Over the weekend there was quite a scare over the announcement that Studio Ghibli had made where it was closing it's doors for good:
STUDIO GHIBLI ANNOUNCES CLOSUREToshio Suzuki has announced the closure of Studio Ghibli. Here’s a translated version of the news article:"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. 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.In the interview, Suzuki has also admitted that it was a major setback for the study progress Hayao Miyazaki, one of the reasons already unveiled the portal Rakuten Woman. Once we have access to the full TV interview, adding more data. No doubt that this is a very sad news for Japanese animation, of which we are all fans, because it is undeniable everything Studio Ghibli has given the anime. Please remember that what will be his last film, Omoide no Marnie, premiered at the Japanese box office on 19 July.”
It seems, however, we may all have jumped to conclusions too soon. The Film Stage made an update that Suzuki, rather, was indicating his commitment to forging new paths and restructuring which will put Studio Ghibli at a brief hiatus to take consideration on where to proceed from here on out.
Ghibli is such a hallmark animation studio that has impacted animators and artists for generations to come, but still has many years under it's belt in my opinion despite the fact that Hayao Miyazaki has retired. Needless to say, it is still saddening that the animation studio that practically raised me has reached a point of reigning in the horses, even if it is only just a brief pause to reassess their situation.