Mamoru Hosoda is a Japanese animator and director. He was born on September 19, 1967 in the district of Nakaniikawa, in Toyama.
Since 2005 he is part of the cast of the popular animation studio Madhouse, where he has made his most important titles, also internationally: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Summer Wars.
After the period devoted to artistic studies at the University of Kanazawa, Hosoda tried to enter the staff of Studio Ghibli, but without succeeding. So since 1991 he works at Toei Animation, where he collaborated in the realization of animation series like Dragon Ball Z (1993), Slam Dunk (1994-95) and Sailor Moon (1996). In the second half of the 90s he worked mainly as a storyboarder until 1999, when he began his career as a director. The first titles to direct are feature films derived from the Digimon series (1999 and 2000).
Eventually Hosoda also arrives in the studios where he wanted to work immediately after completing his studies, the Studio Ghibli, called to work at Howl's Moving Castle. But the agreement skips and he returns to the animated series and direction of feature films, with One Piece - Movie 6 (2005).
After this last work he also left Toei Animation to works as free lance. In this period he approaches the Madhouse studio where he realizes in 2006 The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and in 2009 Summer Wars, both as director, collecting a great success also in the international field.