Studio Ghibli’s famed director Hayao Miyazaki announces his retirement: “But wait, this is his fifth time saying this…”


’86 “Castle in the Sky: Laputa” → Miyazaki considers retirement from industry due to financial failure
’92 “Porco Rosso” → Miyazaki “I’ve done what I’ve wanted to do. I’m done with anime.”
’97 “Princess Mononoke” → Miyazaki “This is really my final film.”
’04 “Howl’s Moving Castle” → Miyazaki claims that he’s not as passionate as he used to be, says he will retire
’13 “Kaze Tachinu” → Announces on NHK (Japan’s equivalent of PBS/BBC) that he will retire

Reactions online:

I’m looking forward to his post-retirement works

Well, he announced that he’s retiring from feature-length films, so we’ll see more of him

It’s been three years since his last retirement announcement!

He makes announcements about retirement as often as we have the Olympics

He’s done with feature-length films, but maybe he’s now working on super feature-length films

He is 72 years-old after all, maybe it’s time to usher in a new era of creative directors and let Mr. Miyazaki retire