Anime fans everywhere are silently sobbing. The Oscar-winning Japanese animation artist and director will be retiring at 72 years old.
Miyazaki has been a major name in animation since the 1970’s, when he started the production company Studio Ghibli.
The company’s current president, Koju Hoshino, made the announcement at the Venice Film Festival earlier today. When asked questions, he refused to answer. He told reporters to wait for a press conference next week.
“He wants to say goodbye to all of you,” the president said.
Miyazaki is best known for his animated features My Neighbor Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle, Castle In The Sky and Spirited Away.
Spirited Away won Miyazaki an Oscar in 2003. In 2005 he received a Golden Lion for lifetime achievement.
Miyazaki’s 11th feature film, The Wind Rises, will be his final work.
Do not fret, Miyazaki followers. We still have the Internet to watch all of his beautiful works, for quality art never dies.