Hayao Miyazaki’s Last Feature Film


photo credits to Studio Ghibli

In 2013, Hayao Miyazaki has been rumored to retire and stop making feature animation films. It was four long years before that news was updated and earlier this month, a press release about Mr. Miyazaki’s long-term return of film making – which makes sense. After I’ve heard that news, it came to my mind that it will probably be his last animation film for his entire life.

There were a bunch of questions from fans all over the world why he declared his retirement. It took Mr. Miyazaki years to regain his idea of creating another film and what’s funny thing is that he could  not declare his intention too early because he thinks people would then generalize that he might be getting crazy old of instantly having the idea of creating the last feature animation film.

I’ve followed the news and I had a glimpse of an interview on NHK Television’s Sunday Art Program. I found out that Miyazaki’s inspiration is his grandson. If one day, his grandson will come of age, he will then soon realize that his grandfather made this animation for himself. Hayao Miyazaki’s reason of creating the last animation feature film was for his grandson. Period.

For those of you who aren’t familiar of Hayao Miyazaki, he is a Japanese animator, director, author, screenwriter, producer and mangga artist who also co-founded the Studio Ghibli, a film and animation studio who has attained internationally acclaimed awards such as the Academy Awards for Best Featured Film in 2003.

Here are some of the feature animation films of Studio Ghibli:


Spirited Away (July 20, 2001) photo credits to Studio Ghibli Films


Grave of The Fireflies (April 16, 1988) Photo Credits to Studio Ghibli films


Whisper of the Heart (July 15, 1995) Image Credit to Studio Ghibli films