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    Published on September 2nd, 2013 | by Tanuki


    Farewell, Miyazaki-san :: Studio Ghibli Director Retiring!


    A beautiful portrait of Miyzakai-san comprised of many characters from his films with Studio Ghibli. (Question: who is the artist???)

    A few hours ago, I learned that the great Hayao Miyazaki will be retiring from Studio Ghibli. I immediately became filled with bittersweet emotions as I thought about his movies and the creative impact they’ve had on me over the past 20 years. As I read the rather dry report at NHK News, my imagination began to conjure vivid images (still and animated) from some of my most favorite scenes in The Castle of Cagliostro, Nausicaä, Totoro and of course Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away. It was as if these images were racing through my mind (like the Catbus) in rapid succession, imprinting an abstract smorgasbord of Ghibli mania as they flew by. Though I couldn’t make much sense of it all, I am left with a feeling of slight anxiety and mourning that lingers.

    I know, I know …it’s not like he’s left us for that castle in the sky, but this does mark the end of an absolutely extraordinary career in anime/manga—spanning 40 years—so it is sad to see him go. I wonder though: will he be completely finished in the world of animation? Will he choose to fade into obscurity of private life? Whatever his choice, I wholeheartedly wish him the best and would like to thank him for the simply magical films I’ve adored to share with my friends and family. <3

    Everyone has a favorite movie, character or moment that drew him/her in to Miyazki’s oeuvre. What was yours?

    The article goes on to mention that Studio Ghibli’s latest movie, The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu), will be Miyzaki-san’s final. Further details of his retirement were sparse at best, only saying that there would be an upcoming press briefing in Tokyo. The Wind Rises is currently being screened and competing for a Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival. I can’t wait to see it! I hope to keep you all posted as this story develops. For now, I think it’s time to break out my Porco Rosso DVD and make some popcorn. Until next time…

    Miyazaki Portrait Source: Imgur

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    (Staff Blogger, CKE18 Evangelist) :: When his perverted mind is not overdosing on Japanese girls, Tanuki enjoys common otaku hobbies like: drawing manga, watching anime, gaming, practicing Japanese, and cosplaying as a Human.

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