The Borrowers Arietty (Karigurashi no Arietty) is Studio Ghibli’s latest offering, which just recently had its national release in Japan; But not even it’s opening sucess at the box office and recurring retirement of Hayao Miyazaki, can stop the feeling that the end of the road is near for Studio Ghibili!
Suzuki-san is making a dissolution program for Ghibli. No joke, we talked about it the other day. For example, Ghibli should be able to continue with about five staff members as a copyright management company even if we smash the studio. So, Ghibli can say ‘We stop film production. Goodbye’. I do not have to be there.
However, in the September issue of the Japanese magazine Cut Magazine, Miyazaki speaks frankly about the plans they have in place, to try prevent the studio closing; One of them is a plan he spoke about last year, that’s to bring back Porco Rosso for an second movie!!!!
So I want to escape to Porco Rosso: The Last Sortie. I have all its materials. It should be interesting. It is set for Spanish Civil War.
But, the possible second Porco Rosso movie will only be possible if the next 1-2 movies are successful and they would be made every three years; with Miyazaki writting the proposals and script. In majority of Ghibili’s movies the lead protaginist is usually a female, but Miyazaki was always trying to think of a tragic story about a boy; he says it’s difficult to create that type of story, so Porco Rosso may be the closest to that.
“Though I don’t know how it will be, I’d like to create a more positive boy (than Sho) in the next movie what we are preparing now. Though the leading character is a girl again.”
“I wrote two scripts in two years.”
Miyazaki is always thinking about a tragic story of a boy. However, he wants to escape to “Porco Rosso: The Last Sortie” because a tragic boy’s story is very difficult. Miyazaki says, “But it (Porco) is not connected in the future.”
“When I read James Joyce’s Dubliners, I think the boys are not blessed. (laughs) I can really understand how literature of the 20th century captured the tragic characteristics of boys.”
(about Miyazak’s next film) “I’m not thinking about a movie of a girl.”
“I think that I must think about only a movie of a boy.”
“I do not need to make a movie if it is not a tragic story of a boy.”
Despite being a classic movie (which I own on DVD), I know some people may slightly cringe at Porco Rosso 2 in favour of say Nausicaa 2 or even Laputa; It would also be nice to do a sequel of My Neighbour Totoro, with the girls from the movie being a little older. Way back in the 1990’s when Japanese anime started to sweep through the UK & Ireland the rightwing British media tried their best to create negative reports, totally ignoring the true side of anime such as Ghibili and reporting on only the Hentai side of the animation (pornographic side). Anime’s popularity sunk due to the negative press, fans dissappeared and even today when you mention anime or manga you still get negative response of ‘oh those porno cartoons!” from people who have never seen an animation in their lives, apart from Bambi big sad eyes. If you want to give anime a good name then Ghibili studios’ catalogue is a prime example of some of the finest animation, just ask Disney Studios.