Anime Titan Hayao Miyazaki Retires
Published: Thursday, September 5, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 5, 2013 23:09
The man who introduced Japanese anime to the west and started a cultural phenomenon is bowing out of the spotlight and into retirement.
Hayao Miyazaki has been a Japanese film director, animator, manga artist, producer and a screenwriter for half a century. Alongside with Isao Takahata co-founded Studio Ghibli, a highly successful film and animation studio. Miyazaki himself has directed over twenty movies and T.V episodes. Among his most popular films are The Castle of Cagliostro, Castle in the Sky, My neighbor Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle and Ponyo.
Miyazaki’s animation studio announced Sept. 1 that “The Wind Rises” will be his last film. At the age of 72, dozens of movies and a Golden Lion for lifetime achievement in 2005, he retires proudly. ‘The Wind Rises” does not yet have a release date set for the United States, but will make its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Miyazaki’s work has been characterized by highly progressive themes such as environmentalism, feminism and childhood transition. He emphasized these themes by claiming that much of modern culture is “thin and shallow and fake”.
Miyazaki is often compared to Walt Disney in terms of theme and success.
Some say his works have influenced not only Japanese and Chinese culture, but the entire world of film and animation.
"[Miyazaki] has been a major bridge between Eastern and Western Film for the past 30 years", said sophomore Nicholas Cuellar.
Other students say he provided positive entertainment for youth across seas.
"It’s kind of a partnership, not a battle,” sophomore Jenna Malesheshki said.
“They worked to provide a good source of entertainment to teenagers of two different cultures." However in their career, there was never a tangible competition between them.