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Makiko Futaki was an invaluable creative resource, and instrumental in almost every work done by Studio Ghibli, where she started up in 1981. Her last film for the studio was, When Marnie Was There



Futaki was the go to animator on Princess Mononoke, and also worked closely on Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro. Futaki was a true visionary, an unrivaled talent, and a godsend for the anime industry as a whole, may she rest in peace.

hayao miyazaki opening childrens nature park
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Studio Ghibli's Hayao Miyazaki has announced plans to build a 2.5 acre nature park for children in Japan. The park, "The Forest Where the Wind Returns," will create a space for visitors to experience nature with all five senses. 

Miyazaki is personally funding the $2.5 million project, which will be built using local resources and labor. "The Forest Where the Wind Returns" is expected to open in 2018. With any luck, it'll be filled with forest spirits to visit.

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We know they aren't really shutting down, but they're certainly not making any new movies soon.

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Studio Ghibli's Hayao Miyazaki has a reputation for being terrible at retirement; he's tried it six times over the years, always coming back to filmmaking, but it seemed like his most recent attempt had finally stuck. Except he's working on another new film. Miyazaki revealed in a press conference, 

I have just begun work on a new anime, it's a wonderful project. I’m working with some of my usual staff, as well as some staff from the computer graphics world.


The new film is a 10 minute short telling the story of a caterpillar named Boro for the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo, and will take approximately three years to complete. With any luck, Boro will be at least as cute as the velvet worm named after Miyazaki's famous character Totoro:


(Nicky Bay)

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