Staff Writer @JennyPokeIn the 2013 documentary The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, when asked about Studio Ghibli’s future, co-founder Hayao Miyazaki said, “The future is clear. [Studio Ghibli is] going to fall apart. I can already see it. What's the use worrying? It's inevitable.” And heartbreakingly enough to anime junkies and film buffs all around the world, it looks like that prediction might come true sooner than expected. Studio Ghibli is arguably one of the most prominent animation studios in the world. The home of the famed director, animator and producer Miyazaki, who announced his retirement earlier this year, the animation studio has also come out with acclaimed films like My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and Grave of the Fireflies. Recent rumors regarding the closing of Studio Ghibli seem to be supported by Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki on a television appearance in Japan. According to a translation of his remarks, Suzuki said, “We're thinking about disbanding the production department and making a big change to the larger view of Studio Ghibli. Obviously, Miyazaki's retiring was quite significant. After that, what should Ghibli do? With that, continuing to endlessly create like this is not impossible, but once, right about now, we will take a short rest and think about what's next." Another translated report says that “Ghibli will close and production studio anime” and remain “only as a company that will manage its trademarks”. This means that the anime studio would stop making feature films. However, there may still be hope! Since these initial reports are from Japan and translated into English, there is still uncertainty as to whether they have been mistranslated, and possibly wrongly interpreted. Perhaps, the animation studio is making changes to its structure rather than shutting down its production entirely. There is also a possibility that it is taking a hiatus from making films rather than stopping indefinitely. Whatever it may be, I and other fans will definitely be anxiously awaiting further news regarding the future of the much-beloved Studio Ghibli.
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