He may have announced his official retirement from making feature films last September, but that doesn’t mean legendary anime filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki is just resting and sitting pretty. According to Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki, he is currently working on serializing a manga comic set during Japan’s “Warring States” period.
Suzuki, the producer of the famed studio’s latest film, The Tale of Princess Kaguya by Isao Takahata, was asked what the studio’s co-founder was during in the early days of his retirement. He shared that one of Miyazaki’s stress relievers is drawing his favourite things and so working on a manga series like a natural way to transition from working on films to living a life away from his storied career. But when pressed for more details, Suzuki said, “He’ll get angry if I talk too much. Let’s stop talking about this.”
Even the people closes to Miyazaki don’t really believe he has actually retired. Takahata, who is also the co-founder of Studio Ghibli, said that “Miyazaki is still here” so he has not really processed this version of his retirement. Back in 1997, he actually said he’s leaving the industry as well, only to come back four years later to direct the Oscar award-winning Spirited Away in 2001. Takahata said his partner told him he’s serious this time but he still won’t be surprised if things change, having “known him a long time.”
[ via Yahoo ]