*age at the end of the year
D i r e c t o r M a m o r u H o s o d a’s T i m e l i n e
mation director when graduating from
Enters middle school. Hoping to become an
artist, gets immersed in landscape draw-
Born in Toyoma prefecture.
Art direction for the opening and ending seg-
ments of Nadja and several whole episodes.
Directs SUPERFLAT MONOGRAM by Takashi
Directs The Creatures from Planet 66—Rop-
Directs The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
(released in July).
The first animation adaptation of Yasutaka
Tsutsui’s classic young adult novel. The film
was initially released to only six theaters but
became a long-run hit, drawing 186,000 ad-
missions. It was also invited to numerous film
festivals around the world, increasing recog-
nition both domestic and abroad.
Directs Summer Wars (released in August).
His first direction of his original story about a
coming-to-age love, a big family in the coun-
tryside, and the Internet. An embodiment of
his aspiration and passion. The film was
released to 127 theaters, an astonishing
increase in number, drawing 1.23 million
Establishes animation studio Studio Chizu
with Producer Yuichiro Saito in April. The
word “chizu,” which means “map” in Japa-
nese, manifests their wish to navigate
uncharted waters in the world of animation
Directs Wolf Children (released in July).
Writes the screenplay and the novel based
on his original story. Released to 333 the-
aters drawing 3.44 million admissions. The
universal theme of “a mother raising her
children” and its stimulating contents were
widely received, and the film becomes a big
box office hit. It also captures the attention of
Gaumont, the world’s oldest film distribution
company still in business today.
Directs The Boy and The Beast (released in
An entertainment tour de force for which he
his original story. It draws 4.59 million ad-
missions in 355 theaters and is number one
at the Japanese box office during its opening
weekend in 2015. Distributed in 49 countries
and districts, including France by Gaumont.
Independently produces a paper anima-
tion approximately 2.5 minutes long and
presents it at his middle school festival.
promotion event for Kadokawa film Shonen
Nobuhiko Obayashi) and it gets accepted.
Encouraged to move to Tokyo but decides
to put academics first.
Department of Fine Art, and majors in oil
(now Toei Animation) as an animator.
the art directing division and starts his
career as a director.
Also directs several full-CG, 3D-applica-
ble short films (for amusement parks, etc.)
and gets his first experience in digital art.
Appointed by modern artist Takashi Muraka-
mi, who watched the film, to direct the
subsequent two short films.
Leaves Toei Animation and joins Studio
Art direction for MAGICAL DO RE MI 4 epi-
sodes 40 and 49.
His abovementioned art direction catches
the attention of Producer Masao Maruyama,
then with MADHOUSE (currently the rep-
resentative director of Studio M2), who
paves the path for The Girl Who Leapt