Makoto Shinkai Coming to Los Angeles On November 19!

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Crunchyroll announced today a special one-day-only private pop-up installation exploring the complete works of celebrated Japanese animation filmmaker Makoto Shinkai.

MAKOTO SHINKAI: A Journey from “Voices of a Distant Star” through “Suzume” presented by Crunchyroll, in cooperation with CoMix Wave Film, STORY, inc, and TOHO Co., Ltd., will be held at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on Sunday, November 19, and will feature a special appearance by the award-winning auteur director. 

MAKOTO SHINKAI: A Journey from “Voices of a Distant Star” through “Suzume” is organized by Crunchyroll, in cooperation with CoMix Wave Film, STORY, inc, and TOHO Co., Ltd., and will present artwork and materials from eight of Makoto Shinkai’s cinematic masterpieces, starting with “Voices of a Distant Star” (2002) through his latest critically acclaimed film “Suzume” (2023). Guests of the event will be treated to not only his creative process – from initial proposals and early sketches to design, including storyboard, animation renderings, and final film materials – but also will traverse his growth as an animation artist and storyteller, particularly following the aftermath of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, which profoundly affected his approach to his work. An accompanying film retrospective in the Academy Museum’s Ted Mann Theater will allow Crunchyroll’s guests to delve deeper into the world he creates. 

About the installation:

Makoto Shinkai is one of Japan’s leading animators and has been writing, animating and directing films for over 20 years. His recent full-length animated films, Your Name. (2016) and Weathering with You (2019) and this year’s Suzume (2023), have been attracting huge audiences and gaining critical acclaim around the world. Combining imaginative storytelling with exquisitely textured animation, Shinkai explores themes like loneliness, distance, loss and longing, and our complex relationship with the natural world. His masterfully conceived real and science fiction worlds are filled with characters whose journeys and emotions resonate within us all. 

For listings:

MAKOTO SHINKAI: A Journey from “A Voices of a Distant Star” through “Suzume”

Presented by Crunchyroll

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

Private Pop-up Gallery Installation & Accompanying Film Retrospective

Sunday, November 19, 2023

11:30am – 3:00pm

A special one-day, RSVP-only pop-up gallery installation and film retrospective featuring the works of visionary Japanese animation filmmaker Makoto Shinkai ( “Suzume,” “Your Name.”), with an appearance by the filmmaker. Additional details forthcoming.

RSVPs will open at 10am PT on Monday, November 6. For more information and to RSVP, please visit:, and for general questions, please reach out to

Film Retrospective Screening Schedule:

10:30am Public Screening of Weathering with You (2019)

1:30pm Private Screening of Suzume (2023)

5:15pm Public Screening of Your Name. (2016)

About Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll, LLC is an independently operated joint venture between US-based Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Japan’s Aniplex, a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc., both subsidiaries of Tokyo-based Sony Group.

Films distributed and marketed by Crunchyroll – domestically and internationally – have a proven track record of both box office and critical success. Not only have Crunchyroll films seen box office success, but have also been recognized with numerous awards accolades and been accepted and screened at international film festivals around the globe.



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