Studio Ghibli calls it a day

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    If the phrase “the end of an era” was made for any occasion, it was made for this one. [LINK]

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    Just moments ago, Toshio Suzuki, Studio Ghibli producer, announced on the TV show of the MBS Jounetsu Tairiku chain effectively as announced as sources close to the studio, Studio Ghibli will close and production studio anime, leaving himself only as a company that will manage its trademarks. As stated in the program’s producer, “the production department of anime will be dismantled,” which coincides with the data that we gave in our previous post on this decision had been taken from spring after the poor reception at the box office of Kaguya-hime no Monogatari.

    In the interview, Suzuki has also admitted that it was a major setback for the study progress Hayao Miyazaki, one of the reasons already unveiled the portal Rakuten Woman. Once we have access to the full TV interview, adding more data. No doubt that this is a very sad news for Japanese animation, of which we are all fans, because it is undeniable everything Studio Ghibli has given the anime. Please remember that what will be his last film, Omoide no Marnie, premiered at the Japanese box office on 19 July.

    If I’m reading the somewhat strange translation correctly, Toshio Suzuki will be to Ghibli what Jim Mallon is to Best Brains (the makers of MST3K): the company becomes one person who’s sitting on the intellectual property, and others can negotiate with that one remaining person for the rights to remake or exploit or merhcnaidse the IP. Rather sad, but perhaps inevitable with Miyazaki’s on-and-off semi-retirement.

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    This was already hinted at a few months ago, so it is not unexpected, especially after Hayao Miyazaki’s retirement after The Wind Rises.

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    Why is it sounding more and more like Miyazaki’s retirement was not entirely Miyazaki’s idea? [LINK]

    Hayao Miyazaki, the retired/unretired animation legend who is indelibly associated with hand-drawn filmmaking, is directing his first computer animated film.

    The ten-minute short, to be displayed at the Ghibli Museum, will take Miyazaki three years to make, according to a report on Anime News Network. It is not clear what stage the film’s production is at, or how much longer it will take to finish it.

    “[Hayao] gets bored when his goal is maintaining [the Ghibli Museum], so he needs things to fiddle around with,” his son Goro Miyazaki said at an event last month as explanation for why his 74-year-old father was making a CG film.

    “Dad…please…stay here…just…direct a new short thing…with computers.”

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