This is why Miyazaki choose to retire

Hayao Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki

I know I’ve said I would retire many times in the past. Many of you must think, ‘Once again.’ But this time I am quite serious,” Miyazaki told a Tokyo press conference, packed with some 600 reporters, including 70 television camera crews, from around the world.

This will never happen again,

Miyazaki’s studio announced last week that he will stop making feature films following the release in June of his last film, “The Wind Rises.”

It also centers on grueling hard work: Miyazaki has mostly eschewed computer graphics for painstakingly hand-drawn animation.

You may wonder what we animation directors do, but I’m an animator first, and I have to draw. I have to take off my glasses like this…” he said, bending forward as if he was working at his desk. “It’s quite strenuous.

Miyazaki said he can no longer work 12- to 14-hour days; about seven hours is his limit, and delegating the work to others is just not his style.

If I could have, I would have done that. But that’s not how I work,” he said. “I have to put the pencil down and just go home,” he said.

You just can’t do anything about those problems resulting from aging,” he said.

See whole article here: Japan Today | Miyazaki says he’s retiring because he can’t keep up the pace

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