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Japan - 49 years old
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Rare treats

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

The real-world setting mixed with slight fantasy elements makes the film a bit more accessible compared to Shinkai's earlier films.

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.

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

For a 10-year old animation film The Place Promised in Our Early Days still looks and feels remarkably fresh.

The good stuff

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.

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.

Solid pieces

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.