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Fans Vote on Their Favorite Anime Directors Post-Miyazaki

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge

In the post-Miyazaki era, moviegoers are wondering which director can take the impossibly impressive mantle left behind. The poll website Goo Ranking decided to find out by asking 8,585 fans which anime director is their favorite now that Hayao Miyazaki has retired. Surprisingly, Miyazaki's son, Goro Miyazaki, was the number one choice despite mixed critical reception of his works Tales from Earthsea and From Up On Poppy Hill. The elder Miyazaki's friend, star in The Wind Rises, and renowned director of Neon Genesis Evangelion Hideaki Anno took second place followed by Mamoru Hosoda, director of Wolf Children and Summer Wars.

Also an interesting side note: No female directors made the list.

Top 20 Favorite Directors Post-Miyazaki

Rank Director Works
1 Goro Miyazaki Tales from Earthsea, From Up On Poppy Hill
2 Hideaki Anno Neon Genesis Evangelion
3 Mamoru Hosoda Summer Wars, Wolf Children, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
4 Mamoru Oshii Patlabor, Ghost in the Shell, The Sky Crawlers
5 Katsuhiro Otomo Akira, Steamboy, Combustible
6 Makoto Shinkai 5 Centimeters Per Second, The Garden of Words, Voices of a Distant Star
7 Yoshiyuki Tomino Gundam franchise original creator
8 Gisaburô Sugii Astro Boy, Touch, Nine
9 Hiroyuki Morita The Cat Returns, Bokurano
10 Goro Taniguchi Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
11 Seiji Mizushima Fullmetal Alchemist, Shaman King
12 Tsutomu Mizushima Genshiken, Blood-C, Girls und Panzer
13 Akiyuki Shinbo Madoka Magica, Monogatari series, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha
14 Yutaka Yamamoto Lucky Star, Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens, Senyū.
15 Keiichi Hara Shin-chan, Colorful
16 Hiromasa Yonebayashi The Secret World of Arrietty
17 Junichi Sato Sailor Moon, Aria the Animation, Kaleido Star
18 Tatsuyuki Nagai anohana, A Certain Scientific Railgun, My-HiME
19 Hiroyuki Okiura Jin-Roh - The Wolf Brigade, A Letter to Momo
20 Other


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