As the announcement is made that Studio Ghibli, makers of some of the finest anime in all the world, is closing, I feel a deep sadness grow in the pit of my stomach. I’m sure that many of us were already out of sorts after Hayao Miyazaki stated that he was up for retirement after his last animation film “The Wind Rises” but I don’t know if any of us predicted this most terrible of outcomes after this said retirement.
In finality, producer Toshio Suzuki, announced that the production arm of Studio Ghibli will close down and what would remain of the company would be solely for the management of its various trademarks. As I write this, a whirlpool opens up in my mind and I can see Princess M, Soulman Toto, Wizardry wonders Howl and Kiki AND many more…start to get pulled in by the darkest depths of this maelstrom that is the end of an era. Sigh…it’s a good thing I can watch them again on my Studio Ghibli Collector’s DVD set. But still…why oh why?
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