Makoto Shinkai

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Makoto Shinkai
Makoto Shinkhai in Moscow.JPG
Makoto Shinkai in Moscow in 2013
BornMakoto Niitsu
(1973-02-09) 9 February 1973 (age 45)
Koumi, Nagano, Japan
OccupationDirector, writer, producer, animator, editor, cinematographer, voice actor, manga artist
Known forVoices of a Distant Star
The Place Promised in Our Early Days
5 Centimeters Per Second
Children Who Chase Lost Voices
The Garden of Words
Your Name
Spouse(s)Misaka Ikko

Makoto Shinkai (Japanese: 新海 誠, Hepburn: Shinkai Makoto), born as Makoto Niitsu (新津 誠, Niitsu Makoto, born 9 February 1973) is a Japanese movie director, writer, producer, animator, editor, cinematographer, voice actor, manga artist and former graphic designer. He is known the most for directing Your Name. It is the highest-earning anime movie ever.

Biography[change | change source]

Makoto Shinkai was born in Nagano Prefecture. He went to Chuo University where he studied Japanese literature. He was a part of the literature club there and he drew picture books there. He said that he liked creating because he had read manga, novels and had watched anime when he was young. After finishing university in 1994, he got a job at Falcom. It is a video game company. He worked there for 5 years by making video clips.[1]

In 1999, Shinkai released She and Her Cat. It is a five-minute short movie that is black and white. It won many awards. It won the grand prize at the 12th DoGA CG Animation contest (2000). The short movie is about the life of a cat. It is from the cat's point of view.[2]

Shinkai quit his job at Falcom after winning the prize. He began making a new movie about a girl in space, which was called Voices of a Distant Star. After, he released his first full movie. It was called The Place Promised in Our Early Days and was released in Japan on November 20, 2004. His next movie was called 5 Centimeters per Second and was released on 3 March 2007. It consists of three short films called Cherry Blossom, Cosmonaut, and 5 Centimeters Per Second. The movie is about 63 minutes.

In 2009, he started to work on his next movie. Shinkai said that the movie he was making would be his longest movie that he made and said the story was a "lively" animated movie that would have adventure, action, and romance.[3] He revealed that his next movie would be called Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below. The movie was released on 7 May 2011.[4][5]

His next movie, The Garden of Words, was released on 31 May 2013.

On 26 August 2016, he released Your Name. It was one of his most popular movies. It had a lot of praise. The movie made a lot of money, becoming the highest-earning anime movie.[6] In 2017, he revealed he was working on a new movie.[7]

Works[change | change source]

Movies[change | change source]

  • The Place Promised in Our Early Days (雲のむこう、約束の場所, Kumo no Mukō, Yakusoku no Basho) - Director / Writer / Producer / Storyboards / Background art / Design/Modeler / Theme Song Lyrics (2004)
  • 5 Centimeters Per Second (秒速5センチメートル, Byōsoku Go Senchimētoru) - Director / Writer / Producer / Storyboard / Art Director / Color design (2007)
  • Children Who Chase Lost Voices (星を追う子ども, Hoshi o Ou Kodomo) - Director / Writer / Producer (2011)
  • The Garden of Words (言の葉の庭, Kotonoha no Niwa) - Director / Writer / Photography / Color design / Editing (2013)
  • Your Name (君の名は。, Kimi no na wa.) - Director / Writer / Photography / Color design / Editing (2016)
  • Movie that will be released in the future - Director/Writer/other roles TBA

Short movies[change | change source]

  • The world be enclosed (囲まれた世界) - Director/ Animator
  • Other Worlds (遠い世界, Tooi Sekai) - Director / Animator, 1998
  • She and Her Cat (彼女と彼女の猫, Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko) - Director / Writer / Animator / voice of Her Cat (1999)
  • Voices of a Distant Star (ほしのこえ, Hoshi no Koe) - Director / Writer / Producer / voice of Noboru Terao (original voice) (2002)
  • Egao (みんなのうた「笑顔」, Minna no Uta "Egao") - Director, 2003 (Music Video for Hiromi Iwasaki)
  • A Gathering of Cats (猫の集会, Neko no Shūkai) - Director / Storyboards / Background art / Color design / Photography, (2007 short TV film featured on Ani*Kuri15)
  • Dareka no Manazashi (だれかのまなざし, lit. Someone's Gaze) - Director (2013)

Commercials[change | change source]

  • Bosphorus tunnel (ボスポラス海峡トンネル, Bosuporasu kaikyō ton'neru) - Director / Background art, 2011 (TV commercial released by Taisei Corporation)[8]
  • Sri Lanka highway (スリランカ高速道路, Suriranka kōzokudōro) - Director / Storyboards / Photography / Editing, 2013 (TV commercial released by Taisei Corporation), featuring the theme song Fight (ファイト, Faito) by Anri Kumaki[9]
  • Vietnam Noi Bai Airport (ベトナム・ノイバイ空港, Betonamu noibai kūkō) - Director / Storyboards / Shooting / Editing, 2014 (TV commercial released by Taisei Corporation)[10]
  • Z-Kai: Cross Road (Z会 「クロスロード」, Kurosu Rodo) - Screenplay / Storyboards / Production / Supervision, 2014 (TV commercial released by Z-Kai)[11]

Video games[change | change source]

Books[change | change source]

  • Slug, 1994 (picture-book)
  • Beyond the Tower, 2002 (manga)
  • Voices from a Distant Star, 2004 (manga)
  • The Place Promised in Our Early Days, 2006 (manga)
  • 5 Centimeters per Second, 2007 (novel)
  • 5 Centimeters per Second, 2010-2011 (manga)
  • Children who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below, 2011 (manga)
  • The Garden of Words, 2013 (manga)
  • The Garden of Words, 2014 (novel)
  • Your Name., 2016 (novel)
  • Your Name., 2016 (manga)

References[change | change source]

  1. Hanada, Ryosuke; Moriyasu, Ken (29 December 2016). "Makoto Shinkai brings a magic touch to anime". Nikkei Asian Review. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  2. Odell, Colin; Le Blanc, Michelle (2013). Anime. Oldcastle Books. ISBN 1842435884.
  3. "Distant Star's Shinkai Posts Images for Next Anime". AnimeNewsNetwork. 24 December 2009. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  4. "Paradise Kiss, Mardock Scramble, Gon Promos Streamed (Makoto Shinkai's latest work, Hoshi o Ou Kodomo, to have teaser on November 9)". AnimeNewsNetwork. 2 November 2010. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  5. "Makoto Shinkai's Hoshi o Ou Kodomo Teaser Posted in HD". AnimeNewsNetwork. 9 November 2010. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  6. "'Kimi no Na wa' (Your Name.) now hailed as highest grossing anime film". Inquirer.net. 18 January 2017. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  7. "Anime directors Mamoru Hosoda, Makoto Shinkai working on new films". 18 May 2017. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  8. "Other voices-遠い声- » 大成建設テレビCM" [Other voices - Taisei TV CM] (in Japanese). Makoto Shinkai / CoMix Wave Films. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  9. "Other voices-遠い声- » 大成建設テレビCM「スリランカ高速道路」篇" [Other voices - Taisei TV CM "Sri Lanka highway"] (in Japanese). Makoto Shinkai / CoMix Wave Films. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  10. "Other voices-遠い声- » 大成建設テレビCM「ベトナム・ノイバイ空港」篇" [Other voices - Taisei TV CM "Vietnam Noi Bai Airport"] (in Japanese). Makoto Shinkai / CoMix Wave Films. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  11. "Other voices-遠い声- » Z会「クロスロード」" [Other voices - Z-Kai: Cross Road] (in Japanese). Makoto Shinkai / CoMix Wave Films. Retrieved 31 December 2017.

Other websites[change | change source]