As reported, it was announced by Koji Hoshino, President of Studio Ghibli, at Venice Film Festival on September 1 that The Wind Rises is 72-year-old anime master Hayao Miyazaki's last feature film. Hoshino didn't accept any questions at the conference, but many fans expect Miyazaki will keep making anime short films as supporting features for other directors' Studio Ghibli films, or for Ghibli Museum. Miyazaki made an anime short Mai and the Kittenbus, a sequel to My Neighbor Totoro, for the museum in 2003. Some think he will be the director of Ghibli Museum. His son Goro Miyazaki served as its director from 2001 to 2005 before he directed Tales from Earthsea in 2006.
And there has been a speculation that Hideaki Anno, who voiced the protagonist of The Wind Rises Jiro Horikoshi, will finally direct the sequel or reboot of Miyazaki's 1984 film Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. That's the reason why Anno, who has little experience as a voice actor, accepted the offer.
Does Miyazaki choose Anno as his successor instead of his son?
Nico Nico Live will stream Miyazaki's retirement press conference live on Friday, September 6 at 2:00 p.m.
(JST), September 5 at 10:00 p.m. (PST). Let's hope Miyazaki will answer to all of the questions.
Hayao Miyazaki (photo via Asahi Shimbun)