Hayao Miyazaki. To what I owe this man for his amazing films and plot lines, characters and animation. My favorite film of all time, Spirited Away, was, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful anime films I had ever seen. I instantly fell in love with his style and direction and watching the film left me wanting more. The Studio Ghibli collection will forever stay in my heart, true whimsical and wonderful films that all ages could enjoy.
His films speak on a deeper level as well, making the viewer question certain values and lifestyles. I believe these films can be taken for much more than face value to really dissect and analyze society and its flaws. With Nausicaa: Valley of the Winds, the film may have its fantasy qualities but its overarching themes of anti-war and environmental awareness are relevant even today. This theme continues in his film Princess Mononoke, also addressing the issue of being aware of the environment and our impact. Some other themes in his films include coming of age, vulnerability, humanity, and technology. I believe his films speak to major themes and issues that can still be addresses and would recommend any of his films for one to see. I love them!