Japanese anime master Hayao Miyazaki bids farewell
TOKYO (AP) - The Japanese master of whimsical animation, Hayao Miyazaki, has retired before. This time, he says he really means it.
Miyazaki is one of animation's most admired and successful directors. He said on Friday that at the age of 72, he now wants to do other things besides slaving away over his drawings to meet feature film deadlines.
"I know I've said I would retire many times in the past. Many of you must think, 'Once again'. But this time I am quite serious," he said.
"This will never happen again," Miyazaki said at the conclusion of a nearly two-hour-long news conference where he shared his thoughts on everything from war to Italian cuisine.