Mamoru Hosoda is a relatively new animator and director in the Japanese Anime film industry. His works recently have started to be widely known internationally. Many claim his artistic works rival those of Hayao Miyazaki, the most famous director and creator of Studio Ghibli.
Hosoda was born on September 19, 1967 in the town of Nakaniikawa, Toyama, Japan. He grew up in Toyama Prefecture until his high school graduation when he was 18-year-old. Afterwards, he studied oil painting at the Kanazawa College of Art in Kanazawa, Japan. His interest in the film industry began since little, and by middle school he was producing 8mm camcorder movies. He was inspired by the classics from Disney and Hayao Miyazaki’s works, who still is a big fan of and admires greatly, to become an animator. Between his first masterpiece film and his second he got married inspiring for later themes that appear in his films.
The animator began working at Toei Animation in 1989, where he worked as director or key animator for television and movie on worldwide known anime franchises such as; Digimon, Dragon Ball Z, One Piece, and Sailor Moon. He first gained the public’s attention when he directed Digimon Adventure: Born of Koromon(1999), Digimon Adventure: Bokura no War Game(2000), and the sixth movie of the One Piece series, One Piece: Omatsuri Danshaku to Himitsu no Shima(2005). That same year he decided to work for Madhouse, where he would continue his work as a director and create two of his masterpieces The Girl Who Leapt through Time and Summer Wars. In 2011, he leaves Madhouse to establish his own animation studio, Studio Chizu. Studio Chizu was created to specifically produce feature-length theatrical animated movies. Currently there are two animation studios in Japan that produces this time of animation movies: Studio Ghibli and Studio Chizu. His latest work includes Wolf Children Ame and Yuki, which has had an extremely generous reception worldwide.
The Girl Who Leapt through Time was premiered in 2006 and since then has gained an enormous amount of praise. The movie is an adaptation of the science fiction novel written by Yasutaka Tsutsui. The story revolves around 17-year-old Makoto Konno who discovers she has a peculiar ability to “leapt” through time. Instantly she begins improve her grades and prevent personal mishaps between her and her best friends, boys Chiaki and Kosuke. Makoto soon learns changing time has its consequences which lead to unexpected plot twists the audience won’t expect. Mamoru Hosoda directed this film and the animation studio, Madhouse, produced it. When creating this movie, Hosoda targeted you adolescence females thinking they would be the main supporters. He never expected it to become a worldwide phenomenon that won him many awards and recognition including “Animation of the Year” by the 30th Annual Japan Academy Awards and “Special Distinction” in the biggest festival for animation, the Annecy International...