Hayao Miyazaki Retiring

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It looks like we've seen the last of the feature films from this master of Japanese animation.

Kotaku:

Best known for films like My Neighbor Totoro and Princess Mononoke, Miyazaki spoke frankly about his decision to retire in a NicoNico streamed press conference, saying, "I know I've mentioned I'm retiring many times in the past, so I know that many of you might think, oh again. This time is for real."

*Princess Mononoke *(1997) was one of my first brushes with Japanese-language media, and probably had a large part in sparking my interest in the language. Beautiful, rich, and nuanced, with characters that don't fit cleanly into the hero/villain archetypes I was used to from other media, it is still one of my favorite films to this day.

Other favorites:

My Neighbor Totoro – a heartwarming, cross-generational story that ranks up there with the Pixar library as a must-see for my future children.

Kiki's Delivery Service – another great one for adults and children alike. Lots of fun, rich worldbuilding and whimsy, and themes of an adolescent girl exploring independence and self-direction.

Howl's Moving Castle – darker than some of Miyazaki's other work, but visually stunning and still warm and whimsical.

Tales from Earthsea – Vignettes based on the Ursula K. Leguin novels. Actually produced by Miyazaki's son.

Otsukaresama, Miyazaki-san!