Anno begins his career as an animator for the Macross series, his talent was not recognized until he had the opportunity to take part in the film Nausicaš of the Valley of the Wind by Hayao Miyazaki. Since they needed animators, Studio Ghibli published an announcement on the famous Japanese animation magazine Animage, and Anno, at the early twenties, rushed there. There he met Miyazaki and showed him some of his drawings. Impressed by Anno's work, Miyazaki hired him to draw some of the more complicated scenes towards the end of the film.
Miyazaki and his aides greatly appreciated the work of Anno, who after this experience founded the Gainax study together with former university mates, who was preparing to make his first feature film, Royal Space Force: The Wings of HonnÍamise (1987).
From the same studio came great works like Punta al Top! Gunbuster (1988) and The Mystery of the Blue Stone, again directed by Anno. Following was the turn of the project Neon Genesis Evangelion, the most important, most appreciated all over the world and project which is still inevitably linked to his name and that of the Gainax studio.
But beyond the animation, periods of depression, periods of unbridled otaku, awakening and introspection, Hideaki also throws on the cinema live-action directing some films including the appreciated Cutie Honey of 2004.