Makoto Shinkai


Makoto Shinkai is a Japanese animator, filmmaker, and manga artist.

Like many of the creators at Kyoto Animation, Makoto Shinkai is one of the most respected names in anime today.

Back then, recognition of his name was limited mainly to anime connoisseurs who knew him as the promising creator of atmospheric, melancholic love stories. His directing stocks couldn’t be much higher following the commercial success of his blockbuster 2016 animated film “Your Name.”

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 as follows

  • Voices of a Distant Star” (2002)- Directed animated by himself on his Apple Power Mac G4
  • The Place Promised in Our Early Days (2004)
  • 5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)
  • Children Who Chase Lost Voices (2011)
  • The Garden of Words (2013)
  • Your Name (2016).
  • Weathering With You (2019

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