Weathering With You 天気の子 (2019)

Who cares if we can’t see any sunshine? I want you more than any blue sky.

Morishima Hodaka, Weathering With You (2019)

Given how I don’t read movie reviews and therefore do not know what a layout of one should look like, this entire post about Weathering With You will be akin more to a commentary rather than any kind of opinion piece. I have no other anime movies to compare it to, either, except perhaps the 2016 movie Your Name, which I don’t quite count because the two movies are by the same writer / director.

As my regular readers might know by now, I have a basic knowledge of Japanese because it was part of my university degree – a minor, to use the American collegiate term. I also lived in Japan the year Your Name was released in theatres, so that particular movie has a very dear place in my heart.

Finding out that Makoto Shinkai has written a ‘sequel’ to one of my beloved movies was a delight, but it was overshadowed by my move to China for work. The stress of moving countries, starting a new job, and being overtly social to combat the onset of homesickness took a toll and I missed the cinematic release of Weathering With You. There’s nothing quite like experiencing a new movie for the first time on the big screen, and one of my regrets in life is missing out on the cinema showings of both Your Name and Weathering With You.

Which is why I’m so glad that the latter movie was chosen as my post collaboration with Gurezu. I now had the excuse to buckle down, find a copy of the movie, and enjoy another of Makoto Shinkai’s masterpieces. If you want to hear my thoughts about 天気の子 / Weathering With You, grab your preferred hot beverage, settle down on a comfortable chair, and continue reading!

LiberaTarts Watches 天気の子 and Tries Not to Cry Immediately Afterwards

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September Reading Challenge

You read that right: September reading challenge.

One of the things that disappointed me the most about university (and believe me, there were a lot!) was the fact that I didn’t have time to read for pleasure. I graduated in July, a few days more than four weeks ago to the day I am writing this post, and it seems paradoxical to me to even admit this, but it’s true: reading for pleasure was not a hobby I pursued at university. There were many reasons to this. some of which are:

  • seminar reading lists
  • lecture reading lists
  • essay and/or project research
  • extra reading (hah, nerd!) for topics I wanted more information on because curiosity is queen
  • part-time job(s)
  • volunteering, and
  • … procrastinating

Suffice to say, I watched a lot of Netflix (and variations thereof) when I was a student. Even though I had plenty of time and opportunities to pick up a book and just read again, I was very reluctant to do so. My eyes got tired a lot, I couldn’t stay up all night speeding through a novel anymore and frankly, reading an e-book didn’t appeal to me at all and I buying non-essential books on a student budget was not feasible at the time.

So now, eight months into 2018, I have challenged myself to do more reading. I have always told my friends that “I can’t wait to start reading again after graduation.” A full-ish month later, here I am in my room not reading a book. To be fair, I pretty much jumped head-first into an internship with full-time work hours and a three-hour total commute… but the sentiment still stands.

I have been reading a lot of Financial Times, mostly because I have lulls during my internship where I technically have to tasks to do so I while away the time by reading my highly curated myFT list of articles – I like to enjoy it while I can, seeing as I piggyback from my university’s subscription and I don’t quite know when my access to FT’s website will stop.

Back to the September Reading Challenge, here are three books I want to finish reading when September ends. (See what I did there?)

LiberaTarts September Reading List

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, a book by Yuval Noah Harari

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, a book by Yuval Noah Harari

Bought for £9.99 at WHSmith.

I read Harari’s other book, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, at least two years ago back when I was on my year abroad in Japan. I was feeling homesick and wanted something lengthy to read in a language I could understand completely. It was a great read, very insightful, and I look forward to enjoying Homo Deus as much as I did Sapiens.


Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge book coverWhy I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Bought for £4.49 at WHSmith.

I bought this at the same time as Homo Deus, making use of the Buy 1 Get 1 Off offer the store was peddling at the time. The reason I chose this book was because I always feel wrong-footed whenever the subject of race, ethnicity, or my vague sense of ‘Otherness’ is brought into conversation. Hopefully this book will help me find the middle-ground between “Yes, I’m brown, deal with it” aggression to “Yeah, let’s move on from this…” timidity.


Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan book cover

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

I am loving the hype that the movie adaptation of this novel is getting recently, and I am super upset that the UK will not be showing this film in cinemas until November at the earliest. I half-joked with a friend that I will fly to the US and brave the Trump administration, even for just a week, so that I can have the chance of seeing this movie on the big screen ASAP.

I am a sucker for films and TV shows that are hedonistic in its materialism, and while I understand that there is a heartwarming narrative in this novel, I am just looking forward to a piece of work that features Asian in a context that not revolve around poverty, persecution, and all the troubles that come with that.

So those are my three books to finish by September. I’m taking it easy, choosing pieces that already immensely interest me and giving myself the second half of August as well as the whole of September to reading. If this goes well, I might consider a reading challenge for every month – perhaps even a Halloween themed one for October!

Bring on the -ber months!

Over to you guys: What do you think of my book choices? Tell me about your favourite book and the story behind why they became so! I’m truly curious.