Evangelion creator and Shin Godzilla director, Hideaki Anno owes a lot to his mentor, Hayao Miyazaki. In fact, when Miyazaki asked him to be a voice actor for “The Wind Rises”, he said yes. Miyazaki then retired from making feature-length films after “The Wind Rises” back in 2013. But after making the Ghibli Museum short, Boro the Caterpillar, the legendary director decided to make a new one.

And during a special talk event for the upcoming Mary and the Witch’s Flower, Anno also talked about his mentor’s return. Needless to say, he wasn’t surprised at all. In fact, he said “It’s just as I thought”.

Anno appeared in the event alongside Deho Gallery founder Nobuo Kawakami and Mary and the Witch’s Flower producer Yoshiaki Nishimura. During the event, Kawakami also talked about Ghibli hiring once again, and said that he also expected it to happen. As for Yonebashi who worked for Ghibli in “When Marnie Was There”, he said that  he wanted his next film to be the opposite of “When Marnie Was There”.

Miyazaki and Anno’s relationship is long and well-documented, with Miyazaki giving Anno is first big break in 1984 when he hired the Evangelion director to do some of the animation for Nausicaa in the Valley of the Wind. In fact, it was Anno who showed Miyazaki some of his drawings, and it impressed the animation legend. Miyazaki then served as both mentor and friend to the man who would go on to become one of Japan’s top directors.

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Source: Oricon News


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