Crunchyroll is partnering with GKIDS Films to bring Makoto Shinkai’s latest film, Weathering With You, to attendees of Anime NYC a full two months ahead of the North American theatrical release.
Shinkai is the visionary director behind Your Name, the 2015 worldwide phenomenon which is the second-highest globally-grossing Japanese film of all time and winner of awards around the world, including Best Animated Film at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards and Mainichi Film Awards; Grand Prize of Animation Division at the Japan Media Arts Festival; Screenplay of the Year at the Japan Academy Prize; and Best Film at the Crunchyroll Anime Awards. (But not an Academy Award, because how dare we not submit any of the films made by Disney, Pixar, or Dreamworks. Yes, I’m bitter.)
Here’s hoping that Weathering With You will succeed where Your Name failed, as the film is Japan’s official submission for the Academy Award for Best International Film at the 92nd Academy Awards. It is the first animated film selected for this honor since Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke. (I guess they decided they’d rather not risk going for Best Animated Film and getting shut out again.) It is already the highest-grossing film of 2019 in Japan, the 13th highest-grossing film of all time in Japan – surpassing movies including Toy Story 3, Finding Nemo, and The Wind Rises – and the first film in Japan since Your Name to surpass 10 million tickets sold.
The Weathering With You East Coast premiere will take place at 3 PM on Sunday, November 17 inside Anime NYC’s Special Events Hall, a 2,000+ seat theater home to all of Anime NYC’s most esteemed events. Anime NYC will begin accepting RSVPs to Weathering With You in early November to allow fans guaranteed seats to this very special event. An Anime NYC weekend or Sunday badge will be required, but there is no additional cost to attend the screening.
Following Anime NYC, Weathering With You will be released in North American theaters on January 17, 2020, exactly two months later.
For more information on the film, click here.
Tickets for Anime NYC are still available (though the mailing deadline has passed, so tickets will have to be picked up at Will Call) and can be purchased here.
Author: Jamie Sugah
Jamie has a BA in English with a focus in creative writing from The Ohio State University. She self-published her first novel, The Perils of Long Hair on a Windy Day, which is available through Amazon. She is currently an archivist and lives in New York City with her demon ninja vampire cat. She covers television, books, movies, anime, and conventions in the NYC area.
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