Ever since world famous director Hayao Miyazaki retired from the animation industry in 2013, fans have speculated who the Oscar-winner's heir will be. Some regard Summer Wars and The Boy and The Beast director Mamoru Hosoda as a shoe-in, but others have begun eyeing Makoto Shinkai, director of the recent feature your name., which has found enormous financial success in Japan. The film has earned enough to even be on par with Miyazaki's features, in fact.
In an interview with the UK-based site Express, Shinkai addressed the rumors that he might take the reins at Studio Ghibli.
"No and I don't think they'd even ask me," he said. Shinkai elaborated that his style and Studio Ghibli's are really nothing alike. He answered humbly that Ghibli's films are about "craftsmanship" that bring characters to life while his are "a series of stop-motions."
The director has expressed a similar view about his work before when he appeared on a Japanese television program. He said he was worried that individuals would associate your name.'s financial success with his abilities, something that he doesn't think is proportional.