According to Anime News Network, Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki revealed in an interview that studio co-founder Hayao Miyazaki's next film is "not the sort of work that everyone in the audience can relax and watch." He stated that Miyazaki intends to make something realistic about the current state of Japan in the aftermath of the tsunami and nuclear crisis.
It is well known that Hayao Miyazaki has been publicly verbal against the use of nuclear power. In March, he compared the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant crisis to the uncontrollable fire that humans received from the Greek deity Prometheus. Then in June, his Studio hang a banner on its rooftop stating "Studio Ghibli Wants to Make Movies With Electricity That Isn't From Nuclear Power." Miyazaki's strong stance against nuclear power was widely speculated as one of the reasons for Nippon Television's indefinite ban on the broadcast of his last film PONYO.
Suzuki has not revealed anything else about the project in this interview, but he previously announced that Miyazaki's new film will be a biography or autobiography. It seems likely that the story will be related to the topic of nuclear energy use and its danger. Fans of the great man will no doubt be curious to find out more about his new film, and it sure sounds like something that will be very different from his usual family-friendly animated films.
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