Everyone stay calm.
Finally 2016 has something positive to offer. Hayao Miyazaki, king of feature length anime films, is reportedly coming out of retirement.
The Japanese director, producer, screenwriter, animator, author, and manga artist retired in 2013 after a career that spanned 50 years. Although he left behind a wealth of work and many movies for his fans to watch over and over again in comfort, his absence has created a hole in the soul of all anime lovers. But it’s time to rejoice, because just like the plot of some terrible action sequel he’s ready to come back for one. Last. Time.
Shortly after he announced his retirement from feature-length films, Miyazaki confirmed that he had been working on his first computer-animated short, a piece that was meant to be about a caterpillar and run ten minutes in length. However, Miyazaki’s post-retirement project didn’t satisfy him, so now he’s developing the idea of a short and turning the story into a feature length film.
Miyazaki has already started storyboarding the project, titled Kemushi No Boro, or Boro the Caterpillar. Anime production house Studio Ghibli has not yet stated that they are officially moving forward with the project but I mean, c’mon. It’s Miyazaki.
If the project is finished to completion, it will take around five years, and Miyazaki will be 80 years young. Damn.