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After more than 50 years as animator and manga artist, famous anime director and co-founder of Studio Ghibli, Mr. Hayao Miyazaki (宮崎 駿), is retiring from making feature-length films, according to Koji Hoshino, head of Studio Ghibli.

“Miyazaki has decided that ‘Kaze Tachinu’ (The Wind Rises) will be his last film and he will now retire,” said Hoshino at the Venice Film Festival.

The anime director did not attend the festival, but will talk about his retirement in a briefing in Tokyo on September 6th.

It will be sad for many fans not seeing any more films by him, but let’s hope the people that have worked with him continue to illuminate the artistic and cinematic style of this great master of anime, Mr. Hayao Miyazaki.

There might a possibility of seeing him work on smaller projects though.

Miyazaki has worked in the production of anime series such as Lupin III and Sherlock Hound for Toei. With his company Studio Ghibli, he produced Castle in the Sky, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and many others, especially Spirited Away, the highest earning film ever for the company.

Thank you, Miyazaki-san for the fantastic work you’ve done.

[Source]: Anime News Network: Hayao Miyazaki Retires From Making Feature Films [http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2013-09-01/hayao-miyazaki-to-retire-from-making-feature-films]; NHK: スタジオジブリ「宮崎監督が引退へ」 (Miyazaki to retire – Studio Ghibli) [http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20130901/t10014201521000.html].

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