The anime world is in shock with the news that one of the biggest visionary directors and story tellers has mentioned retirement. Hayao Miyazaki, one of the founders of Studio Ghibli, the animation studio that has produced some sublime feature films has announced he will be retiring.
The shock announcement came via Koji Hoshino, President of Studio Ghibli, at the Italy Venice Film Festival. Miyazaki san will be calling it quits on feature films with The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu) being his last piece of work. No further specifics were given as to they this is coming about now. However, Hayao’s career has seen some amazing films created from My Neighbour Totoro, Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle just to name a few and at 72 years of age, his career stretches over 50 years.
While feature films are now a thing of the past for him, perhaps we’ll see his creative energy put towards other exciting endeavours.