World Japan: Animator Hayao Miyazaki says this time he's retiring for real

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The Japanese master of whimsical animation, Hayao Miyazaki, has retired before. This time, he says he really means it.

Miyazaki is one of animation's most admired and successful directors. He said Friday that at the age of 72, he now wants to do other things besides slaving away over his drawings to meet feature film deadlines.

"I know I've said I would retire many times in the past. Many of you must think, 'Once again.' But this time I am quite serious," he said.

"This will never happen again," Miyazaki said at the conclusion of a nearly two-hour-long news conference in which he shared his thoughts on everything from war to Italian cuisine, one of his favourites.

The co-founder of Studio Ghibli, who won an Oscar in 2003 for his masterful, disturbing critique of modern industrialism in Spirited Away, said he hopes to work for another decade, but at a slower pace that might allow him to perhaps even take Saturdays off.

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KMilz

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So many masterpieces from this brilliant artist and Studio Ghibli. I saw Princess Mononoke when I was six or seven and have been watching japanimes ever since. Although that's still my favorite, I haven't ever seen one that was actually bad, and a few like Spirited Away were just as good. I hope he's happy 'cuz he's certainly brought me plenty of joy over the years, as I'm sure many others could say as well.
 

FireCat

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I didn't watch any of his movies. Well, not what I remember anyway.
But well, it was going to have to happen some day. Right?
 

vypur85

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I didn't watch any of his movies. Well, not what I remember anyway.
But well, it was going to have to happen some day. Right?
Shame on you. :p

lol, how's that? Everything always turns out for the best!
Grave of the Fireflies never turn out any good (emotionally) from the beginning until the end.
 

KMilz

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I'll have to check that one out, I never saw it. Thanks for the suggestion.
 

FireCat

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No Shame, No marathon :)
Hmm "Any trailer animated movies out there?" He have done? LOL
 

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This guy is a hero of mine. He did things that NO ONE does with animation. He captured the spirit of childhood and the feelings associated with different situations like no one has before. I have watched all of his stuff and I really love it all! I am happy that he has done so many great animations, and his work will be missed!
 

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His animations do little things that other animators don't. The characters are made to be as lively as possible. How the character accidentally knocks their head while walking, tiptoe on a dusty floor, scratches their cheek, eating random snacks while talking.... really amaze me.

You don't get these in Naruto and Bleach. They're just rubbish in comparison to the works of Ghibli Studio.
 
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Dan

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His animations do little things that other animators don't. The characters are made to be as lively as possible. How the character accidentally knocks their head while walking, tiptoe on a dusty floor, scratches their cheek, eating random snacks while talking.... really amaze me.

You don't get these in Naruto and Bleach. They're just rubbish in comparison to the works of Ghibli Studio.

EXACTLY! I couldn't have said it better myself.
 
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