Hayao Miyazaki to potentially come out of retirement (again)

To the surprise of absolutely no one, legendary animator, director, writer and manga-ka Hayao Miyazaki is probably coming out of retirement yet again (presumably to fix everything wrong about anime).

Miyazaki’s first mention of retirement goes all the way back to 1998 when he said that Princess Mononoke was going to be his last movie, and has since directed six movies. “This time I am quite serious,” Miyazaki proclaimed 3 years ago. But was he?

This occasion marks the seventh or so time the globally acclaimed filmmaker has claimed to retire from feature films, his last in 2013 following the release of The Wind Rises which became the highest-grossing film in Japan that year, winning the Japan Academy Prizes’s Animation of the Year and earning a nomination for an Academy Award for best animated feature.

Anime News Network reports that Miyazaki’s potential return was the subject of an NHK TV special that aired in Japan on Sunday called The Man Who Is Not Done: Hayao Miyazaki. In the special, Miyazaki not only discussed his current project—a 12-minute CG animated short for Ghibli Museum entitled Boro the Caterpillar that will debut in 2017—but also plans to follow up with a feature-length film.

Unsatisfied with the CG project as a short, Miyazaki, who turns 76-years-old in January, pitched the full-length project to Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki this past August, and believes he can have it finished by 2020, just in time for the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo.

Miyazaki has been planning the story for the past 20 years and describes the short as “a story of a tiny, hairy caterpillar, so tiny that it may be easily squished between your fingers.

The studio has yet to officially commit to the project (but you know they will) and it is currently in the story-boarding stage.

  • Comments

    • Rebecca

      queen shimazaki haruka will FINALLY get her chance to be a ghibli voice actress!

      • a chicken nugget

        way to remember what matters

    • Taima-kun

      he’s the ultimate troll
      surely this coming out wasn’t related at all to Shinkai’s “Your Name” beating some of Ghibli’s works at the box office records

      • lwavesurfer

        he’s so transparent.

      • nothingsover

        Haha I was wondering if someone would mention Shinkai down here. As much as I love Miyazaki, I think it’s about time for him to pass on the torch. Ghibli and Miyazaki’s films have long stood out as different from other anime in their widespread appeal amongst foreign audiences. If Kimi no Na wa actually gets Best Picture at the Academy Awards, that’ll be huge for Tokyo in preparation for 2020. Much more effective than Cool Japan.

      • Hayao Miyazaki

        If anything, he probably finds the movie dull and irritating for its popularity, not because it beat one of Ghibli’s many records. He criticizes the new generations for giving attention to stuff that doesn’t deserve it for how meaningless it is.

    • faifantc

      I mean, the animation talent pool IS pretty shallow. ;) I don’t blame the guy.

    • PigeonPop

      Thank goodness, to be honest. Kimi no Na wa is huge, but it’s stuck in the young adult/juvenile zone and showcases (yet again) how little range the younger directors have compared to Miyazaki as well as his contemporaries like Takahata.

    • eplizo

      King of retirement comebacks. I’m ready!

    • toak

      Hopefully he can bring along some big talent to groom to take over his spot as Ghibli director. I guess his son is improving but yeah, we need someone who’s got that inherent understanding

    • hizurisama

      As much as I’m happy to hear this, I kind of feel bad for him, he’s not young anymore, he should’ve spent his time relax and enjoy the life like men his age. I don’t know if Ghibli is too dependent on him or other directors just can’t create animations because they feel burdened with people’s expectations to be the next Miyazaki.
      I hope he’s always healthy and live a long life though.

    • Hayao Miyazaki

      Even though this is still really debatable… how many are actually better than Hayao Miyazaki? His works always are so good, so meaningful and reach such a wide audience (thankfully) that we should be thankful. Someone who is so worried about both the present and future generations, someone who is still so active as a (Japanese) citizen, someone who wants more fantasy in this stressing world, … No matter how many complaints some people have about his opinions, he seems to be a really nice person who just wants to live in a better, peaceful world.
      Let him enjoy his life the way he is the happiest, everyone is thankful.

    • Deep River

      Come thru king

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