The Hayao Miyazaki retirement press conference has just ended and what an hour and a half it was! Everyone who watched on NicoNico (nearly 200,000 people in the English and Japanese channels combined) saw director and co-founder Toshio Suzuki, producer and head of Studio Ghibli Koji Hoshino alongside director and co-founder Hayao Miyazaki. Future plans for the creator and studio, reasons for his ultimate retirement and much more was discussed in this Q/A session in Tokyo.
It started awkwardly and with one-word replies, but at the end, Mr. Miyazaki opened up and began saying the things he feels to be important. First of all, his main reason for retiring – his advanced age and the fact that doing what he’s been doing for the last 40 years takes him much longer. For an example, and an obvious one that is, he mentioned the time he needed for the completion of his Castle of Cagliostro movie- 4 months and compared it to the time he needed to finish Kaze Tachinu – 5 years. The difference, of course, is immense.
Chronologically speaking, the questions had a weak impact on the trio, but then started to create what ambiance was needed to make the renowned directors and producer open up. Starting from his possible work in the Ghibli Museum (as an exhibition item, as Miyazaki-sama joked) and his love for Italy, he then went on about how the young generation is working in Ghibli.
Hearing a joke by Miyazaki-san is something rare, but something even rarer is hearing a rumour be confirmed – Studio Ghibli is working on another movie, which should come out in 2014. There was no additional information about it, but both Toshio Suzuki and Hayao Miyazaki confirmed it.
As a final word on this conference, I would like to tell you that he said:”I might not be working in the studio any longer, but I am planning on visiting it daily” or he will be doing it for some time at least. I just hope that this great animator and director manages to find a new line in life he can follow as strongly and feel as passionate about; that he will meet many positive people and hear all the great words children and grown ups have to say about his and Ghibli’s works and impact on their own lives.