Thanks for the article, Thor! Hisaishi is slowly coming closer to the top of my favourite composer list. But I much prefer his scores to live action movies to his anime scores.
I'm inclined to agree. While I love his Miyazaki scores, I feel his Takeshi Kitano scores, for example, have become 'overshadowed' somewhat. Every Hisaishi fan should own the Kitano compilation they did together.