At a recent publicity event for Ronia the Robber’s Daughter, the television anime series from Polygon Pictures in association with Studio Ghibli, Goro Miyazaki the son of legendary director Hayao Miyazaki, addressed living in his fathers shadow.
Goro Miyazaki has previously directed Studio Ghibli films Tales from Earthsea and From Up On Poppy Hill. During the press conference when questioned on being his father’s successor he remarked, “I can’t, and don’t, think of myself as a writer. I can’t be a post-Hayao Miyazaki, there’s no way I can.” He went on to discuss the differences between himself and his father, “I can do work if I’m given a theme and if I have the right circumstances. I can’t be like him and have my own studio and make things from original works, from my own ideas.”
This has been a question on many Ghibli fans mind and it is honestly refreshing to see Goro Miyazaki lay it on the table so honestly. Personally I find Goro’s outing in Tales from Earthsea to be one of the most interesting films in Ghibli’s catalogue, largely because it is so very different to the works of his father. The same cannot be said however about From Up On Poppy Hill which in all honesty comes off as a cheap impression of his father. I would like to see Goro tackle his own ideas and not constrict himself to the Ghibli style.
What Goro Miyazaki does next is anyone’s guess, I for one hope he takes a major leap out of his fathers shadow. Let us know in the comments section below what you think of this bold statement from Goro.