Posted Dec 19, 2023 by
If you’re anything like us, you may have fallen in love with Makoto Shinkai’s enchanting storytelling over the years! The acclaimed film director has created several box-office hits such as your name. and Weathering With You, which were then novelized by Shinkai himself. The emotionally captivating stories were perfectly transferred from screen to page (some filled with tear stains).
With the release of his latest masterpiece, Suzume, we invite you to join us on a journey through the breathtaking collection of Makoto Shinkai books that we have had the honor of publishing. From heart-wrenching tales of love to fantastical adventures, let’s take a closer look at the wonderful stories penned by this extraordinary author.
In the Cold War era of an alternate history, the Soviet Union has taken control of the northern island of Japan and cut it off from the rest of the country. Just south across the strait, a boy named Hiroki is fascinated by the mysterious tower the Soviets have constructed on the unreachable island, and he and his friend Takuya decide to build a plane that will take them over to see it. As they work, a girl named Sayuri becomes part of their lives and the promise to one day fly to the tower. But when she disappears without a trace, their promise is left unfulfilled—possibly forever.
When Takaki meets Akari in elementary school, they are [TP1] thick as thieves. Akari always teaches him the important things, while Takaki does his best to protect her. After they become separated in middle school, though, they have to find their paths in life without each other
Asuna is a shy and diffident girl who lives in the mountain town of Mizunofuchi. One day, she meets Shun, a boy who claims to be from a mythical land called Agartha. However, just as a bond is beginning to form between them, Shun vanishes. While Asuna wishes she could see him again, she encounters Shin, another boy who looks just like Shun, and Morisaki, a teacher searching for Agartha. The three of them set out for the legendary country, each with their own goal in mind—and their own lessons to learn along the way.
On rainy mornings, Takao can never bring himself to go to school—instead, he spends that time at the beautiful Shinjuku Gyoen gardens and finds a brief reprieve from everything else in his life among the trees and flowers. On one of those mornings, he discovers a mysterious woman named Yukino skipping work , and an unlikely friendship blooms between them. But though they’re the center of this story, these two are far from the only ones trying to find their way in life.
Mitsuha, a high school girl living in a small town in the mountains, has a dream that she’s a boy living in Tokyo. Taki, a high school boy in Tokyo, dreams he’s a girl living in a quaint little mountain town. Sharing bodies, relationships, and lives, the two become inextricably interwoven—but are any connections truly inseverable in the grand tapestry of fate?
Longing to escape his island home, a boy named Hodaka runs away during his first summer of high school to find a new life in Tokyo. As rain falls for days on end and Hodaka struggles to adjust, he meets a girl named Hina who holds a mysterious power: With a single prayer, she can part the clouds and bring back the sun. But her power comes at a price, and as the weather spirals further and further out of control, they must choose what future they truly want for themselves.
Seventeen-year-old Suzume lives with her aunt in a quiet port town in Kyushu. One day, on her way to school, she runs into a young man searching for something and follows him to a ruin in the hills. But inside, all she finds is a single white door among the rubble. As if pulled by an invisible force, she reaches out to open it...and begins an epic journey across Japan connecting the past, present, and future.
Just reading the summaries doesn’t scratch the surface of the intricate storytelling, vivid imagery, and heartfelt narratives that characterize Shinkai’s works. Whether you’re a fan of romance, fantasy, or slice-of-life storytelling, these books are sure to leave an unforgettable mark on your heart.