If you've ever been caught in a downpour, stranded by a snowstorm, or flattened by a heatwave with no air conditioner, you might have wished that you could control the weather and end your suffering. While humans can make incremental changes in the weather patterns, we can't exactly call off a blizzard or make it rain directly onto our exes. But anime characters who can change the weather aren't subject to human limitations.
One of the newest editions to the canon of anime characters who manipulate weather is Hina Amano of Makoto Shinkai's movie, Weathering with You. She's a "sunshine girl" who can force torrential downpours to stop in their tracks. There's also Nami from One Piece, whose weapon, Clima-Tact, allows her to influence the weather in her favor, creating storms, fog, and other conditions as they suit her.
There are plenty more anime characters with weather powers where that came from. Which ones are your favorites?
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Tōshirō Hitsugaya is the Captain of the 10th Division in the Gotei 13. Best for his blistering intelligence, he's also a skilled ice manipulator. Using his Zanpakutō, Hyōrinmaru, Hitsugaya has full control over ice, not even needing water to be present in order to create it. One of his Zanpakutō's abilities, Tensō Jūrin, allows him to control the water in the surrounding atmosphere, thus creating any water-based weather conditions that he desires, including rain, snow, and more.16526Love this character?
Hina Amano - 'Weathering with You'Photo: CoMix Wave Films
Hina Amano is what is known as a "sunshine girl." For short periods of time and in very limited areas, she can put a stop to the relentless rain that plagues Tokyo. In order to provide for herself, her brother, and her friend, she starts charging people to create temporary patches of sunlight. This next part contains spoilers, so keep scrolling if you haven't yet seen Weathering with You.
At first, this is wonderful - she feels like she's found her true purpose in life. But it quickly becomes apparent that the reason she was chosen to have this ability in the first place is so that she could be a sacrifice. If she leaves the world, the relentless rain will stop - but if she refuses, it will continue without end.16327Love this character?
Groudon, Kyogre & Rayquaza - 'Pokemon'Photo: OLM
While many Pokemon possess elemental abilities, few can actually change atmospheric conditions - at least, in the anime. In the games there are a wide variety of mechanisms for this. Groudon, Kyogre, and Rayquaza do have these abilities, however. Groudon can create sunlight, while Kyogre can create rain and lightning. Rayquaza is able to nullify the powers of the other two, returning the weather to its natural state.14828Love this character?
Yuki Kusakabe - 'Interviews With Monster Girls'Photo: A-1 Pictures
Yuki Kusakabe is a snow woman, which means among her many abilities is the power to make everything that surrounds her a little bit colder, including the temperature outside. That means that she's basically a walking air conditioner, which is great when it's hot out, but a little inconvenient during the winter - though if you ask her vampire friend Hikari, who prefers cold weather it's great any time of year. Yuki's powers are more intense when she's feeling strong emotions like embarrassment or sadness.12116Love this character?