Couple of weeks ago, I was introduced to the works of Shinkai Makoto in an Anime Film Festival held here in Delhi.
Shinkai has been callled " the new Miyazaki" by the press; in my opinion,however, the two directors are too distinctive to be compared. Each in his own way leaves a mark, yet the way they choose to do so are completely different.
Miyazaki's narratives of wonder and fantasy, guide you to a world, which more often than not is viewed through the freedom of a child's imagination. His stories flow effortlessly as they inspire you towards a reality that surpasses the real. Miyazaki infuses the common with the fantastic, weaving fairytales into everyday objects, people and occurences.
In contrast, Shinkai uses his deliberate pace to construe narratives that are credibly real. His depictions of the common are hinged on subtleties of life that are overlooked, or at best, taken for granted. The strength of his characters are their realism, characters to which you can relate to without the slightest of effort. He extracts stories of modern life and emotions out of the ordinary. At times, Shinkai feels almost poetic..
[ Video extract from Byōsoku Go Senchimētoru (5 centimeters per second) by Shinkai Makoto ]