Mamoru Hosoda's (Summer Wars, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time) latest film, Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki (Wolf Children: Ame and Yuki), is an exhilarating work of animation, and a measured, patient and exacting example of first-rate storytelling.
Update**Keen to report that Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki is on course to be Hosoda's most successful film, earning an estimated $4.6 million during its opening weekend, and slotting in at # 2 in Japan last weekend, with a current estimated gross of $20.6 million. Given the relatively basement budgets of most anime, and the hoary competition from Hollywood (Spiderman 3000! Batman...AGAIN), this is welcome news. More importantly, it will help Hosoda-san continue to create.
We met at this 2007 event hosted by Ian Condry at Harvard and MIT in Cambridge/Boston. I am making plans now to interview him in advance of his latest film's US release.