Hodaka Morishima (森嶋 帆高 Morishima Hodaka ) is the male protagonist of Weathering With You.
Hodaka is a teenage boy of average build and height with tan skin and large light brown eyes. He has short, slightly messy black hair with soft forelocks and bangs that hang over his eyes. He wears either a white or black plain short- sleeved t-shirt, four-quarter rare-folded jeans, pair of white sneakers with two red stripes, and he carries around a small, yellow messenger shoulder-type backpack with him.
Hodaka is a courageous boy as he is impulsive and irrational, which plays a contributing factor that seals Tokyo's ultimate fate. Before leaving his home island for Tokyo, he may have been going through a rebellious phase, which is apparently one reason he ran away. When he came there, he felt very lost and hopeless until he met Hina. Out of everyone in his life, he cares very much for her, especially since Hina's treatment of him is humane and loving, a direct contrast to that of his father and presumably everyone else, including Suga and his malicious actions. In fact, his love for Hina is his strongest priority, even if it brings negative consequences like flooding Tokyo.
The light novel further implies that Hodaka eventually matured out of his phase during the three year period of his probation, as his parents had softened up and he became a successful student with new friends. When he returned to Tokyo, however, he began questioning his decision to flood the city until he saw Hina again, further cementing their relationship's culmination as his reason to live.
He is also friendly with kids who are much younger than him, including Moka and Nagi.
Hodaka was born between September 2004 and May 2005 to upper-middle class parents on the detached island of Kozushima, located south of Japan. Nothing is said about his childhood, but in his teen years, he seemed to be going through a rebellious phase. The light novel reveals that his relationship with his father was strained; he physically abused him and controlled his actions. Hodaka also felt that his father and school were "chaining him down".
In the summer of 2021, Hodaka, tired and unhappy with his shallow lifestyle as well as the stifling environment of his hometown, decides to run away to Tokyo. On the trip, he almost gets thrown off a ferry when a freak rainstorm hits it. However, he is saved by a man named Keisuke Suga, who Hodaka then treats to a meal as a thanks for his help. Keisuke gives him his business card in case he ever needs help as they depart the ferry. In Tokyo, Hodaka struggles to support himself because he is unable to work legally due to his status as a runaway minor. He spends a few nights at a cybercafé as he asks online for job opportunities, but is ultimately unable to find a position anywhere and thus decides to save his money by staying on the streets. He briefly meets Nagi Amano, Hina's younger brother, along with Ayane and Kana on the bus, exclaiming to himself that Nagi is a player.
One night, while taking shelter in the doorway of a lift lobby, Hodaka meets a stray cat who he feeds, recognizing that he and the animal are in similar situations. After passing out there, he's awoken by the club's host, who kicks him out and sends him crashing into a trash can that spills garbage everywhere. As Hodaka's replacing the trash in the can, he picks up a package that he later opens as he sits in McDonald's. The package holds a gun, which initially scares him, until he convinces himself that it must only be a toy and decides to keep it as a good-luck charm. Hina approaches him as he sits without ordering anything, offering him a free meal out of pity.
The next day, Hodaka contacts Keisuke and is hired as an assistant to his small publishing company, K&A Planning Co., Ltd. At the office, Hodaka meets Natsumi Suga, Keisuke's niece who Hodaka mistakes as his mistress. He and Natsumi investigate urban legends relating to the unusual weather in Tokyo; from a psychic, they hear the legend of a 'Sunshine Girl' and a 'Rain Girl'—beings who can control the weather.
On a rainy day, Hodaka watches as Hina is being intimidated into working at a sketchy club by the same man who kicked him out the day before, and attempts to rescue her. He recognizes her as the girl who was kind to him, and they then run away together as the club host pursues them. The host pins Hodaka down, but he manages to shock the man by firing the gun he had found earlier. Not expecting the gun to be real, Hodaka freezes, and Hina quickly pulls him away so that the two can escape to a nearby abandoned building—the same one Hina saw as she sat with her mother. Hina chides Hodaka for interfering, explaining that she needed the job to support herself and her sibling after being fired from her previous job at the fast food restaurant. She criticizes his use of the gun before turning to leave, and Hodaka, also scared by what he'd done, throws it across the floor of the building. Seeing that he'd recognized his mistakes, Hina returns and guesses that Hodaka is a runaway before telling him that she wants to show him something. At the building's rooftop, Hina demonstrates her ability to clear the sky by praying for Hodaka. She introduces herself to an impressed Hodaka as he does the same, boasting to him that she's 17 and thus older than him. They organize a meeting at Hina's house.
Soon after, at K&A, Hodaka talks Natsumi about Sunshine Girls and the woman swoons at the idea of being a Sunshine Girl, then asking Hodaka when his date with her was. Hodaka protests that it's not a date as Natsumi gets up to leave.
Later that day, he meets Hina and later her younger brother, Nagi, at their home and she cooks lunch for Hodaka as they discuss jobs. Inspired by the idea of the Sunshine Girl, Hodaka proposes that they start a business together; Hina could provide her mysterious ability to people who want clear weather for special events. Their business becomes a great success and they attract a large number of clients ranging from kindergarten students to corporate giants.
The Jingu Gaien fireworks festival is held a few months into the job which Hina is asked to provide a clear sky for. After doing so, she sits on the building's roof with Hodaka, telling him that she's really glad she started her job as they watch the fireworks together.
Hina, Nagi and Hodaka take a job for Fumi Tachibana at her house, clearing the sky for her so that she can light a fire for her deceased husband. Fumi says it's a shame that they're quitting the job, but Hodaka explains that they have no choice since Hina was caught on camera at the festival and thus wants to lay low for a while. Taki Tachibana arrives at Fumi's house and lights her fire for her, Fumi encouraging her to do the same for her deceased mother when she reveals her passing. Taki and Hodaka discuss Hina as she, her brother and Fumi play in the garden. Hodaka says that it's Hina's birthday in a week and Taki encourages him to buy her a gift.
As he watches Nagi's school soccer match, Hodaka asks online what the best gift to get an 18-year-old girl would be, receiving no useful responses. Nagi finishes his game and sits with Hodaka, Hodaka explaining to him that he doesn't know what to get Hina since Natsumi and the Internet had been no help. Nagi asks him if he's in love with Hina, and he blushes furiously as he denies it. Nagi coaches Hodaka on love as the two discuss Hina together. Hodaka eventually decides to buy a ring for Hina, and heads to a jewellery store to make the purchase. He asks the saleswoman, Mitsuha Miyamizu, if she thinks Hina will like it, to which Mitsuha responds that she's bound to considering how long Hodaka took to pick it out, then wishing him luck.
At the park, Keisuke and his daughter Moka Suga are playing together with Nagi as Hina and Hodaka sit and watch them. Hina's last job had been to clear the sky for Moka so she could go outside and play despite her asthma. Keisuke comes over to sit with the two and Hodaka asks him how he knew this was his job and about him having a daughter, but he's ignored as Keisuke instead praises Hina for her abilities. The trio talk for a while until Natsumi arrives, at which time Hodaka exclaims, turns to Keisuke and asks him if he'll be in trouble with her since he has a wife. Keisuke laughs at his misunderstanding and Hina and Natsumi accuse him of being a pervert. Nagi and Moka call Keisuke and Hodaka over to them and the four play together in the park.
It gets dark and the rain begins again so the six depart and split off, Nagi going with the Sugas to a restaurant and Hodaka and Hina walking back to the Amano abode together. As Hodaka walks along behind Hina, he worries over giving her the ring and confessing his love to her, but before he has the chance, Hina interrupts to tell him something. She's cut off as a gust of wind spirits her away, shocking Hodaka as she floats back down to him from the sky. He realizes that she's turning invisible due to the Sunshine Girl's curse. Hina tells him the story of how she became a Sunshine Girl at the rooftop shrine as they walk back to her place, the ring and confession forgotten.
At Hina's apartment, Hodaka hides in the bathroom as the police interrogate Hina about Hodaka's whereabouts. It is revealed that Hodaka's parents filed a missing person report and the police officers are investigating his use and possession of illegal firearms. An officer informs Hina that social services will be called in to take away Nagi, Hina's younger brother, because they are minors with no legal guardian. Once the police officers left, Hodaka visits Keisuke in his car, who fires him from his job and gives him severance pay. Keisuke apologizes for his inability to help Hodaka any further because he doesn't want any complications that could deter his filing for custody for his daughter.
Hodaka decides to run away with Hina and Nagi, but the weather worsens even more abnormally as it starts to snow. On the streets, the three are apprehended and Hodaka is caught by two police officers as he attempts to run away but is saved by Hina, who distracts the police by praying for lightning to strike nearby. This then allows the trio to escape to a hotel.
They spend the night at the hotel. As they're about to sleep, Hina confesses to Hodaka that her body is slowly being turned into water, and that she learned from Natsumi about the story of the weather maiden who becomes a living sacrifice; the weather will only return to normal if she disappears permanently into the clouds. He refuses to let this happen and promises to protect her. But the next day, Hina goes missing and the rains have consequently stopped. Hodaka sets out to find her but he and Nagi are taken by the police before they can leave the hotel. Hodaka manages to escape the police station to find Hina and gains the help of Natsumi as she is passing by. The police chase Hodaka until he reaches the building with the shrine, where Hina first got her powers. Inside, he encounters Keisuke, who attempts to stop him from running away any further. The police manage to infiltrate the building and has Hodaka surrounded. Driven by his concern for the desperate Hodaka, Keisuke helps him escape from the police, followed by Nagi appearing and stopping Yasui. Hodaka manages to reach the top of the building and jumps through the shrine. He is then transported above the world in the sky and rescues Hina. As they fall to earth, Hodaka begs Hina to start living for herself and the rains resumes with no foreseeable end.
Despite his life on Kozushima improving for the better (his parents having a change of heart, gaining more friends in school as well as becoming a successful student), Hodaka never truly forgets Hina, despite never speaking about her to anyone, not even to his parents, schoolmates or his probation officer.
After graduation, Hodaka heads back to Tokyo to find it three quarters submerged into the sea. He finds a new apartment, went to find Fumi and Keisuke to see how they were doing, and, after reminiscing about his choice, he and Hina were reunited on a road, with Hodaka reassuring her that everything would be all right in the end.
Ever since Hodaka saves Hina from the club owners and Hina reveals her power to clear the sky, he starts to develop romantic feelings for her. Inspired by the legend of the weather maiden, Hodaka proposes to start a business with Hina by clearing the weather for events such as weddings and parties which later becomes a success. After the fireworks festival, Hodaka began to realize that using the power to change the weather is taking a toll on Hina, so he decides to go on hiatus with fulfilling Keisuke's request for one sunny day to spend with his daughter Moka as their last job.
Soon after, the police arrive at the apartment where Hina lives with her younger brother Nagi and interrogate her; Hina realizes that because they have no legal guardians, with their mother having died recently, social services is going to take them into their custody and Hodaka is asked by Keisuke to return home. Hodaka and Hina then decides to run away together with Nagi, but they are halted by a heavy rainstorm and falling snows. After a long search for hotels and accommodation, they finally found a luxurious hotel to stay in for the night. Hina then proceeded to ask Hodaka whether he wants the rain to disappear or not, Hodaka carelessly responded yes without knowing the implications to Hina. Hina reveals that she is the cause of the abnormal weather and her body is slowly turning into water, intending to be a human sacrifice for the weather will go back to normal. Hodaka promises to protect her, but the next morning, Hina has vanished into the sky and the rain has stopped. Hodaka, having already fallen in love with Hina, decides to bring her back to Earth. With the help of Keisuke, Natsumi, and Nagi, Hodaka was able to evade the police, jumps through the shrine gate, and is transported into the sky, where he finds Hina and asks her to leave with him together. Despite being worried about the weather afterword, Hina was deeply touched when Hodaka confesses his feelings for her, saying that he wants her more than the blue sky. As they fall to Earth together, Hodaka asks Hina to let it go and start living for herself; upon descending to the rooftop shrine, the heavy rains resume but Hodaka is forced to return to his island home by the police.
After finishing his probation three years later, Hodaka graduates from high school and returns to Tokyo where he tearfully finds Hina praying on a street overlooking the drowned city. Being both shocked and overjoyed to see each other again, they embrace each other once more and the film ends with Hodaka promising Hina that they will be fine from now on.
Hodaka is something of an older brother figure to Nagi. Hodaka listens carefully to Nagi's advice about what gift he should give to Hina so he could take care of his sister as well. This makes Hodaka respect him so much that he affectionately calls Nagi "Sempai". In the climax, Nagi helps Hodaka escape from the police when Hina is being sacrificed.
On his way to Tokyo, Hodaka was on the boat and was about to fall off the boat due to the heavy rain when Keisuke saved him from slipping off. Because of how horrible and abusive his father is, Hodaka looks up to his own boss as a father figure and a mentor. However, with the police closing in on them, their relationship soured, and Hodaka saw Kei as an opposing force to prevent him from getting to Hina. They eventually reconciled after Hodaka returned to Tokyo three years later.
Mr. and Mrs. Morishima
Nothing much is known about Hodaka's relationship with his parents in Weathering With You, although the light novel reveals that his father physically and emotionally abused him for an uncounted number of times. Hodaka even mentions that he felt "chained down" by his father, implying that he was also strict, domineering, and controlling towards him. However, when Hodaka returned to Kozushima after saving Hina's life, he described his parents welcoming him back as "awkwardly, but warmly". It is very likely that his mother and father redeemed themselves during his absence. Nothing much is said about his mother, although she may not be as bad her husband, since Hodaka writes a letter to her in the beginning of the manga adaptation.
- Hodaka's surname contains the kanji for "forest" (森 mori ) and "luxuriant island" (嶋 shima ), and his first name is written with "sail" (帆 ho ) and "high, tall" (高 daka ).
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