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    Hayao Miyazaki is retiring...

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    What are your thoughts/opinions? Do you think he's just taking another sabbatical and work on something new in a couple of years? What's your favorite Miyazaki film?

    I'm really looking forward to The Wind Rises! The footage looks amazing and might just be the right movie for him to leave on a high note instead of retiring after Ponyo...

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    I am very excited to see The Wind Rises! He has said that flying machines & bugs have always been a fascination for him - so I expect this will be beautiful. I will miss his work. He has fostered his studio and the genre into something that goes beyond giant robots stomping Matchstick City and what comes next will continue to use his legacy as inspiration.

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    Something tells me this is it, this time.

    I don't think we've seen the last from Miyazaki in general, but he'll be popping up in less-intensive roles; producer, writer, consultant, etc. His works as director have taken their toll, physically and mentally. His quest for perfectionism and absolute control is admirable but has meant every film is literally a three to five year contract to work to the limit of human endurance and beyond, every single day and night, until release. The guy is in his seventies. He's earned his retirement ten times over.

    I wish him health and happiness, the very best of luck, and heartfelt gratitude for his body of work to date.

    I really hope Ghibli can maintain relevance and survive... since they seem to market themselves as "STUDIO HAYAO MIYAZAKI with some other films every now and again" - box office receipts for the "other films" aren't fantastic. Miyazaki has been their A Feature, all the others the B Features. Now they need new A Features, and they need somebody who can make them, and is willing to work as hard as Miyazaki did in order to reach the same (or, we can hope, better) level of quality.

    Also, this is bad news for Joe Hisaishi fans... not that he has any shortage of work in recent years, but his Miyazaki scores have always, for me, shown him at his best. I hope he can find similarly fruitful collaborations in the future.

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    Well, Goro Miyazaki is apparently being groomed to take his place, so he might retire but hopefully we'll still see some Miyazaki caliber movies. Maybe he'll hover over his son's shoulder and co-direct something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparrowings View Post
    Well, Goro Miyazaki is apparently being groomed to take his place, so he might retire but hopefully we'll still see some Miyazaki caliber movies. Maybe he'll hover over his son's shoulder and co-direct something?
    IMO I didn't really enjoy the Tales from Earthsea or From up on the poppy hill as much as the rest of the Studio Ghibli films that were directed by Hayao's films. I hope he can carry on the legacy but his film previous films isn't near as breathtaking to me compared with Princess Mononoke or Spirited Away. But that's just my opinion. :S

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    If he really is retiring, then I shall tip my hat off to the guy.

    I'm not as much of a fan of Miyazaki as most of my friends are, but I understand why they think his works are so great. Anyone who can positively affect so many people is cool in my book.

    I did like Spirited Away, so there's that.

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    Aww he's finally retiring, He will be missed. I love his films. And I'm looking forward to his last one. I think Goro is okay, I don't think he's at his fathers level yet. I thought Tales of the Earthsea was alright. Probably better that Porco Rosso ( Although I only did watch that one only once so ... maybe I didn't give it a fair chance maybe ? But anyhow I think Hayao Miyazaki's brilliant. His movies will always be remembered

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    This makes me really sad, but everyone reaches that point in their life. He's left many remarkable pieces and so while it's sad I understand it. I'm hoping that it's not the end though and that he produces something again some time in the future. Otherwise... I just want to marathon all of his work and experience them all over again. <3
    But yeah im excited for The Wind Rises as well.

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    I heard he maybe would get back to making movies, but have to confirm the rumor.
    I'm still waiting for a Porco Rosso 2

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    I think Porco Rosso 2 will be a very very long wait

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    He really deserves it. I wish him and his family all the best.

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    It's really sad, but he does indeed deserve to rest for a change

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    It's even worse than that. Apparently, the last Studio Ghibli movies were not very financially successful, as Studio Ghibli only hires expensive Japanese professionals. While this greatly increases the quality of their movies - other companies are outsourcing tasks to North Corea or China - this does eat up quite a lot of money.
    I've heard the current Studio Ghibli bosses are taking a break to think about the company's future: either they will find a way to continue with producing high-quality movies or they will retire from production an transform into a company that manages the licenses for their older movies.

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    you shouldn't miss this great depiction of the man and the artist:

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    Didn't he like, took a little break at the end? i think he released another movie... i'm not sure.

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