Last week, Hayao Miyazaki announced he would come out of retirement (again) to direct another film. This is obviously great news for anime fans and film lovers alike. To date, all eleven of Miyazaki’s features have been critically acclaimed and commercially successful.
His most recent feature, 2013’s The Wind Rises, was a bittersweet drama about a man, Jiro Horikoshi, who overcomes his physical limitations to achieve his dream of becoming an aviation legend. About three months after the film’s release, Miyazaki announced his retirement. This was undoubtedly the end of the auteur’s career. So we thought.