Makoto Shinkai Poster


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Overview (3)

Born in Koumi, Japan
Birth NameMakoto Niitsu
Nickname The New Hayao Miyazaki

Mini Bio (1)

Makoto Shinkai is a Japanese director, writer, producer, animator, editor, cinematographer, voice actor, manga artist and former graphic designer.

Shinkai studied Japanese literature at Chuo University where he was a member of juvenile literature club where he drew picture books. In 1999, Shinkai released She and Her Cat, a five-minute short piece done in monochrome.

His best knows films are The Place Promised in Our Early Days (2004), 5 Centimeters Per Second (2007), Children Who Chase Lost Voices (2011), The Garden of Words (2013), and Your Name (2016).

His favorite anime is Castle in the Sky (1986) by Hayao Miyazaki.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Pedro Borges

Family (2)

Spouse Chieko Misaka (? - present)  (1 child)
Children Chise Niitsu

Trade Mark (7)

Vivid and detailed scenic art direction
Vibrant color palettes
[Cell Phones] Likes incorprating cell phones into his films
[Romance] Usually writes romance stories, often with science-fiction and/or fantasy elements
[Distance] Characters maintaining long distance relationships
His works feature a cat, his favourite pet animal.
He often makes use of trains in his works.

Trivia (8)

Has been hailed by critics as being the new or next Hayao Miyazaki.
One of his favorite animes is Hayao Miyazaki 's Castle in the Sky (1986).
Preparing for his next film. [December 2009]
His favourite anime is Toradora! (2008) and his favourite voice actor is Rie Kugimiya, who voices Aisaka Taiga in that show.
Frequently casts Risa Mizuno and Kazuhiko Inoue in his works.
He cites sci-fi writers Haruki Murakami and Ray Bradbury and experimental filmmaker Shunji Iwai as an influence on his work.
His favourite novel is Haruki Murakami's "Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World.".
Father of Chise Niitsu.

Personal Quotes (7)

The thing about getting rejected is that you reflect and think and analyze about why you got turned down. You learn a lot more from stories about getting rejected than stories about becoming happy. That's why I prefer those stories.
In most of the world today people are interested in communication. They don't watch TV or play games that much; communication is becoming more of AN Entertainment form in itself. So when the society in which I live has this tendency that communication is so important, it has naturally become a central point of interest for my works.
There is always a pendulum of desires: I made a realistic film this time, then I make a different film next time.
If I must say something about Mari Okada...I love Toradora! (2008), which she wrote the screenplay for, a lot. And I think that The Garden of Words (2013) is influenced by the way the characters express their emotions in Toradora. I really do think that.
The first thing you make is a story. Then you decide where the location of the story will be, and how the story will develop. And then, when you think how the visuals will be in this process, then you finally think about how you take something from the setting and use it, how to depict it, and how to make the setting beautiful. That's when you begin to think that. So the story always comes first.
I am offered the chance sometimes to work with an anime series, and it is something I feel I should try and be a part of, but at the moment I do not feel like I am ready for it yet and that I have not done enough work. But I am really interested in doing an anime series one day.
Ever since I was a child I always had cats with me. I'm from the Nagano prefecture, and while living there I had cats, and after I came to Tokyo I also picked up some strays and started raising them. So I definitely always had cats with me.

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