less than stunning. But most of it otherwise seemed lazy and sometimes incoherent. And the perspective kep
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’m sure most of us have sang the little “Rain Rain Go Away” ditty at least one in our lives. While water is necessary to our overall ecosystem, precipitation can ruin our own personal plans…or at least put us in a bad mood. But would you pay to get clear skies temporarily?

Well, if the weather was anything like the Kanto region’s in Weathering With You, you might be willing to pay up. But while customers are paying Hina — aka the Sunshine Girl — for a sunny day, it might be Hina herself that end
Chelsea Kelly
5/5 Stars: ‘Weathering With You’ is a Young Adult, Magical Realism Light Novel by Makoto Shinkai and translated by Taylor Engel; ‘Weathering With You’ is a whimsical supernatural romance with a pointed environmental message that is vibrant and cosmic. ‘Weathering With You’ was written concurrently with the production of the 2019 film ‘Weathering With You’, this novel comes straight from the director himself. There’s a childish charm to ‘Weathering With You’, which playfully zips through the stor ...more
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Weathering With You by Makoto Shinkai can be seen as a trilogy for the popular light novel Your Name. This heartwarming romantic story featuring a a boy who runs away from his home town to Tokyo that coincidentally meets a girl who is able to manipulate Tokyo's weather. The main protagonists Hodaka and Hina meet only by chance. The story introduces both characters in a way of showing similarity. Both characters are struggling financially and are around the same age, creating a strong connection ...more
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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May 15, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 star. I purchased this book after watching the preview to the movie which looked beautiful. The plot line was also fascinating and to picture an undiscovered ecosystem in the sky was a fun surprise.

The characters were well rounded and had a lot of mystery. Hina's emotions were all over but I loved it.

"She was like a blast from a rainbow-colored storm." -Hodaka

And Natsumi was so funny and those driving skills though. She made me feel alive.

"Your a meowserable old man" -Natsumi

Nagi that cut
Jessel De La Cruz
Nov 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Gabriel Ferreira
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“It wasn't a dream, though. We know that now. Later on, we both saw the same sight together. A sky world known to none but us.

For better or worse, during that summer I spent with her, in the sky over Tokyo, we changed the shape of the world forever.”

Man, what a book. This is definitely way better than the Your Name novel. Makoto's writing is so much better here!

Also, the plot and scenario made this a five stars for me. I really liked everything about this book. It's not a book for everyone, of
Joe Yip
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The romantic novel "Weathering With You" by Makoto Shinkai is about the boy ran away and came to Tokyo, he had a lot of problems and the girl helped him, at last the boy save the girl.
In the beginning, the boy (15 years old) came to Tokyo by himself, but he didn't have much money, so he had many problems. Also, Tokyo had never stopped raining.
In the middle of the book, the girl helped the boy, and the boy found the girl can part the clouds and bring back the sun. She was magic. And the boy propo
Emily Jane
4.5 stars for this gorgeous novel.

I have believed for a long time that words can express our feelings more directly and precisely, which definitely is proved in this novel. I had watched the movie, 天気の子 (Weathering With You) twice, and I was touched with a doubt because I had cried twice as well. After reading this novel, I didn't cry but I realized this novel concludes more touching details that I didn't find out in the movie. Although I think Director Shinkai wrote the novel, 言の葉の庭 (The Garden
Jul 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Weathering With You has engaging characters and a fascinating story that brims with creativity. It is bright and ready to steal your heart. While the story overall is good, it does read as if it were made for the big screen and less like a full novel. Makoto Shinkai's imagination shines through the pages, but I felt myself removed from the main character every-so-often and struggled with the hyper-sexuallization of the women in the story.

Overall, it was definitely worth the read and was a good
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A touching story about the meaning of our existence and the nature of sacrifice.
A lot of people say "why read the book if there is a movie out already?", others might say that this book reads more like a script than a novel. Both of these are valid: the book jumps from perspective to perspective almost without warning, a hallmark of Shinkai Makoto's animation style. It makes the book difficult to follow at times (sometimes you might ask: who's narrating?), but whatever it might lack in coherence
Michelle Dixon
Feb 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
This story is genuinely beautiful. I took away one star simply because this was definitely meant to be consumed visually. Once I got to the end, I understand that the author wrote the movie, then made the novel. And the story definitely reads that way. But it just makes me all the more excited to experience the story the way the author originally meant for it to be experienced. A pure, wholesome love story that I read in one day.
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is a great story on its own and even better when you see the movie. To make up for the visual elements from the movie, perspectives from the other characters are added. This helps the novel keep the same level of emotion that the movie brings. Don't really know how to describe the book, but I highly recommend it. ...more
I was curious about this novel because I just missed the movie in theaters. Not bad, but I think this might be one story that works better in a more visual format. Something about the shifting POVs and how similar the characters sounded, which made the whole reading experience more confusing than I would have liked.
Feb 01, 2021 rated it liked it
I loved this movie which is why I wanted to read the book. The book does tell the story from the POV of Kei and Natsumi however, you can't tell until part way through the section until you realise it's not Hodaka talking. But still a great book to read. and I love extras at the end from Makoto himself as well as Radwimps (love radwimps!) ...more
Hoang Phan
This is a 3.5 book. I like it better than your name cause I can understand this plot fully. And as my expectation, a open ending. However, I can’t give it a 4.0 cause....duh, I doesn’t keep me so emerged or holding the book. It doesn’t make me to say Wow neither. I can stop reading it without any curiosity. But overall, it’s still good.
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I like the plot alot and also that it doesn't limit the POVs. But sometimes I get confused with whom was whom.

The writing was beautiful. I like how straightforward it is, love the characters, and how engaging the current setting was. It was a page turner for me. Overall it was heartwarming.
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Name (in native language): 新海 誠
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Makoto Shinkai

Makoto Shinkai (新海 誠 Shinkai Makoto?), born as Makoto Niitsu (新津 誠 Niitsu Makoto?, February 9, 1973) is a Japanese director of anime and former graphic designer. A native of the Nagano Prefecture, Shinkai studied Japanese literature at Chuo University where he was a member of juvenile literature club where he

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