Rarely are they mentioned but they should take the credit for most of the things we watch, what are your favorite anime directors? I have to name the legend here:
Hayao Miyazaki, his works include: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Kiki's Delivery Service, Howl's Moving Castle, Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, or in other words Studio Ghibli.
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After Miyazaki, the first person that comes to mind is Satoshi Kon. I just recently saw Tokyo Godfathers, and it wasn't just an amazing anime film, but an amazing film in general.
Hideaki Anno as well, a great innovator and genius, truly a great artist and film director. I just remembered him, I can not believe I did not mention the creator of Evangelion and Nadia in the opening. Still better late than never.
Akiyuki Shinbo not that known, but his projects are really awesome, he was involved in so many anime that have been called GREAT or GREATEST over the years, just throwing him out there, he directed: Madoka, Negima, Arakawa, SZS and Pani Poni Dash!
Apart from Satoshi Kon and Miyazaki...
Kenji Nakamura (Mononoke, Trapeze, [C], Tsuritama)
Mamoru Hosoda ( Digimon Movie 2, One Piece Movie 6, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars)
Yasuhiro Imagawa (Giant Robo, G Gundam, Shin Mazinger Shougeki Z-Hen)
I've also had my eye on Takeshi Koike recently, he directed Redline and did some work on Afro Samurai and the new Lupin III show.
Last edited by Galactic Tomahawk; December 19, 2012 at 09:24 AM.
^ You mentioning Hosoda Mamoru just made me realize how large the similarities are between Digimon's 2nd movie and Summer Wars.
Yeah, I think Summer Wars was basically him wanting to do the story again with an original setting.
Wolf Children (his new movie) came out in theaters a few months ago too IIRC. I've heard good stuff about it so I'm really looking forward to seeing it.
Hayao Miyasaki and Satoshi Kon are definitely awesome. I also like Mamoru Oshii for Ghost in the Shell and Angel's Egg. Masayuki Kojima for Master Keaton and Monster.
10 posts already made in this thread but no one mentions Makoto Shinkai? Probably he's the most promising Anime director as of late. The main theme of his movies are tend to be.. homogeneous, but his visual depicting ability is extraordinary.
I do think he's a great director but he has a pretty unique style which probably isn't appreciated by everyone. Dunno what you mean with as of late, he's in the business for around ten years and his style hasn't changed significantly from what I can tell so he's far from being a newbie
Isao Takahata, Grave of the Fireflies is just breathtaking art!