The long-awaited collection of background art includes official merchandise for use in the real and virtual worlds.
After the resounding success of the 2016 animated feature your name – which became the world’s highest grossing animated film of all time – Japanese director Makoto Shinkai quickly gained acclaim for his gripping storylines and scenes full of sky and tinged with twilight.
This focus on Mother Nature and the elements Also became the highlight of Shinkai’s follow-up feature in 2019 Alter with you, and its engaging plot and stunning visuals also led to it becoming another big international hit for the 47-year-old animator and director.
Now, with fans keen to seize some magic from the wizarding world of Shinkai – especially as we head into June, Japan’s wettest month known for typhoons – a new The anime book Weathering With You is gearing up to be the must-have item of the season.
The art book features a number of familiar background scenes, divided into 14 categories, such as: “Tokyo in the sun “; “Tokyo in the rain “; “Abandoned building“; and “Haruna’s Apartment â. Each background illustration is also accompanied by comments from the facilitators.
The book also includes notes on the pre-production prep work that was used to create the background scenes, as well as interviews with art director Hiroshi Takiguchi and, of course, Makoto Shinkai.
While most fans will want to purchase a copy of the new book, they are likely to be tempted to purchase more than one, as the publisher, Kadokawa, has announced a number of special free gifts with purchase depending on where you purchase the book.
Customers who buy the book at Maruzen Junkudo Bookstore will receive the following set of stickers, which can be used to decorate prepaid public transport cards and smartphones or tablets.
The sticker set available on Animate
And the sticker set available on Kinokuniya
Customers who buy their book at Amazon Japan will receive three free backgrounds, which can be used as wallpaper or background for video conference calls.
â¼ Plus a vertical background for use on smartphones
Free digital gifts will only be available for a limited time, as well as non-digital gifts, which will only be available in limited quantities. The Weathering With You Art Collection will go on sale May 27 for 2,700 yen (US $ 25.08).
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