Mamoru Hosoda and Takayuki Hirao, Pompo the Cinephile and One Piece Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island: two of the most brilliant anime filmmakers used their personal misfortunes to fuel very entertaining movies, processing their darker feelings through lively animation.
Ojamajo Doremi became a formative experience for a whole generation. An impossibly daring team with a perfect overlap of young and veteran talent at Toei accompanied kids across topics no other anime would tackle with such maturity. 20 years later, they still do.
Mamoru Hosoda’s theatrical career started 20 years ago with the Digimon Adventure short film, so this is a good opportunity to celebrate this unusual production and the evolution of one of anime’s most sincere storytellers. Enjoy!
Mamoru Hosoda’s new movie Mirai no Mirai / Mirai of the Future has screened at the Annecy International Film Festival, and after watching it and meeting the man himself, we’ll be providing our non-spoilery impressions of his immensely enjoyable work. It feels quite important in this case, since it’s fairly different from what you might be imagining!
Mamoru Hosoda’s new film has been fully unveiled, and that’s the perfect chance to talk about his career: the unmatched regularity of his creative process, as well as the changes throughout his 12 years as an independent movie director that have built this unique production cycle.