Monday, September 2, 2013

Miyazaki to Retire!

I'm not much of a cat person, but I know a good cartoon cat when I see one, and Jiji, here
from Kiki's Delivery Service, is one great cartoon cat.
Just yesterday my wife and I stopped at Barnes & Noble to put our order in for the DVD of Miyazaki's latest (or latest available with English subtitles), From up on Poppy Hill, and this morning I found out that he's retiring again. Well, we'll see.  He's retired before. I suppose Miyazaki Hayao is best know in the West for his award-winning Spirited Away, which for me, is among his least appealing movies.  Not that it's bad, it just that it lacks some of the stuff I appreciate so much in his other work. So if you saw it and didn't like it, don't give up on Miyazaki.  See The Secret World of Arrietty, or Whisper of the Heart.  If you decide you like his stuff, check Amazon out.  It has package deals like THIS.  But look around for yourself.

Well, here's the word on his retirement, from Sankaku Complex:

Miyazaki Retires: “Studio Ghibli is Done For!”

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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