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How Do You Live – Everything You Need to Know About Hayao Miyazaki’s Last Movie

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Legendary anime director and screenwriter Hayao Miyazaki will soon be retiring after the premiere of his upcoming movie. Studio Ghibli announced his post-retirement movie titled “How Do You Live” in October 2017. Just like all his previous movies, fans are eagerly awaiting its release. Adding to the fact that Hayao Miyazaki will not be directing any movie after this, fans are all the more eager to watch this film. Even before its release, we can expect this movie to be a great hit. There isn’t much information about this movie, even though Studio Ghibli announced it more than three years ago.

Popularly known for his movies “Spirited Away,” “Castle in the Sky,” and “Howl’s Moving Castle,” the co-founder of Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyazaki, is considered the greatest anime film director of all times. Hayao Miyazaki released his first anime direction, “The Castle of Cagliostro,” in 1979. Since then, he released at least 34 movies, and all of them made their mark in the world of anime. His most notable work is “Spirited Away,” which received an Oscar for Best Animated Feature in 2003. Originally released in 2001, the movie was the highest-grossing anime movie in Japan for nineteen years till Demon Slayer: Infinity Train took the title in 2020.

Without a doubt, we can say that this upcoming movie will soon be joining the top ranks of these amazing anime movies. Studio Ghibli announced How Do You Live during the premiere of “The Wind Rises.” They also announced Hayao Miyazaki’s retirement after this movie. Here, we will be discussing all we know about Hayao Miyazaki’s last movie – How Do You Live?

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What will How Do You Live be About?

This anime movie is an adaptation of Yoshino Genzaburo’s 1937 novel of the same name. How Do You Live will be a coming-of-age movie, where the story follows a 15-year-old boy Junichi Honda, a.k.a Koperu. The movie will tell his youth’s story as he deals with poverty, spiritual growth, and his overall experience as he grows up. The novel is a popular work of literature in classical arts.

Junichi Honda, a 2nd-year junior high school student, was given the nickname Koperu after the astronomer Nicholas Copernicus. Junichi’s father was a bank executive until his death, and his mother is a maid. After Junichi’s father’s died, he started living with his uncle. Junichi has great academic and athletic achievements, and he is fairly popular in his school. He experiences and observes many events in school life with his friends. The story follows each chapter where an uncle tells the story about themes like “view of things,” “relations,” “structure of society,” and so on.

There is also a manga adaptation for the novel. Shoichi Haga illustrated the novel by Yoshino Genzaburo. The manga has the same name as the novel, and Magazine House published it on 24 August 2018. The manga was fairly popular, selling over 2 million copies upon its release.

When Will the Movie Release?

Hayao Miyazaki started animation work in July 2016. Studio Ghibli announced the movie in October 2017. In August 2018, Studio Ghibli producer and general manager Toshio Suzuki announced that they still need three to four years to complete the work. Though the progress didn’t take any hit due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020, Toshio Suzuki said they are still far from seeing the final results. He also said that since they are hand-drawing everything, they need more time to draw more frames for the movie.

In January 2020, the studio completed 15% of the movie. They also announced that they still need 3.5 years until they complete it. In May 2020, during an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Toshio Suzuki also said that they could only complete one minute of the movie in a month. That means for 12 months; they completed 12 minutes of the movie.

So, in three years, they were able to complete 36 minutes of the movie. As a result, it may take more than three years to finish the movie. Hayao Miyazaki originally wanted the movie to release in the summer of 2020, near the summer Olympics in Tokyo. However, the Tokyo Olympics will begin on 23 July 2021. Currently, we can only say that How Do You Live will not be able to get to the silver screen this year.

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