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Rumors: 'When Marine Was There' Set to be Last Production To Come Out of Hayao Miyazki, Toshio Suzuki Isao Studio Ghibli

By Maria Jean Sullivan m.sullivan@classicalite.com on Jul 26, 2014 03:26 PM EDT

When Marnie Was There rumored to be last film by Hayao Miyazaki, Toshio Suzuki and Isao Takahata famed Japanese animation studio, Studio Ghibli, due to money issues despite Miyazaki's final feature, The Wind Rises Oscar nomination and pulling in over 10 billion yen in Japan. Founded in 1985, Studio Ghibli is responsible for the tantalizing graphics of classic anime flicks including My Neighbor Totoro, Grave of the Fireflies, and Kiki's Delivery Service.

With Miyazaki’s retirement (spent mostly at the studio) and Takahata stepping down from production to general manager, Studio Ghibli seems to be lacking the manpower behind future success, being forced to close production.

 "From here on, it appears as though this won't be a studio that makes new works, but instead, manages its copyrights," reported Kotaku.

Yahoo Movies UK relays word that Studio Ghibli needed each film to bring in at least 10 billion yen in order to maintain a sustainable profit, with labor costs at a cray yearly amount of around two billion yen, largely due to their nature of hiring Japanese full-time staff rather than outsourcing.

Seems in time Miyazaki, Suzuki and Takahata assumed to leave the production house in the hands of the next generation, Miyazaki’s director son, Goro, whose Studio Ghibli produced films Tales From Earthsea and From Up on Poppy Hill have done well in the anime circuit. No word on if he’s even interested.

The recently released trailer for When Marine Was There features lush countryside greenery, trouble making preteens and the first English speaking song, Country Road” to be featured in a Studio Ghibli film. Check out the trailer below, and shed a tear for your Ghibli homies.

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