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Hayao Miyazaki steps out of retirement for the nth time

Seriously, where does this heck of a man get his energy?!

On the red carpet for the international release of Hayao Miyazaki’s latest (and supposedly, last) film “The Boy and The Heron,” Studio Ghibli executive Junichi Nishioka revealed to the media that the renowned director will not be retiring and “is currently working on ideas for his next film.”

This, by the way, is the fourth time Hayao Miyazaki has come out of retirement. The first time was in 1997 following the release of “Princess Mononoke,” which garnered astounding praise and cemented his legacy in Japanese animation. Then came 2001, when he also said that “he can no longer work on feature-length animated films” after the multi-awarded movie “Spirited Away.”

The next one was after the release of the 2013 animated historical film “The Wind Rises,” when he then said that if he wanted to make another film, he’d be “an old man saying something foolish.” Then, well, a decade later, he came out with the critically acclaimed “The Boy and The Heron,” and was revealed to not be retiring after all.

The 82-year-old Japanese animator is well-loved around the world and at the same time, people have gotten quite used to his “I’m going to retire!” phase, so this news doesn’t seem to be…well, a surprise. It’s actually, incredibly pleasant to see someone actually love their work so much.

At the very least, we’re still certain that one of our favorite childhood animation film directors are still cooking up something good—even when we’re all adults struggling to find sense in the world.

He, undeniably, brings out certain emotions in his films that people have a hard time expressing on their own. His artistry is amazing, work ethic inspiring, and dedication to filmmaking is top-tier. No one ever does it like Hayao Miyazaki, well, at least for me.


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