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Friday, 8th August 2014
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Studio Ghibli announces halt in film production

Renowned filmmaker Studio Ghibli, which has been widely credited with bringing the Japanese art form of anime to an international audience, sent shockwaves through the entertainment world this morning after it announced a halt in production.

During a press conference, co-founder of the company Toshio Suzuki informed reporters that the studio is in need of an overhaul following the departure of lead director Hayao Miyazaki, who left in September following the release of his last film The Wind Rises.

According to the filmmakers, it has become difficult to maintain a full staff that releases films only rarely. 

"It is by no means impossible to keep producing [movies] forever. However, we will take a brief pause to consider where to go from here," Mr Suzuki explained. He added that a period of "housecleaning" is required for the company to allow new animators and directors make their mark.

However, the departure of Mr Miyazaki has led online commentators and entertainment bloggers to speculate as to whether this is the beginning of the end for Studio Ghibli.

The man who gave us hit films such as Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle is considered so instrumental to the firm's creative spirit that many have questioned whether the studio can continue in its current form without him.

Considering Miyazaki's latest retirement is now his sixth to date, there is a chance the animator and director might return for one final film, despite it all.

Anyone wanting to engage in the exciting world of Studio Ghibli is advised to visit the Ghibli Museum located near Shibuya, Tokyo. An immersive experience takes you on an imaginative journey through the weird and wonderful worlds developed by the company.

You can also sample Japan's vibrant anime and manga scene by visiting Akihabara, Tokyo's electric town, which is where many of the superstores and all-night cafes concerned with the fandom are located.

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