‘Your Name’ Director Makoto Shinkai Reveals Plot and Release Date of New Film

Are you ready to get your heart broken again by an anime?

Makoto Shinkai, director of “Your Name,” has announced his next feature length film “Weather Child (Tenki no Ko): Weathering With You,” to be released in Japan in July 2019.

“Weather Child” follows the story of a young boy, Hodaka (to be voiced by Daigo Kotaro), after he runs away from his home on a small, rural island to Tokyo. Unable to find steady work, he ends up working for a magazine that specializes in supernatural and occult topics and meets a girl named Hina Amano (Nana Morishima) during a storm. But “Weather Child” is more than a normal boy-meets-girl story — Amano seems to be able to control the weather at will.

At a press conference in Tokyo, Shinkai said his ultimate goal with his latest film is to entertain his audience. “I’ve been working on creating a very real entertainment piece that will make you laugh, cry and say, ‘It’s so thrilling,’ as well as arouse your intellectual curiosity,” Shinkai said, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

In addition to directing the film, Shinkai will write the script. “Your Name” character designer Masayoshi Tanaka is returning to work alongside Shinkai.

There are high expectations for “Weather Child.” “Your Name” was the second-highest grossing film to premiere in Japan (behind “Spirited Away”), and made over $235 million domestically. “Weather Child” is set to distribute in Asia, Europe, North and South America, though no definite dates have been set yet.