The art of anime

Alex Dudok de Wit pays tribute to Tokyo’s master of the magical moving image

The World Today Published 6 April 2017 Updated 24 November 2020 3 minute READ

Alex Dudok de Wit

Associate Editor and Animation Journalist, Cartoon Brew

Last summer, it was a rare teen in Japan who didn’t go to see Your Name. By January, Makoto Shinkai’s gender-bending tale of young love had become the top-grossing anime – Japanese animation – film of all time. Before long, the world’s media anointed Shinkai ‘the new Miyazaki’.

Whether Shinkai is the spiritual heir to Hayao Miyazaki, the revered director of dazzling fantasy epics such as Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke, is up for debate. That Miyazaki is a megastar, the reigning emperor of anime, is not. ‘The new Miyazaki’, really, is just shorthand for ‘This guy is a big deal.’

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