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Makoto Shinkai or Mamoru Hosoda, who makes the better anime movies?

By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

Almost all anime directors do most of their work in television, since that’s the format the vast majority of Japan’s animation output is produced for. Two very notable exceptions, though, are Mamoru Hosoda and Makoto Shinkai.

Hosoda directed his first anime film in 2000 and has been working exclusively on theatrical features since 2009, helming hits such as "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time," "Summer Wars," "Wolf Children" and "The Boy and the Beast" along the way. Shinkai, meanwhile, directed his first theatrically released movie in 2004, with his most recent works being the phenomenally popular "your name." and "Weathering with You."

Together, they’re the two most respected anime movie directors after the older generations of Mamoru Oshii, Hideaki Anno, Hayao Miyazaki, and Isao Takahata. So Japanese video streaming service 1Screen recently conducted a survey, asking respondents “Whose movies do you like more, Mamoru Hosoda’s or Makoto Shinkai’s?”

▼ Trailer for Hosoda’s newest anime film, "Belle"

A total of 500 responses were collected from participants between the ages of 10 and 69, and when their votes were tallied, Hosoda came out ahead, albeit by a slim margin as 52.2 percent said they prefer his works, and the remaining 47.8 percent more supporting of Shinkai.

1Screen also asked respondents why they made the selection they did, and those who chose Hosoda cited his penchant for fantasy elements and the warmth of his visual style and characterizations, with comments such as:

“A lot of his anime have an escapist, dream-like quality to them, so they’re very entertaining to watch.”

“His character animation is very lively.”

“The characters’ dialogue and facial expressions in emotional scenes feel very natural and realistic.”

“If I had to pick between them, I’d pick Hosoda. I like how his stories develop. There’re fun exciting parts, but sad, heart-aching ones too, and a lot of his anime can be enjoyed by adults and kids alike.”

On the other end of the responses, many of those who prefer Shinkai’s anime gushed about his inimitable visuals.

“Every frame of animation in Shinkai’s movies is beautiful, especially how scenes with water are drawn. Your Name and Weathering with You have romantic elements too, and their stories are enjoyable the whole way through.”

“The gorgeous art really draws you into the movie’s world, and the scenery and weather work to express the story’s emotional state.”

“The background art sucks you in with how realistic it is, and as you look at it, you realize it’s more beautiful than reality even, so I can watch Shinkai’s anime over and over again.”

“In addition to his movies’ art, I really like their music too.”

Of course, as anyone who’s watched both directors’ films can attest, their styles are very different, so you could make the argument that the question “Hosoda or Shinkai?” is basically “Apple or orange?” Hosoda likely also got a bit of a boost thanks to the timing of the survey, which was conducted in late June, as he’s much more in people’s minds these days what with his newest film, "Belle," opening this month and also coinciding with his previous movies being broadcast on Japanese TV and appearing as a new Uniqlo T-shirt line.

Source: PR Times

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From Hosoda, I've seen (not sure if the translations are accurate) The Girl who leaped through Time, Summer Wars, Wolf Children and Boy and the Beast and only loved (and still do) Summer Wars, the rest is just "ok". I don't see in him the "new Miyazaki" as some want us to believe.

From Shinkai, I only know his most recent piece Tenki no Ko which I loved.

Need to see more of Shinkai then.

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君の名は is quite simply a bad movie with a dumb story and horrible music, and 言の葉の庭 tries to tell a "beautiful" love story between a 15 year old and full-grown woman. Didn't find anything beautiful about that.

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Neither at the moment and honestly, Chinese and Korean anime movies are getting better.

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Miyazaki Hayao is literally the Walt Disney of Japan. Who are these other guys?

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Chinese and Korean anime movies are getting better.

They are just starting to do some good things, Japan taught them by hiring them for some productions and now the Chinese studios are hiring Japanese animators for a salary up to 10 times better.

Miyazaki Hayao is literally the Walt Disney of Japan. Who are these other guys?

Japanese animation is not just Miyazaki..

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Anime movies always disappoint me a bit, because the background is so wonderful painted , colorful and extremely detailed, but all main characters or other moving subjects like pets , animals , the foreground objects itself and so on, are drawn only with a few hasty lines, without love, details, expressions, so that it makes it look like the whole work is produced under extreme cost and time considerations etc. Don’t try to tell me or say that this is a main or distinguishing feature of this art. It is not, it’s quite an unnecessary reduction of what would really be possible so that it could be seen an outstanding animation artwork.

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Enjoyed 'The Girl Who Leapt Through Time' and 'Wolf Children' but 'Summer Wars' was daft. You have to be careful using tech in film. And simply because it is easy to do fantasy in anime, it is not a good idea to walk away from too many of the laws of physics when you do. For me, the best fantasy is rooted in reality.

If forced to choose, I'd plump for Makoto Shinkai, and not just for the outstanding visuals. The hauntingly beautiful '5cms per Second' is my favourite anime movie. I've even been to the crossing that the one in the movie was reputedly based on (and, of course, the steps featured in 'Your Name').

Not sure the focus on producers, directors or actors is always helpful. Some superb movies fall between the gaps. 'In This Corner of the World' is exquisite and very moving. Watch it in Japanese with English subtitles. Actually that's good advice for all foreign language movies/TV. You lose too much with dubbing.

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Satoshi Kon.

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