Anime is big business these days. Netflix has anime in 100 million households across 100 countries. Funimation just spent a billion dollars acquiring streaming service Crunchyroll. HBO Max is still a growing service, but is upping its anime game with a batch of six new films from GKIDS Films coming to the service this month.
The list includes four films and two documentaries, all of which are intriguing in their own right.
Weathering With You comes from director Makoto Shinkai, whose painterly backgrounds and sad stories have made him a favorite among anime fans. The film tells the story of a Japan buffeted by constant torrential downpours, and a boy who runs away from his home to Tokyo, where he meets a young girl who can manipulate the weather. Shinkai’s most critically-acclaimed and financially successful work is Your Name, which became somewhat of a crossover hit and surpassed Spirited Away as the highest-grossing anime film of all time.