…and this time with Your Name, back-to-back. Why?
I personally find my previous review of this film didn’t really give this movie justice. I was still pretty much mindblown and underestimated the impact of Your Name, despite the 3 year gap.
I was bored one night, so I decided to watch both movies together. I somehow managed to change my opinion on Weathering With You.
So what changes do I have with my opinion?
I will be combining all the elements in this review since I already wrote a comprehensive one before.
I feel like Weathering With You is here to address the flaws that Your Name had, and they were fixed beautifully.
Somehow this 2nd watch managed to wiped off the impact Your Name made. And it’s pretty drastic.
Immersion is something I appreciate the most in shows, it can both do positive and negative impact on the story. No matter how great the story is, without the immersion to boost that signal, the show will still look bad. I feel like this movie nailed it extremely well.
The HDR implementation here this time is a lot better than Your Name. Your Name’s charm of HDR probably only works in the nightsky with the meteor. Weathering With You uses HDR to make the gloomy weather look bright, while the sunny days looked even more intense. And that is part of the immersion. Which is why I really recommend people to watch this on a 4K HDR TV and feel the difference. The movie looks great even at standard, but HDR just brings this movie up to another level.
I personally thought that HDR would be redundant on this film since most of the film is pretty much… erm… gloomy and raining. But I thought wrong. HDR is needed to bring out the light in gloomy scenes so that you can see the other colors.
But what about the story? What was fixed?
Toning down of fanservice was one. I mean, I have nothing against fanservice, but Your Name’s fanservice didn’t had any context and meaning until the later parts. Even so, the lack of introduction towards why the fanservice was thrown in made future fanservice scenes unnecessary. Weathering With You proves that Shinkai didn’t need fanservice if he want to, Your Name’s is just icing on the cake.
Your Name was confusing to watch during the first sitting, same goes to Weathering With You. But I feel like this movie was a lot more straightforward. Context is there when asked, and at the right timing as well. Your Name’s context didn’t even come until much later.
There are a lot of subtle plot holes in Your Name, Weathering With You does have its flaws, so it wasn’t fixed completely, but I guess it was a lot more subtle in comparison.
I also feel that Weathering With You is the grand vision that Shinkai had on Your Name since the beginning, but is unable to fulfill it due to, be it budgetary reasons (Producer did said Your Name’s budget was tight during production) or time constraints. The overall polish in Weathering With You is obvious and has superceded Your Name. I am glad that he is able to fulfill his vision.
So does that mean Weathering With You is better than Your Name? Absolutely. The immersion is there, the polish is there. I really don’t know how Shinkai is going to top this, I fear that he might have set the bar too high for himself that he going to have difficulty. We’ll see in a few years.
Animations were enhanced massively, not a major overhaul, but the difference can still be seen. A lot of the zooming, panning and rotating shots looked extremely stunning, bringing Comix Wave up to many different levels.
I thought Shinkai couldn’t possibly top Your Name, but Weathering With You is seriously on top of my list now.
The music here is also a step up. Hiring Miura Toko as guest singer is actually pretty amazing. Her vocals is probably the most refreshing I have ever heard in 2020 so far. The blend of RADWIMPS music with her voice is extremely harmonious. I really loved it.
As for the voice cast, I feel like Mori Nana is a lot more versatile. She brings a much more cheerful personality to the movie than Mone. I always find Mone’s portrayal of Taki in Mitsuha’s body a little stiff, but Ryuunosuke managed to do a much better job portraying Mitsuha in Taki’s body. The chemistry between the couples though, I have to give it to Mone and Ryuunosuke.
Not that I’m saying that the Nana X Kotaro combo is bad, but the chemistry between the two isn’t as strong as I wanted it to be. I think the romance is key here, which Weathering With You lacked. The romance only bloomed at the ending. I wished the romance can be pushed a lot more sooner, instead of leaving things unanswered until the end.
I will watch those movies again, and I will watch them together again since both movies are intertwined at this point for me. It’s impossible for me to watch one without the other.
That’s all for me for today. I hope you enjoyed this one, as much as I enjoyed writing this little comparison.
I’m going to take this week off from blogging and focus on other things. I need to find shows to watch namely, and also take some time off typing blog posts.
I feel like I have been draining myself out this quarantine with non-stop binge watching of shows and somewhat non-stop typing on the blog.
I will be back next week probably with another anime review since I have nearly a week to pick a show to watch.
I will see you guys then!