Whitly's News on/Thoughts About Miyazaki's "Retirement"
A news article about one of the favourite directors of your favourite captain in a Tanooki suit...
Hey g1s! Whitly here! So I was trying to find a way to make my next blog shorter than my last, and I decided to-
Well then, scratch that. Something’s just bumped up my priority list.
So for those who don’t know, Hayao Miyazaki, one of my favourite directors of all-time, is retiring from directing feature-length films. I’m sure half of you did, but you can read the article anyway. Actually, I’ll post the link. Go on, I’ll wait. No seriously, I’ll wait...
Anyway, as a long-time fan of Miyazaki, I should be shocked. But I’m not, as-actually, I’ll provide some background first:
Hayao Miyazaki was born on January 5th, 1941 in Tokyo, Japan. An avid fan of Osamu Tezuka, he got his first job at Toei Animation in 1961 as an animator. He’d eventually switch to Toho and work on the Lupin III franchise, even directing his first film in 1979 as a tie-in. Since then, Miyazaki has gone on to direct 10 more movies, as well as co-found his own studio and redefine the anime industry as a whole. So yeah…he’s kind of a big deal in Japan, let-alone to anime fans everywhere.
Recently, at the 2013 Venice Film Festival, Miyazaki shocked the world by announcing his retirement. So why am I not surprised?
Simple: because this isn’t the first time he’s done that.
Let’s be honest here: Miyazaki’s not exactly subtle when it comes to his intentions of retiring. He wanted to retire in 1995, just as Whisper of the Heart was being released. And again, right after Princess Mononoke came out in 1997. And yet again, in 2001. And then in 2004. And then again in 2008. And now just recently.
Essentially, this’ll be the 6th time the man’s thrown in the towel and called it quits. And since he’s kept coming back each time for “one more film”, who’s to say it’s official? Seriously, the man’s clearly not ready. In fact, I’m almost positive he’ll surprise us with a “just kidding, I’m working on X now” in 2 years. You watch, it’ll happen…assuming past actions are an indicator for future behaviours.
Hayao Miyazaki: master troll, or honest animator?
I also say this because Miyazaki clearly still has an intense passion for what he does. After all, the core reason he came back each time was exactly that: his passion for film. He loves making movies, simply put. He loves them so much, in fact, that I won’t buy his retirement until he’s dead. Actually, chances are that he’ll just spring out of his grave with another movie during his funeral…and I’ll love it as much as his other stuff.
Okay, that was mean. But still, the guy’s 72 and, allegedly, in good health. Who’s to say he won’t come back for another movie? He’s a Japanese darling after all, it’s not like he has much to lose by making another one!
Still, assuming he’s sincere, I wish him the best. Miyazaki has made some of the greatest animated movies ever, and his legacy will live on. But, just to make sure, I’ll flip a coin: heads, the guy comes back in a few years, makes another movie and everyone falls in-love with him all-over again. Tails, the guy stays retired, the world gets The Wind Rises as his swan song and his studio continues without him. Here goes:
*Flips coin, gets stuck in limbo*
Oh well. What, you thought I was gonna predict the future?!
Well, so ends my shortest blog in ages. To compensate, he’s a tribute to Hayao Miyazaki/his studio, courtesy of TheMJStevens:
Well, I thought it was nice…
Until next time, this is Whitly saying, “Read, comment and goodnight!”
“Captain Raccoon to the rescue!” *Flies off*
I don't even know why he brought it up to begin with...
He has said he would retire after several other films and has not but if he does i wish him a happy retirement, Hes earned it!
I'm sorry, what? Magnus, I don't get what you are implying. What are even talking about, and what kind of drugs did you take before posting the comment?
Yeah, that's one thing he needs to work on.
I don't know where you're going with this. What does Walt Disney have to do with Hayao Miyazaki?
Miyamoto's in his 50's, he's got a long way to go before he decides to retire...
You know that if Disney were still alive, he'd still be in the film business. I imagine his raving paranoia of Jews control the media wouldn't allow him to quit.
This got me thinking of when the day comes that Shigeru Miyamoto would retire. But like you said, he might come back yet again.
Starring Mayumi Tanaka as Princess Minori, in her first Studio Ghibli role since Castle in the Sky.
Yeah, I'd see that...
A week later, Jay-Z and Miyazaki come out of retirement to announce their newest collaboration: Blue's Prints and the Kingdom of The Black Abba.
Doesn't make it any less funny that he's already retired several times before. I love the guy, but he's never consistent about his retirement plans...
If Miyazaki IS retiring for real- then may his retirement be one be filled with blessings. If he is doing this to get away for a short time, then come back for another film- then I understand where he's coming from. Miyazaki has an unbelievable amount of talent when it comes to making films, but everyone just needs that time frame to settle down, recharge, then come back with something else. I think that's what the 'retirements' are for- to help get his creative juices going for another film later on, then repeat the process one or two times until it's finally time to let the legacy live on and be remembered for generations to come.
But none the less- here's to you, Miyazaki!
I hope he has a nice retirement, and may other studios follow his foot steps.
In quotes. You can never be sure with him...
Miyazaki's retiring? Well, I hope he has good one.
His retirement means nothing, I'm sure he will have some influence over the studio and he may even come back for a movie or two later down the line! I wish my favorite director only the best.
My best guess is that he'll go out in the world, see an injustice and decide to make a movie commenting on it. That's how Spirited Away came into existence, after all...
I don't see this being the end. If he still has the fire, he will continue to make movies until the body or mind isn't willing. He probably does this to get away from it all for a while and manage the stress.
Amen to that!
His movies were great. May his possible retirement be a good one.