By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly “The Garden Of Words” marks animator Makoto Shinkai’s fifth major work, and the only major criticism I can muster is that he doesn’t seem to like producing feature-length projects. Of the five, only two, “The Place Promised In Our Early Days” and “Children Who Chase Lost Voices,” run long […]
By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly “Children Who Chase Lost Voices” marks the fourth major work from master Japanese animator Makoto Shinkai. It’s also, at just a touch under two hours, his longest-running project to date. It’s the first one to deal with fantasy, rather than science fiction. The movie begins with the same winning […]
Thirty-five-year-old Japanese animator Makoto Shinkai often gets called “the new Miyazaki.” Having learned this, you should forget it. Hayao Miyazaki represents the gold standard of Japanese anime to the West.