Hayao Miyazaki No Longer Retiring… Again

This is the seventh time Miyazaki announced his retirement and then withdrew his statement (he announced his retirement in 1986, 1992, 1997, 2001, 2004, 2008 and, of course, this year and redacted each announcement).  The announcement was made on Japanese radio program on New Year’s Eve (鈴木敏夫のジブリ汗まみれスペシャル). Here’s a link to the blog post announcing this retirement withdrawal from Miyazaki (it’s in Japanese though so make sure you have translate on).

HE’S BREAKING MY HEART AND MENDING IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN. I DON’T KNOW HOW TO FEEL.

Many didn’t actually believe that Miyazaki would actually retire after his latest movie, The Wind Rises, and criticized this move as “retirement marketing”. However, Miyazaki’s “un-retirement” is not bad news at all since it simply means more Miyazaki films. Honestly, I don’t believe Miyzaki will ever retire if his body is still willing to let him work.  Being the head of Studio Ghibli has become such of big part of his identity that he will probably never willingly give that up. Since he is no longer retiring it also means that he will most likely be the head of the new Nausicaa sequel which was speculated to be directed by Hideako Anno (Evangelion director and voice for jiro in The Wind Rises). Good news for everybody.


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