Update: Goodbye, Ghibli

Update: An additional translation of the TV appearance via (sourcing suggests that Ghibli isn’t entirely shutting down, or rather, is looking into restructuring.

“While there has been talk among some about dissolving the studio outright, Suzuki emphasized that the truth is that the studio is considering “housecleaning” or restructuring for now,” reads the report on the site.

We’ll update with any new developments accordingly.

Original Story: In what is quickly becoming one of the most shocking and heartbreaking news for fans of anime and film, legendary Japanese animation studio Studio Ghilbi has announced it will be shutting its doors for good this year.

General Manager Toshio Suzuki broke the news via a Japanese news-talk show earlier today, unsurprisingly sending shock waves to the anime community in general. Oh-Totoro translated the following quotes spoken by Suzuki on Japanese TV network MBS. 

“Just moments ago, Toshio Suzuki, Studio Ghibli producer, announced on the TV show of the MBS Jounetsu Tairiku chain effectively as announced as sources close to the studio, Studio Ghibli will close and production studio anime, leaving himself only as a company that will manage its trademarks,” the translation reads. “As stated in the program’s producer, “the production department of anime will be dismantled,” which coincides with the data that we gave in our previous post on this decision had been taken from spring after the poor reception at the box office of Kaguya-hime no Monogatari (The Tale of Princess Kaguya.)”

The rumors of the studio shutting down have been floating around since last year, at the time of Hayao Miyazaki’s – the godfather of Japanese anime – high-profile retirement. The studio’s final production, When Marnie Was There, opened a month ago in Japan.

According to Suzuki, Ghibli will now focus on licensing and merchandising characters and trademarks from its vast catalog of beloved films. It will also maintain a small staff for “Miyazaki projects,” but it still unclear what that means since Ghilbi would be devoid of an animation studio.

Studio Ghibli was founded in 1985 by Miyazaki, Isao Takahata and Suzuki after the success of their first anime effort, Naussica: Valley of The Wind. The studio has been heralded as Anime’s equivalent to Walt Disney. Some of its most well-known classic include My Neighbor Totoro, Laputa: Castle in The Sky, Kiki’s Delivery Serviceand Oscar winner Spirited Away. 

No further information was given regarding the future of the now-departing animators.

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