Thanks to a confusing unofficial translation that implied Studio Ghibli would be closing for good, everyone freaked out. After the official statement (below) was officially released and translated, it actually said that the studio will be taking a break for the time being after Hayao Miyazaki's retirement to figure things out and decide how they want to proceed. How long of a break, I do not know, but Studio Ghibli is one of the last remaining globally known 2D animation studios around, and as far as I am concerned, they are, by far, the best feature film animation studio of all-time. Better than DreamWorks, Disney, and even Pixar. If you have never seen a Studio Ghibli film, you are certainly missing out on some of the best films ever made. According to some speculation, the recent success of Frozen in Japanese and other Asian countries might be one of the reasons for Ghibli's temporary closing, which is baffling considering that Japan's animation so much better than movies like Frozen that it is not even funny. Having recently seen every Hayao Miyazaki film, as well as most Studio Ghibli films in general, seeing Ghibli take a break is kind of saddening. Hopefully they will return with even more classic films. For anime feature films, all we have now is Mamoru Hosoda (Wolf Children, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars), and the films based off of existing series. Sometime, if readers are interested, I might decide to rank all of Studio Ghibli's films. What do you think of the Studio Ghibli taking a break? Please comment below and let me know.
Here is the official statement: "Obviously Miyazaki's retirement is an enormous change and we are considering how to proceed from such an event but... we don't believe we can just continue with the same approach as we had before. We are taking a small break to think on how best to proceed from here."
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