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  1. Hayao Miyazaki retires from film making

    #632052013-09-02 21:09:54 *awkwardangels said:


    Studio Ghibli President Koji Hoshino announced on Sunday that studio founder and world-renowned anime filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki will "retire from the production of feature-length films." The announcement was made during a press conference at Italy's Venice Film Festival, one of the three most prestigious film festivals in the world. Ghibli's announcement does not rule out the possibility of Miyazaki working on shorter projects or other endeavors.

    The 72-year-old director's 11th and latest feature film, The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu), has been playing in theaters in Japan since July 20. The film was nominated in the competitive program at the Venice Film Festival, which is running from August 28 to September 7.

    Miyazaki rose to prominence in the 1970s on such television anime series as Lupin III, Future Boy Conan, and Sherlock Hound. He directed his first feature film, Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro, in 1979. He then adapted the beginning of his Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind manga into an anime film in 1984, before he and fellow director Isao Takahata founded Studio Ghibli.

    With Ghibli, Miyazaki helmed the feature films Laputa: Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Porco Rosso, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, Ponyo, and finally, The Wind Rises. He also co-produced Takahata's directorial efforts and directed smaller projects such as the "experimental film" On Your Mark and Ghibli Museum Shorts such as Mei and the Kitten Bus and Mr. Dough and the Egg Princess.

    TL;LR: Miyazaki retires from film making after 50 years. Miyazaki might possibly do shorts in the future, we don't know yet however. Either way; this is still incredibly sad, but the man deserves this after all the amazing films he's done. Studio Ghibli's fate is up in the air, but I hope it continues living on.

  2. #632062013-09-02 21:35:57MrTingles said:

    He's had a very fulfilling career, and he shall be missed.

    My only request is that you embed a picture of the man himself on the thread's opening post, just to make it a little more presentable, alright? Thanks!

  3. #632202013-09-03 08:15:18 *Kirn said:

    Well, damn.

    You know, back when I just started watching anime, I had no means to download it, so I bought it from another guy who made it his business to steal anime from the internet, burn it on CDs and sell it to people like me. For him that was a good business and he took time to find out about good animes to offer to his clients. So, while I didn't really know anything about anime at that time, he already knew what to give me. And thanks to that guy I saw Totoro and Spirited Away very early, which contributed to my good taste in anime.

    For me Hayao Miyazaki works are among my favorite animes. Not all of them are on the same level. For example, Moving Castle, while being a very good anime, is still better as an original book. But things like Totoro, Mononoke, Porco Rosso, Spirited Away, Whisper of the Heart... well, those things are truly the ones holding all the anime magic in them. Hell, it's not only anime, too! Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is one of the most awesome mangas ever!

    Well, all in all I expected him do retire from big animations soon. I am glad that before that he still did some more movies, including his work on From Up on Poppy Hill - it reminded me a bit of the Whisper of the Heard, and this was much better result from Gorō Miyazaki's directing this time. I am yet to see The Wind Rises though, but I am pretty sure it would also be damn good. And I know I will miss his works in the future.

  4. #637222013-09-19 02:07:49Toku said:

    I lost track of my love for Japanese animation after the fall of the original Adult Swim and shows such as Rurouni Kenshin, Yu Yu Hakushou, and others. Watching Princess Mononoke reintroduced me to my favorite genre and through it I have found SOA and Durarara. I shall miss this man, and I hope that his son continues working on projects, and that Disney doesn't cannibalize Ghibli. Thanks :3

  5. #640802013-09-29 09:18:05schmidt said:

    Oh, all those walls of text all over the internets would look so ridiculous if the guy announces yet another movie, just as he's done several (or so) times before.

  6. #668752013-12-03 16:48:08 *Rinneko said:

    I suppose I've been extremely out of date. This is the first I've heard of this.

    Hayao Miyazaki is practically my childhood. When I announced my interest in anime (kindled by the late-night anime broadcasts on the kids' channel), my father made it a point to bring out all the Hayao Miyazaki DVDs he had stashed. I ran through those animes at the speed of light, loving them all to the end.

    The Hayao Miyazaki animes are not in my usual scope of genres. However, I still enjoy them immensely. He will be missed. :"(