Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyazaki believes that the golden age of anime is over

Hayao Miyazaki believes the golden age of Japanese animation is over!

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Studio Ghibli has celebrated several milestones in recent months, including the success of their latest film, The Boy and the Heron, and the historical record at the Cannes Film Festival (it made history by becoming the first collective to receive the Palme d' Honorary gold of the event), but its creator himself, Hayao Miyazaki, believes that the golden age of Japanese animation has now come to an end! Studio Ghibli had one of its best years: The Boy and the Heron not only won major awards around the world but was also one of the biggest box office successes in the company's history. With the growing popularity of anime and its feature films in recent years, it is difficult not to imagine how the world of animation made in Japan can continue to grow in the coming years.

But for one major creator, the current era of anime may be over. Speaking to 20 Minutes in France while accepting the Cannes Film Festival award for Miyazaki and the honorary Palme d'Or for Studio Ghibli, Goro Miyazaki relayed some comments his father had made regarding the award itself. Noting that although his father was happy to receive the award, this also seems like the end of his career, despite the fact that the legendary director is already considering working on his next project. As Goro Miyazaki told 20 Minutes about his father's feelings about the awards, “He was happy, but he believes the golden age of anime is over. He feels that this award symbolizes the end of his career." 

It's a surprising comment from one of anime's greatest creators, nevertheless, Miyazaki Jr. notices how things are starting to change. Anime is currently in the midst of a huge boom: worldwide demand for anime television and feature films continues to grow. There has been a greater diffusion of anime and the time between various releases has been significantly reduced compared to a few years ago. But as Miyazaki notes, this may simply reflect a "golden age" that will essentially act as a sort of "bubble" that could burst at any moment.

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