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It was a sad day for anime fans everywhere when Studio Ghibli announced that their acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki would be retiring in 2013. Since then, however, the veteran filmmaker has been unable to tear himself away from the animation studio, keeping himself busy with a CG short for the Ghibli Museum called Kemushi no Boro (Boro the Caterpillar).
Today, Studio Ghibli announced that the CG short was now complete, and Miyazaki has decided to “withdraw” his retirement in order to make one last feature-length anime film. While a television special screened in Japan last year hinted that Kemushi no Boro would be made into a feature film, today’s announcement only said that Miyazaki was coming out of retirement “for no other reason than he had found a subject worthy of making“.
According to the announcement, Miyazaki’s decision to come out of retirement came upon completing Kemushi no Boro with a young team of staff, during which time many of his longstanding, valuable companions passed away,