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PostSubject: Is Studio Ghibli Closing?    2nd August 2014, 10:50 am

Have you guys heard about this?  Apparently Ghibli's last few films haven't been as big as they was hoping for and they don't seem to have any idea of what direction to take their studio now that Miyazaki has retired.  I'm concerned about this if it's true.  Studio Ghibli has always been one of my top favorite animation studios, anime or otherwise, and I always felt like they were above the standards of ordinary anime and were something special and even their poor films still seemed to be of a higher quality than standard anime stuff.  The world would be a sadder place without Ghibli films.  All they need to do is make Totoro Returns and I'm sure they'll be a hit again: http://kotaku.com/studio-ghibli-might-quit-making-feature-films-says-rep-1608198259
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This summer, there's a new Studio Ghibli movie. According to one reported insider, it could be Ghibli's last.
Studio Ghibli is best known for iconic anime like My Neighbor Totoro, Grave of the Fireflies, and Kiki's Delivery Service. Last year, the creator of many of Ghibli's best known works, Hayao Miyazaki, retired from making feature animated films.
The purported insider told Japanese site News Cafe that Ghibli's latest release, When Marnie Was There, "seems like it will be the last [from Studio Ghibli]." The article appeared on Rakuten, one of Japan's largest web portals. That being said, this is an unconfirmed rumor.
As the insider explained, there was scuttlebutt of the studio's dissolution last year after Miyazaki retired once completing The Wind Rises. Then, this past spring, longtime Ghibli producer and studio co-founder Toshio Suzuki also stepped down from producing films. He is now Ghibli's general manager.


"From here on, it appears as though this won't be a studio that makes new works, but instead, manages its copyrights."
So, Studio Ghibli won't be creating new animated works, but rather, making money off the anime its created so far.
The insider added animated films required tremendous amounts of money, so there is pressure for the films to be successful so Ghibli can cover its costly production expenses as well as, I'd imagine, remain healthy and profitable. By the insider's count, each film apparently needs to make at least ten billion yen (US$100 million) to cover all its production costs as well as, I'd imagine, turn a healthy profit. Even with a relatively small staff, the insider puts Ghibli's annual labor expenses at supposedly two billion yen ($19.7 million). Note: These numbers are unconfirmed.


"The Tale of Princess Kaguya from director Isao Takahata made 5.1 billion yen ($50 million), and for the studio, it was a flop," the source told News Cafe. "There's no choice but to dissolve the studio, because it's unable cross the high hurdle of announcing a new film on an annual basis."
A bright point is that Goro Miyazaki, Hayao Miyazaki's son, is directing Ghibli's first animated TV series, Ronia the Robber's Daughter. The computer animated series is a co-production, however, with Polygon Pictures and will debut this fall. The dark cloud is that back in 2010, Hayao Miyazaki did mention breaking up the studio.
"Suzuki-san is making a dissolution program for Ghibli," Miyazaki told Cut Magazine (via Bleeding Cool and Nausicaa.net). "No joke, we talked about it the other day. For example, Ghibli should be able to continue with about five staff members as a copyright management company even if we smash the studio. So, Ghibli can say 'We stop film production. Goodbye'. I do not have to be there."
The latest Studio Ghibli film When Marnie Was There was directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and recently released in Japan. Let's hope it's not the last Studio Ghibli film.
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PostSubject: Re: Is Studio Ghibli Closing?    2nd August 2014, 1:35 pm

Hmm, I have no idea if this is true or not. I will be very sad if it is, as Ghibli is my favourite animation studio.

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PostSubject: Re: Is Studio Ghibli Closing?    2nd August 2014, 5:57 pm

it would be rather sad if there were no more Ghibili films...but everything ends in it's own time, and we have some wonderful animes from them to still enjoy!

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PostSubject: Re: Is Studio Ghibli Closing?    2nd August 2014, 7:11 pm

Oh gosh that would be a horrible thing. I love Studio Ghibli!
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PostSubject: Re: Is Studio Ghibli Closing?    3rd August 2014, 6:48 pm

What? No! It can't close down. I love Studio Ghibli! 
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PostSubject: Re: Is Studio Ghibli Closing?    3rd August 2014, 7:12 pm

I found another article that talks about an offical studio release about shutting down, but was updated with a correction that the translation says that it will not be forever, just as it was before 'porco rosso'

http://www.hypable.com/2014/08/03/studio-ghibli-announces-closure/

The studio will not be closing for good... which is a huge relief, but it is so sad to me that they are not doing so well. I love their works so much, it is such a refreshing use of Japanese animation to not follow the anime formula and instead make whatever wonderful story they believe in come to life.

Here is the article the first one is sourcing 

http://www.slashfilm.com/studio-ghibli-closed/

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PostSubject: Re: Is Studio Ghibli Closing?    3rd August 2014, 8:18 pm

Found an article that directly translates his words to a much more open wording, more like restructuring and break.. no definite closures 

http://kotaku.com/studio-ghibli-is-not-dead-yet-1615520289?utm_campaign=Socialflow_Kotaku_Facebook&utm_source=Kotaku_Facebook&utm_medium=Socialflow

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PostSubject: Re: Is Studio Ghibli Closing?    3rd August 2014, 9:43 pm

I think maybe they just need to take some time to sort things out. Hopefully they are able to come back better than ever.

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PostSubject: Re: Is Studio Ghibli Closing?    3rd August 2014, 10:43 pm

I really hope they are able to come back at some point. I adore many of their movies, and the news of a new Ghibli movie coming out has made me smile many times in the past.

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PostSubject: Re: Is Studio Ghibli Closing?    4th August 2014, 7:14 am

Also, It seems this will only be to their production side. I know they are a production studio, but Ghibli will be around in some form no matter what. They have titles and copyrights to manage, plus Miyazaki's son is going to come out with an anime, which is something Ghibli has never done.

http://www.cartoonbrew.com/anime/goro-miyazaki-will-direct-studio-ghiblis-first-tv-series-ronia-the-robbers-daughter-95624.html

I really just think this is going to be a breather and shift, trying to figure out what comes next. They will have a cleaning of the house, and hopefully get some new creative talent, the big problem is that all the creativity is driven by Miyazaki and Takahata. And with neither of them being in the directors seat it is really up to the other animators. 

I was reading this really interesting article on the Era's of Disney. And this whole thing reminds me of early Disney, of course they had a war interrupting production, but the 'Silver age' before Walts death is about where I feel Ghibli might be now, their films are still great and wonderful and amazing but their most popular works are behind them, for now I hope. 

http://animatedfilmreviews.filminspector.com/p/the-golden-age-snow-white-pinochio.html

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PostSubject: Re: Is Studio Ghibli Closing?    4th August 2014, 9:53 am

Honestly, this isn't a surprise to me. Even casual Ghibli fans could see that the quality of their films has gone down. As Crystalsetsuna said, we'll always have the classic films to enjoy. I'd rather be content with those than see the studio churn out pointless movies just to try and satisfy us.

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PostSubject: Re: Is Studio Ghibli Closing?    4th August 2014, 11:54 am

@Sailor CJ wrote:
Honestly, this isn't a surprise to me. Even casual Ghibli fans could see that the quality of their films has gone down. As Crystalsetsuna said, we'll always have the classic films to enjoy. I'd rather be content with those than see the studio churn out pointless movies just to try and satisfy us.


Def feel this way too with alot of things. That's why I hate alot of remakes! Why make such a bad movie just because you want a few extra bucks? Now the name is tarnished forever. I'd rather let Studio ghibli go out with pride then have it keep making that are bad...well the last movie I saw was Ponyo and that was OK. I don't know if Up on Poppy Hill was good.
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PostSubject: Re: Is Studio Ghibli Closing?    12th August 2014, 5:02 pm

Well guys looks like the rumor that its closing is false, heres a link to the news.

http://oh-totoro.com/tagged/news

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PostSubject: Re: Is Studio Ghibli Closing?    12th August 2014, 10:06 pm

I'm glad to see they're not closing after all as Ghibli is one of my top fav anime studios.  I heard they were still going to take a break from making full length movies for awhile and that they were going to do some "housecleaning" of their studio so it still sounds like they're having some problems going on.
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PostSubject: Re: Is Studio Ghibli Closing?    13th August 2014, 6:13 pm

Well its good they aren't closing, but I wonder if Miyazaki is truly retiring for good. He's retired what..? Like five or six times now? The man has been unable to stay away from the animation business. xD

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PostSubject: Re: Is Studio Ghibli Closing?    13th August 2014, 6:16 pm

lol I think he retires just so he can take a break for a little while and get recharged them comes back.

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PostSubject: Re: Is Studio Ghibli Closing?    13th August 2014, 6:23 pm

Yeah you pretty much summed it up Addy xDD

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PostSubject: Re: Is Studio Ghibli Closing?    13th August 2014, 6:24 pm

Its obvious where his true passions lie. If you truly love something, you can never officially retire from it.

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