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3:00 PM on 03.15.2014

Don't forget about this year's Makoto Shinkai Day

Spring is almost here, and do you know what that means? You might say "the weather is warming up," but here in New York we still have snow on the forecast for Monday, so uh, NO. It is not necessarily warming up all that much....

Karen Mead

Japanator Interviews: Makoto Shinkai photo
Japanator Interviews: Makoto Shinkai
by Hiroko Yamamura

Wow, talk about an awesome day! Back at Anime Expo this year I had the amazing opportunity to sit down with one of my favorite masters of anime, the illustrious Makoto Shinkai. If you've been living under a rock for the last few years you may not know about his ground breaking works like; The Place Promised in Our Early Days, 5 Centimeters per Second, and his recent masterpiece, Garden of Words.

Unfortunately my audio recorder bit the big one during our meeting, so much of the interview is paraphrased. Luckily, I have an amazing memory! We only had a few minutes to catch up since his schedule was so packed, but I hope you enjoy the words we did exchange, and gain some insight to the amazing man.

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12:00 PM on 09.10.2013

How about some Makoto Shinkai for your lunch break?

I hope you've settled down with a lovely lunch this afternoon. If you have a few minutes to spare I suggest you throw some headphones on and nestle up to a fantastic new short film by the always amazing Makoto Shinkai. Even ...

Hiroko Yamamura

1:00 PM on 05.12.2013

Watch 5 minutes of Makoto Shinkai's The Garden of Words

Get the tissues ready. Makoto Shinkai's latest work, The Garden of Words, is hitting wide release in Japan at the end of the month, and last night we saw the first five minutes of it air on TV Tokyo. In this snippet, we get ...

Brad Rice

9:15 PM on 04.02.2013

Cheers, Australians: Garden of Words to be shown at GCFF

Congratulations, anime fans of Australia, the Gold Coast Film Festival in the Broadbeach area of Queensland, Australia is going to feature the world premiere of The Garden of Words as part of their 'Cool Japan'...

Salvador GRodiles

3:00 PM on 03.14.2013

YES: Children Who Chase Lost Voices to join Shinkai Day

So I just realized that Global Shinkai Day is starting this Friday, and Crunchyoll is adding more content to its special Makoto Shinkai weekend event. To be more specific, Children Who Chase Lost Voices will be stre...

Salvador GRodiles

12:20 AM on 02.21.2013

The Garden of Words trailer looks like a garden of feet

Oh man, Makoto Shinkai really knows how to setup a beautiful scene in his stories. Even though I am not a big fan of his works, I cannot deny the sheer gorgeousness found in the colors and lighting of the first trailer for T...

Salvador GRodiles

3:00 PM on 01.27.2013

Makoto Shinkai's 'Someone's Gaze' teaser trailer

Just like with his previous works (Voices of a Distant Star, 5 Centimeters Per Second, Children Who Chase Lost Voices) Makoto Shinkai can create gorgeous anime. His new anime short Dareka no Manazashi (Someone's Gaz...

Josh Totman

Review: Children Who Chase Lost Voices photo
Review: Children Who Chase Lost Voices
by Brittany Vincent

Makoto Shinkai has grown and evolved with each subsequent project, and his latest feature Children Who Chase Lost Voices is one of his best works yet. He's come a long way since the glory days of the moving Voices of a Distant Star, both in terms of artistic and emotional storytelling methods and aesthetic quality. The five years that have passed since 5 Centimeters Per Second have obviously been kind to Shinkai's creative process. What we see within Children Who Chase Lost Voices is straight up Ghibli through and through, but it packs a punch all its own that should definitely be enjoyed by audiences who find themselves drawn to both the wondrous and fantastic.

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2:00 PM on 12.24.2012

Season's Greetings: Makoto Shinkai is making a new movie

I am going to be perfectly honest with everyone on here, I'm not the biggest Shinkai fan around here. Though I will admit that his movies do get better with each new film that pops out of his mind. Before you smite me with yo...

Salvador GRodiles

8:00 PM on 06.15.2012

Sentai licenses Shinkai's Children Who Chase Lost Voices

Sentai Filmworks is at it again -- licensing yet another Makoto Shinkai property. Back in the days of ADV Films, the company licensed 5 Centimeters Per Second and Voices of A Distant Star, so it's no huge surprise that t...

Brad Rice

11:00 AM on 03.02.2012

Crunchyroll holds fourth annual Global Shinkai Day

For the fourth year in a row, Crunchyroll is streaming three films by Makoto Shinkai in what it's calling Global Shinkai Day. From March 9-11, you can see Shinkai's most well-known work: Voices of a Distant Star, The Place Pr...

Bob Muir