Makoto Shinkai

Makoto Niitsu (新津 誠, Niitsu Makoto), also known as Makoto Shinkai (新海 誠, Shinkai Makoto), is a Japanese animator, filmmaker and manga artist best known for directing Your Name, the highest-grossing anime film of all time and 2019's Weathering With You, among other works such as The Garden of Words, Children Who Chase Lost Voices and 5 Centimeters per Second.

The Place Promised in Our Early Days (2004)

In a post-war alternative timeline, Japan is divided into the North, controlled by the Union, and the South, controlled by the United States. A mysterious high tower rises within the borders of the Union. Three high school students promise to cross the border with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Makoto Shinkai
CAST:  Hidetaka Yoshioka  •  Masato Hagiwara  •  Yuuka Nanri  •  Unsho Ishizuka

In a post-war alternative timeline, Japan is divided into the North, controlled by the Union, and the South, controlled by the United States. A mysterious high tower rises within the borders of the Union. Three high school students promise to cross the border with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Makoto Shinkai
CAST:  Hidetaka Yoshioka  •  Masato Hagiwara  •  Yuuka Nanri  •  Unsho Ishizuka

Voices of a Distant Star (2002)

It is 2046 when a mysterious alien force begins their annihilation of the human race. Leaving behind the one person she loves, Mikako joins the interstellar battle as a pilot. And so - while Mikako risks her life to save mankind - Noboru waits. The two lovers, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Makoto Shinkai
CAST:  Mika Shinohara  •  Makoto Shinkai  •  Donna Burke

It is 2046 when a mysterious alien force begins their annihilation of the human race. Leaving behind the one person she loves, Mikako joins the interstellar battle as a pilot. And so - while Mikako risks her life to save mankind - Noboru waits. The two lovers, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Makoto Shinkai
CAST:  Mika Shinohara  •  Makoto Shinkai  •  Donna Burke

The Garden of Words (2013)

Takao, who is training to become a shoemaker, skipped school and is sketching shoes in a Japanese-style garden. He meets a mysterious woman, Yukino, who is older than him. Then, without arranging the times, the two start to see each other again and again, but only ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Makoto Shinkai
CAST:  Miyu Irino  •  Kana Hanazawa  •  Fumi Hirano  •  Takeshi Maeda

Takao, who is training to become a shoemaker, skipped school and is sketching shoes in a Japanese-style garden. He meets a mysterious woman, Yukino, who is older than him. Then, without arranging the times, the two start to see each other again and again, but only ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Makoto Shinkai
CAST:  Miyu Irino  •  Kana Hanazawa  •  Fumi Hirano  •  Takeshi Maeda

She and Her Cat (1999)

She and Her Cat details the life of a cat, entirely from the cat's perspective, as it passes time with its owner, a young woman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Makoto Shinkai
CAST:  Makoto Shinkai  •  Mika Shinohara

She and Her Cat details the life of a cat, entirely from the cat's perspective, as it passes time with its owner, a young woman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Makoto Shinkai
CAST:  Makoto Shinkai  •  Mika Shinohara

The Smile (2003)

A short music video about a girl and her pet hamster.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Makoto Shinkai
CAST:  Hiromi Iwasaki

A short music video about a girl and her pet hamster.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Makoto Shinkai
CAST:  Hiromi Iwasaki

Children Who Chase Lost Voices (2011)

The film centers on Asuna, a young girl who spends her solitary days listening to the mysterious music emanating from the crystal radio she received from her late father as a memento. One day while walking home she is attacked by a fearsome monster and saved ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Makoto Shinkai
CAST:  Hisako Kanemoto  •  Kazuhiko Inoue  •  Miyu Irino  •  Rina Hidaka

The film centers on Asuna, a young girl who spends her solitary days listening to the mysterious music emanating from the crystal radio she received from her late father as a memento. One day while walking home she is attacked by a fearsome monster and saved ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Makoto Shinkai
CAST:  Hisako Kanemoto  •  Kazuhiko Inoue  •  Miyu Irino  •  Rina Hidaka

5 Centimeters per Second (2007)

Three moments in Takaki's life: his relationship with Akari and their forced separation; his friendship with Kanae, who is secretly in love with him; the demands and disappointments of adulthood, an unhappy life in a cold city.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Makoto Shinkai
CAST:  Kenji Mizuhashi  •  Yoshimi Kondou  •  Satomi Hanamura  •  Ayaka Onoue

Three moments in Takaki's life: his relationship with Akari and their forced separation; his friendship with Kanae, who is secretly in love with him; the demands and disappointments of adulthood, an unhappy life in a cold city.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Makoto Shinkai
CAST:  Kenji Mizuhashi  •  Yoshimi Kondou  •  Satomi Hanamura  •  Ayaka Onoue

Ani*Kuri15 (2008)

15 one-minute shorts created by various people from Japan's animation industry. The title of the collection, Ani*Kuri15, is abbreviated from the words "anime" and "creators".  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mamoru Oshii  •  Satoshi Kon  •  Makoto Shinkai  •  Atsushi Takeuchi  •  Michael Arias  •  Shoujirou Nishimi  •  Shoji Kawamori  •  Shinji Kimura  •  Kazuto Nakazawa  •  Mahiro Maeda  •  Akemi Hayashi  •  Osamu Kobayashi  •  Yasufumi Soejima  •  Ranji Murata  •  Tobira Oda  •  Yasuyuki Shimizu
CAST:  Aika Kanda  •  Toshio Watanabe

15 one-minute shorts created by various people from Japan's animation industry. The title of the collection, Ani*Kuri15, is abbreviated from the words "anime" and "creators".  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mamoru Oshii  •  Satoshi Kon  •  Makoto Shinkai  •  Atsushi Takeuchi  •  Michael Arias  •  Shoujirou Nishimi  •  Shoji Kawamori  •  Shinji Kimura  •  Kazuto Nakazawa  •  Mahiro Maeda  •  Akemi Hayashi  •  Osamu Kobayashi  •  Yasufumi Soejima  •  Ranji Murata  •  Tobira Oda  •  Yasuyuki Shimizu
CAST:  Aika Kanda  •  Toshio Watanabe

Your Name. (2016)

High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must adjust their lives ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Makoto Shinkai
CAST:  Ryûnosuke Kamiki  •  Masami Nagasawa  •  Masaki Terasoma  •  Sayaka Ohara

High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must adjust their lives ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Makoto Shinkai
CAST:  Ryûnosuke Kamiki  •  Masami Nagasawa  •  Masaki Terasoma  •  Sayaka Ohara

She and Her Cat: Everything Flows (2016)

The simple, charming series follows Kanojo as she job hunts and experiences various changes in her life, all while her cat Daru remains the supportive constant.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kazuya Sakamoto
CAST:  Kana Hanazawa  •  Shintaro Asanuma  •  Sayuri Yahagi  •  Akiko Hiramatsu

The simple, charming series follows Kanojo as she job hunts and experiences various changes in her life, all while her cat Daru remains the supportive constant.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kazuya Sakamoto
CAST:  Kana Hanazawa  •  Shintaro Asanuma  •  Sayuri Yahagi  •  Akiko Hiramatsu

Someone's Gaze (2013)

Aya Okamura has been working for two years and has begun living on her own for a job opportunity. With her mother working overseas as a doctor, her father is now living alone with the family's longtime pet cat Mii-san. One night, Aya returns from a long day at work ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Makoto Shinkai
CAST:  Satomi Hanamura  •  Shinji Ogawa  •  Fumi Hirano

Aya Okamura has been working for two years and has begun living on her own for a job opportunity. With her mother working overseas as a doctor, her father is now living alone with the family's longtime pet cat Mii-san. One night, Aya returns from a long day at work ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Makoto Shinkai
CAST:  Satomi Hanamura  •  Shinji Ogawa  •  Fumi Hirano

Weathering with You (2019)

The summer of his high school freshman year, Hodaka runs away from his remote island home to Tokyo, and quickly finds himself pushed to his financial and personal limits. The weather is unusually gloomy and rainy every day, as if taking its cue from his life. After ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Makoto Shinkai
CAST:  Kotaro Daigo  •  Nana Mori  •  Shun Oguri  •  Tsubasa Honda

The summer of his high school freshman year, Hodaka runs away from his remote island home to Tokyo, and quickly finds himself pushed to his financial and personal limits. The weather is unusually gloomy and rainy every day, as if taking its cue from his life. After ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Makoto Shinkai
CAST:  Kotaro Daigo  •  Nana Mori  •  Shun Oguri  •  Tsubasa Honda

Other Worlds (1999)

A man and a woman, talking over their relationship.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Makoto Shinkai
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A man and a woman, talking over their relationship.  (more)

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Cross Road (2014)

High school students Miho and Shouta are preparing for college entrance examinations. Miho comes from an island without even one cram school, while Shouta lives in Tokyo and works a part-time job. Both are striving to pass exams so they can enter college. The pair ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Makoto Shinkai
CAST:  Ayane Sakura  •  Kensho Ono  •  Masahiko Tanaka

High school students Miho and Shouta are preparing for college entrance examinations. Miho comes from an island without even one cram school, while Shouta lives in Tokyo and works a part-time job. Both are striving to pass exams so they can enter college. The pair ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Makoto Shinkai
CAST:  Ayane Sakura  •  Kensho Ono  •  Masahiko Tanaka

Suzume (2022)

A modern action adventure road story where a 17-year-old girl named Suzume helps a mysterious young man close doors from the outer side that are releasing disasters all over in Japan.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Makoto Shinkai
CAST:  Nanoka Hara  •  Hokuto Matsumura

A modern action adventure road story where a 17-year-old girl named Suzume helps a mysterious young man close doors from the outer side that are releasing disasters all over in Japan.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Makoto Shinkai
CAST:  Nanoka Hara  •  Hokuto Matsumura

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Enclosed World (1998)

A short animation by Makoto Shinkai in Lightwave 3D. Inspired by Haruki Murakami's book "Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World" with music by Tenmon.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Makoto Shinkai
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A short animation by Makoto Shinkai in Lightwave 3D. Inspired by Haruki Murakami's book "Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World" with music by Tenmon.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Makoto Shinkai
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