45-year-old anime director Makoto Shinkai tweeted in English on his official Twitter account on August 2 that his next feature film following Kimi no Na wa./Your Name. (2016) is set for next year.
Thank you for the warm words. We are producing a new feature film for next year. I hope you guys look forward to it! https://t.co/AHG4ZJp1KY— 新海誠 (@shinkaimakoto) 2018年8月2日
He has been working on his new film project at least since May 2017 when he had to be absent from
the commendation ceremony for the 26th Annual Japan Movie Critics Awards, in which he won its best
animation director award for Your Name.
While no details such as title and plot has not yet been revealed, he recently teased on Twitter that
many umbrellas will appear in his new film as with his 2013 film Koto no Hano Niwa/The Garden of
Words, but in totally different atmospheres. And you can guess from the word "Toshima Ward" in
the visual that a part of its story is set in Tokyo.
すごくたくさんのリプライが……。『言の葉の庭』を好きでいてくださる方が多いんですねえ、ありがとうございます。制作中の新作映画も傘がたくさん出てきます（『言の葉の庭』とはぜんぜん違う雰囲気ですが）。同じように好きになっていただけるといいなあ。 pic.twitter.com/ntNCkFat7E— 新海誠 (@shinkaimakoto) 2018年6月6日
He also said that the new film has a lot of rain scenes.
制作中の新作映画には雨のシーンが多く、雨を描きながら、報道をずっと見てしまいます。西日本の豪雨災害、すこしでもはやくおさまることを願っています。被災された方が辛い夜を過ごしませんように。— 新海誠 (@shinkaimakoto) 2018年7月8日
Source: Makoto Shinkai official Twitter
"Your Name." image © "Your Name." Production Committee