Hayao Miyazaki Retiring From Movie Industry
Anime is losing a legend.
Koji Hoshino, President of Studio Ghibli, has announced that 72-year-old Hayao Miyazaki is retiring from producing feature films for the company. The iconic director started his career with The Castle of Cagliostro, a film in the Lupin III series, and went on to make such classics as My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away. His final film is The Wind Rises, which will make its United States debut at the New York Film Festival on September 28th.
That’s not to say that this will be the last we see of Miyazaki, as he has not said for sure if he will stop making short films or manga. There is also the matter of the long talked-about sequel to Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, which you can bet Miyazaki will play a significant part in.
What do you guys think about Miyazaki’s retirement? Who do you think is next in line now that he’s retired?