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A Fond Farewell

A Fond Farewell

Hayao Miyazaki, famous Japanese anime director, at the age of 72 has announced his retirement after his latest and final animated film: The Wind Rises.

Animation has and always will be the enchanting bridge between childlike wonder and adult realism. Almost everyone has grown up watching cartoons and has a favorite in their hearts, but few can transcend that nostalgia to borderline magic. Miyazaki is one of those modern day ink magicians.

The animator co-founded the now famous Studio Ghibli in 1985 with fellow animator Isao Takahata and has since produced some of the most globally recognized and acclaimed animated achievements. Favoring a pro-environment/anti-war message, Miyazaki, also known as the Japanese Walt Disney, brought to the screen classics like Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke and My Neighbor Totoro. Ironically known as a pessimist, all of Miyazaki’s works are renowned for their spellbindingly beautiful sketching detail and their mature storylines. The story content ranges from exploring the world of fairy tale creatures to the consequences of World War II plane construction (The Wind Rises).

After more than 28 years of dedicated work Miyazaki has decided to put down the pen for good. However, this is not the first time Miyazaki has announced his retirement. Takahata doesn’t personally believe it will last. He says “‘...I think there is a decent chance that may change. I think so, since I’ve known him a long time. Don’t be at all surprised if that happens.’”

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