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In a move that shocked the animation world, renowned animator and director Hiyao Miyazaki  announced this week his newest movie, “The Wind Rises” will be his last film with Studi Ghibli.  Miyazaki has been a leading mind in the international animation world since the 1980s, his films including Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and Howl’s Moving Castle.

From the New York Times Article:

Mr. Miyazaki’s latest film, “The Wind Rises,” took him five years to complete, which is one year more than it took him to finish 2008’s “Ponyo.” The director, who is 72, said that he would rather pursue other endeavors than labor into his 80s on another feature film, adding that he will not work on short films or scriptwriting during his retirement.

“My work is really about sitting at the desk and drawing,” he said. “And at my age, you just reach a point when you have to put down the pencil a bit earlier each day and go home.”

“The Wind Rises” will be Mr. Miyazaki’s final film for Studio Ghibli, the company he co-founded in 1985 with a fellow director of animated films, Isao Takahata. The studio, which produced Japan’s all-time highest-grossing film, Mr. Miyazaki’s “Spirited Away,” which won the 2003 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, will remain in operation, with two projects currently in production, according to its chief executive, Koji Hoshino.

It is sad to see such a brilliant artist leaving the world of film and animation, but his legacy will live on through Studio Ghibli, the Ghibli museum, and in the hearts of his millions of fans all over the world.