Mamoru Hosoda

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Mamoru Hosoda
Hosoda Mamoru from "The World of Mamoru Hosoda" at Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo International Film Festival 2016 (33644165075).jpg
Hosoda in 2016
Born (1967-09-19) September 19, 1967 (age 55)
OccupationAnimation director
Years active1989–present
Known forDigimon Adventure
Digimon Adventure: Our War Game!
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Summer Wars
Wolf Children
The Boy and the Beast

Mamoru Hosoda (細田 守, Hosoda Mamoru, born September 19, 1967) is a Japanese film director and animator. He was nominated for an Academy Award in the category Best Animated Feature Film at the 91st Academy Awards for his eighth film Mirai.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Early life and initial work at Toei Animation[edit]

Hosoda was born in Kamiichi, Nakaniikawa District, Toyama, Japan. His father worked as a railway engineer, and his mother was a tailor.[2] Hosoda initially felt inspired to take up animation as a career after seeing The Castle of Cagliostro, the first film directed by Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli fame.[3] He majored in oil painting at the Kanazawa College of Art in Ishikawa Prefecture.[4]

After graduation, Hosoda was able to land an animation job at Toei Animation, after submitting a short film that he had animated in his spare time.[2] He initially applied at Studio Ghibli; though he did not get the job, he received a rejection letter of praise from Hayao Miyazaki himself.[3][5]

During his time at Toei, Hosoda worked his way up, garnering public attention in the early 2000s with the first two films in the Digimon Adventure series. Shortly after the release of Our War Game!, Hosoda attracted the eye of Ghibli head producer Toshio Suzuki.[2]

Studio Ghibli[edit]

Studio Ghibli announced that Hosoda was to direct the film Howl's Moving Castle in September 2001.[6] This was scheduled for a summer 2003 release.[7] However, production on the film became strained due to creative differences. According to Hosoda, he "was told to make [the movie] similar to how Miyazaki would have made it, but [he] wanted to make [his] own film the way [he] wanted to make it".[8] In the end, Hosoda left in the summer of 2002[9] during the early production stages, after failing to come up with a concept acceptable to Studio Ghibli bosses.[10]

Return to Toei, and departure to Madhouse[edit]

Proceeding his departure from Ghibli, Hosoda returned to Toei and worked on a few animations in collaboration with artist Takashi Murakami, such as the commercial Superflat Monogram for Louis Vuitton[2][11] and directed a One Piece feature film, One Piece: Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island.

In 2004, Mamoru Hosada met Yuichiro Saito, with whom he worked together in the opening of Shinichiro Watanabe’s Samurai Champloo (2004). That experience would lead to future collaborations between them.[12]

During this time, he directed an episode of Ojamajo Doremi, which was inspired by his turbulent time at Ghibli.[13] This episode led to him being hired at the animation studio Madhouse,[13] which he worked at from 2005 to 2011.

At Madhouse, Hosoda earned critical acclaim with his directing efforts, including 2006's The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (which won Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year in 2007[14]) and 2009's Summer Wars (which won the same award in 2010).[15]

Studio Chizu[edit]

Hosoda left Madhouse in 2011 to establish his own animation studio, Studio Chizu, with Yuichiro Saito who produced The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Summer Wars. As of November 2021, Studio Chizu has released four films directed by Hosoda: 2012's Wolf Children, 2015's The Boy and the Beast, 2018's Mirai[16][17] and 2021's Belle.[18] Mirai was nominated for Best Animated Feature for the 2019 Oscars.[19]



No. Title Animation studio Distributor Release date Note Ref(s)
Feature films
1 One Piece: Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island Toei Animation Toei Company March 5, 2005 Written by Masahiro Ito.
2 The Girl Who Leapt Through Time Madhouse Kadokawa Herald Pictures July 15, 2006 Written by Satoko Okudera.
3 Summer Wars Warner Bros. Japan August 1, 2009
4 Wolf Children Studio Chizu Toho July 21, 2012
5 The Boy and the Beast July 11, 2015 Written by Mamoru Hosoda.
6 Mirai July 20, 2018 [20][21][22]
7 Belle July 16, 2021 [23][24]
Short films
1 Digimon Adventure: Episode 0 Toei Animation Toei Company March 6, 1999 Released as part of the Spring 1999 Toei Animation Fair, alongside Yu-Gi-Oh! and Doctor Slump: Arale's Surprise Burn. Written by Reiko Yoshida.
2 GeGeGe no Kitarō: Kitarō's Ghost Train March 20, 1999 A short 3D film released at various events including at Hanayashiki, and re-released as part of the Toei 3D Animation Fair in October 2009. [25]
3 Digimon Adventure: Our War Game! March 4, 2000 Released as part of the Toei Animation Fair (being screened alongside One Piece: The Movie). Written by Reiko Yoshida.
4 Digimon Adventure 3D: Digimon Grand Prix! July 20, 2000 Originally screened at the Time Machine of Dreams theme park attraction at Sanrio Puroland, and re-released as part of the Toei 3D Animation Fair in October 2009. Written by Atsushi Maekawa.
5 Superflat Monogram N/A 2003 Short film with Takashi Murakami.


As key animator[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c d Collin, Robbie (November 15, 2016). "Sacked by Studio Ghibli: how the boy wonder of Japanese animation grew up". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Archived from the original on January 12, 2022. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Brady, Tara (October 30, 2018). "Mamoru Hosoda's poignant and strange inversion of It's a Wonderful Life". The Irish Times. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  4. ^ Blair, Gavin J. (November 1, 2016). "Anime Director Mamoru Hosoda on Drawing by Hand and the Industry Post-Hayao Miyazaki (Q&A)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  5. ^ Ryūsuke, Hikawa (November 17, 2016). "The Classic Storytelling of Anime Director Hosoda Mamoru". Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  6. ^ Cavallaro, Dani (2006). The animé art of Hayao Miyazaki. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland. p. 157. ISBN 9780786423699. OCLC 62430842.
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  8. ^ Frank, Allegra (October 20, 2018). "Getting fired from a Miyazaki movie was 'a good thing' for this anime director". Polygon. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  9. ^ "Miyazaki To Direct Another Film". December 13, 2002. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  10. ^ FAQ - Howl's Moving Castle. The Hayao MIYAZAKI Web. Retrieved December 13, 2011.
  11. ^ Chang, Chih-Chieh (July 15, 2013). "Interview: Mamoru Hosoda, Director of Wolf Children". Anime News Network. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  12. ^ "Speaking With Studio Chizu's Yuichiro Saito About What Has and Hasn't Changed With Animation | アニメイトタイムズ". Speaking With Studio Chizu’s Yuichiro Saito About What Has and Hasn’t Changed With Animation | アニメイトタイムズ (in Japanese). Retrieved December 12, 2021.
  13. ^ a b Schilling, Mark (October 20, 2016). "Tokyo International Film Festival welcomes audiences to the animated world of Mamoru Hosoda". The Japan Times. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  14. ^ "Japan Academy Prize (2007)". Japan Academy Prize. Archived from the original on February 20, 2007.
  15. ^ Loo, Egan (March 5, 2010). "Summer Wars Wins Japan Academy's Animation of the Year". Anime News Network. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  16. ^ Official website. Retrieved December 13, 2011.
  17. ^ "Summer Wars' Mamoru Hosoda Creates Anime Film for July". Anime News Network, December 13, 2011. Retrieved December 13, 2011.
  18. ^ Solomon, Charles (October 28, 2021). "The Beauty and the Metaverse: Mamoru Hosoda on 'Belle'". Animation Magazine. Retrieved November 8, 2021.
  19. ^ "Oscar Nominees: Mirai". Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  20. ^ "Summer Wars' Mamoru Hosoda Plans Next Film About Siblings in 2018". Anime News Network. October 25, 2016. Retrieved March 20, 2017.
  21. ^ "Cannes: Japan's Mamoru Hosoda Sets New Animated Film 'Mirai' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. May 16, 2017. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  22. ^ "Summer Wars' Hosoda Reveals Mirai no Mirai Film's Story, Staff, July Date in Teaser". Anime News Network. December 13, 2017. Retrieved December 14, 2017.
  23. ^ "Mirai, Summer Wars Director Mamoru Hosoda's Next Film Will Be 'Completely Different from Mirai'".
  24. ^ "Mamoru Hosoda Unveils New Anime Film Belle for Next Summer". Anime News Network. December 14, 2020. Retrieved December 14, 2020.
  25. ^, Retrieved on October 26th, 2021
  26. ^ Mamoru HOSODA - Anime News Network

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