News of the closure of the legendary anime studio, Studio Ghibli, caused its fans to panic, as entertainment websites broadcast that the studio is closing. However, according to Variety, the animation house will not be shutting down, so fans of Japan’s most famous anime studio can breathe a momentary sigh of relief. Read on to learn more about this story.
Rumors of the future of the famed anime studio have been going around, ever since the news that the studio’s co-founder and longtime director Hayao Miyazaki would retire. Miyazaki retired in September 2013, after the release of his last film with the studio, “The Wind Rises.”
According to Kotaku, a blog that relates Asian and gaming related news and information, the news came about after a fan of the studio posted the wrong translation of the interview of the studio’s producer, Toshio Suzuki, which was broadcasted last Sunday evening, on the TBS program “Jonetsu Tairiku.” According to the fan post, Suzuki was translated as having said that they would be closing down the anime house. However, according to Variety, Suzuki said that they will be going on hiatus so that they would be able to figure out Studio Ghibli’s future, especially after the loss of such a stalwart and veteran as Miyazaki, who is touted as the Japanese Walt Disney and who put the studio on the map with his one-of-a-kind animation and films.
Studio Ghibli has been making waves in animation since the ’80s and has produced quality anime films that have been loved around the world. Films under their belt include “My Neighbor Totoro” (1988), “Grave of the Fireflies” (1988), “Kiki’s Delivery Service” (1989), “Spirited Away” (2001), “Howl’s Moving Castle” (2006), “The Secret World of Arriety” (2010) and “Ponyo” (2008). Their most recent projects include “Up From up on Poppy Hill” (2011), “The Wind Rises” (2013) and “The Tale of Princess Kaguya” (2013). Their latest film, “When Marnie Was Here,” was released in Japan on July 19, 2014, with no confirmed U.S. release date yet. Most of their films have been so popular that there are English-dubbed versions of the films.
The future of the famed anime production company is still uncertain, and fans of Studio Ghibli may see this as an end of an era, especially with the retirement of Hayao Miyazaki. But for now, everyone will just have to wait and see what the much-needed hiatus will bring for the future of Studio Ghibli.
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