It's already January 21st in Japan, which means that it's the birthday of Mamoru Nagano (57), Taku Iwasaki (49), and Goro Miyazaki (50)!
A designer, a musician, and a director. Two are eccentric moody geniuses while one is the forgotten son of a moody eccentric genius. Hopefully they continue to live long and give us more work to remember them by.
There was some meme VA's birthday today too, but who cares about her?
Lots of people are pissy about Nagano because he falls into the "pretentious author who thinks he's too good for anime" trope. Which is true to a certain extent. Unfortunately since Nagano is so obscure no one knows much factual evidence about him and his works and therefore most of the things written about him that started out as jokes ends up being the real thing and hurts his reputation considerably in the west. It's not like Miyazaki or Anno or Tomino shitposting where most of their works and interviews are easily accessible.