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Tokyo — Expanding on an earlier announcement by Studio Ghibli president Koji Hoshino, anime maestro and studio co-founder Hayao Miyazaki told the media on Friday that he will definitely not direct any more feature films. But he left the door open for other projects.

In a statement handed to a packed hall of nearly 600 journalists at a Tokyo hotel, Miyazaki said that he intends to keep working ten more years (“if all goes well”). Noting that the intervals between his films was becoming longer – his latest, “The Wind Rises,” was five years in the works, Miyazaki added that if he keeps stretching out production periods to six or seven years  “the studio can’t survive.”

Admitting that he had often spoken of retiring before, he told reporters “I’m really serious this time… My era of animation is over.”

“In place of feature animation, there are various things I want to try and do, »


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