Studio Ghibli, Why?

Monday, August 04, 2014

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There have been rumors going around about the great film maker and animator Hayao Miyazaki retiring, and I was okay with that fact. For me, I think that he had given us enough already and it's time for him to retire so that he can have more time for himself in his remaining years. We have to admit that Miyazaki is not getting any younger, and I'm sure, artist that he is, he has a lot of things in mind that he would want to accomplish and do. Or maybe he would go on some soul searching since Japanese are like the type of people to go zen mode. He would retire but at least we' still have movies from Studio Ghibli, the production company where Miyazaki is one of the founders.

That's what I thought.

For all the Studio Ghibli fans like me, devastating news for us and for future generations to come, after 29 years of giving us amazingly beautifully created animated films, Studio Ghibli will be shutting down. According to the news:

"just moments ago, Toshio Suzuki, Studio Ghibli producer, announced on [the MBS Jounetsu Tairiku TV show that] Studio Ghibli will close, [which will leave itself] only as a company that will manage its trademarks." x
I didn't realize how much of Studio Ghibli was Hayao Miyazaki, that him leaving would lead up to this. The moment the news sink in, I was at a total loss. I thought about my daughter and felt really sad that she won't be having new Ghibli films to look forward to as much as I had.

Everything seems set into stone and I really think that this could be it. But why is this happening? Some main concerns lead up to financial problems, saying that it's very costly to make quality animated films and the profits of previous films, like The Wind Rises, although reached over $90 million, has still yet to turn a profit. "The Tale of Princess Kaguya," made $50 million, and it was even considered a flop.

There are still those who keep positive saying that this impending closure will actually just be a "break" so that the Studio Ghibli can "restart."

Anime News Network sort of confirms the news, adding these quotes from producer Toshio Suzuki: "While there has been talk among some about dissolving the studio outright, Suzuki emphasized that the truth is that the studio is considering 'housecleaning' or restructuring for now. The end result would be 'rebuilding' the studio and creating an environment for the next generation." They add that "Suzuki did not downplay the significance of Miyazaki's retirement. Still, he added, 'On what to do with Studio Ghibli's future, it is by no means impossible to keep producing [movies] forever. However, we will take a brief pause to consider where to go from here.'"

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