"Waterlogged Pagan Theology"
What You Need To Know:
WEATHERING WITH YOU is a well-written, often sweet love story. It has some nice, peaceful and beautifully pleasing animation. The main characters are kind and caring underdogs who work hard, in a sincere way, to overcome their struggles. However, the story holds up human love as the most powerful form of love. WEATHERING WITH YOU also has a strong mixed worldview with a strong, false, dangerous, and evil theology involving pagan human sacrifice. The God of the Bible repeatedly and thoroughly condemns such false pagan theology.
WEATHERING WITH YOU is a story about a 16-year-old boy, Hodaka, who runs away from his island home in Japan. Hodaka makes his way to Tokyo, where it has been raining for two months straight. The weather forecast calls for at least another month of rain.
Hodaka is unable to find a job and soon finds himself living in the streets. He is taken in by Mr. Suga. Mr. Suga hires Hodaka to write for his magazine on urban legends in exchange for room and board. Hodaka is teamed up with Suga’s niece, Natsumi. Their assignment is to find a “sunshine girl.” A psychic tells them a sunshine girl is a weather maiden, a human manifestation of the “fox god” from Shinto Buddhist mythology and folklore who can control the weather, causing sunshine or storms. The fox god is seen as one of the seven lucky spirits, but, eventually, the weather maiden must become a human sacrifice to satisfy the sky.
Hodaka encounters Hina on the streets of Tokyo where she’s being seduced by sex traffickers at a sketchy club looking for female hostesses. He remembers Hina as the girl who gave him a sandwich when he was starving and homeless. By gunpoint, he rescues her from the sex traffickers. The two form a fast friendship. Hodaka helps Hina recognize that she’s a sunshine girl. The sky will always answer her prayer. He helps her to create a business where she earns a good deal of money by praying for sunshine. People hire her so that the sun will shine on their various outdoor events.
Hina’s business soon is thriving. However, it becomes overwhelming, and the two decide to call it quits so that Hina can recover. It is too late. Hina’s supernatural gift has taken its toll on her. She is becoming transparent and disappearing. She discovers that a sunshine girl’s destiny is to be a human sacrifice. If she does not die, the sun will never shine again.
Meanwhile, Tokyo begins to sink in the ocean due to the endless rains. Hina agrees to save Tokyo by sacrificing herself to the sky. She travels to a different dimension where she’s engulfed in clouds, rain and darkness. Once Hodaka discovers what has happened, it’s it is too late.
Hodaka can’t accept the sacrifice of Hina. He does everything he can to get to the sky where she is, including an attempted murder and suicide. Can he rescue her and be with her?
WEATHERING WITH YOU is a well-written love story, with peaceful and pleasing anime graphics. The main characters are kind and caring underdogs who work hard to overcome their struggles in a sincere way. The problem is, the story holds up human love as the highest and most powerful form of love. In addition, the two lovers are in some ways victims of an uncaring society. Finally, the movie is based on false, abhorrent Shinto Buddhist mythology and folklore involving a weather maiden who can control the weather and a human manifestation of the female fox god who must eventually be sacrificed to appease the sky. This is a sharp contrast to the Christian belief that Jesus is the personal and divine source and summit of love who dies for our sins but rose from the dead to ensure salvation and eternal life for all who trust in Him. WEATHERING WITH YOU also contains brief foul language and some sexual references. The God of the Bible repeatedly and thoroughly condemns the kind of pagan human sacrifice taking place in WEATHERING WITH YOU.