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Sad News, Everyone: Hayao Miyazaki Is Retiring

You had better enjoy anime legend Hayao Miyazaki‘s next film, The Wind Rises, because it’ll be his last.

The news comes courtesy of Koji Hoshino, one of the heads of Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli. He said at the Venice Film Festival, where Miyazaki’s eleventh and, now, final film screened:

“Miyazaki has decided that Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises) will be his last film, and he will now retire.”

Moment of silence, everyone.

Miyazaki’s a pretty reclusive guy, which makes me think when he says he’s retiring he might actually stay retired, unlike, say, Steven Soderbergh, who’s said he’s retiring like twelve times and yet always makes new films afterwards. Plus, at 72, who can blame him for wanting to take it easy from now on?

So that’s it. With The Wind Rises, the legendary career that has seen such classics as Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor TotoroSpirited Away, and Howl’s Moving Castle to the screen will come to an end. Disney will be releasing the anime auteur’s final film, about World War II-era airplane designer Jiro Horikoshi, in the U.S., though a release date has not yet been announced. It came out in Japan back in July. If you’re up for feeling sad, you can re-watch the English subtitled trailer here.

(via: Variety)

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  • Ashe

    An incredible man. I’ve looked up to him and his works ever since I was a little kid. Not enough words to express what his movies have meant to me and how they’ve inspired my own art.

    If anyone’s earned a retirement, it’s him.

  • Mark Brown

    Honestly, I think the writing was on the wall when he brought in Hiromasa Yonebashi to direct Arrietty –people were taking it as a passing of the torch.

    He certainly deserves the rest. Arigato gozaimasu, Miyazaki-sama.

  • Anonymous

    I would be quite shattered now if Miyazaki has not said he would retire half a dozen times over the last decade. I’m not saying that he doesn’t mean it (and really is retiring now) but he usually came back in the past after some years so I take this news with a bit of salt.

    Nevertheless: What a great a story-teller! And what a great animator! I grew up with his drawing long before he put up a business of his own with Studio Ghibli. I remember watching the old “Heidi”-TV-series in the end of the 70s. I would wish that he would at least oversee the production of the recently talked about sequel to “Nausicäa” that film whose success almost 30 years ago financed the basis of Studio Ghibli. It would be such a great “farewell” from him. I really would wish that he would do that.

    In any way, whatever he may do in the future my warm blessings may accompany him!

  • Ashe

    Yeah, I remember he mentioned retirement a handful of years back. But, to be fair, he’s getting on in his years. If it’s not now, it will be very soon.

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  • Emily Walton

    Yeah, I thought he already had retired, and that Ponyo was his last film.

  • totz the plaid

    This will be his tenth original film (I don’t count “The Castle of Cagliostro” as an original work since that’s part of the Lupin III franchise), and he’s pretty much helped shape the world of modern Anime. It’s sad to see that he’s retiring, but he’s more than earned it.

    I can’t say that I’m fully surprised, though. He did recently ask Hideaki Anno (of Evangelion fame) to produce a sequel to Nausicaa, his first major original work, which seemed a bit odd.

    I know it’s incredibly, incredibly unlikely that he’ll see this article, much less my comment, but…

    Thank you, Miyazaki-san.

  • Anonymous

    I am so glad I was able to see him speak at Comic-Con a few years ago! It was a great moment. He’s such a lovely man with a kind soul.

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  • Sabrina

    lol, that was my first thought as well. He’s retiring? Again?

    But yeah, he deserves all the praise and a nice retirement.

  • Kevin Soy

    My Uncle Colin just got a new Subaru Impreza WRX only from working part-time off a macbook. reference


  • Anonymous

    Yup, I’d be more inclined to believe he was truly retiring if he hadn’t been announcing retirements since the end of Princess Mononoke :) But best to him if he means it this time.

  • Sean

    b..b…but what about the Porco Rosso sequel? I…I..I wanted the porco rosso sequel…..

    WAaaaahhhh! wahhhhh! Waaaaaahhhhhhhhh!!!!

  • Raiden

    I haven’t been this upset in a long time. . . I’m gonna need a minute.

  • Bat Weasel

    As much as he says he is. I seriously doubt he means it this time. If he does, I wish him the best and he will be surely missed. DIsney might as well focus on Marvel and Star Wars since they have not made Mononoke into a Disney Princess :(

  • Bat Weasel

    Exactly, other directors put sex appeal in their animes followed by making it into bits of risque humor. Miyazaki has never went to stoop low for an audience. And that is why he will be surely missed.

  • Amanda Cox

    Um, that thing about Steven Soderbergh “retiring” every few years? That’s kinda been Miyazaki’s schtick for awhile now. He’s said he was going to retire not once, but four separate times. He’s publicly announced his retirement after Sprited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Ponyo, and yet he came back to write The Secret World of Arrietty, co-wrote From Up on Poppy Hill, and directed and wrote Kaze Tachinu. My guess is that now is a much more appropriate time for him to retire, given the success of his son’s second film and a few other rising and past stars coming out of the woodwork (Isao Takahata, the director of Grave of the Fireflies, will return with the Legend of Princess Kaguya)….but I wouldn’t put it past him to return to the studio at least one more time, in some capacity.

  • Dessa Brewington

    Never know. Ghibli might make the sequel and just have Miyazaki around as an occasional consultant. Ghibli has made some damn fine films without Miyazaki, so there’s a chance something like that could be good.

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  • Emily Hill

    If he’s anything like Jim Henson he’ll be back

  • frodobatmanvader

    Yeah, exactly. Miyazaki is like the Michael Jordan of “I’m gonna retire, for-reelz” (yes, Michael Jordan finally *did* retire, but my point remains).

  • Raiden

    Hideaki Anno? Don’t get me wrong, Anno is a great director. But he’s on the opposite side of the creative spectrum from Miyazaki. The Creative differences he had with Miyazaki are what made him leave Ghibli for Gainax in the first place.

    Miyazaki’s films are always optimistic and contain spiritual overtones, Anno’s works are usually dark, and nihilistic. Miyazaki’s films are all about Childlike Charm, Anno’s works are about Sex appeal.

    I mean, I’d love to see it, just to return to the world of Nausicaa, But If Anno is connected, I hope he is at least respectful to Miyazaki’s original vision.

  • Anonymous

    Or Cher.

  • totz the plaid

    Disney just has a distribution deal with Ghibli. Making any of their characters into products would require a whole new contract negotiation.

  • totz the plaid

    Oh, as much as I LOVE Evangelion, I agree that it makes Anno seem like a terrible choice.

    However, don’t forget that Anno was working his way out of a suicidal level of depression while the original Evangelion was being made. And don’t forget the ultimate message given to Shinji by Lilith/Rei/Kaworu during Instrumentality in EoE: as long as life goes on, it’s possible to find love and happiness.

    If Anno brought that message as a central theme to a Nausicaa sequel, I think it could be fantastic.

    I haven’t read the original manga by Miyazaki, so I don’t know if it would fit the plot of that, but it could still make a good movie, I think.

  • Anonymous

    On the other hand: Nadia. Concept by Hayao Miyazaki, directed by Hideaki Anno. It worked out pretty well—gives me confidence in this hypothetical sequel.

  • Anonymous

    Well, he’s given many of us a lot of joy. I doubt it will/hope it won’t stick, but if it does: congratulations on a great career, Mr. Miyazaki, and thanks.

  • Anonymous

    It’s sad to see him go, to be sure, but I think that image of Chihiro sums it up. Sure, he’s leaving, but he’s leaving with a smile. He’s been in animation for 50 years and has made nothing but fantastic work. It’s time to finally throw in the towel.

    And, though I haven’t seen it yet, the plot of The Wind Rises makes it seem like a very good note to go out on.

  • Bat Weasel

    Ohh okay.

  • totz the plaid

    That too!