Studio Ghibli has announced world-renowned director Hayao Miyazaki “is retiring from making feature films,” throwing the future of Studio Ghibli into immediate doubt.

Coming just as his latest work was being shown in Venice and amidst numerous nominations for top awards, the timing of the announcement has proven unusual to say the least.

Amongst anime fans there has been some dismay, not least as to how the studio can possibly survive such a blow and how many times a director can keep retiring:


“Ghibli is finished then…”

“How many times is he going to retire?”

“He’ll be back, again.”

“When he retires it is more like that of a pro-wrestler or politician.”

“He’s not supposed to be retiring until he has a half decent apprentice at least.”

“Once he wants to make another movie he’ll just start up again.”

“This is the first time he has officially announced it like this though. I think he is serious.”

“He looked pretty frail when he appeared on the NHK though.”

“I think this time his age may be a factor.”

“He only said ‘feature length’ films. So expect his next movie to be 80 minutes long.”

“After Howl he has not made much of note, well done and goodbye.”

“After Kiki it was all onanism for this guy. Would like to see a TV series from him though.”

“In ’86 after Laputa he said he’d retire, then in ’92 with Porco Rosso it was his last, next it was Mononoke Hime in ’97 which was his finale, then Howl in ’04, but in ’08 with Ponyo he said he’d keep at it. Now in ’13 the NHK runs his retiral as their top story, what are we to make of all this?”

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    Comment by Anonymous
    09:10 02/09/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Jesus, hes 72, he can retire if he wants to. Some people don't even make it to their 70s.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:07 02/09/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    He should retire and enjoy life. He worked for so many years and he deserve it.

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    Comment by cats2
    18:46 02/09/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Well, in Miyazaki's case he might honestly just be tired of everything.

    He's spoken out about everything from what anime has become, females in the industry, and even ipad's.

    But with his track record, who knows.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:52 02/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.3)

    hell no. retiring kills people. people die real fast once they dont have a driving purpose in life anymore. retirement is toxic to the human condition

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:28 02/09/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    That's what hobbies are for. As long as when you retire, you have something you're passionate about to keep you going, you'll be fine. In fact - you're more likely to live longer due to the reduced stress. Let the man retire and enjoy the rest of his life, he deserves it!

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    Comment by Yamato
    13:16 02/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "hell no. retiring kills people."

    The old cliche suggests death occurring precisely one day before retirement ("retirony", as The Simpsons coined it).

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:21 03/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're full of shit, you're the reason why young people can't get jobs. NOBODY wants to retire to allow new blood to get hired.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:51 03/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    so what?
    People are getting too bloody old nowadays anyway, and it´s not like Japan has a shortage of grumpy old folks...

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:38 02/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    So he will be directing movies as a hobby now? And we will toss money at him for no specific reason when the movie is out.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:40 02/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    That only applies when getting killed on the job is a sufficiently high occupational hazard that the hiring process involves warning the employee that they might not live long enough to retire -- jobs like cops, firefighters, military, and skyscraper window washers.

    Animators and anime movie directors generally are unlikely to die on the job as a direct result of doing their job (unless you count suicidal depression as a result of working with Anno) so "retirony" doesn't apply here, unless Miyazaki tries to send Disney another katana but fumbles it and cuts a major artery.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:09 03/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    "He should retire and enjoy life. He worked for so many years and he deserve it."

    He seems to enjoy doing what he does. Are you saying he should stop enjoying himself and look for activities which may not be as enjoyable?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:11 03/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    "To those for whom work is life, there' no enjoyment outside of it"

    Most people don't get the point. For most of us, work is just an annoying thing that we must go through to get money. That is why retirement allows us to finally enjoy life by spending all that money that we've been saving up through working. But for some minority of people, their entire purpose in life is defined through work (my father one of them). This is especially true in case of artists and creative people. I can't imagine them being too happy in retirement, they just feel useless and without purpose. Yes taking up a hobby helps somewhat, but it doesn't feel like an end for someone who knows he's got a very limited amount of years to live and wants to accomplish something with them.

    I've seen many old people. Most of them are dead inside even though they aren't yet expired physically. The very small minority that aren't in this senile pre-death limbo, are either working or exceptionally active with their lives.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:14 22/04/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Even outside the creative careers there is a lot of people who honestly enjoy their work and after retirement feel useless.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    11:54 03/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm going to miss his full length films. There was only one I didn't like, and the rest were pretty good. I also liked that he was one of the few people in Japan who stood up for what he believed (without needing other people to back him) and wasn't a coward with his opinions about society.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:38 02/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I remember him commenting he was training someone to replace him years ago. I am sure the studio will survive.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:05 03/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You can't train into creativity. You either have it or you don't.

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    Comment by kintama00
    09:26 02/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    huh even 60 is smth nowadays..

    Comment by Anonymous

    72 is young. Don't forget Japanese have the longest life expectancy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:43 03/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Not after Fukushima, they don't.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:52 03/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Living longer does not mean older ages become younger. He's still a senior and should be able to enjoy retirement.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:07 02/09/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Meh, could never get into Studio Ghibli's stuff... I know they are quite popular and all... but meh, this news won't affect me in the least.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:23 02/09/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Thank you KFC man.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:47 02/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Btw, Mononoke was his last decent work.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:53 05/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nonsense. Howl and Spirited Away were works of art.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:09 02/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    IMO he made some great movies, some okayish movies, and even bad/really mediocre movies. I can say the same about Ghibli as a whole: great movies AND mediocre ones exist.

    Miyazaki might have been a pioneer in the industry, and together with Ghibli he created some masterpieces, but IMO both are overrated/-hyped.
    Now that Miyazaki "seems" to retire, one can only wonder what will happen to Ghibli. AFAIK they have two other directors, one being his son (who created a bad and a mediocre work), the other creating several good movies.

    Well, we'll see what will happen and whether Hayao returns yet again or not. Maybe he's ill and wants to retire before death? (he looks like he could be ill).
    So... fans will hate me for my comment, but who cares. I'm not a hater, just saying my personal opinion. And it's true that some of Miyazaki/Ghibli's works are mediocre!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:19 03/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    What artist does have a perfect track record? Even Leonardo da Vinci had some utterly lousy paintings and Akira Kurosawa mediocre films. That doesn't diminish their status at top of the class. I hate to sound like a fanboy, but name an animator with an equal level of artistic influence and successful works. The only others I could think of are Mamoru Oshii and Satoshi Ken. One has a fraction of a portfolio of Miyazaki and the other, regrettably won't be making any more films.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:10 02/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    lololololololololololololol The fact that it takes only one person's retirement to throw their future into doubt just says SOOOOO much about how terrible the company really is. I don't know much about them, but it sounds like they should've died long ago.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:17 02/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    This is at least the fourth time he's "retired."

    The first was in '98, after the release of Mononoke Hime and Yoshifumi Kondou's sudden, premature death. That scared him, but in the end, without Kondou, and with Isao Takahata (five years older than Miyazaki) winding down as well, the studio needed Miyazaki.

    The second was after Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi, which was supposed to be his final film. Once again, though, with Takahata being inactive, it would have left Ghibli without and active director.

    The Third was after Howl's Moving Castle, when they tried to transition to his son Gorou. Tales from Earthsea put an end to that experiment.

    Even after Ponyo, I think it was widely believed that he was done directing, if not necessarily writing.

    He'll be back yet again, because Ghibli still doesn't have anyone else. Gorou has been on a short leash ever since the Earthsea debacle. Hiromasa Yonebayashi has directed, but lacks writing credentials. It says something about the studio's prospects that Takahata has his first film since 1999 coming out in November, by which time he'll be 78.

    Unless and until Ghibli can find a competent successor, he'll keep getting dragged back into the productions. He'll probably die making films.

    Comment by Anonymous

    But Takahata with his Grave of the Fireflies is a god. So it's still OK.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:02 03/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Now he can focus on his other hobby, being mastermind leader of evil foreign chicken legs selling restaurant.

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    Comment by MeruP
    16:14 02/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Finally. No more these movies that westerners like so much and that can't be really called anime.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:19 03/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because it lacks the huge shiny eyes, the ridiculous hairstyles, and the jiggly T&A that 99% of shit produced in Japan has?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:57 03/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I always find childish hypocrisy and tantrums of japs and anti-american shits amusing as fuck.

    And now they are whining about not intervening in syria. What a bunch of mouthy fools

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:07 03/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    06:03 No proper response? LOL typical fuck

    Ask yourself that question next time you get that irresistible bitch urge to squeal about 'americans' like you know something.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:03 03/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Do you get paid for being this moronic?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:30 03/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    because it isnt a goddamned motherfucking awful shiny shounen ? nothing but a wandering joke of an avatar?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:38 03/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    So it's not anime because non-otaku like it and because it doesn't pander to the lowest common denominator?

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    Comment by ChipPanDanChan
    17:12 02/09/2013 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    You mean these Japanese-animated movies that are beloved and box office winners in their homeland can't be considered 'Anime'? Why, because they're not loaded with barely distinguishable massive titted characters frotteur-pandering fanservice? You're a tube.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:31 03/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Those are the only anime the general public cares about. Most of the crap you see featured on this website is for otaku and perverts, you know, niche audiences.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:13 03/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because they don't have loli fanservice for the OP.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:36 05/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Finally this old coot and his generation of anime style is coming to an end.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:02 06/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Troll much?

    I'd like to see ANYONE compare to his unique story-telling sytle. Japanese or otherwise!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:18 03/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ghibli's not done for. They still do great things with or without him.

    And the guy did so much for the world of animation, so come on, he needs a very deserved break. It's still sad, though, but we have to respect his decision.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:00 07/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Commie cock ushi.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:26 15/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    He should start drawing h-doujins

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    Comment by Pyrus
    11:19 03/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe he's retiring long enough to create his final masterpiece.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:46 03/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japanese Colonel Sanders

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:16 03/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Probably had to do with all the controversy surrounding his latest movie.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:54 03/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    So now no Satoshi Kon OR Miyazaki? Ugh... this is going to be boring.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    06:08 04/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ghibli basically died some 10 years ago, so who cares?

    Comment by Anonymous

    All the people reading and leaving comments, which includes you.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    05:16 06/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Comments don't have anything to do with the article, their an entirey different entity and quiet fun, no matter the article. (Except the article includes gay or ugly stuff or something like that..)

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