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Animation is a very successful business and there are numerous animators that are involved in the making of this industry a prosperous one. There is an endless list of animators that I can name who have portrayed excellent work in through their films and character designs. Out of all these animators Hayao Miyazaki is my favorite one. His variation in work and consistent improvement over the years has left me spellbound and completely amazed. He is one of Japan’s greatest animation directors. The entertaining plots, compelling characters, and breathtaking animation in his films have earned him international renown from critics as well as public recognition within Japan.

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Some of his best work include Spirited away, My neighbor Totoro, Howl’s moving castle, Ponyo and many more. He has earned a long string of awards which include the academy award for honorary mention, best animator for the feature film Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (2001).

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In 1971, he moved to the A Pro studio with Isao Takahata, then to Nippon Animation in 1973, where he was heavily involved in the World Masterpiece Theater TV animation series for the next five years. In 1978, he directed his first TV series, Future Boy Conan (1978) (Conan, The Boy in Future), then moved to Tôkyô Movie Shinsha in 1979 to direct his first movie, the classic The Castle of Cagliostro (1979). In 1984, he released Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984), based on the manga (comic) of the same title he had started two years before. Another great thing about his work is that he has always portrayed excellent dedication towards all the animation fed in the films altogether.

Every single time we get to see something new in his work and that is one of the reasons why he has maintained his reputation in the industry in such a coherent manner altogether. In addition to animation, Miyazaki also draws manga. His major work was the Nausicaä manga, an epic tale he worked on intermittently from 1982 to 1984 while he was busy making animated films. Another manga, Hikoutei Jidai, was later evolved into his 1992 film Porco Rosso (1992).

In 2002, American film critic Roger Ebert suggested that Miyazaki may be the best animation filmmaker in history, praising the depth and artistry of his films. In November 2014, Miyazaki was awarded an Honorary Academy Award for his impact on animation and cinema. He is the second Japanese filmmaker to win this award, after Akira Kurosawa in 1990. He might be the only animator in the entertainment industry who has shown so much of versatile work.

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