The word ‘rumour’ is one that immediately strikes doubt into ones personal self. A synonym for ‘rumour’ is ‘gossip’ and that word is one known for it’s low level of truth so I will tread lightly with what I’m about to write within this article. Unlike other online publications, we are not making any accusations regarding the shutting down of Studio Ghibli because, let’s be honest here; that’s not what is going on.
This rumour has spread over the past day, at this point in time, because of a television appearance by one Toshio Suzuki who you may know is both the co-founder and former president of the critically acclaimed production studio. Suzuki-Senpai, on this particular Japanese documentary series, made a couple simple comments about the Studio’s, let’s say, current ‘solidarity’ state that were quickly lost in translation. The internet, somewhat, exploded with talks of Studio Ghibli shutting down but what Suzuki-Senpai basically said was that some changes need to be made before they can, once again, begin working on more projects. Basically; the studio hasn’t made as much money in recent times, especially with the release of ‘When Marnie Was There’.
No, allow me to rephrase; it wasn’t just that the film didn’t bring in much money, it was a more of a culmination of things that, while not bad to the general public, didn’t particularly make the people behind the film very happy. This type of thing happens all the time but as audience members we’re not usually privy to what goes on ‘behind-the-scenes’. Now avid Japanese pop culture fans will know that, in the past, the heads of Studio Ghibli (Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki) have made many comments about the direction of the studio. They’ve even spoken about what would happen if the studio went ‘belly up’ saying: “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”.
This doesn’t mean that the studio is on it’s ‘last legs’ but it does help fue l the fire of rumour-spreading. Will Studio Ghibli close down forever? That’s not something we know as of right now. Will Studio Ghibli take a little break from production? Quite possibly. Decisions like this are made all the time in the industry. Is anything set in stone right now? Absolutely not. If the studio does decide to go on a bit of a break, chances are they will still keep a certain number of workers onboard to work on singular projects at a time just to keep the machine going in anticipation of the studio’s big re-start up.
Sleep well tonight, reader. Right now, only seemingly shallow comments have been made in regards to the studio’s standpoint so until there is confirmed word of what exactly is going to happen next you can relax and keep hope for the future of Studio Ghibli. One way or another, Ghibli will live on for eternity.