Hayao Miyazaki, Ghibli's Anime Legend, Retires at 72

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Hayao Miyazaki, Ghibli's Anime Legend, Retires at 72

The Wind Rises will be the last film ever produced by Miyazaki.

Anyone with even a passing interest in anime has heard the name "Miyazaki". Studio Ghibli's most prominent director, Hayao Miyazaki has produced countless anime classics, including My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, and Howl's Moving Castle. But it now looks like the legendary director's era is coming to an end, as the head of Studio Ghibli has announced at the Venice film festival that Miyazaki is retiring from the studio, aged 72.

"Miyazaki has decided that Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises) will be his last film, and he will now retire," said Koji Hoshino, head of Studio Ghibli. Hoshino didn't give any further details, but said that Miyazaki would hold an official briefing in Tokyo regarding his retirement in the near future.

Ghibli were showing Miyazaki's latest (and now, last) work: The Wind Rises at the film festival. The Wind Rises is a fictionalized account of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who created the famous Mitsubishi "Zero" fighter plane used in World War II. While it has attracted universal praise from fans and critics alike, it has unfortunately attracted some unwanted attention from Japanese Nationalists, who have a problem with the film's strong anti-war message.

Miyazaki's works have been incredibly influential not just on Japanese anime, but also Western animation. His films have become so popular in the west, that it is not uncommon for big name actors such as Liam Neeson and Christian Bale to lend their voices to English dubs of Miyazaki films.

The anime legend will surely be missed, but it is good to see him go out on a masterpiece like The Wind Rises.

Source: Straits Times

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I feel sad now. And kind of empty.
And also angry that I'm not going to be able to see this one in theaters, owing to the fact that they never release any foreign films in my state.
But mostly sad. This guy is something of a hero to me.

Well shit!

It was bound to happen, but when the moment finally arrives it's still disheartening. One of the last great traditional animators hangs his hat. Ghibli lost its master and commander. *salute*

I'm seriously wondering how that studio is gonna hold up without him though.

Kind of sad, but it has to happen eventually.

Who's going to send live weaponry to American film studios now? : (

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He's not 'allowed' to retire until he finds a suitable replacement.

Okay, that's just wishful thinking, but if Shigeru Miyamoto and Yoko Kanno announce their retirements I'm going to go crawl in a cave and cry.

I always thought he would die in the middle of creating one of his works, to see him bow out like this is rather like seeing the passing of an age.

Best of luck Mr Miyazaki.

It's sad to see home retire. I hope he finds a suitable replacement make sure the films that Studio Ghibli makes will be excellent. I kinda feel like John Lasseter should take over the role.

I am surprised that Hideaki Anno is voicing the main character.

Damn, that's a real pity. Studio Ghibli is an old favorite of mine, and I hate to see 'em go :(

Well that was a little out of the blue for me.

But considering I first misread this title as Miyazaki 'dying' instead of retiring, I guess things don't look quite so bleak.

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I always knew this day would eventually come, but it's depressing. Ever since I was a kid I've been watching his movies, and the beautiful animation work Studio Ghibli did for his films have always been an inspiration for me. I hope he has a good retirement and knows that his films won't be forgot!

Ah man.

At least he is retiring with a bang, Kaze Tachinu I heard is a pretty heavy hitter in more ways than one.

Well, he's one of the lucky few in the film industry who gets to retire without making one terrible shitfest that everyone hates you for, so there's something.

Well, shit, that's a shame.
But at least he's bowing out with dignity, and without any unfinished projects.
Sayonara, Miyazaki-sama.

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Hayao Miyazaki, you will be missed.

*misty-eyed salute* Thank you Mr. Miyazaki, for your immeasurable contribution to the worlds of film, animation, and imagination. Your influence will be felt for generations to come, and your legacy will live on forever!

ToastiestZombie:
Well, he's one of the lucky few in the film industry who gets to retire without making one terrible shitfest that everyone hates you for, so there's something.

That's a good way to look at it.

Sucks that he's retiring, but at least he's leaving on a high note, without any embarrassing blemishes on his head. He had the kind of career that most film makers would cut off all their limbs for.

Best of luck to you, Miyazaki. You've left us all with alot of fond memories.

Awwww, this man is a legend of writing and artistic direction, the industry will miss him.

Does... does this mean no Porco Rosso 2? Noooo...

Goddamn, this is really a shame. Ah well, good to see him go out on a high note.

Always thought his films were overrated so I'm not particularly sad. Maybe I'll check his last movie.

FFFFUUUUUUUUU--- ok, We all knew this was coming, but still... NOOOOOO... wait, this video exemplifies my feelings better than words ever could.

Goodbye Miyazaki-san, you will always be remembered.

*bows in honor*

Good luck with your retirement, Mr. Miyazaki. You earned every bit of it.

Didn't he retire once before already?

Either way, sad to see him go.

amusingly the main character in The Wind Rises is voiced by none other than Hideaki Anno, the creator of Evangelion. Anyway, Miyazaki has claimed to retire in the past but this one MIGHT stick due to him being in his seventies. The guy is one of the most important anime creators of all time and his works will be around for the ages.

It is a shame such a legend has stepped down from the director's chair, but I respect his choice and I wish Hayao Miyazaki the best. Your films will live on and inspire the next generation of Anime fans and filmmakers.

I find it humourous that someone would complain about the anti-war message in his latest film, where there are a number of Miyazaki's titles that were both gorgeous and anti- war:

Howl's Moving Castle
Naussica: Valley of the Wind
Princess Mononoke
Luputa: Castle in the Sky
Porco Rosso

And a few other titles, though not strictly involvig warfare, did depict the abuse of force and coercion. Anyone complaining about the anti-war message is probably a thug/psychopath of some kind.

Vzzdak:
I find it humourous that someone would complain about the anti-war message in his latest film, where there are a number of Miyazaki's titles that were both gorgeous and anti- war:

Howl's Moving Castle
Naussica: Valley of the Wind
Princess Mononoke
Luputa: Castle in the Sky
Porco Rosso

And a few other titles, though not strictly involvig warfare, did depict the abuse of force and coercion. Anyone complaining about the anti-war message is probably a thug/psychopath of some kind.

The criticism is probably due to Japan thinking about amending their constitution to allow an actual army instead of just the Self Defense Force. As such, they probably look at it as being critical of that. Also, Japan is probably one of the LEAST bloodthirsty countries around. There's a reason that aggressive people in anime are usually psychos and NOT looked at positively.

Vzzdak:
I find it humourous that someone would complain about the anti-war message in his latest film, where there are a number of Miyazaki's titles that were both gorgeous and anti- war:

Howl's Moving Castle
Naussica: Valley of the Wind
Princess Mononoke
Luputa: Castle in the Sky
Porco Rosso

And a few other titles, though not strictly involvig warfare, did depict the abuse of force and coercion. Anyone complaining about the anti-war message is probably a thug/psychopath of some kind.

All of those movies are tame in the anti war message compared to Miyazaki's Grave of the Fireflys. Now that is hard anti-war message. But beware, the movie is quite depressing.

Saucycarpdog:
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Miyazaki didn't make Grave of the Fireflies.

ToastedCorpser4Lunch:

Saucycarpdog:
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Miyazaki didn't make Grave of the Fireflies.

I think he may have just gotten confused since Studio Ghibli did it and Studio Ghibli might as well be a synonym for Hayao Miyazaki.

This makes me sad. I love his films. He's had plenty of success though and at 72.....I guess we need to let him rest. Thank you Mr. Miyazaki for all the greats films.

You know I still feel REALLY sorry about whoever heads Ghibli after he retires. Even if it's his son, it wouldn't matter (and it didn't, because it briefly happened). No one this generation will hold a candle to him, but everyone will be expecting Ghibli to create the same mountain of awesome without the brain behind the stories.

It might be close, but you'll never see Ghibli have the hit streak that it currently has for a long time. And I don't even mind if Goro takes the throne. Tales From Earthsea was apparently bad, but From Up On Poppy Hill was a much better second film... though I'm not sure it counts since he only directed it and Hayao wrote it.

It was bound to happen soon, but I still feel awfully bitter-sweet about it.

Thanks for everything, Miyazaki. Your work honestly changed the trajectory of my life. May you have just as much success in wherever life takes you now as you've had in animation.

I guess that's too bad.

Was never that huge a fan of his stuff to muster up much of a reaction. I can't deny his influence and directorial abilities, though. Studio Ghibli just don't do much for me personally.

Isn't this like the fifth or sixth time he's "retired" in the past ten years?

If he's actually finished, then yes, this is a sad day. However, if this was like the previous several, he'll be back for "just one more project" in a year or two.

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