The Hayao Miyazaki Box Set
On the 8th of December a Blu-Ray boxset containing the work of Studio Ghibli’s Co-Founder will be released.
September 6, 2013, Hayao Miyazaki assured his fans that he is “quite serious” this time about his retirement. He believes he is getting too old for the business, and wants to make room for new animators. Miyazaki also says that the task of animating is “quite strenuous” and that he cannot work as long as he was once able to. However, he plans on pursuing new goals, such as working on the Studio Ghibli museum, on which he commented “I might even become an exhibit myself”.
The Box Set will contain:
The pre-Ghibli Castle Cagliostro, Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind, Laputa: Castle in the Sky, My Neighbour Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Porco Roso, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo, and the critically acclaimed The Wind Rises. All of these will be in Blu-Ray too to demonstrate the full colour and detailed artwork gone into all of these works.
This limited edition collection also includes an exclusive bonus disc, an exclusive booklet exploring the films and style of Hayao Miyazaki plus new artwork designs including the Director’s own self-portrait. The bonus will be featuring an Interview with Miyazaki, A Short Film; On Your Mark, and three episodes of the 1972-73 Japanese TV anime, “Akado Suzunosuke,” which were storyboarded by Hayao Miyazaki.
The box set was released in Japan on the 18th of June and finally months later Europe gets a release just in time for Christmas.
Even though Miyazaki announced his retirement, he is going to continue to draw manga. Miyazaki himself said during his retirement announcement that there are things he wanted to do in the past that he would now do, but those things are not animation.
Ghibli fans need not to worry about the collapse of the famous Studio.
Toshio Suzuki who became managing director of Studio Ghibli talked about the need for “big changes in all aspects of our operations.” One possibility he mentioned was a hiatus in the production department and taking what he described as a “short break” to assess the studio’s future. He added that it “would be possible for us to keep making films indefinitely.”