I’ve just posted my latest article on Filmwell. Titled “The Next Miyazaki?,” it’s an attempt to address the question raised by Mark Schilling’s review of Mamoru Hosoda’s Summer Wars, specifically: who is going to replace Miyazaki as the “king” of animé? It’s a fun question to discuss and debate and writing the article gave me a chance to reflect on a few of the other great voices working in animé today.
On a related note, I came across this quote from Miyazaki — taken from a 2005 interview with The Guardian’s Xan Brooks — that for me, sums up so much of why I love the man’s films and why I find them so powerful and affecting:
Personally I am very pessimistic. But when, for instance, one of my staff has a baby you can’t help but bless them for a good future. Because I can’t tell that child, “Oh, you shouldn’t have come into this life.” And yet I know the world is heading in a bad direction. So with those conflicting thoughts in mind, I think about what kind of films I should be making.