Hey everyone, Chakrasandwich reporting here that Hayao Miyazaki (the director of Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Ponyo, etc.) is retiring at the age of 72, after the publication of his last film Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises).
His last movie is about World War II-era airplane designer Jiro Horikoshi, in the U.S. The English-subbed trailer can be seen here. This film came out in Japan in July, 2013. The American film date is still unknown.
I personally will be sad to see Miyazaki go. His creations were amazing and beautiful and imaginative and creative and picturesque. But being at age 72, I think he deserves to live a quiet life from now on.
Let's hope for the best for him :)