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average score
Japan - 51 years old
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Voices of a Distant Star

Hoshi no Koe
2002 / 25m - Japan
Sci-fi, Romance
Voices of a Distant Star poster

With all circumstantial arguments out of the way, Voices of a Distant Star remains above all a sweet, touching little short set to a rather violent and typical anime background.

5 Centimeters per Second

Byosoku 5 Senchimetoru
2007 / 63m - Japan
Drama, Romance - Animation
5 Centimeters per Second poster

The first time I watched this I was genuinely surprised by the bitter undertones, and even now it still baffles me how icy this film is below its stylish, warm and fuzzy exterior.

Your Name

Kimi no Na Wa.
2016 / 106m - Japan
Romance - Animation
Your Name poster

An even higher level of stylistic finish, a 90-minute plus runtime, and an ending that is easier to swallow for mainstream audiences, and it's no surprise Your Name turned out to be a smash hit.

The Place Promised in Our Early Days

Kumo no Muko, Yakusoku no Basho
2004 / 91m - Japan
Sci-fi, Fantasy - Animation
The Place Promised in Our Early Days poster

Visually the film has hardly aged a bit, the convoluted plot still manages to intrigue, and while Shinkai combines some seemingly polar elements, the film never feels forced or disjointed.

Garden of Words

Kotonoha No Niwa
2013 / 46m - Japan
Romance - Animation
Garden of Words poster

Garden of Words is everything you'd expect from a Shinkai film.

Weathering with You

Tenki no Ko
2019 / 112m - Japan
Romance, Fantasy - Animation
Weathering with You poster

A little lighter on fantasy compared to Your Name, which isn't that bad really. The animation is stunning, the music (i.e. the J-Pop) an acquired taste and the budding romance pretty much expected. Weathering with You is another great Shinkai film, not his best work but fans won't be disappointed.


Suzume no Tojimari
2022 / 122m - Japan
Fantasy, Adventure - Animation
Suzume poster

The latest Shinkai is pretty much what you'd expect from Shinkai doing a more elaborate fantasy film. There's still some melodrama, but the focus shifts to adventure and fantasy, which some pretty grand and apocalyptic imagery. Suzume is a perfectly fine film, with superb animation, solid pacing, and an interesting premise that doesn't simply retread familiar fantasy tropes. The only critique I have is that it doesn't really push the boundaries like earlier Shinkai films did. Then again, anime features in general don't seem to be doing that nowadays, so Suzume still manages to stand out.

Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below

Hoshi o Ou Kodomo
2011 / 116m - Japan
Fantasy, Adventure
Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below poster

That said, there is still plenty to be excited about. Shinkai serves you 116 minutes of visual wonder.

She and Her Cat: Everything Flows

Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko: Everything Flows
2016 / 32m - Japan
Drama - Animation
She and Her Cat: Everything Flows poster

Sweet but sad. A follow-up of Shinkai's very first project, revisiting and expanding on the story of a girl and her cat. While this short is quite light on plot, the drama is touching and cat owners are sure to recognize a thing or two. Not quite as stunning as Shinkai's feature films, but a very sweet and adorable short that is very much on point.