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Don't Panic: Studio Ghibli Not Closed

Written by sdsichero on Monday, August 04 2014 and posted in News with Benefits

Don't Panic: Studio Ghibli Not Closed

Not yet anyway.

Source: Studio Ghibli Is Not Dead Yet

Studio Ghibli is one of the most well-known Japanese animation (anime) film stuidos. They've produced many famous anime including My Neighbor Totoro (which imagery makes up the studio's logo), Kiki's Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away and much more. The studio was founded in 1985 and has enjoyed the reputation of being one of Japan's best animation studios. Ever since co-founder and most famous of Ghibli's animators outside of Japan, Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement in September 2013, questions surrounded the future of Studio Ghibli.

Rumors of the closure of the studio started to swirl around last month, but it seems that social media started to really spread the idea of the studio's demise this weekend after a television segment with current manager (and co-founder of the studio) Toshio Suzuki. During the segment on MBS' Jounetsu Tairiku, Suzuki reportedly announced the closure of its production department.

However, other sites have looked a bit more into this and are reporting that what was being spread is not the entirety of the story. While Suzuki did state that they were thinking about disbanding the production department, he was really talking about looking at the studio and perhaps restructuring the way they did things. This can be looked at as something like a "Spring cleaning" and improving how things work for the next generation. Suzuki said that to continue how they were working was not impossible, but for now they would take a brief pause to consider what's to come next.

While it is possible that they will cease animated film production, that was not what Suzuki said on the program this past weekend. One blogger states that Ghibli will focus on licensing and the Ghibli Museum for now.

So show Studio Ghibli you still want them doing films and go see Princess Kaguya this October, and "When Marnie Was There" when it hits Western shores won't you?


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Sdsichero is Asian and he likes anime. He should write more articles.






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