So there’s a rumor going around that Studio Ghibli is shutting down their animation wing. Let’s clear a few things up. With the recent retirement of Hayao Miyazaki, there is a lot of doubt as to the future of the studio. The cost of making their critically lauded films continues to increase, so much so that The Wind Rises for all its praise and success has yet to turn a profit (it has grossed nearly $90 million).
A post on a Ghibli fan Tumblr has exacerbated matters following an feature on Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki where he allegedly says that the studio is shutting down its animation wing. Something is clearly getting lost in translation here.
If you’ve been a frequent visitor to my Tumblr, then you know that I dabble in the occasional Japanese to English interview translations. Here’s a run-down of what is going on in the show and bold the part about Ghibli.
You read the full interview translation and watch the full video over on my blog.
Suzuki: “I’m sure many of you have heard the rumors but there are about to be big changes to come to every aspect of Studio Ghibli. If you’re wondering what those changes are, well… the film production portion is, well, this is a bit severe, but we’re thinking of dismantling it once over. It’s some major cleaning up. We’ve been thinking of restructuring or should I say reconstruction for a while now.”