Makoto Shinkai has landed in the spotlight thanks to the success of Your Name, which is currently the 4th highest grossing Japanese movie of all-time. He was honored with the "Hit Maker of the Year" award from Nikkei Entertainment and commented, "I never expected the film would do so well in Japan. I am impressed by the fact over 10 million people have gone to the theaters."
With Your Name lighting things up, anime fans and critics (both from Japan and the International community), have been comparing Shinkai to Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli. Miyazaki's Spirited Away is currently the highest grossing movie in Japan of all-time and is the only foreign movie to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
However, Shinkai believes people are reaching too far with the comparison. "Putting me on the same level with Hayao Miyazaki is overestimating. I can't be like him. He has his own way of directing. I felt so when I watched Kurenai no Buta [Porco Rosso] last night." Shinkai continued, "I don't think it is possible to catch up with a great person like him if I go the same direction."
On a brighter note, Shinkai revealed that he will start working on his next film by the end of 2016 and is hoping for a 2019 release. Speaking of Miyazaki, he came out of retirement to work on a feature film, which is also aiming for a 2019 release.
Aaron Magulick has been a fan of anime ever since being exposed to it in the late '90s. A fan of nearly all genres, he is not afraid to explore the creepier side of the industry. Feel free to connect with him on GoBoiano Social.