some of the people who do recognize him consider him as "the next Miyazaki". as much as i'm a loyal fan of the master himself, in terms of art i would dare say that Shinkai surpasses Hayao Miyazaki on that level.
see for yourself.
i have no doubt this video clip will leave you nothing short of breathless...
5 Centimeters Per Second .:25MB
he singlehandedly made a brilliant award-winning very moving 25-minute piece (Voices of a Distant Star) a few years ago. two years ago he made a full-feature length film (Beyond the Clouds, A Place Promised in our Early Days) boasting astounding animation which was also received very well. this is his latest project.
(Visit the official site @ 5cm.yahoo.co.jp)