I was heartbroken when I heard that Hayao Miyazaki had decided to retire from animated features. His films have always filled me with a sense of wide-eyed wonder. And though we have twenty films directed by him to fill our days, I still want more. I guess that’s the best time to retire. Far better to leave fans hungry than sated.
So what does an animation director do in his retirement? Serialized manga, of course!
On NTV’s “Sekai-ichi Uketai” variety show, Studio Ghibli’s producer Toshio Suzuki let slip that Miyazaki is working on a samurai manga set in the sengoku era. Suzuko refused to elaborate any further.
Miyazaki is no stranger to manga. His seven volume version of Nausicaä Valley of the Wind has sold millions. I’d be curious to see if he’s using assistants on this new work, or if he’s going solo. Either way, I can’t wait to see what he has in store. I’m a sucker for a sword.
More as it develops.
From: Anime News Network