Hayao Miyazaki Retires From Making Feature Films

From AnimeNewsNetwork:

Studio Ghibli President Koji Hoshino announced on Sunday that studio founder and world-renowned anime filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki will "retire from the production of feature-length films."

It's a shame to see Hayao Miyazaki go, but he has produced many thought-provoking and beautiful films for us over the years. It's hard for me to name a favourite since they're almost all favourites, really.

As a matter of fact, I had thought that Miyazaki-sensei had decided to step out of the game a while back, passing the reins to his son Goro Miyazaki... yet he was still very much actively working on Studio Ghibli films. Perhaps what I remember was him first voicing his intention to eventually step out of the game, though he appeared to change his mind in the end. Nonetheless, our revered sensei went on to produce other films such as the latest, The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu) that ANN mentions also.

I have to admit that Goro Miyazaki's first film did not impress me too much though - an adaptation of part of the Earthsea Quartet Quintet/Series - however his second attempt, From Up on Poppy Hill (Kokuriko-zaka Kara) was extremely well done.

Perhaps we will see Miyazaki-sensei again in making shorter animated works, but I know the industry will miss this great filmmaker. Or perhaps he won't be able to let animating go in the end? Or even perhaps his son will step up to the plate, who knows?

Image from AN Online Universe.