Hayao Miyazaki, the renowned director of Studio Ghibli, announced his retirement in 1997 after Princess Mononoke, which set Japanese animation records and revolutionized the industry. He also retired in 2001 after Spirited Away, saying that he couldn’t continue working on feature-length animated films. In 2013, MiYazaKI revealed that “I would sound like an old man saying something stupid” if I were to make another feature film.
Miyazaki, an elderly man, is expressing his foolishness by releasing a new movie called How Do You Live in Japan and changing its name to The Boy and the Heron for the global market in 2023.
It is uncertain whether Hayao Miyazaki’s departure from feature animation, as he directed a new short for the Ghibli Museum during his last retirement, will result in him being permanently retired.