Mamoru Hosoda

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Mamoru Hosoda
Mamoru-Hosoda (cropped).jpg
Hosoda in 2015
Born (1967-09-19) September 19, 1967 (age 53)
OccupationAnimation director
Years active1989–present
Known forDigimon: The Movie
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. It was his first co-directed film, Digimon: The Movie, which 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] During this time, he directed an episode of Ojamajo Doremi, which was inspired by his turbulent time at Ghibli.[12] This episode led to him being hired at the animation studio Madhouse,[12] 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[13]) and 2009's Summer Wars (which won the same award in 2010).[14]

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 March 2019, Studio Chizu has released three films directed by Hosoda: 2012's Wolf Children, 2015's The Boy and the Beast, and 2018's Mirai.[15][16] Mirai was nominated for Best Animated Feature for the 2019 Oscars.[17]


As director[edit]

Feature films[edit]

Short films & television[edit]

As key animator[edit]


  1. ^ "Oscar nominations 2019: the full list of nominees". Vox, 22 January 2019. Retrieved 2019-01-22.
  2. ^ a b c d Collin, Robbie (2016-11-15). "Sacked by Studio Ghibli: how the boy wonder of Japanese animation grew up". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  3. ^ a b Brady, Tara (2018-10-30). "Mamoru Hosoda's poignant and strange inversion of It's a Wonderful Life". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  4. ^ Blair, Gavin J. (2016-11-01). "Anime Director Mamoru Hosoda on Drawing by Hand and the Industry Post-Hayao Miyazaki (Q&A)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  5. ^ Ryūsuke, Hikawa (2016-11-17). "The Classic Storytelling of Anime Director Hosoda Mamoru". Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  6. ^ Cavallaro, Dani (2006). The animé art of Hayao Miyazaki. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland. p. 157. ISBN 9780786423699. OCLC 62430842.
  7. ^ Schilling, Mark (2001-09-02). "Studio Ghibli's new film to be directed by rival". Screen. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  8. ^ Frank, Allegra (2018-10-20). "Getting fired from a Miyazaki movie was 'a good thing' for this anime director". Polygon. Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  9. ^ "Miyazaki To Direct Another Film". 2002-12-13. Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  10. ^ FAQ - Howl's Moving Castle. The Hayao MIYAZAKI Web. Retrieved 2011-12-13.
  11. ^ Chang, Chih-Chieh (2013-07-15). "Interview: Mamoru Hosoda, Director of Wolf Children". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  12. ^ a b Schilling, Mark (2016-10-20). "Tokyo International Film Festival welcomes audiences to the animated world of Mamoru Hosoda". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  13. ^ "Japan Academy Prize (2007)". Japan Academy Prize. Archived from the original on 2007-02-20.
  14. ^ Loo, Egan (2010-03-05). "Summer Wars Wins Japan Academy's Animation of the Year". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  15. ^ Official website. Retrieved 2011-12-13.
  16. ^ "Summer Wars' Mamoru Hosoda Creates Anime Film for July". Anime News Network, 13 December 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-13.
  17. ^ "Oscar Nominees: Mirai". Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  18. ^ "Summer Wars' Mamoru Hosoda Plans Next Film About Siblings in 2018". Anime News Network. October 25, 2016. Retrieved March 20, 2017.
  19. ^ "Cannes: Japan's Mamoru Hosoda Sets New Animated Film 'Mirai' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. May 16, 2017. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  20. ^ "Summer Wars' Hosoda Reveals Mirai no Mirai Film's Story, Staff, July Date in Teaser". Anime News Network. December 13, 2017. Retrieved 14 December 2017.

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