Studio Ghibli R.I.P. (UPDATE)

Produzent Toshio Suzuki hat grade die Auflösung von Studio Ghibli bekanntgegeben. Ghibli wird in Zukunft nur noch als Marke existieren, das Animationsstudio wird aufgelöst. Gründer und Mastermind Hayao Miyazaki hatte bereits im September seinen Rückzug aus dem Geschäft bekanntgegeben, seit Tagen kursieren bereits Gerüchte, dass When Marnie Was There ihr letzter Film sei und jetzt isses wohl soweit. Sad day.

Just moments ago, Toshio Suzuki, Studio Ghibli producer, announced on the TV show of the MBS Jounetsu Tairiku chain effectively as announced as sources close to the studio, Studio Ghibli will close and production studio anime, leaving himself only as a company that will manage its trademarks. As stated in the program’s producer, "the production department of anime will be dismantled," which coincides with the data that we gave in our previous post on this decision had been taken from spring after the poor reception at the box office of Kaguya-hime no Monogatari.

In the interview, Suzuki has also admitted that it was a major setback for the study progress Hayao Miyazaki, one of the reasons already unveiled the portal Rakuten Woman. Once we have access to the full TV interview, adding more data. No doubt that this is a very sad news for Japanese animation, of which we are all fans, because it is undeniable everything Studio Ghibli has given the anime. Please remember that what will be his last film, Omoide no Marnie, premiered at the Japanese box office on 19 July.

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the wording Suzuki uses ( 小休止 or “shoukyuushi”) can mean “pause” or “a break” or a “breather.” He does not use the more definite word “kyuushi” (休止), which means either “stop, pause or suspend.”

Suzuki’s wording makes it sound like the studio is considering reorganization and regrouping. It could mean that Studio Ghibli decides it won’t make anime films anymore. Though it could mean they do keep making anime films. It could mean a lot of things!

[update] Anime News Network: Ghibli Co-Founder Suzuki: Studio Considers Dismantling Production Department:

Suzuki discussed the great changes that the entire studio is undergoing at the studio's shareholders meeting, and mused that these changes may include dismantling the production department. While there has been talk among some about dissolving the studio outright, Suzuki emphasized that the truth is that the studio is considering "housecleaning" or restructuring for now. The end result would be "rebuilding" the studio and creating an environment for the next generation.

[update] Guardian: Animé producer Studio Ghibli may have made its last film:

Toshio Suzuki, the general manager of the Tokyo-based animation studio behind My Neighbour Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle and the Oscar-winning film Spirited Away, announced the halt in production live on Japanese television on Sunday.

Studio Ghibli will cease film-making after 29 years of production, Suzuki told the show Jounetsu Tairiku, downsizing its staff to manage trademarks and copyrights on its existing portfolio of 20 feature films.