Renowned anime producer and director Hayao Miyazaki, co-founder of the famous Studio Ghibli, will be retiring from the production of feature-lenght movies. This was announced during Ghibli’s Venice Film Fest panel. This news does not denounce the possibility of Miyazaki working as a director, original creator or an expert in various projects.
As a creator, 72-year-old Hayao Miyazaki has given a lot to the anime world including titles such as Howl’s Moving Castle, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Totoro, Laputa, Nausicaä, Porco Rosse, Ponyo and Kaze Tachinu. Through his many titles and co-founded studio Ghibli, he has achieved great successes for the Japanese animation as a whole. It was because of Ghibli an Miyazaki’s titles that the world came to know of how heavy anime can be, how beautifully drawn a world can be and how imperfections can turn out to be amazing.
Although his son, Goro Miyazaki is walking on the same path to greatness with his achievements with Gedo Senki and From up on Poppy Hill, there is not really a way to fill in the spot of this great man in rumours, discussions and various topics around anime. The otaku world loves to discuss Miyazaki – does his work do justice to anime, should he be hate for the similar graphics, are his topics badly chosen, is he the greatest director to have been born in the anime world? At some point, everyone has talked about Miyazaki.
His latest, and probably last production project Kaze Tachinu is running in theatres across Japan since 20th July. It has set several attendance records and brought charm and thoughts to the minds of many people who have had the chance to view it.
I personally wish him all the best and let him continue make us all happy and allow us to watch good anime! He will surely continue to influence the works of Studio Ghibli in other roles as he is without a doubt one of the most diverse creators.
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