As we recently reported, legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki has retired from filmmaking, but he’s rumored to be returning to cartooning, working on a period “Samurai manga,” according to associates. Well, it sounded a bit like a pipedream, but a Japanese TV show has allowed a few peeks at Miyazaki-sensei slaving away at a drawing board, so he’s definitely drawing SOMETHING.
On Monday, NHK’s Professional Shigoto no Ryūgi (Professional Work Style) program showed the samurai manga that Studio Ghibli anime director Hayao Miyazaki is drawing after he announced his retirement from feature films. The program’s latest episode dealt with the studio co-founder’s September retirement announcement and showed him drawing the manga two months later. Miyazaki said that he wants to draw sengoku (Japan’s Warring States Period) stories and other stories that cannot be cubbyholed.
According to reports, the manga will be serialized in print, as it’s finished. And if there is a just comics god, the English version will be available legally soon after.
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