Toshio Suzuki Announces Retirement

First Hayao Miyazaki announces his retirement in September of 2013 and now Toshio Suzuki.  This is just more bad news for Studio Ghibli fans such as myself.  Suzuki helped Miyazaki establish Studio Ghibli in 1985 and has been there with him ever since.  He has served as a producer for a number of films such as Princess Mononoke, Porco Rosso, Spirited Away, Howls Moving Castle, The Wind Rises, etc.  There is some good news and that is Suzuki won’t be entirely gone from Studio Ghibli.  He will take the role as general manager and Yoshiaki Nishimura will take his place as the new producer.

UPDATE:  Toshio Suzuki will not be retiring as producer for Studio Ghibli.  It has been reported by Cinema Today in Japan that this information is not true.

Hayao Miyazaki’s Reason for Retirement

Hayao Miyazaki is still dedicated to creating classic anime films but sadly his body just can’t keep up anymore.  Miyazaki stated that his poor vision and age are the major reasons as to why he’s calling it quits for good in the world of animation. (more…)