Has been hailed by critics as being the new or next Hayao Miyazaki.
One of his favorite animes is Hayao Miyazaki 's Castle in the Sky (1986).
Preparing for his next film. [December 2009]
His favourite anime is Toradora! (2008) and his favourite voice actor is Rie Kugimiya, who voices Aisaka Taiga in that show.
Frequently casts Risa Mizuno and Kazuhiko Inoue in his works.
He cites sci-fi writers Haruki Murakami and Ray Bradbury and experimental filmmaker Shunji Iwai as an influence on his work.
His favourite novel is Haruki Murakami's "Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World.".
Father of Chise Niitsu.