Who is Momaru Hosada?  He is one of Japan’s up-and-coming anime directors. I didn’t know who he was at first but then I stumbled on several of his films, the first one to catch my attention was the film “The Girl Who leapt Through Time” which is a really funny film about this girl who can time leap.  She uses her power to try to fix all of her friends high school romances and dramas. You can read our review of it here.  Then I stumbled across a really funny movie called “Summer Wars” about this family reunion that turns into cyber war against a rogue AI bent on destroying the world. Hosada has really interesting ideas and lots of good family values that he communicates through this art form in very intricate and subtle way.  You always leave his films with a really good feeling in your heart, so check them out when you can.  Below are some interviews where he talks about his motivation and his latest films.

Mamoru Hosoda (born September 19, 1967) is a Japanese film director and animator. Formerly employed at Toei Animation, he went to work at Madhouse from 2005 to 2011. Hosoda left Madhouse in 2011 to establish his own animation studio, Studio Chizu. He first came to public attention in the early 2000s with the first two films in the Digimon Adventure series and the sixth film in the One Piece series. In the later 2000s, he diversified more with other films, including 2006’s The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, 2009’s Summer Wars, and 2012’s Wolf Children.  Hosoda was commissioned by Studio Ghibli to direct Howl’s Moving Castle but was taken off the project during the early production stages due to failing to come up with a concept acceptable to Studio Ghibli bosses.  Hosoda studied oil painting at the Kanazawa College of Art.”  ~Wikipedia

I would rank him as 2nd best director in all of Anime after Miyazaki

His Films:

The Boy and the Beast

Wolf Children

Summer Wars

The Girl who Leapt thru Time

Mamoru Hosoda, The Madman Interview

Mamoru Hosoda – English Interview on Wolf Children


Film Study: Will Mamoru Hosoda be the next Hayao Miyazaki?


Mamoru Hosoda speaks at MIT






Checkout Master Anime Director – Mamoru Hosoda

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