Directed by Makoto Shinkai

Directed by Makoto Shinkai

6 Episodes

Like his predecessor Hayao Miyazaki, to whom he is often compared, Makoto Shinkai has taken anime to new heights of pure cinematic achievement. Specially attuned to the loneliness of young people living in digitally saturated urban environments, he depicts their longing and need—no matter how impossible—for true human connection in dazzlingly imaginative works like 5 CENTIMETERS PER SECOND, THE GARDEN OF WORDS, and YOUR NAME. His wondrous visual style, layering photorealism and expressive hyperbole, brings a uniquely present-tense magical realism to idiosyncratic, emotionally captivating narratives that redefine the possibilities of animated storytelling.

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Directed by Makoto Shinkai
  • The Place Promised in Our Early Days

    Episode 1

    Directed by Makoto Shinkai • 2004 • Japan
    Starring Hidetaka Yoshioka, Masato Hagiwara, Yuuka Nanri

    The feature debut from Makoto Shinkai is a haunting and beautiful story of friendship and loss, with stunning visuals and the emotional approach to science fiction that would become the director’s ...

  • 5 Centimeters per Second

    Episode 2

    Directed by Makoto Shinkai • 2007 • Japan
    Starring Kenji Mizuhashi, Yoshimi Kondou, Satomi Hanamura

    Young love, missed connections, and unrequited feelings collide in a stunning romance from visionary director Makoto Shinkai. Told in three vignettes, 5 CENTIMETERS PER SECOND explores the joys an...

  • Children Who Chase Lost Voices

    Episode 3

    Directed by Makoto Shinkai • 2011 • Japan
    Starring Hisako Kanemoto, Kazuhiko Inoue, Miyu Irino

    An epic fantasy adventure set in a world of ancient gods, CHILDREN WHO CHASE LOST VOICES follows Asuna, an introvert who spends her time listening to a radio that belonged to her deceased father. One d...

  • The Garden of Words

    Episode 4

    Directed by Makoto Shinkai • 2013 • Japan
    Starring Miyu Irino, Kana Hanazawa, Fumi Hirano

    For high school student Takao, a summer shower is a source of artistic inspiration . . . but when he skips school in order to sketch in a rainy garden, he finds a muse in Yukari, an older woman who seems ad...

  • She and Her Cat

    Episode 5

    Directed by Makoto Shinkai • 1999 • Japan
    Starring Makoto Shinkai, Mika Shinohara

    Makoto Shinkai’s debut short portrays the sensitive relationship between a cat and his owner, poignantly told from the feline’s perspective.

  • Voices of a Distant Star

    Episode 6

    Directed by Makoto Shinkai • 2002 • Japan
    Starring Chihiro Suzuki, Sumi Muto, Donna Burke

    When a teenage girl is sent to a distant universe to battle aliens, her relationship with a boy—carried out through text messages that take ever longer to reach Earth—unfolds across a vast expanse of time a...