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Miyazaki to retire. We can all start crying now.

#1 User is offline   KungPowKirby 

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 11:33 AM

It was announced today that Miyazaki, director of beloved films such as Howls Moving Castle, Kiki's Delivery Service, Spirited Away, and Ponyo, would be retiring from making full length films. The Wind Rises" will be his last one. I know that he is responsible, at least partially, for kindling my love for anime. His brilliant films will truly be missed by me. Lets use this thread to share memories of his films. What was the first one you saw? How has he impacted you?

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 01:25 PM

O wow. :blink:

The first Miyazaki film I ever saw was Princess Mononoke/Mononoke-hime (in middle school). Its fair to say from then on I was hooked.

I'll miss his work too for sure.
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Posted 01 September 2013 - 01:31 PM

Oh goodness. It's the end of an era.

The first I saw was also Princess Mononoke (also the first time I ever watched anything on DVD!) Before that the only anime I'd seen had been Sailor Moon and Pokemon; Princess Mononoke absolutely blew my little 11-year-old mind. I hadn't known animation could be so beautiful, and so powerful.

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 03:00 PM

Oh no! I love the movies Miyazaki makes. I fell in love with Howls Moving Castel
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Posted 01 September 2013 - 06:04 PM

Kiki's Delivery Service was one of my first anime, all the way back on VHS before I even knew what anime was. (I still have that VHS and actually watched it recently xD) He was an expert at making anime appeal to a wide audience, and definitely had an influence on it becoming more acceptable in American culture. Off the top of my head, I can't think of any other anime films that have been played in theaters for an extended amount of time, not just like 1-2 night things like Bleach and FullMetal and Trigun.
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Posted 01 September 2013 - 06:36 PM

Princess Mononoke was my first Miyazaki movie (I think I was around 8 when I first saw it), and is still my top favorite!
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Posted 02 September 2013 - 01:42 PM

Shame he's retiring, but the man is over seventy. He deserves some time off! It will be interesting to see what his son does with Ghibli now.

The first one of his I saw was Princess Mononoke. It still holds up well. I would say he was a huge inspiration to teaching anime in a college environment.

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 07:14 PM

I'm pretty sure he's said he's going to retire several times already and still hasn't, so I wouldn't give it too much though unless he goes a long stretch without working on something. :3

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 02:23 AM

Kikis Delivery Service.

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 07:44 AM

Given much of the flak he has received recently, now would be a good time to bow out if anything to relieve some stress.

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 09:00 PM

View Postrondo, on 13 September 2013 - 07:44 AM, said:

Given much of the flak he has received recently, now would be a good time to bow out if anything to relieve some stress.


I don't think he's the type who stresses over "flak".
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Posted 16 September 2013 - 08:06 AM

View PostAnimexcel, on 13 September 2013 - 09:00 PM, said:

I don't think he's the type who stresses over "flak".


Perhaps, but this last dust up got a decent amount of attention. Given the circumstances, I know I probably would have been like.."Alright, I'm done".

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 04:35 PM

I believe the first one I watched was Kiki's Delivery Service. I enjoyed a lot of his movies, but there were a few I just didn't enjoy as much like My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo, and the Secret World of Arrietty. At least I have most of the ones I do like.

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 07:27 PM

I saw Spirited Away first, in theaters. It blew me away and it still stands as one of my sources of inspiration when I'm in a slump. Then I watched some of his other masterpieces out of order. It was a huge part of my childhood. I'm sad to see him retire, but his greatness will continue to exist in these films. : ) Now I need to own them.
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