On hearing that Hayao Miyazaki would be retiring after the completion of The Wind Rises, it was only a matter of time before the other shoe fell. And yesterday, the announcement was made: Toshio Suzuki, one of the co-founders of Studio Ghibli and producer of Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Porco Rosso, The Wind Rises, From Up on Poppy Hill, among many others, will be retiring from his post as producer at Studio Ghibli.
However, much like Hayao Miyazaki, he will still remain involved at the studio, only in a much smaller capacity, as he takes on the role of General Manager. Yoshiaka Nishamura, who stepped in as producer for The Tale of Princess Kaguya, will be maintaining that position for this summer's When Marnie Was There.
Considering 2/3 of the original founders of Studio Ghibli have now sought retirement from their positions, it feels as if the clock has started to count down on when we will be hearing from Isao Takahata as to his retirement plans. Considering his latest film has not yet been released in the US, we may still have some time to soak in the Takahataness left in the world.
Still, so many questions left for Studio Ghibli: Who will the future of the studio be like? What kind of stories will we see? Will we still love them once the core storytellers enter their much deserved retirements? What do you think?