There has been a lot of rumors swirling around stating Ghibli has made it's final film which was When Marie Was There. A film about a girl that dose not love herself and does not let others get too close until she finds a girl in an abandoned marsh house. The film was released on 19 July 2014. It was the final film for Studio Ghibli before they announced that the film division is taking a short hiatus with Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement coming out one year before it's release.
For me the one thing that hit home was the song at the very end of the movie. With the sad life of Marie explained the song was almost too fitting for the mood the movie gave you at the end. Even though some people might say the ending was a let down the Japanese version of the title Omoide no Mānī, actually translates to The Marie of My Memories. Tying up the ending to make perfect scene and the overall things we are given in an ending though simplistic to the rest of the movie, it is also the mood that it gives off as well which this song more than delivers at least for me.
There are many Ghibli movies that require you to think as well as the cute kid friendly ones that may warm some of the coldest hearts. Nevertheless it's obvious as time goes by that these movies even though not well known by all will definitely be loved by the ones who do.and I am a devoted sharer of all things Ghibli whenever I can.
and there would probably be many more masterpieces which is why this shocked me the first time I head about it but Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki sat down on MBS program Jounetsu Tairiku and talked about what was going to happen with the Studio. There have been a lot of subtitled screencaps of the interview floating around, but thanks to Kotaku’s article by Brian Ashcraft everyone can read the full translation. When asked about Ghibli’s future Suzuki had this to say:
“We’re thinking about disbanding the production department and making a big change to the larger view of Studio Ghibli…Obviously, Miyazaki’s retiring was quite significant. After that, what should Ghibli do? With that, continuing to endlessly create like this is not impossible, but once, right about now, we will take a short rest and think about what’s next"
This as much of a relief as it is still sad though this can be followed with a lot of opportunities for inspiration because with Ghibli there is no limit to the imagination. The sad part comes in with Hayao Miyazaki from the documentary The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness Miyazaki doesn’t seem too disturbed about the idea of his studio closing. Saying:
"The future is clear. It's going to fall apart.I can already see it, what's the use of worrying??? It's inevitable "Ghibli" is just a random name I got from an airplane. It's only a name."
One part of me want's to prove him wrong. Ghibli, though taken by an airplane, means a lot more than he thinks! In the eyes of the fans and the devoted fans the word Ghibli is represented in the face of Totoro but also has the greater concept of being connected to so many beautiful things the emotions felt and experiences made by watching the movies all are a part of that word and there are still many strong fans of his work. What I would like to see is the revelation of how big his fan base really is, but my imagination has known to be a bit over the top.